Africa Day: A call for a more supranational AU (to better protect human rights on the continent)
Posted on 24 May 2013
The celebration of Africa Day this year marks 50 years since the elusive quest for African unity formally started on 25 May 1963, the day on which the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was inaugurated. Despite the acceleration of integration that came with the transformation of the OAU into the African Union (AU), the AU remains poised between two contradictory imperatives: the strengthening of continental institutions and reinforcing national sovereignty.
Two new UP buildings honoured in national property awards
Posted on 22 May 2013
The development of infrastructure at the University of Pretoria (UP) is first class. This was confirmed once again when two of the new buildings on the Hatfield Campus walked away with prestigious South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Innovative Excellence Awards.
Open Day was a success!
Posted on 21 May 2013
I am pleased to inform you that I received many messages conveying positive feedback on the UP Open Day 2013. I was especially pleased about comments that the UP team of staff, students and volunteers was especially helpful and friendly.
My heartfelt appreciation to all who contributed to a positive experience for parents, prospective students, families, school principals and teachers. I encourage you to keep up the good work. Open Day is an important event for the University for attracting good students, and for broadly enhancing the reputation and status of the University.
Open Day 2013: School learners encouraged to choose University of Pretoria
Posted on 20 May 2013
‘Making a choice to enrol at a university, and deciding which university to attend are the most important decisions any young person can make in their lifetime. Therefore, make a good decision: choose the University of Pretoria.’
TuksGolf Training Centre officially opened at the University of Pretoria
Posted on 17 May 2013
The University of Pretoria prides itself on its publicly recognised achievements pertaining to its various sporting fraternities. These achievements can be attributed to the University’s sporting facilities, which are of the highest quality among South African universities. To add to its quality achievements, the University of Pretoria, through TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc), has now officially opened a golf training centre.
South African law professor to report to the United Nations on Lethal Robots
Posted on 16 May 2013
South African human rights law professor, Christof Heyns, will submit a widely anticipated report on Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs) to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 29 May 2013.
Prof Heyns, from the University of Pretoria (UP), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2010. During last year, he conducted worldwide research on the question whether states should be allowed to use LARs - weapons that, once deployed, can use lethal force without further human intervention - during war, or peace.
Local politicians, international experts and prominent thought-leaders to rethink governance processes
Posted on 15 May 2013
Clr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, international academics and activists such as Susan George as well as prominent local voices like Prince Mashele, Mzuqisi Qobo and Andries Bezuidenhout are to take part in a week-long think tank on governance at the University of Pretoria (UP).
South Africa has achieved liberation, but no equality yet – Reverend Jesse Jackson
Posted on 30 Apr 2013
The struggle for equality in South Africa is not yet over, says renowned American civil rights activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson. He warned the country not to celebrate the downfall of apartheid prematurely as it still has deep layers which need to be addressed.