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One of South Africa’s 30 wonder women
Department of Human Resource Management
Posted on 26 Sep 2012

Prof Shirley Zinn, an extraordinary professor in the Department of Human Resource Management, has been designated as one of South Africa’s 30 wonder women by the Wits Business School Journal.

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UP ARTS presents: TO MOTHER – a show with Magdalene Minnaar and Ockie Vermeulen, dedicated to Mother’s Day.
UP Arts
Posted on 03 May 2012

Music lovers in Pretoria environs can look forward to a delightfully fresh musical breeze on Sunday, 13 May at 15:00 in the Musaion on the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria.

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UP Celebrates Youth Day
DUR
Posted on 13 Jun 2014

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, it is important to note that it has been nearly 40 years since 16 June 1976 when thousands of students protested against an unjust education system. The poignant image of Sam Nzima’s famous photograph of a deceased Hector Pieterson being carried away became an indelible symbol of the struggle against apartheid.

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Man’s best friend gives more than loyalty and love
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

Man’s canine companion is set to unravel the mystery of human disease through a study about to commence at UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science. Prof Andrew Leisewitz is embarking on a study of canine diseases which will hopefully lead to a better understanding of human diseases such as malaria and multiple sclerosis and possibly yield more effective treatments. Using animal models to learn more about these human diseases, Leisewitz’s two research areas are a tick-borne disease and a viral disease, namely canine babesiosis and canine distemper.

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UP team wins SA national finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup by fighting aliens
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

A team of four multimedia students from the University of Pretoria, who call themselves the Super Sea Dragons, won the SA national finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. The group developed a game called Orbit, a 2D game set in space in which players assume the role of Atlas, an astronaut who navigates and explores systems of tiny planets, fighting aliens to save humanity.

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Prestigious journal Nature publishes research led by UP scientist
DUR
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

A researcher at the University of Pretoria (UP), – Professor Zander Myburg – was the lead investigator in a global project to unravel the genetic blueprint of Eucalyptus grandis, a species from a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as gum trees (bloekoms in Afrikaans) in South Africa.

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A plea for the children of Eritrea: Unaccompanied, separated and fleeing from a militarised society
Centre for Human Rights
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

As the African continent celebrates the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2014, the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), University of Pretoria, focuses on the plight of children in Eritrea.

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Any child who slips through the cracks is a child too many
Caroline Nicholson
Posted on 12 Jun 2014

As South Africa celebrates World day against child labour this June 12th, let South Africans not be complacent. The South African Constitution and various pieces of legislation and programmes directed towards meeting the needs of children are to be welcomed but, the reality is they have failed to realize a better life for many children living in South Africa. Children seldom have any say in the circumstances in which they find themselves, and those faced with extreme poverty are often forced by circumstance to seek gainful employment.

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Re-a-bua dialogue sessions – celebrating diversity and creating unity at UP
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 11 Jun 2014

In September 2013, the Department of Human Capital and Transformation embarked on an exciting initiative to get staff and students talking about issues related to the creation of an inclusive and enabling environment at UP.

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Building a bridge between the ancient past and the present
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 10 Jun 2014

Prof Kobus Kok, a lecturer in UP’s Department of New-Testament Studies, is one of the first New Testament academics in the world to bring the Dialogical Self Theory in line with the construction of early Christian identity. Through his latest research, he is building a bridge between the past and the present by reading the ancient texts through a socio-scientific lens in order to illustrate the ancient world’s relevance for today.

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