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University of Pretoria

The University is a values-based, research-intensive university that equips its students to succeed in a rapidly changing world by providing students with inquiry-led training and learning opportunities. The University of Pretoria’s long-term Strategic Plan captures the essence of a shared vision, aiming to sustain UP’s quality and relevance as a university that is firmly rooted in Africa, and to harness its existing and future potential for diversity. UP strives to ensure that it is recognised in the global marketplace of knowledge production.

UP has nine faculties and a business school: - Economic and Management Sciences - Education - Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology - Health Sciences - Humanities - Law - Natural and Agricultural Sciences - Theology - Veterinary Science (the only faculty of its kind in South Africa) - the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

The University of Pretoria came into existence in 1908 as the Pretoria branch of the Transvaal University College. The College became a fully-fledged university in 1930 and the colloquial name Tuks, or Tukkies, was derived from the acronym TUC for Transvaal University College. UP’s current facilities portfolio consists of more than 790 buildings and structures spread over 33 sites located on six campuses that cover 1100 hectares of land. In the 106 years of its existence the University has produced more than 230 000 alumni. The University prides itself on producing well-rounded, creative graduates, responsible, productive citizens and future leaders. Great emphasis is placed on student life and support as well as the advancement of sport, art, culture and music.

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Mona Market in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa operates on the third week of every month when traders set up temporary dwellings for the four days. Gary Stafford

Traditional healing in South Africa needs spaces designed for the purpose

Most healers still practice in their houses where there is little privacy. Others use more private backrooms. But these spaces were not designed for the practice of traditional medicine.
Conflict arising from government’s ownership of Telkom and its regulatory role contributed to failure to achieve digital transformation. Shutterstock

South Africa has failed to harness the digital revolution: how it can fix the problem

South Africa has come short of its digital ambitions, but it can catch up by ensuring access to high speed broadband, and support for domestic digital firms and entrepreneurs.
Accurate address data is vital for public services, including health monitoring. TippaPatt/Shutterstock

South Africa needs a national database of addresses: how it could be done

Address data are maintained in silos at different government entities. There is limited coordination and adherence to international standards; good practice is lacking around information management.
Le président ivoirien Alassane Ouattara a annoncé sa candidature à un troisième mandat le 6 août. L'opposition lui conteste le droit de se représenter. Sia Kambou/Afp

Limitation du nombre de mandats présidentiels en Afrique : la route est encore longue

À l’instar de la Côte d’Ivoire, le spectre des présidences à vie plane sur beaucoup de pays africains. Aussi l’Union africaine devrait-elle imposer la limitation du nombre de mandats à deux.

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