Archive | December, 2011

Road maintenance: Toll roads part of a package of solutions

South Africa has an estimated backlog of R80 tot R149 billion in road maintenance funding. And if road maintenance is delayed, the cost for repairs, rehabilitation and other services, increases exponentially. According to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), a three to five year delay in maintenance increases the required repair costs by between six and […]

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Latest edition of Bibnuus now available

The latest edition of Bibnuus, newsletter of the Library and Information Service, is now available. Click here to read it in PDF format. Please contact the editor Mimi Seyffert for any queries or comments at

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Telematic Services helps build capacity at municipalities

“The broadcasts have given me a better insight of water and waste water treatment.” “I am very positive about this. The beauty of it is that managers are now able to work toward a qualification that will enhance their skills.” “This method of learning is the answer for the future.” These are just some of […]

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SU students attend first MASAMU Workshops

The first MASAMU Advanced Study Institute and Workshops were held in Livingstone, Zambia from 1 – 14 December 2011. It was a collaborative effort between mathematicians in the Unites States and Southern Africa and was attended by 28 participants. The participants comprised of  post graduate students, post-docs  and early career/junior lecturers, and senior researchers from the […]

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New alumni website is here!

The site for alumni of Stellenbosch University (SU) boasts a new look and address. At (without the usual www) alumni are greeted with a modern, user-friendly website with information about upcoming events and a functionality where they can obtain academic records. The alumni magazine Matieland and Alumnus (a newsletter for supporters of the University) […]

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Willem Anker

Willem Anker wins largest bursary for Afrikaans literature

The author and playwright Dr Willem Anker of Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, has won the largest Afrikaans literary bursary. Dr Anker received the Jan Rabie and Marjorie Wallace bursary to the value of R350 000 on Tuesday, 13 December. The bursary is administered by the University of the Western Cape (UWC), and […]

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Green Talents

Stellenbosch University researcher awarded top international prize

Alanna Rebelo, a Stellenbosch University (SU) Master’s student, is one of three South African researchers who have been awarded the renowned “Green Talents” sustainability prize in Berlin. The international sustainability competition, launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is aimed at exceptional young scientists active in the field of sustainable development. […]

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SU can make a difference via the HOPE Project, says Ruda Landman

The wonder of living in South Africa, is that our lives can make a difference here. Here we are still on a daily basis fighting for the kind of society that we want to be. And for this reason each and everyone’s voices make a difference daily. This was the message of the investigating journalist, […]

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SU owes its achievements to staff and students, says Rector

Stellenbosch University (SU) owes its achievements over the past year to the hard work of personnel and students who helped to maintain and build on Maties’ reputation as an institution of excellence. These are the words of Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice Chancellor, in his year-end message for 2011.   Among the achievements listed by Botman […]

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Latest Matieland now available online

The lastest edition of Matieland, Stellenbosch University’s alumni magazine, is now available online. A translated version – in English – is available here (Inetkey must be open). This edition’s front page article is about the University’s Campus Master Plan which will, for the next few years, serve as a guide for the development of physical […]

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Heltasa winners 2011

Two SU lecturers featured in National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) congratulates two Stellenbosch University lecturers selected by the national Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) committee for teaching excellence. Lecturers from across South Africa were invited by their heads of department to submit their teaching and learning portfolios. A total of 27 candidates had […]

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Nationalisation of mines not feasible says expert at EMS Class Day

It will cost the South African state around R970 billion to nationalise only 60% of the South African mining sector. This will lead to a twofold increase in state debt and a subsequent increase in interest of at least R46,6 billion. This means that the state will have to find R20,9 billion as additional income […]

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Colloquium held to honour the legacy of Paul Cilliers

The legacy of Prof Paul Cilliers, who passed away unexpectedly in 2011, has been honoured with a colloquium in his field of study, complexity. The event was organised by the Akili Young Scientist research initiative of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and hosted by Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Centre for Studies in Complexity (CSC). It took […]

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Kampusnuus gets a make-over in 2012

Kampusnuus, your staff newspaper, will get a make-over in 2012, with a fresh new design, format and content. It will be packed with interesting articles about our campus and how we contribute to a better society. After many considerations, we realised there is a way to give SU staff members even more news about our […]

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Maties seal victories at USSA Tournaments

Various Maties sports teams taking part in the annual end of year University Sport South Africa (USSA) Tournaments, walked away with victories under the belt. Various Maties sports teams taking part in the annual end of year University Sport South Africa (USSA) Tournaments, walked away with victories under the belt. Two Maties rugby teams took […]

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