Wits scientist advises WHO on Ebola outbreak in DRC
The World Health Organization has appointed Wits Professor Helen Rees to its Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the statement of the October 2018 meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic... Read more
International recognition for solar thermal energy research at Stellenbosch University
The Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) at Stellenbosch University has received international recognition for their research excellence and standing within the concentrating solar power (CSP) community. STERG has as a consortium member been selected to receive a $2,0 million award from the United States of America (U.S.) Department... Read more
Wits University: Unlocking information for all
Wits has embraced Open Access, which refers to the practice of providing unrestricted access to peer-reviewed research journal articles via the internet. The Library, Research Office, and the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development (CLTD) at Wits jointly hosted the fifth annual Open Access Seminar in the Senate Room... Read more
Rhodes University: A case for African languages in the legal system
In August 2017, African Language Studies Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University reported that they were developing a new Honours module to ‘address the classism and language-based discrimination of our legal system’. At the time, there were only a small number of African academics... Read more
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study appoints new Director
The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Professor Edward K. Kirumira as its new Director. He will succeed Professor Hendrik Geyer who completes his final term as STIAS Director at the end of 2018. Prof Kirumira joins STIAS from the beginning of November 2018 and will assume official... Read more
National Research Foundation: UCT scientists shine at NRF awards
The University of Cape Town’s top scientific minds dominated at this year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards ceremony, accounting for 11 of the 37 academics honoured at the prestigious annual event. Together with fellow Western Cape academic institutions Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), which scooped three and... Read more
Madonsela ‘breaking the back of poverty and inequality’
Prof Thuli Madonsela, the Law Trust Chair of Social Justice in the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University (SU), will lead discussions at the first Social Justice M-Plan Expert Roundtable to take place on 27 October 2018 in Stellenbosch. The ultimate outcome of the roundtable is to work towards... Read more
UKZN Sociologist certified by Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) sociologist from the School of Social Sciences, Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan was recently accredited by the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). She is now one of only 25 certified Clinical Sociologists in the world, making her one of three women in South Africa to... Read more
The political economy of child marriage in Africa
The practice of marrying young girls continues in Africa and other parts of the world despite efforts to end the tradition. Why haven’t these interventions been more successful? Emmily Kamwendo, a UCT doctoral researcher, believes that the idea of ‘readiness for marriage’ needs to be understood and interrogated in... Read more
Prof Russel Kaschula: Celebrating love, humanity and multilingualism
Prolific writer, multilingual scholar and the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Awardee, Professor Russel Kaschula, recently presented a lecture titled “One Language, One Love, One Humanity”. With over three decades in academia, Prof Kaschula shared the tale of his love for languages through song and images. In line with... Read more