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Sandra Swart on presidency of SA Historical Society

Professor Sandra Swart of the Department of History at Stellenbosch University was recently appointed President of the Southern African Historical Society.Stephanie Nieuwoudt asked her a few questions: What does this appointment mean for you? The SAHS is the professional body for our discipline in the region (Southern Africa). The Society promotes professional historical research, the teaching of history […]

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Postgraduate students takes top honours at SASA Congress

Two postgraduate students in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University recently received top honours at the South African Sociological Association (SASA) Council’s Student Essay Competition for papers they presented at the Council’s Annual Congress (2012). Gugulethu Siziba, a PhD student, received the first prize while Sean Beckett, who is busy with his masters’ degree, took home […]

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Rapport’s editor is a former Matie

Waldimar Pelser who recently took over the reins at the Sunday newspaper Rapport, is a former Matie – he first studied law before doing a degree in journalism. To read more about this alumnus of the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Law, click here or go to

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Dean of Arts and Social Sciences rolls up sleeves on Mandela Day

He was asked to do the dishes and to show his skills with a paintbrush. On Mandela Day (18 July), Prof Johan Hattingh, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, wholeheartedly dived into activities lined up at the Stellenbosch Youth Outreach, a centre for vulnerable children in Stellenbosch. He is also the Chair […]

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‘Dankie Tannie’ parcels helped to keep up the spirits

​Parcels from the “tannies” of the Southern Cross Fund back home helped to keep the morale high for South African soldiers in the border war from 1969 until the late 1980s. Anneke van Heerden, who is doing a master’s degree study in history about the Southern Cross Fund’s influence to help mobilise citizens for this […]

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Statisticians key to implementation of Constitution – Trevor Manuel

South Africans are privileged to have an amazing Constitution and statisticians have a key role to play in its implementation, Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission (NPC) Mr Trevor Manuel told a Statistics SA gathering in Stellenbosch (on Monday (15 July). “The Constitution asks of South Africans to recognise the injustices of the […]

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Feinauer promoted to full professor

Ilse Feinauer of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at Stellenbosch University has been promoted to full professor with effect from 1 July. She is the first woman at Stellenbosch University to receive this title in Afrikaans Linguistics, although there are a number of female professors in the Afrikaans Literature section. “I suspect it is because, […]

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Top learners receive SU bursaries during Social Sciences winter week

“I cannot wait to become a Matie.” This was the comment from Mikhaila Coerecius from Oudtshoorn High School after a week jam-packed with activities to introduce her and 29 other prospective students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University to campus life. During the Arts and Social Sciences Winter Week (2-5 July) […]

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SU celebrates 10th Chamber Music Festival

The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF) is in full swing at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Music Department. On Friday night (5 July), the 10th SICMF kicked off with a concert and book launch. On Saturday night (6 July), the SU Conservatoire inaugurated its new C7X Yahama grand piano as part of the festival. More than […]

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ADA partners with OECD on the African Diaspora

South Africa through the African Doctoral Academy at Stellenbosch University has been invited by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Global Science Forum to prepare a submission to be presented to the Global Science Forum meeting in Japan during October. This follows an extremely successful OECD Global Science Forum workshop International Research Collaboration in […]

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Chamber Music Festival is great opportunity to collaborate, says Bradetich

Jeffrey Bradetich, an American professor and performer of double bass has been invited to attend the   Stellenbosch  International Chamber Music Festival at the Konservatorium  (5-14 July).  He answers a few questions. Have you attended the Festival before? I attended for the first time in 2012, but I have heard a lot about the festival since […]

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SU committed to multilingualism – Leon de Stadler

Stellenbosch University (SU) has put its money where its mouth is when it comes to the promotion of multilingualism, said Prof Leon de Stadler, Director of SU’s Language Centre, on Tuesday (2 July). He was speaking at the joint annual conference of the Linguistic Society of Southern Africa (LSSA), the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association […]

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10th Chamber Music Festival offers many highlights

This year marks the 10th Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF). For this event (5-14 July), more than 300 participants and 27 national and international artists will be welcomed at the Music Department for concerts, workshops and lectures. “This festival attracts participants younger than 28 years from all over the world, who come together to make […]

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Prof Rufus Gouws honoured with festschrift

He was lured from his office under false pretenses. Only with his arrival at the offices at African SUN MeDIA did Prof Rufus Gouws, chair of the Departement of Afrikaans and Dutch realise that lots of work went on in secret to create a festschrift in his honour. “It was an incredible surprise. I had […]

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Learners learn how to vote during mock elections

In 2014 south Africans will go to the polling booths once again in order to vote in the leaders of their choice. Millions of young people will go to the voting stations for the first time in their lives. At Stellenbosch University the Department of Political Science has joined forces with the local branch of the […]

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