Welcome to the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa
Established in July 2008, the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa (the former Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa) is a multi-sponsorship collaboration between the University of Pretoria and partners from the industry. The Centre will continue its excellent work in the field of natural hazards and risk modelling under the directorship of Prof Andrzej Kijko. It is expected that under the new sponsorship model, the Centre will be able to expand and extend its focus to include a broader spectrum of natural hazards that are relevant to the whole continent of Africa. The new Centre will continue to play its dual role of research and education in the field of natural hazards and will serve as a hub of information for the engineering, disaster management and insurance industries.
University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa Sponsors:
The University of Pretoria re-modeled its former Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa into a multi-partnership centre known as the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa. This change gives rise to an investment opportunity for new strategic partners.
Heritage Day Message - 23/09/2014
September 24 is a very special day in South Africaís calendar where we all come together to celebrate our heritage. This year the University of Pretoria celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa and acknowledges the diversity of cultures and traditions that give us our shared heritage.
Prof Don Cowan receives Chancellorís Award - 23/09/2014
Prof Don Cowan, an international researcher of note and the Director of both the Genomics Research Institute (GRI) and the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, was recently awarded the Chancellorís Award for Research.
Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy Ė Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UPís Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africaís rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.
Unlocking the secrets of lightning - 19/09/2014
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.