Farmers, researchers collaborate to make waste useful
A workshop convened by the Rural Development and Innovation Hub (RDIH) at the University of Limpopo (UL), has convened small-scale farmers and researchers to collaborate on practices of using waste as energy. The one-day workshop was the first phase of the RDIH study on “Waste-to-energy practices on small-scale farms”... Read more
World leading HIV vaccinologist now Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research at Wits
Professor Lynn Morris takes the reins today for five years as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation at Wits University. Morris has demonstrable experience in research management and leadership and will drive the research agenda as the University approaches its centenary in 2022. Her appointment acknowledges her extensive research... Read more
Exploring ways to value water
Researchers from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) transdisciplinary Future Water Institute recently highlighted some of their projects that explore different ways of valuing water. This is in keeping with the theme for this year’s World Water Day on 22 March: “Valuing water” – determining what water means to people, understanding its... Read more
UP part of global team that reveals behaviour of magnetic fields around black holes
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration – which produced the first-ever image of a black hole and of which the University of Pretoria (UP) is an associate institute – has revealed a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: what it looks like... Read more
Study shows children with TB desperately need continued care
Many children with tuberculosis (TB) don’t receive the necessary treatment because of challenges with diagnosis and reporting. A relatively simple, hospital-based intervention could help to reduce the gap in reporting when children are diagnosed at hospitals and ensure a continuation of TB care once they’re discharged back to their... Read more
Dr Gina Chowa received prestigious research from University of North Carolina
Dr Gina Chowa, CSDA Research Associate has been named the Johnson-Howard-Adair Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work. This endowed professorship recognises a leading scholar whose work is focused on the impact and influence of poverty on individuals, families... Read more
Biodegradable cigarette butts have unintended consequences on the environment
With an estimated 5.6 trillion cigarette butts discarded every year, smoking has in more ways than one become one of the leading causes of environmental pollution in the world. Now a group of third year microbiology students from Stellenbosch University (SU) have determined that even so-called environmentally-friendly biodegradable cigarettes... Read more
SU researchers reimagine housing post COVID-19 with a return to the kraal
A return to the ‘kraal’ – or at least a dwelling around a central courtyard and water feature – can just be the secret to unlocking successful housing in years to come. This is according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers from across Sub-Saharan Africa and specifically Stellenbosch University... Read more
Cape Town’s economically vulnerable hit harder by first Covid-19 wave
The stark inequalities within the South African population were brought to the fore in a new study by Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers that shows that poorer communities were much harder hit by the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic than more affluent communities. These findings suggest that lockdown regulations... Read more
First estimate of Namibia’s dolphin populations
The Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area (NIMPA), covers 25% of the overall coastline of Namibia and one of the largest MPA’s in Africa, is home to a substantial population of around 1 600 Heaviside’s dolphins and 3 500 African dusky dolphins. These are the findings from the first population estimate of the... Read more

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