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
KZN Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform Established
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP – the Kwazulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform. This signed agreement with the TIA takes the omics/informatics facility to new levels. Professor Tulio de Oliveira said: “This means that we have the first... Read more
Selling Agenda 2063 to Africa
Africa cannot evolve without research.” Charles Wangadya, Policy Officer of the Strategic Planning, Policy, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Resource Mobilisation Directorate of the African Union Commission (AUC), was speaking at a high-level meeting between Unisa and the AUC on 18 July 2017. Front, Charles Wangadya (Policy Officer: Strategic Planning, Policy, Monitoring,... Read more
Rhodes scientist develops new way to purify communal water
Aphiwe Mfuku, 25 is on the verge of launching innovative research that will provide solutions to the water crisis currently faced by the country, including Rhodes University. As of Wednesday, 12 July 2017, Rhodes University has declared a water crisis and will launch a campaign to preserve water as... Read more
Young researchers highlight biodiversity of Golden Gate at international colloquium
Jacob Mabena, Dineo Modise, and Zama Shandu are some of the young and brightest researchers on the Qwaqwa Campus. This was confirmed when their posters, summarising their research, were selected as the best during the Afromontane Research Unit Colloquium. Study beneficial to livestock farmers in Golden Gate  Mabena’s poster was... Read more
Science is diversifying the uses of traditional medicines
According to the World Health Organisation, a large majority of the African population are making use of traditional medicines for health, socio-cultural, and economic purposes. In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses traditional medicines for primary healthcare. The Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) was identified as a lead programme... Read more
UP researcher honoured at Commonwealth Science Conference
Osmond Mlonyeni, a doctoral student at the University of Pretoria (UP), was selected as one of the top three presenters at the student and postdoctoral session at the Commonwealth Science Conference, held in Singapore in June this year. Mlonyeni received a travel grant worth up to £6 000 (approximately R100 000)... Read more
Perspective on Africa’s development
Nations that have excelled in innovation have benefited from substantial government investment in building a higher quality higher education system and training young minds in science, technology, IT and maths (STEM) and related fields said Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius. Speaking at the British Council’s Going... Read more
Crick African Network to train top African scientists
The Francis Crick Institute and five partner institutes in Africa have today announced a fellowship programme to train African researchers to tackle infectious diseases in their home countries. The programme, called the Crick African Network, is supported by a £6 million grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund, a... Read more