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."
University of Pretoria honours the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - 12/12/2013
The University of Pretoria joined the world in mourning the passing, on 5 December 2013, of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On Wednesday, 11 December 2013, staff and students of the University attended a memorial service in the Musaion. Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu (Chancellor), Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal) and Mr Leo Haese (Chairperson of the Convocation) were also in attendance.
Prof Brenda Wingfield received A-rating from NRF - 10/12/2013
Prof Brenda Wingfield, a researcher of high international standing received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), effective from 2014. She is also the first women in the Faculty to receive this rating.
This achievement is even more exceptional because both she and her husband, Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) will now be A-rated scientists in the same faculty.
Prof Wingfield is the Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and was elected to the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) for the 2012 to 2016 cycle. She is also the Secretary General of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP).
CGIS student wins prestigious Isibalo award - 06/12/2013
Stefan de Bruin, a BSc (Hons)( Geoinformatics) student from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM) at the University of Pretoria was awarded first prize in the category Best Student Project at the first annual Isibalo Award Evening on 4 December 2013.