Social media: It’s for academics too
Renowned UK digital sociologist and social media consultant Mark Carrigan  says academics and researchers should set aside the traditional views of social media and look how they can use to improve how they communicate and connect professionally. Social media for academics , published by Sage , according to the... Read more
Online assessment could improve maths marks of deaf learners
Online mathematics assessment (OMA) could help improve the mathematics performance of deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in South Africa. This is one of the key findings of a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “OMAs can help deaf and hard-of-hearing learners to understand difficult mathematical concepts and provide them with... Read more
Thumbs up for breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the most beneficial feeding option for infants born to HIV-infected women and should be continued until at least 12 months. This 2010 recommendation by the World Health Organisation (WHO), revised in 2013 and again in 2016 and supported in South Africa in the Tshwane Declaration of 2011,... Read more
University impresses parly committee
Members of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training have expressed their appreciation for the amount of vaccines research and discoveries at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. “This is the kind of work that South Africans should be aware of about their own universities. The medical discoveries and... Read more
Should we be worried about hepatitis E?
Hepatitis E gets little press compared to its better-known cousins A, B and C, but Stellenbosch University (SU) virologists say we should wake up to how the transmission of this virus is changing. World Hepatitis Day is marked on 28 July. Infection with the hepatitis E virus (HEV) is... Read more
Aardvarks’ tragic fate points to worrying consequences due to climate change
The aardvark will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go well beyond a decline in aardvark safari encounters. The aardvark, a highlight for anyone on a game-viewing African safari, will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go... Read more
A new indigenous personality test for South Africa
Psychological assessments for employees have been controversial in South Africa because of the country’s troubled past. Cognitive ability and personality tests, for example, were originally developed for white, English speakers, but have been applied to other language groups as determined by Apartheid laws. In response, researchers at the University... Read more
Food Security Initiative welcomes first postdoc
The Food Security Initiative based in Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of AgriSciences has welcomed its first postdoctoral researcher. Dr Sandra Boatemaa will be researching matters related to food systems governance in Southern Africa. It is a challenge that Dr Boatemaa is looking forward to. She previously worked as a field... Read more
Cultural flexibility was key for early humans to survive extremely dry Southern Africa
Early human’s ability to survive through prolonged arid areas in southern Africa developed from their ability to innovate and adapt. The flexibility and ability to adapt to changing climates by employing various cultural innovations allowed communities of early humans to survive through a prolonged period of pronounced aridification. The... Read more
Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology Chair renewed for third cycle
Prof Nigel Bennett, the current incumbent of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) / National Research Foundation (NRF) Joint Research Chair (SARChl) in the field of Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology at the University of Pretoria (UP), successfully won its bid for the third and last five-year cycle.... Read more