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Prof Bismark lauds Springboks as Newsmaker of the Year
The World Cup winning Springboks were named the 2023 Newsmaker of the Year by the National Press Club on Wednesday 17 April. The event is sponsored by the North-West University (NWU) and was held at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. Prof Bismark Tyobeka, principal and vice-chancellor of the NWU, lauded the Springboks for their immense achievements and their contributions to nation building, whilst also highlighting the integral role the press plays in working democracy. 22 Apr 2024 Read more

NWU Chartered Accountancy students excel in 2024 ITC
  • 97% of the NWU's candidates passed the exam.
  • The national average pass rate was 67%.
  • The NWU's ICAN candidates achieved a 100% pass rate.
 15 Apr 2024 Read more

Botswana should be praised for its conservation efforts, not chastised by Germany
Germany’s proposed ban on the import of hunting trophies over poaching concerns has drawn the ire of Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi. Botswana is home to the world’s largest elephant population, which has grown to more than 130,000. 5 Apr 2024 Read more

Africa unites to bring nuclear nutrition expertise to the continent
According to the Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition – Statistics and Trends 2023 report, Africa’s malnutrition figures are staggering. More than 280 million people on the continent, or about 20% of the population, are undernourished. More worryingly, this figure shows an increase of almost 60 million people since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 2 Apr 2024 Read more

Prof. Bismark Tyobeka calls for meritocratic approach to appointment of executives and board members in SOEs
A continued downward trajectory is the only possible forecast for South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) if political appointments in SOEs continue to take precedence over expertise. 28 Mar 2024 Read more

Largest frog in more than 100 years discovered in Africa
  • A new species of African bullfrog has been discovered in northeastern Namibia, southern Angola, south-western Zambia and north-western Botswana.
  • It is the largest frog species discovered in more than 100 years.
  • The largest specimen found is 210 millimetres long and weighs one kilogramme.
 26 Mar 2024 Read more

Taylor Swift to South Africa’s rescue?
  • Taylor Swift is a cultural phenomenon, spelling a massive cash influx in consumer spending for her concert destinations.
  • Cities and provinces in South Africa can benefit hugely by exploiting the spending potential from concerts by international musicians.
  • Local governments should look to take the initiative and work with the private sector to fuel the tourism industry, especially in tourist off-seasons. 25 Mar 2024 Read more

  • World Intellectual Property Day Celebrations 2024 media invite
    Members of the media are invited to the media launch of the World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) Celebrations 2024. The media launch will be held on 16 April 2024 at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU). The theme for this year's event is "IP and the SDGs: Building Our Common Future with Innovation and Creativity." 25 Mar 2024 Read more

    Rassie Erasmus to receive an honorary doctorate from the North-West University
    Rugby World Cup-winning coach and South African director of rugby, Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the North-West University (NWU). The NWU Council approved the decision during their ordinary meeting on Thursday, 16 November 2023. The request for the awarding of the degree Philosophiae Doctor (Honoris Causa), in the discipline Coaching Science, was made by the NWU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. 13 Mar 2024 Read more

    SADiLaR workshop highlights benefits of online dictionaries
    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) recently facilitated a successful online-dictionary training workshop at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Hosted by UKZN's University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) on 7 December 2023, the one-day workshop invited staff, students, and language practitioners to delve into the world of online dictionaries and discover the numerous benefits they hold for research and learning. 8 Mar 2024 Read more

    South Africa joins Clarin Eric as member
    After a fruitful five years as an observer of Clarin Eric, South Africa has become an official member of the distributed digital infrastructure as of 1 January 2024. South Africa is the first member country outside of Europe, and SADiLaR is the proud representative body for SA. Currently, Clarin Eric has 24 members and two observers. 29 Feb 2024 Read more

    Digital footprint crucial for indigenous language preservation
    “The work that is being done by SWiP is highly commendable. The key message of today’s meeting for me is the importance of preserving our languages. As a Zulu speaker, it is crucial that isiZulu does not die.” 23 Feb 2024 Read more

    What economists will be listening for in the budget speech
  • The Minister of Finance is up for a tough speech on Wednesday.
  • Economists would like to hear about spending cuts accompanied by a major review of budgets and spending.
  • Further austerity measures can cause a service delivery crisis. 19 Feb 2024 Read more

  • South Africa is squandering its export opportunities
  • It is peak export season for the fruit industry and there is still a backlog of exports.
  • The impact of the logistics crises caused by Transnet and the ports are having far-reaching negative consequences.
  • Export industries are pleading for a chance to help, but government is unwilling to get out of the way. 8 Feb 2024 Read more

  • DHASA 2023 highlights importance of digital humanities for inclusion
    A total of nine researchers from the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) participated in DHASA 2023, the fourth conference of the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA) which was hosted at the Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, from 27 November to 1 December 2023. 26 Jan 2024 Read more

    SADiLaR shines spotlight on research during spring conference season
    The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) enjoyed a strong representation during South Africa’s spring conference season. Several of its digital humanities researchers showcased their research at a series of conferences which took place across South Africa during September and October 2023. 23 Nov 2023 Read more

    Space biology will be a first for Africa
    It will be a first for Africa: One innovative step by the North-West University (NWU) and one giant leap by the continent. The NWU's Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is set to launch the research area UWN@ygoloiBecapS. 1 Nov 2023 Read more

    Anatomica Botanica Architecta
    The NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition Anatomica Botanica Architecta, at the North-West University Botanical Gardens Gallery (Potchefstroom Campus) from 27 October 2023. 30 Oct 2023 Read more

    ATKV dictionary award a feather in SADiLaR's cap
    The first-ever dictionary for N|uu, one of South Africa's highly endangered minority languages with only one remaining fluent speaker, has been awarded the ATKV Wordwise Prize (Woordwystoekenning) for 2023 at the ATKV Woordveertjies (Afrikaans Language and Culture Association Word Feathers), an annual celebration of outstanding contributions around the Afrikaans word. 26 Oct 2023 Read more

    SWiP project to champion SA's indigenous languages online
    "The dislocation of our languages is perpetuated by not having pride to speak one's own mother tongue. We can only say a language is developed when it has doctors, professors, writers and artists who write down their work, poems and songs in isiNdebele. I am grateful for the support and efforts to develop our language to be an equal to others." 26 Oct 2023 Read more

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