Posted on July 05, 2019


To all members of staff

The University of Pretoria (UP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Marinda Oosthuizen as Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Science with effect from 1 July 2019. Professor Oosthuizen is currently Professor in the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD). She completed her PhD (Microbiology), MSc (Agric) (Microbiology) (Cum laude), BScHons (Agric) (Cum laude) and BSc (Agric) (Microbiology) (Cum Laude) at the University of Pretoria.

Professor Oosthuizen is internationally recognised as a leading researcher in the field of veterinary molecular parasitology. Her research is focused on tick-borne pathogen discovery, molecular characterisation of novel tick-borne haemoparasites of domestic and wild animals, and molecular diagnostic assay development.

Professor Oosthuizen has made significant contributions to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

I would like to congratulate Professor Oosthuizen on her appointment and wish her well in her career as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

The University is also pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Dietmar Holm as Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Veterinary Science with effect from 1 June 2019.

Professor Holm’s first term as Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning commenced in 2016. He played a significant role in addressing the overload in the BVSc curriculum, while introducing a very necessary research module, as well as content related to our African heritage.

After more than a decade of development, through Professor Holm’s intervention, the Faculty successfully introduced the new three-year degree programme in veterinary nursing in 2019. Under his leadership the Faculty also implemented a structured approach to assessment, with a particular focus on practical skills assessment through objective assessment methods, equivalent to some of the best in the world.

Professor Holm led the Faculty’s introduction of the first successful integrated day-one competency examination in the BVSc programme. He was also instrumental in improving the undergraduate selection system.

I would like to thank Professor Holm for his contributions to the University thus far and congratulate him on his re-appointment as Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. I wish him well in his second term.

Professor T Kupe

Vice-Chancellor and Principal


Members of the Council, Deans, Chairpersons of Schools, Heads of Department, Emeriti and Honorary Professors, Directors, Lecturers and other Guests.

You are cordially invited to participate in the academic procession during the Spring Graduation Ceremonies, which are to be held from 2 September to 6 September 2019 at the Aula Auditorium, Hatfield Campus.

Please complete the applicable form online by following the steps below:

  • From the UP website, log on to the UP Portal and select Staff System Portlets. Then select Human Resources Self Service, click on 'Classic Home' and then click on ‘Graduation Procession Invite’ on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • Click on ‘Show All Graduation Sessions’ and select your specific faculty session. In order to confirm your attendance, complete the form and then click on ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the screen.
  • You will receive an email confirming your registration for participation in the specific academic procession and a parking ticket will be attached. Should the parking ticket not be attached, please contact your Faculty Administration.

Should you have any further queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact the Department by email at [email protected] or telephonically at 012 420 2728/ 5222/4123/2373/2168/3084.

You may also contact your faculty’s Student Administration for more information and assistance.

Please note: Your attendance must be confirmed by 30 August 2019 in order for the necessary arrangements to be made regarding the composition of the academic procession.

Kind regards

Dr AM Mathekga

Deputy Director: Student Administration

Department of Enrolment and Student Administration 



CAMPUS: Hatfield

BUILDING: Information Technology Building

PROJECT: Upgrade of the existing HVAC system

Notification is hereby given that part of the Hatfield Campus Ring road will be temporarily closed from 7h30 to 14h00 on the 6th July 2019. The closure is associated with the current refurbishment of the HVAC system in the IT building.

The task will cause inconvenience, we apologise for this in advance.

Road closure Period

Planned start date: 6st July 2019, 7h00

Planned Completion date: 6th July 2019, 14h00

For any site queries and follow up arrangements please contact:

Wisani Manganye
UP Facilities Management: Project Manager

012 420 5073


[email protected]


Prof S A Adendorff

Director: Facilities Management


Power supply interruption: Mamelodi Campus

Building affected: Computer Science Centre

Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2019, from 08:00 to 13:00

Duration: 5 hours

Please take note of planned interruptions of the power supply in the building referred to above.

The interruption is due to maintenance and making good of the current medium voltage infrastructure and equipment. During this maintenance there will be no standby power available for the above mentioned building. The interruption is planned for Tuesday, 9 July 2019, from 08:00 to 13:00

We kindly request all persons to timeously switch off sensitive electronic equipment and to disconnect power leads from the wall outlets.

We apologise for any inconvenience you may experience. 


Services Manager: Corné Slabbert

Tel: 012 420 5756

Cell: 079 8956750Email: [email protected]

Prof Susan Adendorff

Director: Facilities Management 

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