UCT holds its position in 2018 QS rankings
UCT remains ranked at 191 in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which were released on 8 June. UCT also remains the top university in Africa. Three other African universities were included in the top 400: Stellenbosch University (361), the University of the Witwatersrand (364) and The American University... 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
Age no obstacle for Eastern Cape jazz legend
More than 1578 qualifications were conferred during the autumn graduation ceremonies held in East London from 19 to 20 May 2017 at the Abbotsford Christian Centre. Amongst the recipients was 77-year-old Eastern Cape jazz legend Retsi Pule, who graduated with a national diploma in Public Relations Management. Despite having... Read more
Chemistry lecturer to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting
A lecturer in the School of chemistry and physics, Dr Nolwazi Nombona, will attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany in June. Nombona, selected for the trip by the African Academy of Science (AAS), joins fellow UKZN representative Dr Mark Williams-Wynn, who is being sent by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).... Read more
Cum laude masters graduate encourages students to persevere through disadvantage
Sabelo Shezi of the Discipline Of Bioresources Engineering has received his master’s degree cum laude in bioresources systems – an achievement made all the more significant because of the challenges he had to overcome. Shezi is originally from the rural KwaHlathi area near Ladysmith where subsistence farming is a widespread practice.... Read more
Academic successes of UKZN student leaders celebrated
UKZN celebrated the academic successes of student leaders at a gala dinner on the Westville campus. Former SRC President on the Pietermaritzburg campus and former head of ministry at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, Thokozani Magwaza, commended the students on their achievements. Magwaza, who holds a BSocSci... Read more
One of TUT’s number one female leaders in run for 2017 business woman award
Cleo Ndhlovu, manager of the Centre for Tissue Engineering, based at the CSIR, and one of the number one female leaders at the University, is in the run to become the next Business Woman of the Year. The South African Council for Businesswomen (SACBW) recently announced the list of... Read more
Tendani Mutavhatsindi makes it against all odds
The Univen community celebrated Africa Day on 24 May. Themed ‘Showcasing African unity in diversity’, the main attractions were Univen arts groups and a debating competition. “Univen is a university in transformation which is strengthening its position as locally relevant but globally competitive,” said Univen’s director: international relations, Cornelius... Read more
New IT skill set is introduced to fight cybercrime
Cyber security is becoming a challenge worldwide, as attackers are hacking into systems of organisations. Currently, South Africa is reported among the Top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to insecure Internet networks. On Monday, 12 June 2017, the Central University of Technology Innovation Services (CUTis)... 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