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Category Archives: 3rd Quarter 2011

ASSAF and UNESCO host workshop on open-access journal publishing

5 October 2011, 08:25

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The Academy of Science of South Africa and UNESCO hosted a two-day workshop on open-access journal publishing at the Academy of Science of South Africa in Pretoria on 18 and 19 August 2011. The 24 participants comprised editors of local and regional scholarly journals from southern Africa (Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland). The aim of [...]

The Underestimated Pandemic

5 October 2011, 08:24

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More than one third of the world’s population is infected by tuberculosis (TB), and Africa is responsible for 30 percent of reported TB cases. If left untreated, infected persons can spread the disease to 10-15 people per year according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Existing treatments for TB are much less effective against new [...]

Groundbreaking study on Humanities crisis in South Africa

5 October 2011, 08:19

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Urgent and decisive action from Government to arrest the poor state of the Humanities in South Africa is called for in a consensus study of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). The report, entitled Consensus Study on the Future of the Humanities in South Africa: Status, prospects and strategies, declares the Humanities to [...]

MAST and ASSAf sign Memorandum of Understanding

5 October 2011, 08:16

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On 8 June 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding between the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) was signed by Pr S. Jugessur of MAST and Prof Roseanne Diab for ASSAf.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishes a framework of co-operation between the Academies. The contracting [...]

Durban on a pathway towards a low carbon city

5 October 2011, 08:15

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Climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities for the city of Durban in transitioning to a low carbon city are the focus of a consensus study commissioned by the eThekwini Municipality and completed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).  The report entitled Towards a Low Carbon City: Focus on Durban identifies key areas [...]

ASSAf-DST-NRF Second Annual South African Young Scientists’ Conference

5 October 2011, 08:13

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The second ASSAf-DST-NRF Annual South African Young Scientists’ Conference, themed ‘Changing Lives through Chemistry’ was held in Pretoria on 26 and 27 September 2011.  Being an initiative of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), the conference was [...]

South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) launched

5 October 2011, 08:11

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The Deputy-Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom, launched the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) on 27 September 2011. In his address, Mr Hanekom said that a progressive and dynamic forum was being launched that will propel South Africa’s young scientists to fully participate in local and internationally relevant research and development agendas”. [...]

ASSAf announces Prestigious Award to Young Scientist

5 October 2011, 08:10

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The first AU-TWAS Young Scientists’ National Award in South Africa has been awarded to Professor Bernard Slippers from the University of Pretoria. This AU-TWAS award scheme aims to recognise and award talented young scientists in Africa. The AU-TWAS Prize for Young Scientists in South Africa is managed by the Academy of Science of South Africa [...]

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SAJS Vol 107, No 9/10 (2011)

5 October 2011, 07:58

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Fire and invasive alien plants pose challenges to the management of the new Garden Route National Park Tineke Kraaij, Richard M. Cowling, Brian W. van Wilgen The new Garden Route National Park, along the Cape south coast, contains a mixture of indigenous forests, fire-prone fynbos shrublands and fire-sensitive plantations of alien invasive trees. Kraaij et [...]