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GIBS/Grand-Pa spaza shop programme to take headaches away
GIBS News
Posted on 10 Jul 2014

The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), in partnership with Grand-Pa, a division of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), announced the launch of a business management programme aimed at assisting shop owners in growing their existing spaza shops into sustainable businesses.

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Leading expert on fracking, shale gas and water resources speaks at UP
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 07 Jul 2014

Speaking at UP, Professor Avner Vengosh, Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality and Chair of the Water and Air Resources programme at the Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University, USA, shared his expertise on the risks to water resources posed by unconventional shale gas development and hydraulic fracking in the United States. This was an appropriate topic of discussion given recurring debates on water issues and the exploration of fracking in the Karoo.

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Four winners from UP in NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards
DUR
Posted on 04 Jul 2014

Four UP researchers have emerged as winners of their respective categories in the NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Ceremony held at Emperor’s Palace on 3 July 2014. They are “tree doctor” Prof Brenda Wingfield, genomics expert Prof Don Cowan, bat researcher Prof Wanda Markotter and audiologist Prof De Wet Swanepoel. The annual NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Ceremony is widely recognised as South Africa’s “Science Oscars”, honouring achievers in scientific research and related activities. This year, seven of the 48 finalists came from UP.

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Faculty of Veterinary Science's Equine Research Centre key to success of new horse export strategy
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 03 Jul 2014

In spite of significant international interest in South African horses, investment in this sector currently falls far short of its potential. The main reason for this is the prevalence of African horse sickness (AHS). In a multi-disciplinary collaboration to improve research initiatives in AHS, UP’s Equine Research Centre based at the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the University of the Witwatersrand, along with various other role players, have developed a strategy to be presented to various potential trading partners.

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Searching for Noah's Ark: Analysing the Ararat Anomaly
Michelle Mandalain
Posted on 02 Jul 2014

Prof Sunil Maharaj of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, and Francois Luus, a PhD student, recently featured in an article titled “Noah’s search: probing satellite imagery for lost ark”, which was headlined on Space.com, Discovery.com, as well as the science pages of Yahoo and Fox News.

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Getting rid of rabies
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 01 Jul 2014

The Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Prof Darryn Knobel is in pursuit of eliminating dog rabies across Africa through a novel approach to rabies research. Rabies claims the lives of thousands of people across the continent every year but, for the first time in decades, using evidence-based research the elimination of this devastating disease is considered feasible. Knobel uses a simple method of understanding demographics to determine the vaccination thresholds required for rabies to die out.

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GIBS youth survey gives a glimpse into the mind of the Mandela generation
GIBS News
Posted on 26 Jun 2014

Despite the slow-down in the recovery of global economic systems, which has aggravated job crises in many countries around the world, South African youth remain optimistic about their prospects of finding a job in the country, an annual youth survey conducted by the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) reveals.

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A global debate on new weapons starts at UP
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 25 Jun 2014

Last year, a global debate erupted around the development of increasingly autonomous weapons systems – sometimes called killer robots. This development means that computers, and not humans, will decide whom to target and when to release force during war and also during law enforcement. The issue was placed on the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council in May 2013 by University of Pretoria law professor Christof Heyns, in his capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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UP vets’ quest to save our heritage
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 24 Jun 2014

Three rhinos per day are lost to poaching in South Africa. At this rate there will be no more wild rhinos left in the country by 2020. The world should realise this has far surpassed a poaching problem. This is no longer about the person who trespasses to kill an animal so that he can feed his family. This is organised crime and a war we are losing.

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Insurance against environmental damage resulting from fracking poses unique challenges for property and liability insurance
Elzet Hurter
Posted on 23 Jun 2014

According to Prof Birgit Kuschke from the Department of Private Law in the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law, 'hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can cause immeasurable damage to the fragile Karoo ecosystem and water resources. The old adage that where damage goes, insurance is certain to follow, most certainly applies.'

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