Citrus, grape by-products could be used to preserve food
Large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives. This is one of the main findings of an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “Our research has shown... Read more
UKZN’s youngest dean claims another first
Dean and Head of the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Professor Thabo Msibi was recently honoured with a P-Rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). Msibi becomes the first education specialist in South Africa to receive this honour. The rating, also known as the President’s... Read more
Gamification could improve student engagement, student success
Gamification or the application of game elements such as points, badges, leader boards and levels in online learning activities can motivate students to be more engaged with their work and ultimately help them to be successful in their studies. This is according to Dr Samantha Adams a lecturer in... Read more
Researcher aims to ARVs child-friendly
With over 1.8 million children living with HIV, treatment is vital – but there’s a severe lack of child-friendly treatment formulations. UWC’s Dr Marique Aucamp hopes to change that, and ensure ARV drugs are palatable, low-cost, and effective. For the millions of children living with HIV, affordable and child-friendly... Read more
Researcher looks at ticks, fleas that bug African penguins
Dr Marcela Espinaze from Stellenbosch University (SU) knows more than the average person about the ticks and fleas that are naturally part of an African penguin’s life. It’s because penguin parasites have been part and parcel of the 36-year old Chilean veterinarian’s life for the past four years. She... Read more
SPU academic explores Karoo human pasts
Before the Anthropocene: Human pasts in Karoo landscapes Published recently in the African Journal of Range and Forage Science, Professor David Morris has researched the fascinating subject of early human settlements in the so-called “untouched, pristine and wide open” typically characterised Karoo landscapes. “The human footprint is relatively diffuse... Read more
SPU’s Dr Marga Stander tackles plagiarism
Dr Marga Stander of the Department of English in the School of Humanities at Sol Plaatje University has recently had a research article published in the Journal of Further and Higher Education. Entitled, “Strategies to help university students avoid plagiarism: a focus on translation as an intervention strategy” the... Read more
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