Alumnus profile: Niel Schoombee
Posted on October 12, 2020
For many years, the talented singer/songwriter, alumnus Niel Schoombee, ‘lived’ his passion in the entertainment industry. Besides creating the highly acclaimed 5-person male vocal group, Hi-5, he gained numerous prestigious awards, in SA and abroad. He wrote over 700 songs for many...
Alumna profile: Lucinda Neethling
Posted on September 28, 2020
She is not only a well-known singer who released her brand new, catchy single, Weerloos, to much acclaim a couple of months ago, but as a talented visual artist specialising in ballpoint pen art, Lucinda Neethling continues to catch the eye. On top of this, she also produced her first...
Alumna profile: Dr Martha Mushunje
Posted on August 24, 2020
From her studies, Dr Martha Mushunje has learnt valuable lessons on the importance of perseverance and dedication in all spheres of life. “Our backgrounds do not shape our destiny; through perseverance and dedication you can achieve anything,” she reckons. Along with 15 other...
Alumni profile: David and Jonathan Sher
Posted on August 11, 2020
It comes as no surprise that the dynamic paper and plastics manufacturer, Universal Paper and Plastics (UPP), celebrated its 70th anniversary in style with a ‘roaring 20s’-themed party earlier this year. Starting out as a small family business, it has grown into a 455 employee-strong...
Alumnus profile: Dr Philip McLachlan
Posted on July 20, 2020
“For me, life is all about learning. You can never learn enough - there is always something new to discover, to explore and to understand. Learning is all about being involved, asking the difficult but crucial questions and being open to being taught by people and experiences, as well as...
WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY: UP expert analyses ways of tackling youth unemployment in South Africa
Posted on July 15, 2020
Youth unemployment remains an ever-present problem around the world, and more so in South Africa. Current unemployment rates have increased to a staggering 29%, of which more than 60% is youth. This number is set to rise as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the already...
Turnaround strategy and business rescue: UP experts and alumni offer help to small businesses struggling during pandemic
Posted on July 01, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to inflict damage on every aspect of daily life, business is facing a past that has gone forever and a future that is uncertain. Fortunately there’s help at hand, including the National SMME Support Portal (NSSP) smmeportal.up.ac.za launched in May by the...
Alumnus profile: Dr Johan Michael Smith
Posted on June 29, 2020
“The coronavirus has brought everything, including the economy, to an abrupt halt, and it will take time to recover from such a shock...Most small businesses will battle to stay afloat, and their owners should now urgently look at how they can re-imagine their business models,”...
‘A recipe for success’ – Dean Elsabé Loots discusses 100 years of UP Economic & Management Sciences achievements
Posted on June 02, 2020
Faculty Dean Professor Elsabé Loots leads the team responsible for guiding [email protected] into a future that she sees as continuing the culture of excellence that has become synonymous with the Faculty.
University of Pretoria’s Centre for Entrepreneurship launches free National Support Portal for SMMEs
Posted on May 29, 2020
The Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria (UP) has launched a National SMME Support Portal (NSSP).
GIBS ranked number one again in Africa for executive education by Financial Times
Posted on May 12, 2020
The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has again been ranked as the top South African and African business school for executive education by the Financial Times in their Executive Education 2020 Ranking.
Alumna profile: Natasha Ashley
Posted on April 20, 2020
Despite achieving remarkable success in her career thus far, alumna Natasha Ashley has set her sights even higher, “never losing sight of who I am and what I believe in”. Read more about her achievements, passions and interests below.
Congratulations to autumn 2020 EMS graduates
Posted on April 15, 2020
The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) wishes to congratulate all the graduates who received their qualifications in absentia during the recent virtual graduation ceremony presided over by UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe.
Prof Das elected to International Statistics Institute
Posted on April 08, 2020
Prof Sonali Das, Associate Professor in the Department of Business Management, has been elected to the International Statistics Institute (ISI). The ISI was established in 1885 and provides a global network for statistics, with a mission to “lead, support and promote the understanding,...
SDGs in action on the Mamelodi Campus
Posted on April 03, 2020
The Department of Business Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences has decided to continue with the vegetable garden that the 2019 first-year students had started at the Mamelodi Campus. After completing their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) lectures, this year’s...
UP MakerSpace Centre producing 3D visor frames for facial shields for healthcare workers
Posted on March 31, 2020
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) MakerSpace Centre is producing 3D-printed visor frames for facial shields for use by healthcare workers in Gauteng.
There is a shortage of facial shields for use by healthcare workers, who are testing and treating members of the public for COVID-19. Isak...
ANALYSIS: Sustainable development goals need a final push with just 10 years to go
Posted on March 17, 2020
Since their adoption by 193 countries in 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have been hailed as the “most ambitious” and “transformative” agenda for fixing the world’s biggest challenges to date.
UP partners with Business Day for inaugural conference on impact of 4IR in the workplace
Posted on March 11, 2020
Job creation, collaboration and reskilling employees for the workplace were key themes that emerged from the Business Day Focus 4.0 Conference held recently at the Kyalami International Convention Centre.
South African universities and the SDGs
Posted on February 14, 2020
The South African SDG Hub hosted a seminar attended by participants from academic and research institutions, government and civil society. The purpose of the seminar was to network and to get a sense of the barriers and opportunities of research uptake by policymakers.
South African scholars from the University of Pretoria visit the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin
Posted on February 04, 2020
The Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin at Zeppelin University has been collaborating with the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL) at the University of Pretoria since 2017/2018. Numerous mutual visits have marked the excellent academic cooperation between the two...