The Tuks Wrestling Club is the leading wrestling club in the country – both in size and in the quality of wrestlers on its roster.
TuksWrestling has a stated objective to produce quality wrestlers that can continue to compete successfully on both the local and international scene. In recent years it has achieved these objectives and established itself clearly as one of the most successful programmes in our sporting history.
With 105 registered wrestlers it is the largest club – by far – in the country. TuksWrestlers are participating for 12 months a year in both local and international competitions.
It has South Africa 's only multiple World Champion ( Willem Putter ) in the Masters Division; one former Olympian (Bennie Labuschagne); four All Africa Senior champions; a Commonwealth Games participant and numerous recent participants at World championship events.
Tuks has won the title of Club of the Year in Gauteng North, SA's strongest wrestling province for the past eight years (since 1999)
It is dominating local competition winning team honours at all major tournaments held in South Africa .
TuksWrestling is served by an experienced and stable management structure. Tuks' success can be primarily ascribed to a comprehensive coaching and mentoring system starting at pre-school level and continuing at all levels of competitive wrestling. Our coaching staff includes the 2004 Olympic coach, the head coach of the SA Senior team and the coach of the SA Cadet team.
The Head Coach of TuksWrestling is Bennie Labuschagne - 1992 Olympian, three time African champion, Commonwealth Games medallist and named one of South Africa's six “Wrestler's of the 20 th Century.” He is assisted by a group of experienced and highly dedicated coaches.
For more information you can contact Martie Savrda (082 512 1526 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit us during training hours at the hall on the corner of Serene Street and Gen Louis Botha Road, Garsfontein – between the putt-putt course and the skateboard park.
New Chair in Department of Mining Engineering to help save lives - 18/06/2013
Research on a safer working environment in the hard-rock mining industry will henceforth be a very specific focus area at the University of Pretoria. This is the result of a donation of R4.7 million over 3 years by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) to UP in order to establish a Chair in Rock Engineering and Numerical Modelling in the mining industry. The Harmony chair will be housed in the Department of Mining Engineering of the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology.
TuksRugby reigns supreme in 2013 Carlton League - 16/06/2013
TuksRugby has proven its supremacy in Blue Bulls club rugby on Saturday, June 15 by claiming all five championship titles on offer in the 2013 Carlton League.
The top prize at stake was the coveted Carlton Cup, the piece of silverware that eluded UP-Tuks 1 last year when they went down 23-27 to Police in the final.
New Poultry Disease Management Agency (PDMA) and UP Research Poultry Chair launched in the Faculty of Veterinary Science - 13/06/2013
The new PDMA-UP Poultry Research Chair in the Faculty of Veterinary Science was recently launched by the Faculty and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA). This exciting collaborative partnership aims among other things, at conducting research on poultry diseases that have an impact on our economy.
The first incumbent of this Chair, Prof Celia Abolnik, who was recently appointed by the Production Animal Studies Department, will be conducting research projects in conjunction with the Poultry Disease Management Agency (PDMA), the government as well as other relevant stakeholders.
UP crosses borders with tourism - 13/06/2013
The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Pretoria was recently represented by two academic staff members at the Atlas Africa conference in Kigali, Rwanda. Mr Richard Wyllie (Department of Historical and Heritage Studies) and Professor Chris Boonzaaier (Department of Anthropology and Archaeology) both presented papers.
For the first time in its history, the eighth bi-annual event was hosted by the Rwanda Tourism University College (RTUC) from 3 to 5 June 2013.
Theatre highlights: Chasing and As Night Falls - 11/06/2013
There are performances of the shows Chasing (based on the life of Ingrid Jonker) and As Night Falls (based on the life of Helen Martins) at the Masker Theatre at the University of Pretoria.
These shows are collaborations between the Drama Department and Matchbox Theatre Collective and both shows are choreographed by Nicola Haskins. Make sure you don't miss these shows before they head to perform at Smithfield and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. As Night falls won a Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2011.
Marketing honours students impress Newsclip - 10/06/2013
Part of the BComHons (Marketing Management) programme is to equip students with practical skills that they will need as young marketers in the industry. In order to meet this goal, the Department of Marketing Management partnered with Newsclip.
The partnership enabled students to conduct media monitoring in the print, broadcast, online and social media environments, by utilising the various Newsclip delivery and media platforms available.
Faculty of Veterinary Science: Research article about Dinosaurs published in the prestigious journal, Nature - 07/06/2013
The Department of Paraclinical Sciences of the Faculty of Veterinary Science is not only expanding its horizons, it is also digging deeper into the past. Dr Fritz Huchzermeyer, an extraordinary lecturer in the Department, was a co-author of an article that was recently published in the prestigious journal, Nature.
The work was done in collaboration with paleontologists in China. This publication reported the preservation of ovarian follicles in Mesozoic birds from China and the early evolution of avian reproductive behaviour. Crocodilians and birds are closely related to dinosaurs and are, therefore, ideal models to explain the reproductive behaviour of these extinct animals.