Habitat destruction, poaching is threatening the Sungazer
Novel genetic techniques might be used to understand the effects of habitat transformation as well as to combat illegal trade of the animals. The Sungazer (Smaug giganteus), a dragon-like lizard species endemic to the Highveld regions of South Africa, is facing an assault on two fronts as farming and... Read more
UKZN produces new medicines to fight antibiotic resistance
UKZN’s Novel Drug Delivery Unit is designing and manufacturing several novel medicines to fight antibiotic resistance under the leadership of Professor Thirumala Govender with her Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Rahul Kalhapure. The team’s recent achievements also include, the successful filing of a patent application in the UK, winning a national... Read more
Major grant for research on infectious diseases in Africa
Stellenbosch University is among five African institutions to benefit from a grant of nearly R102 million (£6 million) from the United Kingdom’s Global Challenges Research Fund to tackle infectious diseases in their home countries in collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute in London. Called the Crick African Network, this is one... Read more
Corridors of freedom and transformation through transit
Researchers have confirmed that transport-orientated development is a good choice to ensure a spatially transformed Johannesburg in 2057. The South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (SA&CP) at Wits University, the Agence Française de Développement, and the City of Johannesburg launched the Spatial Transformation Through Transit-Orientated Development in Johannesburg... Read more
Human sciences celebrate diverse research
On 28 July the Faculty of Human Sciences marked a decade of diverse research when the annual research seminar was held at Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park. This year’s Human Sciences Faculty Seminar was held under the theme Decade of Discourse: celebrating diverse research... Read more
YRU study shows aggressive numbers of bullying in Gauteng
Unisa’s Youth Research Unit (YRU), which operates under the Communication and Behavioural Research Division of the Bureau of Market Research (BMR), conducted a survey on the prevalence rates of bullying among a representative learners sample of 17 secondary schools in Gauteng. Using descriptive analysis, key findings were revealed. In... Read more
Elderly suffer from malnutrition
Old age is supposed to be a worry-free time when you can sit back and enjoy your twilight years. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many elderly South Africans above 60 who are more likely to suffer from, amongst others, disease, trauma, poverty and malnutrition. “Malnutrition, in particular, is... Read more
Crime-busting maggots: how insects can be the key to unlocking murder cases
Time of death can prove critical in a murder investigation and prosecution. But estimating time of death is a fine science, one that the police don’t necessarily have the capacity to undertake. UCT’s Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology is working with police to try create a partnership in... Read more
When it comes to nuclear energy, knowledge is power
Mention nuclear power and the response probably won’t be favourable. More than likely, you’ll hear mutterings about corrupt government deals and fears about the hazards of exposure to radiation. So what is the real deal with nuclear power? Prof Jeanne Kriek of Unisa’s Institute for Science and Technology (ISTE)... Read more
FABI research opens up a world of science for learners
The Forestry and Agricultural Biodiversity Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria recently took science to the community of Philippi. FABI doctoral student Joey Hulbert has initiated the Cape Citizen Science project, the aim of which is to get the public engaged in research about the population genetics of Phytophthora cinnamomi and the phylogenetics of... Read more