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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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Novel strategy and associated instrument aim to help Africans choose and construct careers
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 23 Jun 2014

Prof Kobus Maree, a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at UP, has through extensive research and field work over the past eight years, developed an integrated, qualitative and quantitative career assessment and construction strategy, the Career Interest Profile (CIP). The instrument is based upon and also builds on the work of Savickas, and can potentially be used by all people in South Africa and Africa.

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What is the origin of coffee flavour in pinotage wines?
Martie Meyer
Posted on 20 Jun 2014

Pinotage wines with a novel coffee flavour have been produced by several South African wine cellars for many years. Two scientists from the Department of Chemistry, Prof Egmont Rohwer and Dr Yvette Naudé investigated coffee-styled pinotage wine to establish the compounds responsible for this contemporary profile. This was done by using their own in-house developed and unique offline olfactometric technique, which allows the human nose to characterise odours in a controlled fashion.

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New findings made through a fresh research approach to parables
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 19 Jun 2014

Through his research of the parables in the setting of the historical Jesus (27-30 CE), Prof Ernest van Eck, a lecturer in UP’s Department of New Testament Studies with a C3 NRF-rating, aims to make a difference in the postmodern society. Prof Van Eck feels strongly about social justice and his research is centered around it.

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A first ever in South Africa
Department of Auditing
Posted on 18 Jun 2014

The first DCom degree in Internal Auditing in South Africa will be awarded to Mr Houdini Fourie in UP’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Mr Fourie recently delivered his oral defence of his doctoral degree.

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The chicken or the egg?
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 17 Jun 2014

According to Associate Professor Robyn Alders, Principal Research Fellow in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, we can have them both – that is for consumption!

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TuksCricket preparations for World Finals are well under way
Blanche Conradie
Posted on 17 Jun 2014

With just more than four weeks to go before TuksCricket leave for the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals, preparations are well under way to ensure that Tuks give their best at this world cup cricket tournament for universities in England next month.

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Dr Wayne Truter awarded for his contribution to SA Seed Industry
Martie Meyer
Posted on 13 Jun 2014

Dr Wayne Truter from the Department of Plant Production and Soil Science at the University of Pretoria was recently awarded the South African National Seed Organisation (SANSOR)-Bayer “Science for a Better Life Award” for 2014.

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UP Celebrates Youth Day
DUR
Posted on 13 Jun 2014

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, it is important to note that it has been nearly 40 years since 16 June 1976 when thousands of students protested against an unjust education system. The poignant image of Sam Nzima’s famous photograph of a deceased Hector Pieterson being carried away became an indelible symbol of the struggle against apartheid.

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