Dodgy meat found in SA's retail shops
Dodgy meat found in SA's retail shops

Goat, water buffalo and donkey meat have been found in food products including sausages, dried meats, burger patties and mince according to a study by scientists at Stellenbosch University.

Low-cost ultrasound for moms, babies
Low-cost ultrasound for moms, babies

Researchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Medical Research Council have developed a low-cost Doppler ultrasound device, known as Umbiflow, which will improve primary health care services for pregnant women.

By Wilma den Hartigh

Cheaper water test to improve lives
Cheaper water test to improve lives

A home kit to test the microbial quality of tap water has been invented in a laboratory at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, costing exactly R5 (US$0.56) to make.

By Cadine Pillay

South African team develops new rabies antidote
South African team develops new rabies antidote

Researchers from South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed the world's first injectable medicine from a tobacco plant - an antidote for rabies which could change the way the deadly viral disease is treated worldwide.

By Wilma den Hartigh

Scarce skills - what are they?
Scarce skills - what are they?

Despite it being a legislative requirement, several government departments on Wednesday (20 February) denied responsibility for drawing up and publishing the National Scarce and Critical Skills List - indicating the confusion that resulted after President Jacob Zuma increased the number of ministries in 2009.

Nuclear power will help lower emissions, diversify energy mix
Nuclear power will help lower emissions, diversify energy mix

South Africa intends to introduce nuclear power that will help to lower carbon emissions, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday, adding that it would be done safely.

Sasco wants an education tax
Sasco wants an education tax

The South African Students Congress (Sasco) last week called for an "education tax" on business as an alternative to a proposed tax on graduates, which was floated by the ANC in its Mangaung conference resolutions.

South Africa leads in mHealth
South Africa leads in mHealth

South Africa is leading the way in mobile health or mHealth - the practice of medicine and public health with the use of mobile devices - and has a track record that shows the development of several successful mHealth initiatives.

By Cadine Pillay

National task team to strengthen maths, science
National task team to strengthen maths, science

PRETORIA: The Department of Basic Education will establish a national task team to strengthen the implementation of its mathematics, science and technology strategy.

Renewable energy supply looms closer

According to Arup, a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists in the built environment and across industry, construction has begun on a number of renewable energy projects for which it is the lender's technical advisor (LTA) or owner's engineer. These projects will make South Africa's renewable energy dream a reality.

Online education heralds changes

To be effective, online learning must be delivered in an appropriate way, based on an understanding of what learning is free to access. In Africa with its dire need for education and skills, it should be more than mere etiquette. It should be an imperative, and could well herald a new era for the way Africans engage with education - if it is done right.

By Walter Baets

260 people killed by lightning annually
260 people killed by lightning annually

More than 260 people are killed by lightning in South Africa each year, the SA Weather Service said on Wednesday (13 February).

Poor students can't go to university
Poor students can't go to university

Poor, academically deserving students cannot get a university education because of their financial position, the chairman of Parliament's portfolio committee on higher education Ishmael Malale, said on Wednesday (13 February).

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