Apr 142014

The ABIG Conference held on the 17th and 18th of at Stone Cradle in Pretoria focuses primarily on enriching the skills and knowledge of those interested in animal behaviour while also trying to raise awareness of animal behaviour and the animal-human bond to those within the veterinary fields.



Honorary Lecturer in Small Animal Behaviour. RVC (University of London) Jon leads the Veterinary Behaviour Service. He is particularly interested in the behavioural effects of medical problems, such as syringomyelia, epilepsy and pain. He is also particularly interested in progressing the understanding of sound phobia in dogs, cognitive ageing and inter-cat aggression unusual behaviour (such as shadow chasing, self-mutilation and tail chasing).

The Animal Behaviour and Interaction Group consists of veterinarians and veterinary nurses that have a keen interest in animal behaviour, recognizing it as a vital component in the holistic treatment of animals and in strengthening the animal-human bond.

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Apr 072014

The NORTH SOUTH EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP FORUM held from the 21st to the 25th of April at the Lombardy Estate Boutique Hotel in Pretoria, is an international exchange learning platform re-assessing the type of communication and new educational partnerships; The rapid global shifts in the distribution and production of open and distance learning (ODL); and the shifting patterns  of education policies and how these impacts on ODL.



The Forum will contain trainings that will determine the emerging dynamics and improved working practices in the adoption of education policies, and will equip delegates on the hows of education policies as it concerns various governments.

The Forum will bring experts and authorities the platform to explore more knowledge, and will attempt to re-educate delegates on the emerging goal for sustainability and the attendant challenges facing individual institutions, representative bodies, communities and governments promoting North-South Education partnerships. This will highlight identified cross-cultural relationships as well as attendant Institutional responses.

The Forum is designed for Lecturers, Academics, Students, Researchers, Policy and Education Analysts, ministries researchers, civil society education planners, Government officials in Education departments, multinational corporation’s policy makers and executives who are responsible for the education and training of their agencies or corporations, NGO’s or anyone or aspiring, in education management promotes and positions best practice, leadership and international education.

ICDI programmes bring together seasoned education practitioners and analysts, community and corporate stakeholders, education and media researchers to explore cutting best practices, developments and trends which promotes and influences International education.

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Feb 242014

The Contesting Freedoms: A Colloquium on post-1994 music studies conference will be held at the Unisa Main Campus in Pretoria on 27 and 28 March. South Africa celebrates twenty years of democracy in 2014, and this is an appropriate time for discussion and reflection on the complex new challenges that have emerged in the field of music studies since 1994. These are the result of many changes, including institutional realignments and mergers, the revision of curricula to reflect the democracy and cultural diversity, new key agendas in ethnomusicology and musicology, the emergence of scholarship that is self-reflexive and responsive to contexts of reception and production, a rethinking of issues of ethnicity and indigenization, the foregrounding of identity politics, and reflections on the nature of the responsibilities and roles as creators and scholars.



There have also been repeated calls for the study of the music itself, the preservation of the conservatory cultural system, and the need to respect the autonomy and control of institutions and individuals. These diverse and often contrasting positions have resulted in a series of conflicts and controversies both internal to institutions and evident at educational forums, published work and conferences. This colloquium reflects on the ways in which these freedoms and tensions are negotiated in current music studies. Presentations were invited on the following themes:

  • The challenges, development and process of transformation at South African music departments
  • Transparency and accountability in higher education in music
  • Africanization and the identification of indigenous knowledge systems
  • Musical autonomy and the music itself
  • Institutionalized power and authoritarianism
  • Intimidation, censorship and academic freedom
  • Academic integrity and ethics
  • Critical musicology and the role of critique
  • The role of interdisciplinary music studies
  • Technology and the reshaping of the academic landscape

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Jan 282014

The 5th Annual Intelligence Strategies for Law Enforcers will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria on the 12th and 13th of March 2014.

Crime Prevention


It is obvious that crime has a significant impact on the economy, influencing the number of investors to the country.  The Minister of Public Service and Administration announced the launch of the new Anti-Corruption  Bureau, stressing that government will be  cleaning their own house before looking at any other crimes. Meanwhile, SAPS states that crime is under control. It is clear through ITC research  that no matter how many agencies launch we will never have a firm grip on corruption and crime. It is only through counterintelligence and intelligence thinking that we can fight crime.


  • Examining Cyber Intelligence Security
  • Looking At The Current Commercial Crime Statistics And Environment
  • An Intelligence Led Approach In Combating Corruption Committed
  • Guiding Successful Prosecution Through Intelligence Thinking
  • Identity Theft Highlighting
  • Update On The DNA Bill
  • Professional Skepticism
  • Driving The DNA Bill To Successful Convictions
  • Promoting Exchange Of Information And Collaboration Across Border  And Provincial Lines
  • The Power Of SANDF Military Police In The Prevention Of Crime In The Department Of Defence
  • Flushing Out  The Enemy Within Your Departments


  • Information’s Managers
  • Warrant Officers
  • Financial Directors
  • Security Managers
  • Investigators
  • Legal Officers
  • Legal Compliance Officers
  • Investigating Officers
  • Treasurers
  • Managing Directors
  • Fraud Examiners
  • Researchers
  • Inspectors
  • Risk Officers
  • Crime Analyst
  • Staff Officers

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Oct 112013

The CSIR Meraka Institute in cooperation with the IEEE and the university of Zululand are proud organizers of the 5th International Conference on Adaptive Science and Technology (ICAST 2013). This year’s event will be hosted at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, from 25th – 27th November 2013. The theme is The Future is Now: Adaptive Science and Technology Unbound.


Members of the African and international Information and Communication Technology community are cordially invited to participate in debate and discussion around topics such as Satellite communications, , Long Term Evolution networks, Smart Utility Systems, mHealth and Mobile Technologies – to name but a few!

The conference will feature an exhibition hall where technology businesses, educational institutions, industry and government can showcase their service offerings and products.

Established in 2006, ICAST has become a fast-growing, open-call, double-blind, peer-reviewed and international conference series in innovation and technology. ICAST 2013 offers a forum for practitioners, industries and researchers to discuss all aspects of computing with like-minded professionals in the ICT fields.

The objectives of ICAST include:

  • The promotion of development and research activities in ICT, computer science, engineering, software development, general technology and allied areas.
  • Providing a platform for networking between technology practitioners and researchers, policy makers and stakeholders of development and research at affordable costs.
  • Reducing the digital divide between the developing and developed countries.

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Sep 252013

This Conference will be held at the Rubies and Roses Conference Venue in Centurion, Pretoria on 13 to 15 November 2013. GLAFAD is a Pan-African organisation that creates, harnesses and applies knowledge through research, information flow and capacity building to empower communities for poverty development and eradication. GLAFAD’s primary focus areas are knowledge management, good governance, and agricultural, rural and community development for poverty alleviation.


A continent where governance is continually improved, where communities are empowered to make use of available resources, and to share experience in knowledge, wealth creation by utilizing dual approach development models. A continent where communities prosper and actively participate in development and good governance.

To use integrated development models to fight poverty, disseminate knowledge and empower communities through generating effective, responsive  strategies and creating wealth. To promote a connection between knowledge generation and implementation to increase policy responsiveness for empowerment and development of local communities. Our objectives require using knowledge management to –

  • Conduct research and disseminate information to close the gap between policy, planning and practice on different levels of implementation
  • Facilitate empowerment and development of targeted communities and groups
  • Share good practice, case studies, methods and models, using continental, regional, national and local platforms
  • Actively engage communities and groups in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of poverty alleviation strategies and development programmes
  •  Remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women who face multiple barriers to growth.

The conference aims to create a platform that will engage, Academics, International organisations, Parliamentarians, Civil Society organisations, provincial governments, local governments, national governments, private and public enterprises on issues related to themes of the conference. The aim of the Conference is also to create an environment where different knowledge and case studies will be shared for the development and advancement of the humanity.

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Sep 032013

The Annual Congress of the Division Biological Sciences will be held at  the University of Pretoria on 16 October 2013. It offers established scientists, and young biologists in particular, the opportunity to report on their research. This is done by making poster presentations or delivering papers. The topic of the presentation is the biodiversity of living organisms and everything that relates to this.


Learning Outcomes

Biodiversity of living organisms in the fields of human health, agriculture and biology will be addressed.

Who should attend

Young biologists and Established scientists.

Course Content

If you want to make a contribution in the form of an article or poster presentation, Management would like to receive the title and a brief summary in English and Afrikaans of the intended presentation.

Format of the Afrikaans summary is as follows: A title followed by the author’s name, the institution of the author and email address of the author. The person presenting on the day must be indicated by an asterisk. The body of the summary should consist of the following sections: Introduction, Material & Methods, Results & Discussion and should not exceed 600 words.

The English summary should consist of a title and a brief description not exceeding 50 words. These documents can be sent to the congress organiser by email to reach us by 13 September 2013.

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Aug 202013

This symposium held at The University of Pretoria on 29, and 30 August 2013, is an opportunity for Health Care Professionals to gain a better understanding of the intervention in early childhood. Presentations and case studies will be done by multi-disciplinary team members, to gain a holistic view of intervention and to understand your role in a multi-disciplinary team.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding development and pathology of the young child
  • Understanding the functioning of the multi-disciplinary team in early childhood interventions
  • Ascertaining your role within the multi-disciplinary team regarding early childhood interventions

Course Content:

Day 1

  • Brain development – Prof Izelle Smuts, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Pretoria
  • The role of the nurse in early childhood – Dr Carin Maree and Ronel Leech, Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria
  • Early intervention: Past, present and future – Prof Alta Kritzinger, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria
  • Focus areas in occupational therapy evaluation – Speaker to be confirmed
  • What do I see with my little eye? – Dr Marissa Willemse, Ophthalmologist
  • Is Development Coordination Disorder applicable within the South African context?  – Mrs Helena du Preez, Physiotherapist

Day 2

  • Genetics: Can it explain everything? – Dr Engela Honey, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria
  • Communication in the young child – Ms Esedra Strasheim, Speech and Language Therapist
  • Nutrition in the young child – Ms Janine van Niekerk, Dietician
  • The natural way – Speaker to be confirmed
  • Two case study presentations – Speaker to be confirmed
  • Ethical reasoning when working with children – Dr David Reynders, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Pretoria

Parallel Session: 30 August 2013

Assessment of Driver’s with Disabilities (registered for 7 CEU’s with the HPCSA):Presented by Caroline Rule

This workshop is an opportunity for Health Care Professionals to gain a better understanding of the driving implications for people with  disabilities. Therapists will be equipped to make informed decisions regarding clients with disabilities that wish to return to driving.

  • Legislation (Road Traffic Act, HPCSA guidelines, licensing procedures, PRDP licenses)
  • Physical assessment (driving controls, visual screening)
  • Cognitive assessment
  • On-road driving test

Entry Requirements:

Experience in the field of Health Care

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Aug 122013

The refresher course in Dental Practice Management will be held at the University of Pretoria on the  12th of October 2013 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa The seminar is an opportunity for modern oral health care professionals to obtain an advanced understanding of the competitive dental practice environment. Issues inherent to this environment  includes among others, the economy, leadership, ethics, social media, entrepreneurship, branding, stress management, team building as well as significant new developments such as public health insurance. The seminar is registered for 8 CEU`s with the HPCSA.


After attending the conference, participants should have a better understanding of:

  • The competitive dental practice environment;
  • Managing “Me” as a brand; and
  • How to improve the quality and coordination of the dental team.
  • How to develop an appropriate approach to attract and retain patients;


  • The Efficient Group – Mr Willem Basson, Head of Financial Services
  • Stress Management for Optimal Resilience – Dr Arien van der Merwe
  • Complying with Desirable Business Practices  – Advocate Yolande Guidozzi (University of Witwatersrand)
  • The Role and Importance of “Brand Me” in the World of Work  – Prof Ernest North (University of North West)
  • The Economy: Fuel for my Practice?–  Mr Dawie Roodt (Director & Chief Economist: Efficient Group)
  • Social Media: Tweak or Twitter my Brand?  – Mr Mixael de Kock (CEO: Maverick Group)
  • Combining Management & Leadership in my Practice – Prof Elsbeth Kalenderian (Harvard School of Dental Medicine)
  • Soft skills – Ms Kim Ikel (Ikel-Garner & Associates)
  • Keynote by the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi: National Health Insurance: Insurance for the Dental Profession?
  • The Power of Teams: Prof Elsbeth Kalenderian (Harvard School of Dental Medicine)
  • The Package to Success – Ms Nadeema Kahan (Professional Impressions)

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Jun 122013

The Press Regulation and Accountability Conference will be held on the 30th of August 2013 at the UNISA main campus in Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Gauteng.


In the wake of the UK Leveson enquiry, debates surrounding the regulation of the press and journalistic responsibility have come to the fore on a global stage. This conference aims to address what these developments mean within an African context. It will be hosted jointly by the School of Media and Journalism Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown and the Department of Communication Science at UNISA, Pretoria, as part of the collaborative – Media Policy and Democracy Project.

Questions of media accountability and the regulation of the press, have received much attention recently, in South Africa and around the globe.

These debates have raised a number of questions relating to the South African press accountability system including  the level of public trust in the press, the effectiveness of press self-regulation, a perceived lack of quality journalism and a decrease in journalistic ethics, concerns regarding regulation of the press and fears that in South Africa, the freedom of the press are under threat.

The UK phone hacking scandal of have brought to the fore global debates about a decrease in journalistic quality and a lack of journalistic ethics. Critics have argued that the individual’s right to human dignity must be adequately safeguarded from unnecessary damage in the press. A balance should be struck between the right to dignity and the rights of freedom of expression. However, parallel debates continue which are concerned with a marked decline on research indices in global press freedom. Africa registers disappointingly and consistently small press freedom ratings while in many places,  journalists face intimidating barriers to freedom of speech and inhibiting pressure from authorities, regulators and governments.

The main focus of this forum is the following question:

How can the press be best regulated in a way which both improves standards of journalism and holds the press satisfactorily accountable, whilst also safeguarding the freedom of the press from government interference, censorship and self-censorship?

This colloquium will include a variety of the foremost thinkers on press accountability and monitoring, Providing  a platform for the discussion of the various complexities and challenges surrounding the regulation of the press in an emerging democracy. Key media policy makers, will be invited to this event, so that discussions at this forum can both help to inform policy decision makers, as well as feed directly into the expected upcoming discussions on a South African Media Appeals Tribunal.

The key concepts and themes for discussion at this conference are:

  • Normative theories of the press and possible revisions of these perspectives
  • The role(s) and responsibility of the press in an emerging democracy
  • Public trust in the press and transparency in news organisations
  • Press freedom in Africa: a continental perspective
  • Journalistic and editorial ethics and codes of ethics
  • The relationship of the press to government and other centres of power
  • Press freedom and freedom of expression
  • Press accountability and systems of regulation – what is best practice?
  • The global impact of the UK Leveson investigation and related events

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