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Dawie Roodt emphasises the key role played by universities in economic growth in South Africa
Alta van der Merwe
Posted on 18 Nov 2014

As part of the Informatics/Gijima lecture series presented at the University of Pretoria, Dawie Roodt, Director and Chief Economist of the Efficient Group, spoke about how he views the next ten years from an economist’s perspective. As a nationally renowned economist who specialises in government finance and monetary policy he focused on the importance of private property rights and also referred to how humankind has evolved over time.

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Pioneering publication by UP academic
DUR
Posted on 18 Nov 2014

Prof Alois Mlambo, Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, recently launched his latest book, which was well received by academics, critics and readers. Entitled A history of Zimbabwe, the book is the first concise, single-volume history of Zimbabwe and provides an accessible and comprehensive synthesis of that country’s lived experience from the pre-colonial and colonial periods to recent times in independent Zimbabwe.

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Dr Johan van Zyl named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 05 Nov 2014

Dr Johan van Zyl, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria and one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, was named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year at a ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night, 28 October. The Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year award is a prestigious accolade bestowed on recipients voted for by executives of the top 100 companies of the previous year.

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The more termites, the merrier the aardwolves
DUR
Posted on 08 Oct 2014

What do aardwolves and whales have in common? Both are extremely picky eaters, to the point of only feeding on one foodstuff over and over again. As is the case with some whales and the plankton they eat, aardwolves will rather eat less than diversify their menus to include anything other than their favourite termites.

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UP celebrates the beginning of a new era for TuksSport High School
DUR
Posted on 08 Oct 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), turned the sod at the start of construction of a new building for TuksSport High School at the University of Pretoria’s LC de Villiers Sports Grounds. This milestone, made possible by a donation from the Athletics Foundation Trust, was celebrated by the staff from UP’s High Performance Centre and TuksSport.

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UP to collaborate on project to address hunger and undernutrition
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 12 Sep 2014

The University of Pretoria (UP) will be one of the institutions collaborating in a series of projects representing the best ideas and strategies from around the world to address hunger and undernutrition in some of the world’s most unforgiving agricultural regions. The selected projects, which will be funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, will contribute towards improving food security, household resilience and private-sector growth in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development.

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