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Geologists Warn Tropical Cyclones Could Hit KZN in the Future
An international study led out of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and published in the journal Nature Geoscience has used state-of-the-art techniques to investigate seabed sediments, revealing that severe tropical cyclones made landfall on the eastern coast of South Africa in the past and that under projected climate change... Read more
How UFS research assists teachers in identifying children who need developmental help
Research done by the University of the Free State (UFS) has shown that Grade 1 learners not only experience visual problems, but also developmental coordination disorder. Teachers and parents can help to identify this. In the first study published in the South African Journal of Child Health (https://doi.org/10.7196/SAJCH.2021.v15i1.1705), Dr Monique de Milander,... Read more
Agriculture Lecturer attains NRF rating
The number of MUT academics that receive NRF (National Research Foundation) rating keeps growing. Lately, the University welcomed news that Dr Festus Adejoro, a lecturer in the Department of Agriculture, has been granted a ‘Y’ by the NRF. A ‘Y’ rating indicates that one is a promising young researcher.... Read more
Putting an environmental spin on laundry days
Cold water or hot water? Omo or Skip? Laundry blues is a reality in most households and when you add stains to the equation, then what was supposed to be part of your weekly household routine, becomes frustrating and time-consuming. Researchers at the University of the Free State (UFS)... Read more
Gender mainstreaming in Warwick Market to promote inclusive cities
Exploring the concept of Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Space to Promote Inclusive Cities: A Case of Warwick Market, earned Kiara Rampaul, a Master of Town and Regional Planning degree. Rampaul, whose research concentrated on theorising urban spaces through a feminist planning perspective, says while there is gender balance in... Read more
Proper investment, biodiversity stewardship crucial for SA’s ecological infrastructure
Investment in ecological infrastructure (EI)  ̶  ecosystems such as mountain catchments, wetlands, coastal dunes and riparian corridors that deliver a range of essential services to humans  ̶  is largely driven by the need to protect and conserve biodiversity and to mitigate the effects of environmental degradation. This is according... Read more
Masters graduates explored community development issues in research
A desire to play a role in improving health-related matters in communities spurred the research of two graduates – Zandile Msimango and Bridget Msomi – who were awarded master’s degrees in Community and Development. Msimango says her interest in health-related issues began after exposure to chronic illnesses such as... Read more
Drones and elephants: This is the way to go
Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers have been involved in the first ever paper to be published containing practical guidelines and a suggested ethical protocol on how to cause as little as possible disturbance to elephants when flying over them with drones. These tips might come in handy to both filmmakers... Read more
UKZN successfully fires up powerful liquid rocket engine in ground tests
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Aerospace Systems Research Group (ASReG) has successfully tested a powerful liquid propellant rocket engine as the first step towards developing a launch vehicle for placing satellites into Earth orbit. The Ablative Blow-down Liquid Engine (ABLE) was designed by mechanical engineering students in the master’s and... Read more
Honing in on Hippos
Graduate, Dr Camille Fritsch gained a PhD in Ecological Sciences from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) for his study on aspects of the behavioural ecology of the common hippopotamus. “This research area provided me with the opportunity to do challenging and rewarding work while contributing to improving conservation efforts... Read more

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