Sonop Christelike Tehuis was established by the Dutch Reformed Church in 1916 with the purpose of providing accommodation to male students of the University of Pretoria. Today, Sonop is one of the University’s most respected residences with an impressive tradition of nearly a hundred years.
Although Sonop is a private male residence, which belongs to the “Bond van Oud-Sonoppers”, all the residents are Tukkie students who actively participate in all the student activities on the Campus, such as Jool, sport, culture, and social activities in terms of an agreement with the University of Pretoria.
A full-time Head of Residence, together with the House Committee manage the residence to ensure affordable and non-discriminatory accommodation to all 160 residents, with Christian values, an outstanding academic culture and a participatory and enjoyable life orientation.
The Sonop Council, which is the Board of Directors of the Sonop Company, whose members are all former Sonop residents supervises the the Head of Residence and House Committee.
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.