Potchefstroom Campus News

NWU among top 8 universities in Africa for environmental sustainability

The most important aspect in addressing environmental, social and governance issues is taking action to find sustainable solutions. The North-West University (NWU) is among the leading higher education institutions in Africa in responding to crucial environmental, social and governance issues.

This is according to the latest Sustainability ranking by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) agency that places the NWU among the top eight out of 43 institutions on the continent. The university is ranked among the top six out of 12 South African universities and overall 458th out of the 1 403… Read more

Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management celebrates women and girls in science

The Unit of Environmental Sciences and Management (UESM) at the North-West University (NWU) marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a special event on 9 February 2024 at Lesego Primary School in Ikageng, Potchefstroom.

The event featured talks by prominent female scientists from the NWU’s School of Geo and…

Prof Parsons previews expectations for the 2024 Budget Speech

Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana is set to present the Budget Speech for the 2024/25 fiscal year on 21 February 2024. Providing insights into the anticipated announcements, renowned economist from the North-West University (NWU) Business School, Prof Raymond Parsons, shares his perspectives on what South Africans can expect from this…

Top ITF junior players to serve up tennis spectacular

The tennis courts on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) will once again play host to some of the world’s top junior players when two ITF J100 tournaments serve their first volleys on 26 February.

ITF is an acronym for the International Tennis Federation, which is the governing body of world tennis.

The…

Botanist acknowledged for his remarkable contribution

Prof Stefan Siebert from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences was awarded the prestigious South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) Silver Medal at the recent 49th Annual SAAB conference at the University of Zululand’s Richard’s Bay Campus. This prestigious award was made in acknowledgement of his…

Advantage, Suzanie Pretorius!

His name is Schalk, Schalk Pretorius. And if it had not been for Schalk Pretorius, the North-West University (NWU) would have lost a tennis champion.

Many years ago, in the maize farming community of Bothaville, a young Schalk decided that he wanted to play tennis. Very well, said Mom Erika and Dad Vickus, you will play tennis. If the…

Martiné Jordaan draws Protea selectors’ attention

She is by no means overly tall, and on the netball court she is often surrounded by skyscrapers. However, heart and courage are not measured in centimetres, and Martiné Jordaan from the North-West University (NWU) is a firebrand on the court.

She has even caught the eye of the selectors for the Protea team, and from 22 to 28 January she…

In the stratosphere together: NWU, NASA and Princeton University reach for the stars in Super Pressure Balloon project

By Steve Maphakathe

On Thursday, 16 April 2023, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the Super Pressure Balloon, carrying the Super Pressure Balloon Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT), from Wanaka, New Zealand. The SuperBIT operates in the stratosphere at an altitude of 40 kilometres above…

Engineering professor wins best paper award

Prof Jan de Kock from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Engineering clinched the Best Paper Award at the recent Southern African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC 2024).

The conference, jointly hosted by Stellenbosch University and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), serves as a…

A shared vision ahead: an engagement that marks a new era of cooperation

On Monday, 18 December 2023 the North-West University (NWU) and the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) engaged in a discussion aimed at promoting collaboration and fostering a relationship that will benefit both parties.

The meeting took place at the office of the of the vice-chancellor in Building F1 on the Potchefstroom Campus,…

Riaan Venter’s troops break USSA drought

“Take a break, please!” shouts coach Riaan Venter to the players under his direct supervision on the court at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds. It is mid-January, a month and a bit removed from the triumph of the North-West University (NWU) Eagles at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tennis tournament in Makhanda, formerly known as…