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An Inaugural Lecture is an auspicious occasion for the University to acknowledge the appointment or promotion of new, full professors, introduce them to the academic and non-academic community of the University, and to provide opportunity for engagement with the greater community.

The presentation of an Inaugural Lecture is a significant milestone in the academic career of a full professor and provides a platform to share past research and introduce new ideas to a diverse academic and non-academic audience.

The abstract and/or full text of each lecture as well as the CV and a news piece are available for download from the bulleted list below each Professor's name. The video of each lecture has been published on our YouTube channel and can also be accessed below the bulleted list.

2021

 

PROF DEON ERASMUS

Faculty of Law
Lecture title
"Corruption, State Capture and the Betrayal of South Africa’s Vulnerable"

Date: 25 October 2021 (online event)

It is generally accepted that corruption in South Africa has become endemic. The report of the Public Protector entitled State of Capture of 2016 sets out the way in which former President Jacob Zuma and senior government officials colluded with the Gupta family in the appointment and dismissal of cabinet ministers and directors of SOE’s, which led to the improper and corrupt awarding of state contracts.  The revelations by witnesses at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture made it clear that South Africa entered a phase of state capture under the presidency of former president Jacob Zuma and is still in a state of capture.  


PROF ROELF VAN NIEKERK

Faculty of Business & Economic Sciences
Lecture title
"Psychological perspectives on the development and manifestation of extraordinary human achievements"

Date: 21 October 2021 (online event)

Psychobiographical research focuses on the lives of extraordinary individuals. In essence, psychobiographies are biographies that employ psychological theory to clarify, highlight and illuminate significant experiences, events, and contributions that characterise the lives of extraordinary individuals.  Typically, psychobiographies comprise three elements: (a) a biographical account, or life story; (b) a detailed description of contextual factors, developmental processes, and accomplishments; and (c) a theoretical interpretation of the life story.  


PROF JOANNE NAIDOO

Faculty of Health Sciences
Lecture title
"Stigma Syndemics & Symbolic (isms) in the context of HIV: Ways of Knowing in Health Care"

Date: 18 October 2021 (online event)

The negating effect of stigma on health outcomes has been widely established. Described as a hidden burden of disease, stigma significantly influences the inequities in health. The seminal work of Sociologist, Erving Goffman’s (1963), continue to underpin our current understanding of stigma as socially influenced through the symbolic interactions of everyday experiences that influences behaviour.


PROF FAROUK SMITH

Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title
"The invisible enemy of satellite electronics"

Date: 16 September 2021 (online event)

Spacecraft electronics are susceptible to the adverse effects of space radiation. Our jobs as engineers and scientists is to find ways to characterize these effects and find ways to mitigate it in order to ensure seamless operation of the satellite mission.



PROF KERRY-LYNN THOMSON

Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title
"Cybersecurity - Reducing the Attack Surface"

Date: 26 August 2021 (online event)

Almost 60% of the world’s population has access to the internet and most organisations today rely on internet connectivity to conduct business and carry out daily operations. Further to this, it is estimated that concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT) will facilitate the connections of over 125 billion ‘things’ by the year 2030. However, as people and devices are becoming more and more interconnected, and more data is being shared, the question that must be asked is – are we doing so securely?



PROFESSOR BRINK BOTHA

Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title
: "Property Development Body of Knowledge - PDBoK"

Date: 11 August 2021 (online event)

Property development constitutes one of the largest enterprises and gross domestic product contributors of the world. Property development is about the development of land or Real Estate. The business of property development boasts enormous successes over the centuries, however also incurred substantial losses. Then the Covid-19 pandemic took this sentiment to new horizons.



PROFESSOR RUSSELL PHILLIPS

Faculty of Engineering; the Built Environment and Technology
Lecture title: "The role of renewable energy in de-urbanizing post Covid Africa"

Date: 28 June 2021 (online event)

The notion of promoting a remote work concept beyond the pandemic with a view to encouraging de-urbanization is proposed in this research. To achieve meaningful levels of de-urbanization in Africa, particularly in remote, rural areas two major challenges need to be overcome, namely internet connectivity and energy supply.


2020

 

PROFESSOR PIERRE PISTORIUS

Faculty of Science
Lecture title: "Marine Apex Predators - Sentinels of Oceans under Siege"

Date: 24 August 2020 (online event)

The notion of promoting a remote work concept beyond the pandemic with a view to encouraging de-urbanization is proposed in this research. To achieve meaningful levels of de-urbanization in Africa, particularly in remote, rural areas two major challenges need to be overcome, namely internet connectivity and energy supply.


Inaugural lectures from 2016 to 2019