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Africa Forum on Mining looks at research opportunities in Africa
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 09 Sep 2013

The challenges faced by the mining industry in all African countries can only be dealt with in a co-ordinated, structured approach with all stakeholders committed to finding solutions.

This was part of the message by Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman, Head of the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Pretoria (UP), to academics and representatives of the South African mining industry at the start of the second and last day of the Africa Forum on Mining.

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PhD Education graduate investigates moral development of HIV/AIDS orphans
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Mr Momo Andrew Sekopane graduated with a PhD in Education at the University of Pretoria. His research focused on the moral development of adolescents orphaned by HIV/AIDS in child headed households. He holds a University Diploma in Higher Education, a Further Diploma in Environmental Education, and a BEd Degree in Personal and Professional Leadership from the University of Johannesburg – as well as a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Pretoria.

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Paraplegic student overcomes the odds
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Nathan Webb receives his BCom Business Management from the University of Pretoria – despite suffering an injury in his third year of studies which left him paraplegic.

After matriculating from Penryn College in 2009 in Nelspruit, Webb enrolled at the University of Pretoria in 2010. His life changed drastically in his third year after being involved in a car accident in January 2012, which left him permanently confined to a wheelchair. However, he resumed attending classes only a month later.

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Dedicated zoologist receives Honorary Doctorate in Science at the University of Pretoria
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Professor Tim Clutton-Brock is a leading behavioural ecologist whose research embraces the broad fields of behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology and population ecology. He has been an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute for the last ten years and has conducted extensive individual-based field studies on red deer, soay sheep, Kalahari meerkats, banded mongooses and pied babblers .

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PhDs galore at Tuks
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Another successful academic chapter was concluded this week when a total of 2 744 graduates received their degrees and diplomas during the University of Pretoria’s Spring Graduation Ceremonies.

Apart from an honorary doctorate to Prof Timothy Clutton-Brock, the university awarded another 111 doctorates, 336 master’s and 1 152 honours degrees since Wednesday. The Spring Graduation Ceremonies are traditionally smaller than the annual graduations in autumn.


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South African Moshal Scholarship Event
Linda van Wyk
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

Mr Martin Moshal, founder of the Moshal Scholarship Fund recently addressed more than 200 students at the annual South African Moshal Scholarship Event. The University of Pretoria has ten students in this programme, eight of whom are Veterinary Science students. Ms Linda van Wyk, Deputy Director of Advancement and her guest, Mrs Melodie Wheeler, Deputy Director from the Client Service Centre were invited to a gala dinner to listen, and to meet the Moshal family. A representative of the 197 students on the Israel Scholarship Program also attended the event. It was part of a weekend where students attended various skills-development workshops and could also interact with Martin on a one-on-one basis.

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Tanzanian minister proud father of UP graduates
Nicolize Mulder
Posted on 05 Sep 2013

“I wanted to educate my children in Africa, but I also wanted to send them to a world-class university. That is why they attended the University of Pretoria.”
This is the sentiments of Prof Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzanian Minister of Water, when he attended the first of the University’s Spring Graduation Ceremonies for 2013 on Wednesday. The minister and his wife proudly witnessed their son, Ngwaru Maghembe receive his doctorate (LLD) in Mercantile law. Another of their children, Ms Namvumo Maghembe, a UP graduate in International Relations, also attended.


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International Justice: Are courts helpful?
Sanku Tsunke
Posted on 05 Sep 2013

Prof John Dugard is an Extraordinary Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria, and an ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice. He delivered a lecture with special reference to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court on the occasion marking the 100th Anniversary of the Peace Palace, home of the International Court of Justice:

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Law academics and aspiring lawyers from the African continent convene for 22nd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition
Ahmed Sayaad
Posted on 04 Sep 2013

The 22nd African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, coordinated and organised by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and hosted by the University of the Western Cape marks not only the 22nd year of this competition, but also the twentieth year since the creation and implementation of South Africa’s interim constitution.

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Workshop on state reporting under the African Women's Rights Protocol
Karen Stefiszyn
Posted on 02 Sep 2013

The Gender Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria organised a 3-day workshop from 21 - 23 August in Dakar, Senegal on state reporting on the African Women's Rights Protocol in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, Commissioner Soyata Maiga.

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