Archive | October, 2011

Biochemistry Forum: MSc defence

Candidate:  Olona Gqwaka (MSc student of Prof Jannie Hofmeyr) Title:  A generic rate equation for catalysed, template-directed polymerisation and its use in computational systems biology. Date:  Thursday, 3 November 2011 Time:  13:00 Venue:  Biochemistry Seminar Room A111, JC Smuts Building, Stellenbosch Enquiries:  Prof Johann Rohwer, Tel: 021 8085843, E-mail:

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Fugard shares tricks of the writing trade with SU students

Celebrated playwright Athol Fugard has been “hiding” in Stellenbosch for months. But on Friday (28 October) he crept out of his hiding place to share stories about his youth, his love of writing and his passion for the theatre with a group of Stellenbosch University (SU) students in the Neelsie Cinema. Fugard, who stays in […]

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Elnari Potgieter

Student receives Mandela Rhodes scholarship and Rector’s award

Elnari Potgieter (22), an honours student in the Political Science Department, has had many reasons to smile during the past two weeks. A week ago she received the wonderful news that she is one of 23 students in Africa to receive a Mandela Rhodes scholarship for 2012. Elnari is one of three students at Stellenbosch […]

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Faan’s hat trick ensures win for Maties

Opening bowler Faan Fourie was the star in the Maties cricket team on Saturday. He took six wickets – which included a hat trick – to ensure a win for the Stellenbosch students against the side of the Welington-CPUT Cricket Club. Faan took six wickets for only 24 runs from ten overs. For his hat […]

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SOTL 2011

New inspiration for teaching at SU

  On 25 and 26 October 2011 the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) presented the annual Spring Teaching Academy. CTL facilitators and SU lecturers offered a range of workshops on professional teaching over the two days in the Chamber of Mines building and Humarga. The length of the workshops varied from two hours to […]

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Stellenbosch University and VU University Amsterdam sign joint PhD-agreement

Stellenbosch University (SU) and the VU University Amsterdam (VUA) signed a joint PhD-agreement on 24 October, ensuring a stronger commitment to research excellence on the part of both institutions. The collaboration between SU and VUA, which spans more than a decade, was primarily on faculty level until an institutional agreement was signed in 2008. The partnership […]

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Too much traffic dampens sunbirds’ appetite

Thought it was just people who don’t like living next to busy, noisy thoroughfares? Not so: orange-breasted sunbirds feel the same! This seems to be the case based on research done by Dr Sjirk Geerts and Dr Anton Pauw of Stellenbosch University (SU), which was recently published in the ecological journal Austral Ecology. These two […]

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SA students enthusiastic about starting own businesses

South African students are eager to start their own businesses, but need more support from their respective universities to achieve this goal. This is according to a 2011 national survey to gauge South African students’ intentions to start their own business and whether they act upon these intentions. The report, which forms part of the […]

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Continued support transforms underperforming schools

With the right kind of support on a regular basis, underperforming schools can turn themselves around and make massive changes, said Mr David Langhan, Research Director at Maskew Millar Longman Education Trust, on Wednesday (26 October). He was the speaker at the fifth conversation of Stellenbosch University (SU)’s School Partnership Project. The series of six […]

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SLIP 4 Nov

Inzync Poetry Sessions

Join us at Amazink Eatery in Kayamandi for our monthly Inzync Poetry Session on 4 November at 19:00. Our featured poets for the night are the 2011 Inzync Slam Champs: JC (a.k.a dis), Mambesi Goje, Rimestein, and Ntshediseng Tlooko. There will be an open mic session after the invited poets have performed, in which anyone […]

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Come party in the courtyard

Are you looking for a venue to host your yearend function? Don’t hesitate to contact Oleander Oakes at tel: 021 808 3691 or 078 754 6101. Address: University Museum/Sasol Art Museum at 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch.

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Research ethics: Division for Research Development presents workshop

The Division for Research Development presents a workshop on Research Ethics in the Humanities: Implementing the new Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) from 2012. This one-day workshop takes place on 21 November 2011 at the Wallenberg Research Centre, STIAS from 08:30 – 16:30. All researchers, deans, vice-deans, supervisors, and chairs of departments in the Humanities are […]

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HIV office launches new social media page

Stellenbosch University’s HIV Office (Institutional HIV Office) wants to create a social movement between our students and staff to engage on issues of sexual health, sexuality, gender, diversity, vulnerability and leadership. Maties are asked to visit us on the new Facebook page ( If you support this movement, ‘Like’ the page, share it with your […]

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Tutorial facilitators needed for Professional Communication in 2012

The Language Centre needs postgraduate students in the language-related fields (Afrikaans and Dutch, English, Linguistics, Translation) as tutorial facilitators for the first year engineering module Professional Communication presented in the first semester of 2012. Trained Writing Lab Consultants (from any discipline) can also apply. Tasks and responsibilities include facilitating during tutorial periods (Monday afternoons from […]

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SU zoologist helps compile comprehensive family tree for mammals

A Stellenbosch evolutionary geneticist has added his knowledge of Africa’s most ancient mammals to an international study in which the most comprehensive family tree for mammals yet has been compiled. The study, which shows just how different families of mammals relate to one another, was published in the leading academic journal Science. Prof Terry Robinson […]

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