Recognising the diversity of SA families
What is “a family”? In South African law, the answer – or rather, answers – are broad. For example, it’s not considered unusual or unacceptable for children to move between kin and to be raised at different stages by grandparents, parents and other relatives. Kinship care is a widespread and customary... Read more
World-first: Bio-bricks from urine
The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in civil engineering Suzanne Lambert, signalling an innovative paradigm shift in waste recovery. The bio-bricks are created through a natural process called microbial carbonate precipitation. It’s not unlike the way seashells... Read more
Making SA’s techentrepreneurs future ready
Why we should stop chasing the Silicon Valley dream and rethink what Africa needs, especially in the incubator space. The technology startup ecosystem in South Africa is changing rapidly. More young entrepreneurs, corporates and the incubators such as Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, which helps propel entrepreneurs and grows the... Read more
What is needed for young scientists in Africa to become research leaders?
A new book that was launched at Stellenbosch University last week, The Next Generation of Scientists in Africa, reveals the career aspirations and research performance of scientists younger than 40 years across the African continent. The book highlights the barriers that are limiting their career progression and make recommendations... Read more
Wits scientist advises WHO on Ebola outbreak in DRC
The World Health Organization has appointed Wits Professor Helen Rees to its Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the statement of the October 2018 meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic... Read more
International recognition for solar thermal energy research at Stellenbosch University
The Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) at Stellenbosch University has received international recognition for their research excellence and standing within the concentrating solar power (CSP) community. STERG has as a consortium member been selected to receive a $2,0 million award from the United States of America (U.S.) Department... Read more
Wits University: Unlocking information for all
Wits has embraced Open Access, which refers to the practice of providing unrestricted access to peer-reviewed research journal articles via the internet. The Library, Research Office, and the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development (CLTD) at Wits jointly hosted the fifth annual Open Access Seminar in the Senate Room... Read more
Rhodes University: A case for African languages in the legal system
In August 2017, African Language Studies Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University reported that they were developing a new Honours module to ‘address the classism and language-based discrimination of our legal system’. At the time, there were only a small number of African academics... Read more
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study appoints new Director
The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Professor Edward K. Kirumira as its new Director. He will succeed Professor Hendrik Geyer who completes his final term as STIAS Director at the end of 2018. Prof Kirumira joins STIAS from the beginning of November 2018 and will assume official... Read more
National Research Foundation: UCT scientists shine at NRF awards
The University of Cape Town’s top scientific minds dominated at this year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards ceremony, accounting for 11 of the 37 academics honoured at the prestigious annual event. Together with fellow Western Cape academic institutions Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), which scooped three and... Read more