Universities need to work with tech companies

Martin Hall, University of Cape Town The world of higher and professional education is changing rapidly. Digitally-enabled learning, in all its forms, is here to stay. Over the last five years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have enabled universities to share their expertise with millions across the world. This shows how rapidly developing digital technologies …

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Antimalarial candidate holds promise as a single dose

By Laura Owings [CAPE TOWN] A new antimalarial candidate could pave the way for a single-dose treatment that boots malaria eradication when used in combination with other preventative measures. In an article published last month (26 April) in the journal of Science Translational Medicine, researchers indicated that the compound MMV390048 could block all life cycle …

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Secrets of human ancestry emerge from South African caves

John Hawks, University of Wisconsin-Madison Africa’s richest fossil hominin site has revealed more of its treasure. It’s been a year and a half since scientists announced that a new hominin species, which they called Homo naledi, had been discovered in the Rising Star Cave outside Johannesburg. Now they say they have established and published the …

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Reclaiming the hidden history of Afrikaans

Hein Willemse, University of Pretoria The language of Afrikaans remains a contested issue in South Africa. The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as Stellenbosch has brought this to the fore again. Should it be in Afrikaans, English, a combination, or a hybrid which will include other South African languages? …

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South Africa’s national minimum wage could hurt small firms, rural workers

Dieter von Fintel, Stellenbosch University and Marlies Piek, Stellenbosch University South Africa will formally adopt a national minimum wage of US$1.5 (ZAR20.00) per hour on Workers’ Day next year. There are questions as to whether this is enough to be termed a victory for the country’s working poor? If historical trends continue, our research shows …

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