Blended learning study scoops research award
Undergraduate students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Health Sciences (SHS) presented their winning discipline-specific research projects at the School’s annual Research Day. Academic leader of Research in the SHS, Professor Pragashnie Govender, encouraged the students to adopt a science communication approach and ensure that the findings of... Read more
Prof Limo Rutto awarded the NRF rating
The Vaal University of Technology’s Associate Professor Limo Rutto has been awarded an NRF rating. According to the VUT’s research website; NRF Rated Researchers are the bright minds that empower and propel the research within a given institution and a particular industry or field. The VUT NRF researchers aren’t only... Read more
Researcher’s memory loss cure breakthrough
A new medical breakthrough by WSU’s pharmacognostic researcher, Dr Taiwo Olayemi Elufioye could help recover memory loss through a groundbreaking anti-aging drug discovery at the university. In her research study titled: “Metabolomic Profiling of Selected Medicinal Plants With Memory Enhancing And Related Potentials Using Direct Or Hyphenated Spectroscopic Methods”... Read more
Senate committees propose SU adopts Global Research Code
Two Senate committees have recommended that Stellenbosch University (SU) formally adopts the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings ( at its next Senate meeting in November 2019. The Research Ethics Committee of Senate made this recommendation at its scheduled meeting last week (Friday 30 August 2019)... Read more
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