New IT skill set is introduced to fight cybercrime
Cyber security is becoming a challenge worldwide, as attackers are hacking into systems of organisations. Currently, South Africa is reported among the Top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to insecure Internet networks. On Monday, 12 June 2017, the Central University of Technology Innovation Services (CUTis)... Read more
Course in minimal access gynaecological surgery in full swing
Launched in April 2016, the new MPhil degree in Minimal Access Gynaecological Surgery (MAGS) is in full swing. And, according to programme coordinator Dr Viju Thomas, the first fellow is making great progress. This innovative programme is offered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty... Read more
Mining sector employs less people; manganese workers highest earners
The South African Chamber of Mines has released its annual fact book, reporting on the performance of the mining sector in 2016, as well as mine workers salaries. It employed 7.9% of all private sector labour (-4.5% on 2015) and nearly 6% of all people employed in South Africa (5%... Read more
Funding of R8.7 million for skills development in manufacturing and teacher training signed over to UFS
The MerSETA (Skills and Training Authority for Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of the Free State (UFS) for a grant of approximately R8.7million on 14 June 2017, which will be disbursed over a three-year period. UFS seeks to bridge the skills gap... Read more
Certificate backlog rectified
In a joint presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) reported that they have issued all but 655 outstanding certificates, 0,3 percent of the certificates that were outstanding at the beginning of the year. DHET, the State Information... Read more
SA has highest blood pressure in Southern Africa
A study by Wits scientists and peers has revealed that South Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension in southern Africa. South Africa also has the largest number of people whose blood pressure is still not controlled, even whilst on treatment. These were among the findings of a paper, entitled: Stark... Read more
Absa helps Wits students prosper
Absa Bank has donated over R15m to Wits University in aid of student funding. On Friday, 9 June 2017, representatives from Absa’s Scholarship Programme handed over a cheque to Wits to give academically talented but financially inhibited students an opportunity to study with less financial burdens. The donation enabled... Read more
Man meets machine…machine reads man!
Unisa’s School of Computing (SoC) has proven once again that it is at the cutting edge of technology and research by acquiring equipment that measures a wide range of physiological indicators. Psychophysiology is an area of psychology that measures an individual’s bodily responses to reveal something about their mental state and... Read more
UKZN signs agreement with international business school
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UKZN and an international education institution based in Mauritius, Amity Business School, has been finalised. The MoU was signed earlier this year and the director of the school in Mauritius, Dr Dhananjay Keskar, visited UKZN to discuss and complete the agreement. UKZN’s Dr... Read more
TUT tackles maths, science problem
In a first for the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (TUTFEBE), Prof SP Daniel Chowdhury, a research professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, together with a team of lecturers have developed a maths and science workshop to get mathematics... Read more