SA scientist unveils ground-breaking fossil discovery
South Africa’s leading researcher on Devonian marginal marine ecosystems and early vertebrates – or ancient fish and early tetrapods – Dr Robert Gess has announced the ground-breaking discovery of what is believed to be a 360 million-year-old fossil. The two new species, named Tutusius and Umzantsia, are Africa’s earliest... Read more
Research Week launch focuses on the need for research visibility in Africa
Rhodes’ Research Week kicked off yesterday with talks highlighting the importance of research visibility, language preservation and use and stakeholder unity. Rhodes University Library (RUL) and the Research Office launched their second annual Research Week event at Rhodes University’s Postgraduate Commons yesterday. Research Week will run over the remainder... Read more
Masters Graduate explores potential contribution of Rumi’s work to Adult Education
School Principal Mr Muhammad Reza Ebrahim graduated with a Masters in Education. Ebrahim’s dissertation explored the potential contribution of Jalaludin Rumi’s (1207-1273) work to Freirean emancipatory adult education. Adopting a post-colonial lens, his study evaluated the misrepresentation of Islam, Sufism and Rumi by some scholars and writers in the... Read more
Africa-centred energy technologies are safe and sustainable
Clean, safe and sustainable energy is a rare commodity in Africa and access to it is a challenge that many communities encounter. One such community is Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia. Although it was formally electrified in 2016, community members still resort to using wood fires and paraffin stoves... Read more
Thuthuka Grant awards for five UKZN researchers
Five researchers in the School of Life Science’s Biotechnology cluster on the Westville campus have been awarded National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka Grants to support their work. Dr Oliver Zishiri and Dr Matthew Adeleke of the Genetics Discipline, Dr Nontobeko Eunice Mvubu of Microbiology, and PhD candidate Ms Seipati Mokhosi and Dr Karen Pillay of Biochemistry received grants for their work... Read more
Research group rethinks white societies in Southern Africa
Profs David Roediger and Jonathan Hyslop, international delegates who presented keynote addresses at the workshop. Photo: Eugene Seegers     Poor, Precarious, White? Rethinking white societies in Southern Africa, 1930s-1990s is a two-day workshop that was recently convened by the International Studies Group (ISG) with financial support from the office... Read more
College of Health Sciences launches infectious diseases research programme
Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA) – an Africa-led, multi-disciplinary research programme – has been launched by the College of Health Sciences at the Mgedula Primary School in Ingwavuma in northern KwaZulu-Natal. ‘The project explores and draws lessons from ways different African health systems tackle infectious diseases,’ said TIBA... Read more
Wits Oral Health sinks its teeth into World Oral Health Day
In South Africa, over 60% of primary school children suffer from dental decay and more than 80% of these children remain untreated for the disease. Ninety percent of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime. World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated annually on 20... Read more
Unisa water tests reveal startling clues about health and lifestyles in SA
Traces of heroin, cocaine, statins, fibrins, and other drugs, both medicinal and recreational, are showing up in treated wastewater in Gauteng, providing more than a few clues about the health status and lifestyles of the population. Unisa water researchers have started testing the waters at strategic points in the... Read more
New approach to research in biomedical engineering
  The huge potential for innovation and human capacity building in the fast-growing field of biomedical engineering is to be deliberated by experts from all over the world at the South African Biomedical Engineering (SABEC2018) conference held from 4 to 6 April 2018 at the Spier Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch. A new approach... Read more