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A drone is not a cop – UN rights expert concerned about technologies that depersonalise the use of force
United Nations News
Posted on 23 Oct 2014

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, UP's Prof Christof Heyns, has raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalise the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in domestic law enforcement.

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Centre for Natural Hazards relaunched - a new model
DUR
Posted on 23 Oct 2014

A new model of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Natural Hazards in Africa (formerly known as Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa) was recently launched with the objective of accommodating the changes in its strategy

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Social Development Month (October)
Prof Antoinette Lombard
Posted on 22 Oct 2014

Pro-poor strategies such as social grants, the national school nutrition programme and the expanded Public Works Programme, amongst others, reflect a better understanding in that the most vulnerable are assisted to break the poverty trap.

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Walking the tightrope
DUR
Posted on 20 Oct 2014

Twenty first century organisations can be as large and powerful as countries, yet the communication and knowledge revolution has shrunk the planet and its people into a global village. These extremes of size and a shifting environment force organisations to walk a tightrope balancing people, planet and profit.

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Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change
DUR
Posted on 20 Oct 2014

Limpopo Province produces 66% of the total annual tonnage of tomatoes grown in South Africa. The province is also deemed particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, partly because it is exposed to extreme weather events. A new study demonstrates the extent to which current climate change scenarios are likely to impact tomato production and proposes possible methods for farmers to mitigate the impact.

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Launch of photographic exhibition at University of Pretoria celebrates Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa
DUR
Posted on 20 Oct 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP) was joined by the Minister of Women in The Presidency, Susan Shabangu , and the Acting High Commissioner of Australia, Chris Munn at the launch of a new photographic exhibition titled Celebrating 20 years of democracy: Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa.

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Professor Maxi Schoeman explores human security issues at Sweden’s Uppsala University
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Oct 2014

Professor Maxi Schoeman, head of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, is currently the eleventh incumbent of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden, where she has been offered a calm environment in which to pursue her research on human security issues for a period of three months.

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IUFRO appoints Prof Mike Wingfield as new President
Martie Meyer
Posted on 14 Oct 2014

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) announced the appointment of Prof Mike Wingfield as new President on 10 October 2014. IUFRO’s International Council elected him during a meeting at the 24th IUFRO World Congress, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

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PhD student awarded SABS Young Standards Professional 2014
Serena Coetzee
Posted on 13 Oct 2014

Ms Victoria Rautenbach, a PhD Geoinformatics student in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, won the SABS Young Standards Professional Award for 2014.

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Centre for Human Rights celebrates human rights champion Navi Pillay
Norman Taku
Posted on 09 Oct 2014

On Friday 3 October 2014, the Centre for Human Rights was privileged to play host to Ms Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She delivered a public lecture on her work as High Commissioner in the Senate Hall of the University of Pretoria.

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