The Great Karoo – a refuge for the trapdoor spider
The Karoo stretches 400 000 square kilometres over the provinces of the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape. Its vast, open semi-desert landscapes offer a sense of escapism and nothingness, guaranteeing peace and tranquillity for anyone who visits.
Collaboration leads to breakthroughs in cancer therapy
The Faculty of Health Science’s Department of Nuclear Medicine has entered a collaboration with the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), to develop a new breakthrough treatment for cancer...
Finding simple ways to maximise the strength of your bones
eedless to say, without bones in our bodies, we would not be able to survive. Bones provide support, give bodies shape, provide protection to other systems and organs, provide attachments for muscles, and contain the bone marrow where blood...
Literacy in SA surveyed in all 11 official languages
Researchers from the Centre for Evaluation & Assessment (CEA) at the University of Pretoria have completed the South African portion of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) to assess the state of numeracy and literacy levels...
Parents: read to your children
South African learners need a culture of reading at home to thrive in reading literacy and comprehension at school. According to researchers at the Centre for Evaluation & Assessment (CEA) at the University of Pretoria...
SA schools and classrooms need more books to ensure reading literacy
A lack of resources in South African schools is hampering early reading literacy, say University of Pretoria researchers. The recently released Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)...
Literacy is key to saving SA’s next generation
Professor Sarah Howie has worked in education research for more than 20 years, most of which were dedicated to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).
Ten-year study shows South African school reading literacy is slow to improve
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 report paints a concerning picture of primary school-level reading literacy in South Africa, with no significant progress made since the last report in 2011...
Herding for Health
The Herding for Health Project initiated by the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria is a One Health, pro-poor, rural development project which aims to respond to pressing challenges at the livestock/wildlife interface.
Unravelling the mysteries of meerkat behaviour
Researchers at the University of Pretoria form part of the Kalahari Meerkat Project in the Northern Cape's Kuruman River Reserve, which has studied groups of wild meerkats for over 20 years.