Seite Makgai shares her PhD journey
Posted on July 28, 2020
“Doing my PhD under the supervision of Prof Andriëtte Bekker and Prof Mohammed Arashi was like participating in the popular TV show, Amazing Race – which means that you better run!” This is how Dr Seite Makgai, the first African female lecturer in the Department of Statistics...
Partnerships are crucial for delivering food for Africa in a transforming agri-food system in the ‘new normal’, say experts at regional universities forum webinar
Posted on July 22, 2020
The recently awarded Food Systems Research Network for Africa, a collaborative initiative between the University of Pretoria, the University of Leeds and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, is a good example of partnerships for building capacity that are key for...
UP Mathematics Quiz for school learners
Posted on July 20, 2020
The 2020 UP Mathematics Competition took a new format for this year only - due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for participating in our online UP Mathematics Quiz which took place from 27 July to 2 August 2020.
Fighting coronavirus: UP grad co-develops ground-breaking COVID-19 test kit
Posted on July 15, 2020
University of Pretoria (UP) alumnus Daniel Ndima and business partner Dineo Lioma have developed a ground-breaking COVID-19 test kit that will provide results in just over an hour. The CapeBio-SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Kit boasts improved efficiency, sensitivity and specificity.
Dr Osmond Mlonyeni made history as first-ever Mandela Rhodes alumnus appointed to Board of Trustees
Posted on July 15, 2020
Dr Osmond Mlonyeni, Project Manager at Future Africa, an institute based at the University of Pretoria (UP), has made history by becoming the first-ever alumnus of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF) to be appointed as a Trustee of the Foundation.
UP-led consortium wins grant to boost food systems transformation in Africa
Posted on July 10, 2020
PRETORIA – The University of Pretoria (UP), in partnership with the University of Leeds and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), has been awarded a grant of £2 million (R43 million) to set up a Food Systems Research Network (FSNet-Africa).
New study clarifies nature of genetic admixture in South Africa’s Afrikaner population
Posted on July 09, 2020
A collaboration between researchers from the University of Pretoria (UP) and Uppsala University in Sweden has found some unexpected patterns of genetic admixture in South Africa’s Afrikaner (white and Afrikaans-speaking) population.
We must protect children’s access to nutritious food during and beyond the pandemic, writes UP expert
Posted on July 08, 2020
Food insecurity and malnutrition are not new to the African continent. Millions of lives are lost each year because of hunger. Many of these are children. The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the sluggishness of African governments in addressing food insecurity and has also fuelled the demand to...