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
NWU PhD student receives prize for best research journal
Sidwell Sihlangu, a PhD student from the North-West University`s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng, received prize money to the value of R20 000 for the best researched journal in scientific innovation at the recent Provincial Youth in Agriculture Awards (YAA) on 23 June 2017 in Wolmaranstad. Sidwell received this prize... Read more
Course in minimal access gynaecological surgery in full swing
Launched in April 2016, the new MPhil degree in Minimal Access Gynaecological Surgery (MAGS) is in full swing. And, according to programme coordinator Dr Viju Thomas, the first fellow is making great progress. This innovative programme is offered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty... Read more
Mining sector employs less people; manganese workers highest earners
The South African Chamber of Mines has released its annual fact book, reporting on the performance of the mining sector in 2016, as well as mine workers salaries. It employed 7.9% of all private sector labour (-4.5% on 2015) and nearly 6% of all people employed in South Africa (5%... Read more
Orientation programme empowers interns
“Put theory into practice, as we want to equip you with skills,” said the director of human resources at Univen, Tshililo Manenzhe. Speaking at the recent interns-orientation programme, Manenzhe said internships offer graduates an opportunity to enter the workplace. “It offers practical experience. Be marketable and have personal objectives... Read more
How to become a social impact filmmaker?
Lina Srivaskava, a social innovation strategist from the United States, visited VUT on 8 June to speak to interested students about filmmaking and photography and how they can be used to highlight social issues. She spoke about different projects run worldwide to do so which includes the works of... Read more
‘Build a career – not just a job’
It’s not often that she has the opportunity to speak to black students at UCT, said Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, so given the chance to mingle with UCT’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) cohort on 22 May, she took the opportunity to impart some golden career advice to the aspiring academics. UCT’s... Read more
Funding of R8.7 million for skills development in manufacturing and teacher training signed over to UFS
The MerSETA (Skills and Training Authority for Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of the Free State (UFS) for a grant of approximately R8.7million on 14 June 2017, which will be disbursed over a three-year period. UFS seeks to bridge the skills gap... Read more
Certificate backlog rectified
In a joint presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) reported that they have issued all but 655 outstanding certificates, 0,3 percent of the certificates that were outstanding at the beginning of the year. DHET, the State Information... Read more
SA has highest blood pressure in Southern Africa
A study by Wits scientists and peers has revealed that South Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension in southern Africa. South Africa also has the largest number of people whose blood pressure is still not controlled, even whilst on treatment. These were among the findings of a paper, entitled: Stark... Read more