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Trailblazing twin geologists determined to make a difference
Growing up in a rural village in South Africa, twins Makobo Simelane and Mabusha Nyelisani would spend hours playing the traditional storytelling game, maskitlana. It involves hitting rocks against each other in a role play, narrating a story and your friends gathering to hear a story. But for Makobo... Read more
Optometry Graduate Sets her Sights on Helping the Less Privileged
“This is a dream come true,” said Ms Zaakirah Moola who was awarded a Bachelor of Optometry summa cum laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on Wednesday, 26 May 2021. Moola believes that anyone can achieve good results with hard work and dedication and hopes to expand her knowledge... Read more
Wits neuropsychologist awarded prestigious global scholarship
Dr Sahba Besharati in the Department of Psychology is one of just 19 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars, a programme that supports early-career researchers. CIFAR (pronounced “see-far”) is the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, established some 40 years ago at the University of Toronto, Canada.   The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars... Read more
Rare honours and international recognition for UCT research managers
UCT staff members Natalie Le Roux (senior research manager in the Research Office) and Sidney Engelbrecht (manager: Research Ethics and Compliance in the Faculty of Health Sciences) both obtained Research Management Professional (RMP) status. The two received this honour during the first opportunity afforded to Africa’s research managers to receive this... Read more
Young tech entrepreneur makes waves with game-changing software
Joseph Chepiri is a 26-year-old tech entrepreneur based in South Africa and making waves in the ICT sector after recently launching his software company which develops cutting edge trading technologies. With all the current hype happening around forex trading, the software is designed to assist novice traders in navigating... Read more
Record number of qualifications for SU in 2020 despite COVID-19 challenges
Stellenbosch University (SU) has broken its own record for the most qualifications awarded at the institution in an academic year. The latest figures show that the University conferred 9 234 degrees, certificates and diplomas in 2020 – up from the previous record of 9 133 set in 2019. “This is a... Read more
Eight UP academics and science centre Sci-Enza selected as finalists for NSTF-South32 Awards
Eight academics from the University of Pretoria (UP) and Sci-Enza, a science centre and non-governmental organisation at UP, have been selected as finalists in the 2020/2021 National Science and Technology Forum’s (NSTF) NSTF-South32 Awards. The theme for this year’s awards is ‘Creative Economy’, and is in recognition of the... Read more
WSU academic a solution to Mthatha medical crisis
Mthatha born Anaesthesiologist and academic, Professor Busisiwe Mrara, works outside her usual environment to supervise patient care before, during and after surgery alongside an anaesthesia care team at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) head of department (Anaesthesiology) andPh.D candidate is committed to improving the health... Read more
NWU engineers and biokineticists brainstorm for 2024 Bionic Olympics
The North-West University’s (NWU’s) engineers and biokineticists are preparing to take on universities from around the world in the 2024 International Cybathlon, which will see athletes with physical disabilities competing to complete everyday tasks using state-of-the-art technical assistance systems.  Prof Leenta Grobler, group leader in the medical device development... Read more
Graduate Bags 16 Distinctions!
Ms Theshaya Naidoo scored 16 distinctions during her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree studies which she achieved with a cum laude pass. She graduated on, 27 May 2021. Naidoo said she was proud to be following in the footsteps of her late aunt who had attended UKZN and her... Read more

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