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'UP is a good example in the progress for positive change in South Africa'
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

This is according to Emeritus Justice Albie Sachs, who on 14 July launched his latest book, Albie Sachs and the Transformation in South Africa. UP’s Department of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Law, in collaboration with the uBuntu Project, were hosts to this book launch in the Musaion on the Hatfield Campus. The book has close ties with UP as it was co-written by two of our very own professors, Drucilla Cornell and Karin van Marle.

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Drama student named ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown
Drama Department
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

UP drama student Gopala Davies won the coveted award for ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival for his production Barbe Bleue: a story about madness. The production was the Drama Department’s official entry for the NAF Student Festival. Seventeen institutions participated in the festival, ranging from drama departments at traditional universities to private training institutions. Barbe Bleue is a physically driven performance that highlights the effect of madness on a relationship.

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UP's wonder couple take on cancer
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

Chemotherapy and radiation that are used currently in the fight against cancer not only attack cancer cells but also normal cells, and this leads to side effects for patients receiving treatment. In 2005, UP wonder couple Professors Annie and Fourie Joubert decided to combine their expertise in biochemistry and bioinformatics in pursuit of developing a new anticancer drug that targets only cancer cells. Together with their postgraduate students, and with national and international collaboration, they have so far achieved results that hold great promise for anticancer drug development.

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TuksCricket Win Sports Team of the Year Award at the Gauteng Sports Awards
Blanche Conradie
Posted on 14 Jul 2014

On Friday evening Assupol TuksCricket won the Sports Team of the Year Award for 2013 at the Gauteng Sports Awards that was hosted at The Teatro at Monte Casino.

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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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