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.
Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change - 20/10/2014
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.
Walking the tightrope - 20/10/2014
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.
UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
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.
IUFRO appoints Prof Mike Wingfield as new President - 14/10/2014
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.