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Historical resistance – she put up her hand and said ‘I will go’

By |2021-07-20T12:47:15+00:00July 19th, 2021|Features|

It all started in the dusty basement of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, which houses the archives of South African court records dating back over 100 years. Here, writer and historian Richard Conyngham found – and has brought to life – the extraordinary legal struggles of working-class South African men and women [...]

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National Physics Internship Triples in Size Online

By |2021-06-18T09:49:34+00:00June 18th, 2021|Features|

   The annual theoretical physics internship develops key 4IR skills, builds capacity for South African-based international science programmes such as the SKA and SA-CERN science, and boosts South Africa’s physics brains trust. “The internship is all about preparing final year BSc, Honours and Master’s students from all South African universities to be high-level problem [...]

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100 000 years ago humans were smart

By |2021-05-05T06:12:06+00:00May 3rd, 2021|Features|

Humans delight in creating patterns in the sand, and over 100 000 years ago it would appear we were no different. People were drawing triangles in the dunes along South Africa’s southern Cape coast. They had also mastered how to draw circles compass-style and sculpted something that closely resembles a stingray [...]

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Legal protection for SA’s strategic water source areas

By |2021-01-07T08:07:47+00:00January 7th, 2021|Features|

Ten percent of South Africa’s land area, mostly in the high mountain catchments along the eastern escarpment, generates 50% of the volume of water in all our river systems. This was identified in a substantial research document produced in 2013 by WWF-SA, the Water Research Commission and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, which [...]

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Musical drama Hlakanyana offers biting social comment

By |2021-01-05T06:02:00+00:00January 5th, 2021|Features|

Out of struggle comes growth, and the creators of Hlakanyana - a musical drama in the making – believe it has all the ingredients to be a socially relevant hit. Hlakanyana - a cunning, unethical creature, depicted in animal or human form - is one of the best known characters in African folklore, and, despite [...]

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Early Human Footprints and Sculptures in the Sand

By |2020-06-24T08:21:28+00:00June 24th, 2020|Features|

The origins of human self-awareness and development have been traced to South Africa’s Cape south coast.   The images, human footprints and animal tracks found by scientists on South Africa’s Cape south coast are unique. Nothing like this exists anywhere else in the world. “We can, with increased confidence, say welcome home, Homo sapiens,” says [...]

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Coronavirus Highlights Need To Manufacture Our Own Drugs

By |2020-03-30T10:09:39+00:00March 30th, 2020|Features|

The coronavirus has highlighted the need for South Africa to manufacture life-saving drugs. “We have done a huge amount of research into new ways of manufacturing generic life-saving medications in South Africa, specifically for AIDS, TB, malaria, cancer and influenza,” says Professor Paul Watts, holder of the SARChI Chair in Microfluidic Bio/Chemical Processing at Nelson [...]

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Covid-19 leaves SA at the mercy of overseas drug exporters

By |2020-03-26T07:05:49+00:00March 26th, 2020|Features|

Many drug ingredient makers in China remain shut or have cut their output. This is a huge problem, not only for us, but for all countries worldwide. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the need for South Africa to manufacture life-saving drugs. “We have done a huge amount of research into new ways of manufacturing [...]

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And Then There Was One – the Last Knysna Elephant

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Features, Sustainability|

Only one elephant remains in the Knysna forest and surrounding fynbos: a mature female. There is enormous pathos and tragedy in this finding as she is the last truly wild, free roaming elephant in South Africa and the southernmost in the world. The finding was recently published in a scientific article titled And Then There [...]

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India Rapidly Gearing Up

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00June 25th, 2019|Features, Sustainability|

“India is rapidly gearing up its blue economy and its ocean sciences research,” says Hyderabad-based Dr Satheesh Shenoi, director of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, and co-chairperson of the IIOE-2 steering committee. “We are building more ports and harbours so that many more goods can be transported by ship, which is far [...]

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