Producing physicians for tomorrow and beyond
South Africa’s healthcare system is in the midst of multiple changes. It has to expand access in a skewed system that has historically favoured urban over rural and wealthy over poor, while simultaneously transforming from a hospital- and specialist-centred approach to a patient-centred one in which primary and community-based... Read more
Stellenbosch university study finds wastewater can fight infections
Municipal wastewater may become a key ally in the fight against antibiotic-resistant disease-causing bacteria and fungi, a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU) found. “Certain bacteria in municipal wastewater produce antimicrobial compounds or biosurfactants that can help prevent the growth of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms which cause serious infections in humans,”... Read more
A delegation led by UNIVEN’s Senior Professor Georges Ekosse which included Mr Takalani Dzaga, Ms Pinkie Mukhuba and Mrs Livhuwani Nemaangani had an intensive planning session on the forthcoming International Research Congress, from Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 June 2017 at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST),... Read more
UFS language department ramps changes for students
A new curriculum, exciting third-year seminars, and a transition to continuous assessment. These are some of the changes made by the Department of English at the University of the Free State (UFS) over the past few years. The department, which also boasts four National Research Foundation (NRF) researchers, did this to tailor the... Read more
Socially-integrated engineering research to positively impact fire management in informal settlements
Stellenbosch University’s fire engineering research unit, led by Dr Richard Walls, has received a grant of R4.3m from the UK based, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).   The unit is collaborating with the University of Edinburgh’s BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering (CFSE) with a shared commitment to... Read more
A ground-breaking research project which looks at how factors such as race, gender, class and language intersect to create inequality among university students is on the cards. The three-year project sees a team of academics from four universities exploring how these demographic characteristics combine to create inequalities among students... Read more
Dr Makutoane to present research on world stage in US
To present a research paper at an international conference of about 10 000 people and where 100 sessions are taking place at the same time is what dreams are made of for an academic. This is no longer a dream for the humble Dr Tshokolo Makutoane who will share his knowledge... Read more
Night-time tracking of island “ghost birds”
Plettenberg Bay zoology masters student Danielle van den Heever adopted a nocturnal routine to study tropical “ghost birds”, slightly bigger than doves yet tough enough to fly hundreds of kilometres out to sea. Van den Heever, 24, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (Mapru), studied... Read more
Four NWU researchers in running for science oscars
Four scientists of the North-West University (NWU) are finalists in the National Science and Technology’s (NSTF) prestigious science awards, also known as the “science oscars” of South Africa. Prof Louis du Preez (zoology), Prof Alta Schutte (cardiovascular physiology), Prof Melville Saayman (tourism) and Prof Linda Godfrey (waste research) were announced as finalists in... Read more
NWU PhD student receives prize for best research journal
Sidwell Sihlangu, a PhD student from the North-West University`s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng, received prize money to the value of R20 000 for the best researched journal in scientific innovation at the recent Provincial Youth in Agriculture Awards (YAA) on 23 June 2017 in Wolmaranstad. Sidwell received this prize... Read more