Welcome to the Water Institute of the University of Pretoria (UP). UP is recognised internationally for its quality research and education in water, which have culminated in the establishment of a Water Institute.
The Water Institute's first priority is to sustain a strong internal network through good communication of academic staff, with their support structures, from all UP Faculties who are involved in water research and education. In other words, the Water Institute strives to be the face of Water at UP. With this as basis, the Water Institute is in a strong position to constructively contribute, through its structures and external networks, in finding solutions to Africa's water challenges.
Adding value through growth in excellence
As a primary goal the Water Institute strives to support and promote existing water research and education at UP with the objective to add value to these activities in order to ensure growth in excellence. In addition, the Water Institute will encourage the development of promising new water research and education initiatives within the knowledge frame of UP. By doing so, the Water Institute supports the UP 2025 vision.
2012: Bridge across Lynnwood Road, Pretoria
Social Development Month (October) - 22/10/2014
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.
Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change - 20/10/2014
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.
Walking the tightrope - 20/10/2014
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.
UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.