HSRC partners with SPU for research programme
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and SPU have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will focus on the higher education and development nexus of SPU in Kimberley and the Northern Cape. The MoU centres on four initial broad themes: •          urban and regional development and higher education... Read more
University of Cape Town: Pioneering ‘new science’ in Masiphumelele
At the age of five, 20% of children in Masiphumelele are already infected with tuberculosis (TB). When these children enter high school, about half are infected with TB. By the time they become young adults, the infection rate has increased to roughly 80%. That’s the reality for the community... Read more
University of Cape Town: New award for urine recycling researcher
Dr Dyllon Randall of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Civil Engineering and Future Water Institute has won the prestigious Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. This is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical process technology, nuclear technology or in making chemical... Read more
Genetic blueprint for extraordinary wood-munching fungus from the Northern Cape
A relatively unknown fungus, accidentally found growing on an Acacia tree in the Northern Cape, has emerged as a voracious wood-munching organism with enormous potential in industries based on renewable resources. The first time someone took note of Coniochaeta pulveracea was more than two hundred years ago, when the... Read more
Successful treatment of MDR-TB in DRC
​​Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a form of TB that is resistant to at least two of the most potent antibiotics used to treat TB (isoniazid and rifampicin). Compared to drug-susceptible TB, MDR-TB treatment takes longer (2 years versus 6 months), is less effective (only about 50% of patients are... Read more
Rhodes University Geography department instrumental in publishing permafrost paper
Rhodes University staff and students from the department of Geography have contributed to a Nature Communicationsjournal synopsis about global permafrost temperatures. This was made possible through the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded project on Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems. “The effects of permafrost have been studied since the International Polar... Read more
Pneumonia-causing bacteria lurk in water heater
Bacteria that could cause severe pneumonia (Legionnaires’ disease) may be lurking in your water heater or geyser, a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU) found. “Our research highlights the connection between heating regimes (when and for how long a heater is switched on) and the increase in Legionella, specifically... Read more
Research: Why screen time needs to be limited
High levels of screen time, among babies, children and adolescents, are associated with potential harm. There is increasing concern about the amount of time children and adolescents are spending in recreational screen time. There’s also increasing controversy over whether or not screen time is actually harmful. Since 2016, we (researchers who’ve... Read more
Stellenbosch, UKRI help African teens achieve their full potential
Stellenbosch University (SU) is involved in a long-term initiative championed by the UK Research and Innovation Council (UKRI) that aims to significantly improve the health and life prospects of a generation of Africa’s youth. The project is being led by Professor Lucie Cluver of Oxford University, and consists of... Read more
English-speaking, non-English-speaking Grade Rs have same short-term memory skills
Grade R learners whose mother tongue isn’t English perform just as well as their English-speaking peers when it comes to storing and processing small amounts of information needed for, among others, learning, problem solving and performing calculations. What does hold them back, however, is their lack of proficiency in... Read more