Archive | May, 2012

Do not blame the courts for lack of transformation, says Adv Wim Trengrove

The charge by the government that the courts obstruct transformation has been rejected by Adv Wim Trengove, SC, a leading constitutional law lawyer. Delivering the keynote address at the launch of a new book, Law and Poverty: Perspectives from South Africa and Beyond (Juta & Co), in Stellenbosch on Thursday evening (31 May 2012), Trengove […]

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Training: Event management at Stellenbosch University

The Division of Institutional Advancement is offering a training course in Event Management, as an initiative to train staff on campus who are responsible for organising internal events in their respective divisions.  It will be presented by Martie van der Linde, Head Events & Liaison in the Division of Communication and Liaison, according to the […]

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SKA will inspire a future generation of scientists from Africa

The SKA project will capture the public imagination in an unprecedented new way and inspire a future generation of scientists and engineers from the region. This was the reaction of Prof Doug Rawlings, Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Acting Vice-Rector: Research, to the recent Square Kilometre Array (SKA) announcement. “The fact that the bulk of the SKA […]

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New book on law and poverty

The ability of the law to respond effectively to systemic poverty and inequality in society is dealt with comprehensively in a new book edited by Professors Sandra Liebenberg and Geo Quinot of Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Law Faculty. (Click here for a video). Titled Law and Poverty: Perspectives from South Africa and Beyond (Juta & Co), […]

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A*STAR offers scholarship opportunities for Biomedical, Science and Engineering students

SIPGA (Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award) forms part of the A*STAR programme, which provides a range of scholarships at Masters and PhD levels for both research visits and full-degree studies. SIPGA offers scholarship opportunities available for 2 to 6 month periods of research for Master level students in Singapore’s top rated research institutions. Interested students from […]

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Worms help with insect control in fruit orchards

Dr Jeanne de Waal of Dow AgroSciences writes in LandbouBurger that microscopic South African worms (nematodes) can be used to control codling moths in fruit orchards, and to reduce the damage caused by these insects. She obtained her PhD Agric (Entomology) at Stellenbosch University in 2011 and also received a L’Oréal and UNESCO Fellowship for […]

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Charmed into Gemmology by the secrets hidden in gemstones

Jacomien Labuschagne was a jewellery design student in her second year at Stellenbosch University (SU) when she fell in love with the patterns and inclusions that were visible when examining precious stones under a microscope. These were the mica platelets in aventurine quartz, copper triangles in synthetic aventurine glass and the geometric lines of rutile […]

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Stellenbosch Arts Association presents annual members’ exhibition

The annual art exhibition of members of the Stellenbosch Arts Association will take place from 9 June until 28 July 2012 at the Sasol Art Museum in Ryneveld Street. This year it will be a prestige event which coincides with the 21st anniversary of the Eben Dönges Centre.  The special exhibition will be curated by […]

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Biochemistry Forum: PhD/MSc progress lectures

PhD Student: Francois du Toit Title: Modeling glucose metabolism of Plasmodium infected red blood cells. Promotor: Prof J Snoep MSc student: Wiets Roos Title: ‘The detection and race identification of the South African Potato viruses: X, M, A, S, Mop Top, Spindle Tuber Viroid and Leafroll virus. Supervisor: Prof D U Bellstedt Date:  Thursday, 31 […]

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Where to with pine forestry in the Western Cape? A further response on the forestry/fynbos debate

Issues surrounding forestry endeavours, and especially those in the fynbos biome, have ensured food for thought on the news blog of Stellenbosch University. This follows a press release based on the review article “Three centuries of managing introduced conifers in South Africa: Benefits, impacts, changing perceptions and conflict resolution” in the Journal of Environmental Management by Dr […]

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Save the date

Save the date of Saturday, 1 September 2012 in your diary for a formal and very special Spring Ball for alumni and friends of Stellenbosch University.  The Ball will take place at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor will be the host of the event, and it will be in […]

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Maties Sport May newsletter available

The latest Maties Sport newsletter for May 2012 is available. It can be viewed in PDF format at this link. This issue includes, amongst other things, a preview of the IRB Junior World Championships to be staged in Stellenbosch, as well as a review of the recent cricket national club championships where Steinhoff Maties finished […]

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Learn a foreign tongue at Stellenbosch University

We are happy to announce that the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, in conjunction with the Postgraduate & International Office, will once again offer various evening language courses during the second semester of 2012: French 30 July (First Meeting @ 17:00) Chinese 30 July (First Meeting @ 17:00) When: Mondays & Wednesdays Venue: Arts Building; […]

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STIAS Lecture: Prof Curtis W Marean

You are hereby cordially invited to attend the third public STIAS lecture of 2012. This presents an opportunity to SU researchers and students, as well as members of the public, to learn more about the STIAS programme. On this occasion Prof Curtis W Marean Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University will present a talk […]

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Kaggelklets: Afrikaans course for beginners

Intensive Afrikaans Course before the start of 2nd semester Dates: 26 June until 13 July 2012 Timetable: 09:00 – 16:00; Monday – Friday Fee: Prospective/Current Students : R2 250 Fee: Members of the Public: R4 000 Materials included. No prior knowledge is necessary! Please contact Elize Lizamore at by deadline, 15th June 2012.

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