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Academic libraries help combat COVID-19 related fake news
Academic libraries in South Africa have provided high-quality information to offset the negative effects of COVID-19 related fake news. This is one of the key findings of a recent study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “Academic libraries have played an important role as sources of trustworthy information against fake news... Read more
Detailed analysis by African scientists of SARS-CoV-2 published in Science
Science will publish a detailed analysis of SARS-CoV-2 variants produced by hundreds of African scientists and public health officials across the continent. This is the first major output of Africa’s top scientists to increase the continent’s capacity to produce and analyse genomic data. Genomic surveillance has been crucial to... Read more
SU lecturer’s photo novel helps in the fight against diabetes
A photo novel developed by a Stellenbosch University (SU) lecturer in collaboration with Western Cape Government Health to improve awareness around diabetes, will soon make its way to healthcare workers and patients in the Cape Winelands, a region where many people are affected by the disease. Photo novels portray... Read more
SA high schools take an average of 10 years to produce one matriculant
Ten years. That’s how long it takes high schools in South Africa to produce one matriculant, according to a new report by education economists at Stellenbosch University’s Research on Socioeconomic Policy (RESEP) group. Compiled by Prof Servaas van der Berg, Dr Chris van Wyk, Rebecca Selkirk, and Dr Heleen... Read more
Beating the heat: opening the climate change forecasting toolbox
It is not easy to predict how animals – from insects to fish – are going to respond to climate change and especially extremes of temperature. This lack of understanding hinders our ability to predict the vulnerability of these animals to climate change. “We need to continuously improve our... Read more
Competing human values make wildlife conservation more complex
Wildlife conservation can be challenging at the best of times. And when you throw competing human values into the mix, the protection of endangered species, in particular, becomes even more complex. “Our values determine how we interact with endangered species, and our beliefs contradict and compete with others. Our... Read more
Hundreds of Cape Fur seals are entangled each year – mainly in fishing lines and nets
Fishing line and nets are having a major impact on Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus), the most common marine mammal observed around the coastline of South Africa and Namibia, where they are endemic. While their population numbers are considered healthy, plastic pollution, and particularly fishing line and nets,... Read more
SU Library and Information Service receives Noseweek donation
The entire run of 250 issues of the South African investigative magazine, Noseweek, was donated to the Stellenbosch University (SU) Library and Information Service by Open Media Trust earlier this year. The donation includes physical copies of the magazine as well as a complete digital archive. Published by Chaucher... Read more
A second fiddle of note
Wood scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) have done it again: they have helped to craft another violin from indigenous African trees. It is only the second such instrument in the world. The work was completed with the help of a luthier from Durbanville in the Cape.  Knysna Blackwood from... Read more
Science alone won’t save humpback dolphins
There are fewer than 500 Indian Ocean humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) remaining in South African waters. Science alone will not bring them back from the brink of extinction  ̶  we also need a multi-stakeholder Conservation Management Plan to boost their numbers. This is according to the SouSA Consortium, a... Read more

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