How a ground-breaking communication tool helps get legal justice for abused women who can’t speak
With August being Women’s Month, campaigns are being launched across the media to raise awareness of violence against women. But women with disabilities often fall outside these initiatives – even though they are four to 10 times more susceptible to being victims of sexual and physical abuse. Ronel* is... Read more
UP’s SEMLI launches research study on returning to sport after COVID-19
A study on the effects of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections on athletes returning to training and competition is being launched by The Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI) at the University of Pretoria (UP) in association with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre of South Africa.... Read more
Dr Mpho Tshivhase honoured with Institute of People Management’s CEO Award
University of Pretoria (UP) lecturer and trailblazer Dr Mpho Tshivhase has been awarded the CEO’s Award by the Institute of People Management (IPM) after making history as the first black woman to receive a doctorate in philosophy in South Africa in April 2018. The award, first introduced by the... Read more
Wits ranked first in Africa
Wits is top of the class in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities. The University of the Witwatersrand has been ranked first in Africa in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) that has just been released. It has been placed in the 200 – 300 band – there... Read more
Engineering student’s book wins award
Wits student, Musawenkosi Nyati’s has published an award-winning book, Mobile App Development. Musawenkosi Nyati, a second year civil engineering student received the recognition at the 2020 AfriCAN Authors Awards, which took place on 31 July 2020. The tech-savvy student says he published the book after receiving numerous questions from people... Read more
Dr Tebogo Mashifana- a role model for young women
​According to an online article published on, ambitious women need female role models who have been successful in order for young girls to be motivated to reach success in life. The author said: “Female role models are important for ambitious women. If we can’t look up and see women... Read more
UP-supported start-up launches HIV self-testing platform
Aviro Health, a start-up supported by the University of Pretoria’s (UP) technology incubator and accelerator,TuksNovation, has launched a chatbot-based platform that offers people access to HIV self-testing resources, and the information they need to seek treatment and manage their condition during this unprecedented time. The platform, called Ithaka, is... Read more
UJ alumna using solar energy to reduce food waste
Food produce that is lost along the supply chain before it reaches the consumer as well as food that is thrown away by consumers is a global challenge. Thirty per-cent of the food produced globally ends up as food waste. In developed countries food waste generally takes place on the consumer... Read more
UP’s TuksNovation incubator helps launch remote-learning platform  tailored for Africa
The University of Pretoria (UP) has seen another edtech start-up emerge out of its TuksNovation programme, the institution’s high-tech incubator and accelerator. Wingu Academy is a remote-learning platform that offers educational support to schools, tutoring centres and homeschoolers all over Africa, with live classes and tutorials, interactive online content... Read more
UP professor leads process to adopt new UN standards on peaceful assemblies
The United Nations Human Rights Committee last week adopted comprehensive standards on the way in which States should deal with peaceful assemblies. These guidelines are authoritative for the 173 States in the world that have ratified the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The 18-member committee of international experts... Read more

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