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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
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 Lead5050.com, 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
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
WITS develops a therapeutic for aggressive Breast Cancer
Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) have developed a potential treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), a particularly aggressive cancer which mostly affects women of colour under the age of 50. Currently, treatment of breast cancer includes using drugs which selectively target hormone receptors, those which... Read more
Five finalists announced in the ‘Aspire, Higher’ Wits student competition
Wits Business School (WBS), Reckitt Benckiser (RB) and its Durex brand, Gilead, and UNAIDS are pleased to announce the five finalists in the inaugural “Aspire, Higher” sexual health innovation competition for students. The three winners will be chosen on 16 July 2020. “Aspire, Higher” was created to tackle the... Read more
Nine types of ‘remote-work personalities’ to look out for in your colleagues
Working remotely is not every employee’s cup of tea. Some employees cope well, while others feel overwhelmed engaging with remote technology to get their work done. A wide range of employees with diverse ‘remote-work personalities’ have emerged during the lockdown. Are we really aware of the capabilities, passion and... Read more
Study on the state of magma in crustal reservoirs
The study challenges a recently-emerged paradigm that magma chambers are huge masses of crystals with just a very small amount of melt. Wits PhD student, Willem Kruger’s study on the state of magma within plutonic magmatic systems in the Earth’s crust has been published in the high impact journal, Nature Communications.  ... Read more

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