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
Genetic blueprint for extraordinary wood-munching fungus from the Northern Cape
A relatively unknown fungus, accidentally found growing on an Acacia tree in the Northern Cape, has emerged as a voracious wood-munching organism with enormous potential in industries based on renewable resources. The first time someone took note of Coniochaeta pulveracea was more than two hundred years ago, when the... Read more
Successful treatment of MDR-TB in DRC
​​Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a form of TB that is resistant to at least two of the most potent antibiotics used to treat TB (isoniazid and rifampicin). Compared to drug-susceptible TB, MDR-TB treatment takes longer (2 years versus 6 months), is less effective (only about 50% of patients are... Read more
Rhodes University Geography department instrumental in publishing permafrost paper
Rhodes University staff and students from the department of Geography have contributed to a Nature Communicationsjournal synopsis about global permafrost temperatures. This was made possible through the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded project on Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems. “The effects of permafrost have been studied since the International Polar... Read more