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Department of African Languages

Welcome to the Department of African Languages

Dumelang! Sanibonani! Lotjhani! Ever wondered what people do when they are planning a lekgotla or an imbizo? Is it one of your New Year's resolutions to learn an African language? Then the department of African Languages is the place for you. Welcome to the Department that can really make you multilingual – your gateway to the future.

In our Department, we cater for the whole spectrum of language learners – from beginners to people who have an African language as a home language. So, even if you have no knowledge of an African language, you are welcome to join us on a journey through the landscape of the languages that surround you every day.

 

News

Investment in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency to produce world-class graduates - 22/04/2014
Hellmann Logistics South Africa joined forces with the Department of Business Management to invest in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency to produce world-class graduates by awarding ten BCom (Business Management) students, with highly innovative and creative social media initiatives, with bursaries and internships for one academic year.
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UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
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First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
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The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
‘We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that.’ This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
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UP ideally positioned to make a contribution - 17/04/2014
African universities have a major role to play in contributing to the continent’s transformation, and the University of Pretoria (UP) is ideally positioned to make such a contribution.
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Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
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Tax specialist nominated for an Education Innovation Award - 15/04/2014
A senior lecturer in the Department of Taxation, Ms Theresa van Oordt, has been nominated for the Laureate Award for Education Innovation.
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