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  • It’s time to get real: Leadership lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

    Posted on August 06, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is revealing that the leaders who are “winning” the war against the virus and the hearts and minds of followers are not the blustering, direct-now-and-think-later leaders of the pre-pocalypse. The leaders who are winning during the pandemic are the ones who are...

  • Alumna profile: Olga Granova-Mooi

    Posted on August 03, 2020

    Alumna Olga Granova-Mooi places much emphasis on working hard to improve accountability and corporate governance in the higher education sector. A sense of natural justice and fairness is equally important in her life, the current Head of the Unit for Internal Audit at UP, points out. A set of...

  • SPMA staff play their part on Mandela Day

    Posted on August 03, 2020

    Staff from the School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA) have not let the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevent them from participating in Nelson Mandela Day.

  • Alumnus: Nico Theron

    Posted on July 27, 2020

    Studying at UP contributed to his successful career as a tax law specialist “to the fullest extent imaginable”, stresses alumnus Nico Theron. “If it were not for my studies at the University of Pretoria, I would not have had access to the fantastic lecturers who imparted not...

  • South Africa’s economic slowdown is not cyclical – we have a massive structural problem, writes UP economics professor

    Posted on July 27, 2020

    A typical business cycle in economics is cyclical and looks like a sine curve: it has peaks and troughs at regular intervals, and can be likened to the seasons: after winter comes spring, then summer, autumn, and low and behold, winter again. It is predictable.

  • Expert Opinion: Home-bound or office-bound after COVID-19, what will your choice be?

    Posted on July 24, 2020

    As human beings, we are creatures of habit, and most often we are comfortable doing things which are familiar to us. Before COVID-19, most of us were part of the rat race, industrialisation, and endless traffic.

  • 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...

  • What can be done to revive South Africa’s economy?

    Posted on July 16, 2020

    SA needs to stop spending more money than what it earns, and start producing a workforce that is capable of contributing towards the GDP if we want to get the economy back on track, says Professor Jan H van Heerden, professor of Economics.

  • 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...

  • University of Pretoria ranked top university in SA and Africa on uniRank global list

    Posted on July 14, 2020

    The University of Pretoria (UP) is ranked number one in South Africa and Africa in uniRank’s list of the top universities on the continent. uniRank is the leading international higher education directory and search engine featuring reviews and rankings of over 13 000 universities and...

  • Alumna profile: Dr Roshelle Ramfol

    Posted on July 13, 2020

    Fine-tuning the skill of “finding opportunity in adversity”, has taught Dr Roshelle Ramfol that you have the power to change your paradigm. “Every setback holds a lesson and by focusing on the opportunity, you can pivot towards a new outcome that can potentially surpass what you...

  • From rejection to being a UP master’s candidate, Benjamin Iyanu Oyebode’s journey is one of perseverance

    Posted on July 06, 2020

    When Benjamin Iyanu Oyebode initially applied at the University of Pretoria (UP) with his grade 11 results in 2013, he did not anticipate the rejection that would temporarily set him back, but perseverance and hard work resulted in him being accepted in 2015.

  • Alumnus profile: Dr Ron Josias

    Posted on July 06, 2020

    “A first degree gives you a foot in the door, a master’s degree commands the attention of others when you speak, a PhD is far more personal. It addresses self- actualisation. It forces you to address the question: ‘What is my contribution to the world, to my community and to my...

  • SPMA student spreads hope in the midst of pandemic

    Posted on July 03, 2020

    The societal impact of the lockdown necessitated by the global COVID-19 pandemic has inspired Whade Williams, a School for Public Management and Administration (SPMA) student, to make a difference in his community. Together with friends and family, he has worked tirelessly to assist those in need...

  • 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,”...

  • Nine types of ‘remote-work personalities’ to look out for in your colleagues

    Posted on June 24, 2020

    Working remotely is not every employee’s cup of tea. Some employees cope well, while others feel overwhelmed engaging with remote technology to get their work done. A wide range of employees with diverse ‘remote-work personalities’ have emerged during the lockdown.

  • Alumna profile: Dr Danita van Heerden

    Posted on June 22, 2020

    Throughout her PhD journey, Dr Danita van Heerden has learnt that it can be dangerous to overthink things. “When you overthink, it is difficult to take action. Without action, you cannot move forward. Sometimes, taking action also means that you will make mistakes, but what matters is that...

  • Alumnus profile: Dr Sipho Makgopa

    Posted on June 15, 2020

    If ever somebody has proven that nothing is impossible, it is Dr Sipho Makgopa. Growing up in a dusty town in rural Limpopo and starting his career as a mini-bus driver transporting kids to day care, he went on to become a lecturer, then senior lecturer, and Curriculum and Learning Development...

  • #UPGraduation2020: Tourette’s syndrome did not hold back UP graduate

    Posted on June 14, 2020

    Music and determination propelled Radlyn Naidoo, a University of Pretoria (UP) BCom Honours graduate with Tourette’s syndrome (TS), to achieve his goals.

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