House Xayata is a student accommodation with its own distinct history, life and culture. The name "Xayata" was found during 2009 by residents at that time.
Xayata has two buildings formerly known as Glaskas and Pastorie. Because of this, the Student Management Committee of 2009, under the leadership of Mr Sean Madjoe, saw the need to bring the House into unity, by establishing a common House name, making us one big family.
The name Xayata was presented by one of the former house members, Mr Joseph Mogale. The name according to the Khoi speaking people means “together we shall”, which was incorporated into the House motto that says “together we shall”. Xayata was officially launched as a residence and member of TuksRes on saturday, 12 May 2012 in the presence of the Director of residence Affairs, the Registrar of the university and the architect/designer of Xayata, and the 2012 residence committee and house parents Mr and Mrs Mnguni.
"We pride ourselves to be a res that strives for Academic Excellent above all else."
Huge teaching development grant for UP - 19/08/2014
The Department of Higher Education and Training has granted funding of R8 million for the development of higher education based on a project plan put forward by the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. The University of Pretoria (UP) will be coordinating this development that will focus on the establishment of a collaborative open educational resource term bank (OERTB) for higher education.
UP curator participates in world-class art exhibition - 18/08/2014
Artist Daniel Rankadi Mosako, curator of the Edoardo Villa Museum and Collection based at the University of Pretoria, was selected to represent South Africa at the 2014 UNESCO Art Camp held from 17 to 21 July in the historical town of Ordino, Andorra where he joined 29 other fine art artists from various countries. Andorra is a small state located in the Pyrenean mountains in southwestern Europe.
Dr Forbes wins SACI award for educational spectrophotometer - 15/08/2014
Is it possible to pay a mere R600 instead of R30 000 for a spectrophotometer? This is indeed now possible thanks to the ingenuity of Dr Patricia Forbes from the Department of Chemistry who developed an educational spectrophotometer that can be built by students themselves from a kit for a fraction of the cost of an entry-level commercial instrument.
UP students get inspired at leadership programme in Washington DC - 15/08/2014
The South Africa–Washington International Programme (SAWIP), the UP Chapter of which was launched earlier this year, has a vision of a South Africa with strong leaders who have a global perspective, who serve others with humility and integrity and in so doing inspire future generations to do the same. To achieve this goal, a diverse new generation of emerging South African leaders are inspired, developed and supported in multiple disciplines. A total of 18 students (15 from the Western Cape and three from UP) spent six weeks in Washington DC as part of this prestigious programme.