Researcher looks at ticks, fleas that bug African penguins
Dr Marcela Espinaze from Stellenbosch University (SU) knows more than the average person about the ticks and fleas that are naturally part of an African penguin’s life. It’s because penguin parasites have been part and parcel of the 36-year old Chilean veterinarian’s life for the past four years. She... Read more
Mother encouraged top graduate from Ghana
“You never really grow if you continue staying in your comfort zone,” are the philosophical words of Kwame Donkor (29) from Ghana who hasn’t seen his family in over two years since he began his academic career at Stellenbosch University (SU). Donkor is among the more than 3 000... Read more
SA plunges in gender wage equality
Eradicating the gender pay gap will make a significant contribution to the transformation of the South African economy by improving workplace equality and alleviating poverty and financial vulnerability that particularly affects women – and corporate board directors and investors have a key role to play. The 2018 World Economic... Read more
SU’s first three trailblazers graduate with an MSc in food, nutrition security 
Alison Barr, Hlanzeka Mpanza and Anja Lategan will forever go down in the annals of Stellenbosch University (SU) as trailblazers. They are the first three students to graduate with an MSc degree in Food and Nutrition Security from the institution after the programme was first launched in 2017. Mpanza... Read more
SU’s SRC to host capella concert
The Culture Committee (KuKo) of the Stellenbosch University SRC will be hosting an a capella concert in association with the a capella ensemble Shades of Yale University on Friday, 15 March. Shades of Yale, an ensemble that specialises in “music of the African diaspora & African-American tradition”, will be... Read more
Matie students highlight environmental issues
This week, students at Stellenbosch University run a huge recycling programme as part of EcoWeek – a week-long campaign aimed at promoting awareness of sustainable practices. EcoWeek, that kicked off on Monday and runs until Friday 9 March, is a collaborative initiative between Golden Key Stellenbosch, the United Nations... Read more
Stellenbosch University Open Day offers transformative experience
“Stellenbosch University (SU) has over the past 100 years become known for its spirit of mutual togetherness, support and friendship. Stellenbosch offers a unique personal experience that will prepare you to succeed in a diverse and changing world.” With these words, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching at... Read more
Genetic blueprint for extraordinary wood-munching fungus from the Northern Cape
A relatively unknown fungus, accidentally found growing on an Acacia tree in the Northern Cape, has emerged as a voracious wood-munching organism with enormous potential in industries based on renewable resources. The first time someone took note of Coniochaeta pulveracea was more than two hundred years ago, when the... Read more
Successful treatment of MDR-TB in DRC
​​Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a form of TB that is resistant to at least two of the most potent antibiotics used to treat TB (isoniazid and rifampicin). Compared to drug-susceptible TB, MDR-TB treatment takes longer (2 years versus 6 months), is less effective (only about 50% of patients are... Read more
Pneumonia-causing bacteria lurk in water heater
Bacteria that could cause severe pneumonia (Legionnaires’ disease) may be lurking in your water heater or geyser, a new study at Stellenbosch University (SU) found. “Our research highlights the connection between heating regimes (when and for how long a heater is switched on) and the increase in Legionella, specifically... Read more