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More choices, more access and a better future as a result of SU’s approach to language
“We are confident that Stellenbosch University students have more choices, broader access and a better future as a result of our approach to language.” This is according to Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor in addressing commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Stellenbosch... Read more
UCT professor heads Law and Society Association’s global activities portfolio
University of Cape Town (UCT) law expert Professor Dee Smythe – a “pioneer in the field of law and society in Africa” – has been appointed as the Law and Society Association’s (LSA) inaugural coordinator of global activities (CGA). The LSA is an international organisation that brings together scholars from across... Read more
COVID-19: UCT math modeller makes her mark
In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) invited the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Sheetal Silal to join an international taskforce of mathematical modellers to study the dynamics of a novel coronavirus outbreak in China. Little did she know the impact this would have on her life... Read more
Ancient secrets from the understudied Kalahari
Dominant theories of human evolution say our ancestors evolved behaviours seen as ‘modern’ about 100 000 years ago along the South African coast. With sites like Blombos Cave and Pinnacle Point revealing remarkable evidence of modern humans and their reliance on marine resources, the theory makes sense. But some researchers,... Read more
Ultramodern simulation unit advances health sciences training at Stellenbosch University
A brand new state-of-the-art Simulation and Clinical Skills Unit (SCSU) will be officially opened at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Tygerberg Campus in Cape Town. The spacious new facility at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) boasts simulation rooms with state-of-the-art medical models and manikins; a simulated hospital ward... Read more
SU to launch new School for Climate Studies
In what promises to be a groundbreaking initiative in the battle against climate change, Stellenbosch University (SU) has announced the establishment of a new School for Climate Studies, which will be officially launched in June 2021. The School will create transdisciplinary capacity to combine the climate-related knowledge systems of... Read more
Greywater re-use: Why irrigating your garden with laundry greywater is a bad idea
For the sake of the soil in which your plants must grow and thrive, think twice before deciding to re-use laundry greywater in your garden. If you really want to use it as part of your greywater system, at least then chose liquid washing detergent over washing powder, as... Read more
SciMathUS programme producing top students
The Science and Mathematics at University of Stellenbosch (SciMathUS) programme provides a second opportunity for educationally disadvantaged learners to enter higher education studies in Mathematics, Science and Commerce-related fields. The programme, which turns 20 years old this year, continues to provide academic literacy support as well as mentoring and... Read more
Archaeology is first science department with black staff majority
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Archaeology has marked a major milestone by becoming the first department in the Faculty of Science with a black staff majority. This follows the appointments of alumni Dr Vuyiswa Lupuwana and Dr Yonatan Sahle. Dr Lupuwana and Dr Sahle, an Ethiopian... Read more
“Greener” UN treaty could help promote socio-economic rights – LLD graduate
Any efforts to eradicate poverty and guarantee the economic, social and cultural rights of people globally will be unsuccessful if we don’t take the threats of environmental degradation and climate change seriously. This is the view of environmental law and human rights expert Dr Megan Donald, who obtained her... Read more

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