Varsity mountain bike race venue fit for connoisseurs
Participants in the second Varsity MTB Challenge can expect a connoisseur experience when Nederburg Wines host the two-day race at their estate in Paarl later this year. ASG events operations manager Darren Herbst said Nederburg’s continued involvement added much value to what they were promoting as the ultimate alumni... Read more
New hermit crab species
It has green eyes, a girl’s name and, like other parapagurid species, piggybacks its tentacled lodgers around in a unique biological marriage called symbiosis. Meet Paragiopagurus atkinsonae, a new species of deep-water hermit crab found only in a tiny area off the West Coast of South Africa. The wee beastie... Read more
Baby Protea Stephanie Brandt ready for Netball World Youth Cup
A Matie, a Southern Sting and now a Baby Protea. Goalkeeper Stephanie Brandt (21), who has represented Maties on the netball court since her first year in 2015, will represent South Africa at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana from 8-16 July. The tournament is held every four years.... Read more
Alert: Fine art college in Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg illegal
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) would like to reiterate that the annulment of an operating licence for the Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design (CFAD) College effected in November 2016 still remains. The Institution has until 31 December 2017 to phase out pipe-line students. Similarly... Read more
Personal mobile platform helps prevent spread of HIV
While mobile platforms are becoming an increasingly common medical and public health tool, few evaluations of their effectiveness exist. A new joint doctoral thesis from the Karolinska Institute (KI) in Sweden and Stellenbosch University (SU) shows that using mobile platforms for recently circumcised men can reduce the spread of... Read more
Stellenbosch university study finds wastewater can fight infections
Municipal wastewater may become a key ally in the fight against antibiotic-resistant disease-causing bacteria and fungi, a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU) found. “Certain bacteria in municipal wastewater produce antimicrobial compounds or biosurfactants that can help prevent the growth of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms which cause serious infections in humans,”... Read more
Students complete sailing training
CPUT students were recognised for their commitment and dedication to a pilot sailing project which aims to transform the sport. The sailing programme was held at the Royal Cape Yacht Club over five weeks and the students were commended for their outstanding attendance which averaged close to 100%. The project... Read more
CPUT Students off to Norway
Three bright CPUT students will soon be jetting off to Norway where they will gain valuable skills and experience in their field as part of their work integrated learning experience. Third year BHSc: medical laboratory sciences students Erin Jacobs, Linah Mjuleni and Renaldo Pool will spend three months in... Read more
Paediatricians share skills with EC colleagues
After only six months as a registrar in paediatrics at Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Dr Lunga Mfingwana (29), who hails from the Eastern Cape, was so inspired that he started planning an outreach action to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha. “It... Read more
Socially-integrated engineering research to positively impact fire management in informal settlements
Stellenbosch University’s fire engineering research unit, led by Dr Richard Walls, has received a grant of R4.3m from the UK based, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).   The unit is collaborating with the University of Edinburgh’s BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering (CFSE) with a shared commitment to... Read more