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Preserve our languages, uphold diversity
Preserve our languages, uphold diversityArticle

Language is what makes us human. We are the stories we tell. But as languages worldwide are increasingly endangered, we risk losing the very thing that defines us...

Amy Pieterse, Issued by Ginkgo Agency 2 days ago

Traditional medicines sold at a South African market.
Rebecca and William Beinart
The story of the pharma giant and the African yamArticle

It was a drug produced in Nottingham in the United Kingdom that led us on a journey to South Africa to visit muthi markets, archives, herbariums and nature reserves...

William Beinart 10 Feb 2020

AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassador
AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassadorArticle

Tlhabane is the founder of Temo Ya Tlhabane Holdings and is known in the red meat industry as a cattle breeder, but also as a producer of other agricultural commodities...

27 Jan 2020

Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects
Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insectsArticle

There is a wealth of indigenous knowledge about capturing and eating insects in Sub-Saharan Africa...

Robert Musundire 29 Nov 2019

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The cultural matriarchs of LimpopoArticle

In this age of feminism, femvertising, and the overall empowerment initiatives of women across the globe, the media spotlight is pulling towards the contributions of women to our society into even greater focus than ever before...

Thato Tshabalala 21 Nov 2019

Is traditional jewellery protected by IP law?
Is traditional jewellery protected by IP law?Article

Traditional African jewellery designs have become a prominent feature on the international fashion stage with many fashion brands taking inspiration from traditional African jewellery and showcasing it on a global stage. But does it fall under IP protection...?

Pamela Maluleke 23 Sep 2019

Dr Duncan MacFadyen, head of conservation research at Oppenheimer Generations
Why we need African science for African sustainabilityArticle

Africa's story has for many years been recorded by those who did not speak her languages, know her legends or count their families among her people...

Duncan MacFadyen 6 Sep 2019

8 top winter activities in Cape Town
8 top winter activities in Cape TownArticle

Cape Town is surprisingly busy during the colder months with loads of great deals and happenings to get you off the couch and out and about...

Enver Duminy 16 Aug 2019

10 ways to create a young entrepreneurial mindset
10 ways to create a young entrepreneurial mindsetArticle

Currently employing half of South Africa's labour force and contributing a third of its GDP, SMMEs seem to be the obvious solution to SA's high youth unemployment rate. The question becomes: how best to develop our youth as entrepreneurs...?

24 Jul 2019

CUT professor helps Africa farmers adapt to climate change
CUT professor helps Africa farmers adapt to climate changeArticle

Drought remains the number one disaster in Africa, and of all the people affected by all types of disasters, drought is responsible for over 88% of them...

16 Jul 2019

Historically, Khoisan people from southern Africa were used as scientific subjects in racist experiments. hecke61/Shutterstock
How controversial "racist" research opens door for a decolonisation driveArticle

There has been justified outrage about a recently published - and hastily retracted - academic article written by academics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa...

30 May 2019

Sports science needs to race towards a different approach. kentoh/Shutterstock
How sports science in Africa can be taught and thought about differentlyArticle

In the four years since the decolonisation debate took centre stage at South African universities, much of the focus has been on what decolonisation might look like in the humanities...

15 Apr 2019

#BizTrends2019: Africa's new creative direction
#BizTrends2019: Africa's new creative directionArticle

It is an exciting time for African creativity. A lot of fresh, new thinking is being injected into the sector, bringing with it strong, contemporary ideas that look to the future while honouring the continent's traditional past...

Gary Harwood 7 Jan 2019

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Why cultivating agritourism in Africa is importantArticle

Food security, its opportunities and challenges were the main premise surrounding the recent Agritourism Africa Congress which recently took place in Bolzano, Italy...

19 Dec 2018

Cogta continues to engage Khoisan Council
Cogta continues to engage Khoisan CouncilArticle

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has committed to continue to engage the National Khoisan Council (NKC) as part of the implementation of the South African Human Rights Commission Report on the promotion of rights of the Khoi and San people...

4 Dec 2018

R800m committed to provide support to women, youth farmers to ready them for planting season
R800m committed to provide support to women, youth farmers to ready them for planting seasonArticle

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform says it has heeded the call to quicken their rapid land release steps and provide financial support to the farming community during this planting season...

6 Nov 2018

Wikipedia Conference to be held in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time
Wikipedia Conference to be held in sub-Saharan Africa for the first timeArticle

A first-ever gathering in the sub-Saharan African region will be held in Cape Town, bringing together more than 700 people to discuss how to improve the diversity of knowledge represented on Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites...

1 Jun 2018

How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debate
How to break the impasse between opposing camps in ivory trade debateArticle

Elephants are in an extremely precarious state in both Africa and Asia...

Katarzyna Nowak, Benezeth Mutayoba, Phyllis Lee, R 23 May 2018

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Next Einstein Forum awards high impact innovationsArticle

The Next Einstein Forum closed on a high, awarding high impact innovations...

4 Apr 2018

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Mobile app to help pastoralists find pasture is hereArticle

Pastoralists in arid and semi-arid areas in Kenya will now be able to use their mobile phones to find pasture and water for their livestock following the launch of a new mobile app...

1 Feb 2018

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ACB dialogue puts spotlight on emerging issues for smallholders and seed diversity in SAArticle

A dialogue on current revisions to SA's Plant Breeders' Rights Act and Plant Improvement Act raised concerns about the exclusive commercial focus of the Acts and the marginalising impact they have on farmer seed systems and on agricultural biodiversity...

30 Jan 2018

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Why the world is scrambling to grow hempArticle

It can be harvested in as little as twelve weeks from sowing, does not require chemical inputs such as pesticides, and the whole plant can be used in one way or another to produce over 25,000 products...

Arné Verhoef 3 Jan 2018

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Can a mobile app help East African farmers adapt to climate change?Article

A simple mobile app has been developed to help farmers and local authorities in East Africa choose the right kind of tree to plant - key to helping countries curb their emissions and adapt to a changing climate...

Isaiah Esipisu 22 Nov 2017

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How to help farmers prepare for climate changeArticle

Farmers and governments need to adapt to this changing climate regime. But adaptation requires decisions to be made under high uncertainty, often with incomplete knowledge...

Dian Spear and Chandni Singh 27 Sep 2017

Africa's ambitious new biodiversity laws come with teeth, will protect people too
Africa's ambitious new biodiversity laws come with teeth, will protect people tooArticle

Africa is known for its rich biodiversity. On a continent where people depend on this biodiversity for their daily livelihood, the question of how animals and plants that live on it will be protected, remains crucial...

Willem Daniel Lubbe 11 Sep 2017

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf
TEDGlobal 2017 conference opens in TanzaniaArticle

Ten years on, TEDGlobal returns to Africa with a live event featuring more than 45 talks, interviews and performances in Tanzania...

28 Aug 2017

The global food system still benefits the rich at the expense of the poor
The global food system still benefits the rich at the expense of the poorArticle

While global trade has helped lift many out of poverty, it has not done so evenly. A new way of engaging with the complexity of food systems is needed...

Laura Pereira 31 Jul 2017

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ICRAF presents the role of evidence and improved soil management for land restoration in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Fertile soils across the continent are under threat due to climate change and poor land management. Soil is a key component to solving Africa's challenges to ensure food security and address climate change...

Susan Onyango 12 Jul 2017

#AfricaMonth: Exploring Africa's perspectives on knowledge and science
#AfricaMonth: Exploring Africa's perspectives on knowledge and scienceArticle

Following the official opening of the University of Johannesburg's African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, I caught up with Professor Alex Broadbent, the executive dean of the Faculty of Humanities, to find out a bit more about the development of the centre and its research...

Shan Radcliffe 31 May 2017

Minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandoor
SA signs innovation agreement with NovartisArticle

A high-level MoU on medical research and development has been signed between the SAMRC, the DST and Novartis...

Nicci Botha 25 May 2017

Why resilience matters for schools trying to thrive in tough situations
Why resilience matters for schools trying to thrive in tough situationsArticle

Resilience in schools involves a process where teachers, principals, families, students and district officials know and use strategies that help teachers to teach and students to learn.

Liesel Ebersöhn 25 May 2017

Revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome offers a unique experience
Revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome offers a unique experienceArticle

The revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome will finally open the doors of this unique new facility to the public on Saturday, 27 May 2017...

24 May 2017

UJ opens African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
UJ opens African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of ScienceArticle

The African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS) was officially launched at the University of Johannesburg on Friday, 19 May 2017...

22 May 2017

A Unicef team creating a collaborative paper plane. (Unicef)
How learning empathy can help build better community projects in AfricaArticle

Empathy is one of the most important skills any leader can have...

Keneilwe Munyai 12 Apr 2017

A Unicef team creating a collaborative paper plane.
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How learning empathy can help build better community projects in AfricaArticle

Empathy is one of the most important skills any leader can have. A huge 2015 research project across 38 countries found that empathy makes leaders more effective and their businesses more successful...

Keneilwe Munyai 12 Apr 2017

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AGSA awards over R518,000 in writing grantsArticle

The Academic and Non-Fiction Authors' Association of South Africa (ANFASA) has recently awarded 24 South African authors with substantial grants, as part of the ANFASA Grant Scheme for Authors (AGSA)...

20 Mar 2017

Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch up
Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch upArticle

Eating insects is as old as mankind. Globally, two billion people consume insects, a practise known as entomophagy. It is more common in Africa than anywhere else...

Saliou Niassy, Sunday Ekesi 24 Jan 2017

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The smart way to help African farmers tackle climate changeArticle

The extension service provider's role is enormous and urgent, especially as climate change has brought a new dimension to agricultural research and development...

Sophie Mbugua 24 Jan 2017

SACAP recognises its VAs during World Architecture Month
SACAP recognises its VAs during World Architecture MonthArticle

Marking World Architecture Month this October, the theme announced by the International Union of Architects (IUA) is 'Design a better World'...

7 Oct 2016

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Crickets, birds, weather data combine to guide African farmersArticle

A new weather advisory service, by an award-winning South African tech expert, aims to help drought-hit farmers...

Munyaradzi Makoni 26 Sep 2016

From farmers and traders to knowledge artisans
From farmers and traders to knowledge artisansArticle

The modern economy forces farmers, traders, and other economic actors to contribute knowledge to their socio-economic networks. Every farmer or trader should...

12 Sep 2016

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Tool predicts droughtsArticle

The dream of Dr Masinde of setting up a Drought Mitigation Centre in the Free State has come closer to realisation with her award-winning innovating tool that can predict drought-stricken environments...

24 Aug 2016

Investing in science can help put food on Africa's plates
Investing in science can help put food on Africa's platesArticle

Food shortages, hunger, starvation and long-term food security are not new issues in Africa, nor elsewhere in the developing world...

John Butler-Adam 22 Aug 2016

[Orchids & Onions] Dulux shows true colours with ad
[Orchids & Onions] Dulux shows true colours with adArticle

I don't think my father was colour blind: he would not have lasted all those years in the Royal Air Force, and later the South African Air Force, if he had been. But he certainly had no sense of colour when it came to decorating...

Brendan Seery 6 Jun 2016

L-R: Ulrich Pieterse and Ockert van Heerden
Regional winners of Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards announcedArticle

Ulrich Pieterse from the Tshwane University of Technology has been named regional winner of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards...

15 Feb 2016

How changes in African traditional medicine research can benefit South Africa
How changes in African traditional medicine research can benefit South AfricaArticle

The South African government's economic investment in indigenous knowledge has seen the exponential growth of research about medicinal plants and traditional medicines in South Africa...

Nox Makunga 3 Sep 2015

Partnership to improve indigenous food products
Partnership to improve indigenous food productsArticle

Pretoria - The CSIR and NFTRC have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address nutrition and food security challenges...

5 Jun 2015

KPMG hosts higher education conference
KPMG hosts higher education conferenceArticle

"The number of institutions that have recently been placed under administration is an indication of the leadership and governance challenges" we face as a country, as stated in Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 for South Africa...

25 Mar 2015

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