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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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Kovsie First Year Moot Court Competition - TuksLaw triumphs (again)!
Mary-Ann Gettliffe BCom (Law) III/Elzet Hurter
Posted on 20 Oct 2014

The University of Pretoria TuksLaw teams proved again that they are indeed the cream of the crop at the 10th Annual First Year Kovsie Moot Court Competition which was hosted by the University of the Free State from 2 to 6 October 2014.

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UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows
Ansa Heyl / Tanya Nyathi
Posted on 17 Oct 2014

Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.

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Professor Maxi Schoeman explores human security issues at Sweden’s Uppsala University
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Oct 2014

Professor Maxi Schoeman, head of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, is currently the eleventh incumbent of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden, where she has been offered a calm environment in which to pursue her research on human security issues for a period of three months.

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Department of Chemistry academic wins prize
Webmaster
Posted on 16 Oct 2014

Dr Patricia Forbes was awarded the prize for the Best Scientific Paper at the recent National Association for Clean Air Conference held in Umhlanga on 9 and 10 October.

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IUFRO appoints Prof Mike Wingfield as new President
Martie Meyer
Posted on 14 Oct 2014

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) announced the appointment of Prof Mike Wingfield as new President on 10 October 2014. IUFRO’s International Council elected him during a meeting at the 24th IUFRO World Congress, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

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PhD student awarded SABS Young Standards Professional 2014
Serena Coetzee
Posted on 13 Oct 2014

Ms Victoria Rautenbach, a PhD Geoinformatics student in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, won the SABS Young Standards Professional Award for 2014.

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Lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animals Zoo
Martina Jordaan
Posted on 11 Oct 2014

Two groups of students enrolled for the Community-Based Project Module (JCP) of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT at the University of Pretoria, developed a lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animal Zoo. The lemur Interaction area was officially opened on Friday, 10 October and gives visitors the opportunity to feed the Lemurs at the zoo.

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