Archive | March, 2013

STIAS Lecture: Prof Abdallah Daar (9 April)

You are hereby cordially invited to attend the third public STIAS lecture of 2013. This presents an opportunity to academics, researchers and students at SU and in the Western Cape, as well as members of the public, to learn more about the work of STIAS fellows. On this occasion Prof Abdallah Daar, Professor of Public Health […]

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Conference takes vox pop on land issues (Land Divided Conference)

Public opinion took centre stage at one of the many morning sessions on the last day of Land Divided 2013, a conference hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) at UCT this week. Charl Swart, a graduate student at Stellenbosch, presented findings from […]

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Opinion editorial: ‘United front required against corruption’ – Prof Russel Botman

There are “encouraging signs” of the growth of a “strong civic movement against corruption,” writes  Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Prof Russel Botman in an opinion piece published by Politicsweb on 27 March 2013. “A number of anti-corruption initiatives are gaining traction, both in civil society and within government and the ruling party. It is now crucial to keep […]

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Community media and scientists to tackle water and renewable energy issues

Tackling issues like South Africa’s water problems and renewable energy head on, community journalists from the Western Cape will sit around the table with some of the foremost specialists in these fields to thrash out better ways of informing the public. The workshop, From science to society: reporting global change and sustainability issues for rural […]

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Thuthuka students raise money for African penguin

A penguin with the name Finrek has been adopted by the Stellenbosch Thuthuka students of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. The plight of the endangered African penguins, whose numbers have declined by 64% in the last decade alone, caught the attention of the Stellenbosch Thuthuka students. Thuthuka is a transformation initiative of the South […]

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How DNA analysis can reveal what’s in your meat

Identifying the species contained in a piece of droëwors or burger patty is not as simple as pulling it apart and examining it under a microscope. Stellenbosch University used established DNA sequencing technologies as one of the methods to unravel the extent of mislabelling in the South African meat market. DNA sequencing is the process […]

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‘Put the global spotlight on your creativity’

As an official bid partner, Stellenbosch will in 2014 be part of the Cape Town World Design Capital (WDC) celebrations, and staff and students of the University have been invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the year-long programme. Successful projects will receive official WDC 2014 recognition, endorsement and promotion. “This is your opportunity to […]

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Fracking will lead to health, environmental damage – expert at Land Divided conference

Despite arguments to the contrary, it seems as if fracking in the Karoo will cause large-scale damage to the environment, the health of people living there and the economy of the area. It could also lead to the further displacement of marginalised people. This was clear from a presentation by Dr David Fig delivered at […]

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Inaugural lecture: Prof Niel Krige (16 April)

Prof Niel Krige of the Department of Business Management and the University of Stellenbosch Business School will be presenting his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 16 April 2013. Title: Some perspectives on planning for retirement Date: Tuesday 16 April Time: 17:30 Venue: Jannasch Hall, Konservatorium, Victoria Street Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Please indicate special […]

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Implementation of new parking management system from 2 April

The University is ready to start implementing the new parking system from 2 April 2013. All the applications received by 12 March 2013 have been processed, and the allocation of parking bays has been finalised to a great extent. Each applicant will receive an e-mail with the details of his/her allocated parking in the coming […]

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Policies could land SA in hot weather – Land Divided Conference

Environmental concerns do not typically come first to mind when talking about the fraught South African ‘land question’, so to have the opening plenary of day three (Tuesday, 26 March) of the Land Divided Conference, currently taking place in Cape Town, dedicated to exactly that theme was something of a change of pace. The conference, […]

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Klassieke Collage Fundraiser for Endler

The Endler Concert Series will hold its annual fundraising concert featuring staff and students from the Department of Music at Stellenbosch University on 14 April at 16:30 in the Endler Hall. This year, the concert known as Klassieke Collage will focus on fun in music and the programme includes a mixed bag of somewhat more […]

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SU officially opens Muslim prayer room

“Let us all grow closer, engage with each other and learn from each other.” This was the message from Prof Russel Botman, Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Rector and Vice-Chancellor at the official opening of a Muslim prayer room on the Stellenbosch campus on Tuesday 26 March. Prof Botman told a story about Solly Evans, apparently the […]

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FNB Maties fight off Madibaz for spot in Varsity Cup final

FNB Maties and FNB UP-Tuks will meet each other in the Varsity Cup Final for the second consecutive year after securing semi-final victories on Monday (video). Last year the two sides met in Pretoria, with UP-Tuks going on to lift their maiden title, and this year the scene shifts to the Danie Craven Stadium in […]

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Biofuel technologies ready for take-off on commercial scale

The United States is now ready to take second generation biofuel technologies, such as cellulosic ethanol production, to the market on the same scale and level as the Brazilian model, Dr James McMillian from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announced Tuesday during the second day of the 20th International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels […]

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