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Novel study raises hope for eradicating gonorrhoea
Dr Deshanta Naicker (29) said she was thrilled to obtain her PhD in Medicine, which resulted from new South African research she undertook at the University of Kwazulu-Natal on combating the bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea. Her study investigated a “reverse vaccinology” approach and alternative therapeutics to combat... Read more
DSI, NRF bridge gap between academia, public policymaking
To enhance collaboration between academia and Government, the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) launched the pilot phase of its DSI-NRF Policy Placement Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. This initiative is designed to bridge the gap between research and public policymaking, thus addressing societal challenges... Read more
Nominees announced: 2023/2024 NSTF-South32 Awards
The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 26th prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards. The NSTF-South32 Awards: The NSTF Awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognise and promote outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by SET-related... Read more
Researching the effects of high fructose consumption on memory, learning capabilities
A researcher from the University of the Free State (UFS) is studying the influence of high fructose – a type of sugar naturally found in fruits, honey, and some vegetables – on memory and learning impairments and related metabolic/ systematic changes during different developmental stages. Zinhle Priscilla Mvelase, a... Read more
NRF, Fondation Botnar, HSRC Launch u’GOOD Research Programme
Swiss philanthropic organisation, Fondation Botnar, has awarded the National Research Foundation (NRF) USD 10 million for the implementation of u’GOOD, a research programme that will study young people and their relational wellbeing in the Global South. The NRF will act as an intermediary organisation for the programme and will... Read more
Study shows surge in funding for universities, but stark inequality remains
A study commissioned by Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, has revealed a significant increase in philanthropic funding for South African universities. However, the research also exposes deep-seated disparities in funding distribution that continue to plague the higher education sector. South African universities saw a remarkable increase in... Read more
UP professor talks about humanities education’s role in a failing state
Prof Loretta Feris, Vice-Principal: Academic, University of Pretoria, was the keynote speaker at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Humanities Annual Lecture held on 8 November 2023. She addressed the Role of Humanities Education in the Context of a Failing State. The Humanities Lecture is a prestigious... Read more
SAYAS inaugurates new members
SAYAS inaugurated 10 new members at the annual ASSAf Awards Ceremony on 9 November 2023 in Cape Town. The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is the voice of young scientists in South Africa. SAYAS aims to contribute towards solutions to national and global challenges facing society; provide... Read more
ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement
ASSAf annually awards ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society. This year the awards were presented to two eminent scientists, Prof Richard Cowling and Prof Glenda Gray, at its Annual Awards Ceremony held on 9 November 2023.  Distinguished Prof Richard Cowling... Read more
SA’s top scholars honoured
Thirty-eight of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 9 November 2023. As the official Academy of South Africa, ASSAf has as a core function to honour the country’s most outstanding... Read more

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