The winning tradition continues
Department of Taxation
Posted on 25 Oct 2013
Sharon Smulders, a PhD graduate from the Department of Taxation, has built on UP’s winning tradition for yet another year, winning the doctoral category of the Norton Rose South Africa Tax Thesis competition for 2013.
The title of her winning thesis is, “An evaluation of tax compliance costs and concessions for small business in South Africa: establishing a baseline.” Prof Madeleine Stiglingh, Head of the Department of Taxation, was the supervisor of the study and Prof Riël Franzsen, Director of the African Tax Institute, was the co-supervisor.
University of Pretoria academics interact with their French-speaking Belgian counterparts
Posted on 24 Oct 2013
A delegation representing four universities in Belgium (Catholic University of Louvain, Université libre de Bruxelles/Free University of Brussels, University of Liège and University of Mons) interacted with University of Pretoria’s academics from various faculties. They were presented with some of the flagship projects currently running in the University of Pretoria’s faculties and the Institutional Research Themes (IRTs).
Conversation Groups projects for individuals with acquired communication disorders celebrated
Dr Glenn Goldblum
Posted on 24 Oct 2013
The Conversation Groups for individuals living with aphasia and cognitive-communication disorders in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria held their annual Open Evening on 16 October. The Groups comprise individuals with communication disorders following a stroke (aphasia), and a traumatic brain injury (cognitive-communication disorders).
International student at UP honoured for making impact in Africa
Posted on 22 Oct 2013
By thinking out of the box and exploring the idea to place business and community development in a box, an international student at UP studying industrial engineering has made it to a list of young movers and shakers on the continent.
Hasan Darwis, a final-year student from Syria, was recently named one of the top 35 foreigners under the age of 35 who are making an impact in Africa. The list was compiled by the organisation Young People in International Affairs (YPIA) after nominations from all over the world were submitted.
Professor Sarah Howie appointed to the Education Ministerial task team
Posted on 17 Oct 2013
Professor Sarah Howie, Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Pretoria, has been appointed by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to serve on the Ministerial Committee of Education to investigate the current promotion requirements and other related matters that impact on the standard of the National Senior Certificate. The Minister finalised the appointment of the members to the Committee in June 2013.
Prof Sandra Waddock visits SA to meet with ALCRL staff
Posted on 16 Oct 2013
Prof Sandra Waddock recently arrived in South Africa for a month-long visit at the invitation of Prof Derick de Jongh, Director of the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership. Sandra is currently the Galligan Chair of Strategy, the Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Management at Boston College, USA.
Doctoral student wins prestigious international award
Department of Human Resource Management
Posted on 16 Oct 2013
A study on how managers in information technology (IT) companies in South Africa perceive and manage virtual workers, awarded Dr Karen Luyt the prestigious Emerald Best International Dissertation Award. Dr Karen Luyt received a PhD in Organisation Behaviour during the April graduation ceremonies of the University of Pretoria and was one of four finalists for the award.
HIV Awareness Campaign taken to a taxi rank in Hammanskraal
Posted on 15 Oct 2013
The Department of Nursing Science partnered with various stakeholders, including the Department of Health and the University of Limpopo, to take a massive HIV/Aids awareness screening campaign to the Kopanong taxi rank in Hammanskraal. The main purpose was to reduce new HIV infections and to maintain an approach of zero tolerance towards new infections by encouraging people to have routine medical tests done and by educating them about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Business Management Prof receives best qualitative paper award
Department of Business Management
Posted on 11 Oct 2013
A study about the competencies required by business rescue practitioners, earned Prof Marius Pretorius of the Department of Business Management the best qualitative paper award at the annual Southern Africa Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS) Conference 2013.
The theme of the conference was "Celebrating 25 years of Management Resilience" and was held at the North-West University in Potchefstroom from 15 to 17 September 2013.
Researcher speaks out on food security
Posted on 10 Oct 2013
Ms Anesu Makina, Research Officer at the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL), was a panellist at the first Africa Food Security Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya during August 2013. The title of her presentation was “The role of the private sector: Challenges and opportunities”.
The conference, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa. “Businesses in all sectors rely on biodiversity and ecosystem services and many companies have started to consider the business risks associated with neglecting ecosystem issues”, said Ms Makina during her presentation. She also highlighted the importance of farmer collaboration to enable them to meet the private sector’s demand for very large quantities of products that meet certain criteria.