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Centre for Natural Hazards relaunched - a new model
DUR
Posted on 23 Oct 2014

A new model of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Natural Hazards in Africa (formerly known as Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa) was recently launched with the objective of accommodating the changes in its strategy

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Social Development Month (October)
Prof Antoinette Lombard
Posted on 22 Oct 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.

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Walking the tightrope
DUR
Posted on 20 Oct 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.

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Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change
DUR
Posted on 20 Oct 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.

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Launch of photographic exhibition at University of Pretoria celebrates Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa
DUR
Posted on 20 Oct 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP) was joined by the Minister of Women in The Presidency, Susan Shabangu , and the Acting High Commissioner of Australia, Chris Munn at the launch of a new photographic exhibition titled Celebrating 20 years of democracy: Australia’s contribution to the new South Africa.

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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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Mammal Research Institute Annual Southern Right Whale Survey
DUR
Posted on 29 Sep 2014

The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria will start flying their 36th annual helicopter survey of the Southern Cape’s right whale population on 29 September this year; a survey that will be generously sponsored by four offshore oil and gas companies namely; ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, Impact Africa Limited, The Petroleum Oil And Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd, and Thombo Petroleum Limited.

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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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UP professor honoured with lifetime achievement award
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 05 Aug 2014

The Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government awards programme has for several years been recognised as the pre-eminent recognition platform for women. The programme recognises the contribution of women across a range of sectors and is a credible identifier of women in business and government who consistently exercise a positive influence on our continent. On Wednesday, 30 July 2014, UP’s Prof Carolina Koornhof received a Country Lifetime Achievement award for Education and Training: Academic at an event that brought together women who have made a difference to the African business community through their outstanding contributions.

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