Wits maths fundi equates to global maths advocate
Former Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Loyiso Nongxa has been elected as a Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The acclaimed maths fundi was elected during the IMU’s Annual General Meeting held in Brazil from 29 to 30 July. The IMU is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organisation aimed... Read more
Dr Judy Dlamini announced as new Wits Chancellor
Dr Judy Dlamini elected as the new chancellor of Wits University. The University of the Witwatersrand is proud to announce that Dr Judy Dlamini has been duly elected as the new Chancellor of the University, a position that she will take up from 1 December 2018. She takes the... Read more
Cranium of a four-million-year-old hominin shows similarities to ours
The “virtual” revisiting of a fossil described as “the oldest evidence of human evolution in South Africa” shows surprising results, compared to modern humans. A cranium of a four-million-year-old fossil, that, in 1995 was described as the oldest evidence of human evolution in South Africa, has shown similarities to... Read more
Think twice before downing that energy drink during exams
Energy drinks are popular ‘go-to fuel’ for university students, especially during exams. But what lurks behind the kick? It is common for students to reach for energy drinks to try to stay awake whilst reading through textbooks and trying to put together a paper or project at four in... Read more
Gauteng maths giant set to rise from its slumber
Gauteng schools are gearing to reclaim their reputation as maths whizkids. The learners received this mandate during a maths prize-giving ceremony at Wits University, where they participated in a mathematics competition. More than 800 participants took part in the inaugural Wits Maths Competition targeting learners from Grade 6 to... Read more
First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle
Fossils of two new species of these four-legged vertebrates also evolved in polar regions, and not just in the tropics as previously believed. The first African fossils of Devonian tetrapods (four-legged vertebrates) show these pioneers of land living within the Antarctic circle, 360 million years ago. The evolution of... Read more
Taking African mobilities to Munich
Dr Mpho Matsipa, researcher at the Wits City Institute is curating an architectural exhibition at the architectural museum in Munich. The exhibition African Mobilities: This is not a refugee camp, curated by Matsipa addresses the complex forms of mobility within Africa and the diaspora. “It explores experimental approaches in architecture and... Read more
Young digital entrepreneurs showcase cool innovations
Entrepreneurs at the Wits Digital Tshimologong Precinct show Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba how creative they are. Mashaba visited the entreprenuerson 16 May 2018 to explore how Wits University is developing digital entrepreneurs by incubating start-ups in the Tshimologong Precinct and also explored how the precinct is contributing to... Read more
Making massive leaps in electronics at nano-scale
Wits PhD student finds a way to control the spin transport in networks of the smallest conductor known to man. Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand have found ways to control the spin transport in networks of the smallest electrical conductor known to man. By chemically attaching nano-particles... Read more
Wits Research Chair is first African president of global public health association
Professor Laetitia Rispel has been elected as the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). Professor Laetitia Rispel holds the DST/ NRF SARChI Chair entitled Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality, at Wits. She is the former head of the Wits School of Public Health. Rispel... Read more