First online admission in Gauteng of new attorney
A member of staff of the Wits Law Clinic is the first attorney in Gauteng to be admitted to the high court online. Mbavhalelo Mmbadi’s life-long dream of becoming an attorney came true last week, under Level 4 of the national lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown... Read more
Flocking: UP academic’s research
With the reality of COVID-19 facing many, a psychosocial support organisation is making use of the concept of “flocking” to provide some hope with the help of research conducted by Professor Liesel Ebersöhn of the University of Pretoria (UP). “Flocking shows behaviours that are implied by ubuntu, and refers... Read more
Post-doctoral Fellowships for 2020/2021: Call for applications
The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is an institute based at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences beyond regular teaching and research activities that take place at institutions of higher learning. JIAS regularly hosts... Read more
Leadership: Africa’s Main Disease, writes UJ’s Dr Emmanuel Matambo
​Dr Emmanuel Matambo, a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS), University of Johannesburg,penned an opinion piece published on the News Chronical, 07 March 2020. Africa has one seemingly terminal disease and, no, it is not coronavirus. Bad leadership has been the most formidable impediment to Africa’s... Read more
“Little Foot” skull reveals how this human ancestor lived
Micro-CT scanning of “Little Foot” skull reveals new aspects of the life of this more than 3-million year-old-human ancestor. “The morphology of the first cervical vertebra, or atlas, reflects multiple aspects of an organism’s life,” says Beaudet, the lead author of the study. “In particular, the nearly complete atlas... Read more
UP the first SA institution to partner with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
The University of Pretoria (UP) has partnered with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), in Russia, in order to strengthen the University’s research efforts into nuclear sciences and related disciplines. The relationship between UP and the JINR was formalised at a ceremony held for the signing of a... Read more
SA gets its first crime detection university
To improve the quality of general and specialised police investigations, the government will be establishing a Crime Detection University in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria. This was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening when he took to the podium in Parliament to deliver the State of the Nation... Read more
Dr Vic Nicolis awarded prestigious SAAB Bronze Medal
Dr Vic Nicolis, a PhD graduate of UJ’s Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, was awarded the Bronze Medal of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) for the Best PhD Thesis in Botany. This is the highest accolade awarded to a young scientist by the SAAB. He and his PhD Supervisor,... Read more
UP master’s student wins South African Chemical Institute’s James Moir Medal
Wiehan Rudolph, a master’s student in Analytical and Natural Product Chemistry at the University of Pretoria (UP), has recently been awarded the James Moir Medal. The South African Chemical Institute (SACI) annually awards this medal to the best BSc Honours student in Chemistry at each tertiary institution in the... Read more
Pan African Cancer Research Institute at UP highlights importance of community cancer centres, prevention
The Pan African Cancer Research Institute (PACRI) has hit the ground running after successfully hosting its inaugural lecture series on “the key role of cancer centres for improving prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer”. The international series, which recently hosted University of Nottingham Centre for Cancer Sciences Director... Read more