The hidden health risk in our water
With industrial and agricultural effluents, sewage works and landfill sites contributing to the pollution levels in our water sources and environment, the quality of our drinking water is fast becoming a debateable topic.
Healthy cows ensure quality milk
Dairy foods offer a bounty of health benefits and are consumed by millions of people all over the world every day.
Message banking brings hope for persons with MND
Facing the reality of a diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and preparing for the possibility of losing one's ability to speak is extremely difficult.
RhODIS Rhino DNA Barcoding - Rhino DNA database puts poachers in the cross-hair
Rhino poaching in South Africa took off steeply around 2009, and shows no sign of abating before every rhino has been killed or mutilated for its horn.
Pine Tree Pest Biocontrol - Imagine a world without forests
Our economies and our ecosystems rely heavily on trees; that means the health of our planet depends on the health of our forests.
Food Security in Rural South Africa - Homegrown solutions for South Africa's hungry
South Africans are hungry. That is the harsh reality faced by poor communities that make up more than half of the population.
Bats and human health
Almost three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals (zoonotic). But did you know that we don’t know the origin of many of them?
Traditional knowledge to enhance modern medicine
An estimated 20 000 plant species are used medicinally today and a number of ingredients commonly used in modern medicine to treat serious diseases, originate from plant-based traditional medicine.
Answers to climate change may lie in the soil
Global warming is causing climate patterns to change – think higher temperatures and decreased rainfall. In fact, climatic models suggest that temperatures may rise by between 0.3°C and 4.8°C!
Xenophobia: Time to go to school
Did you know that legal migration from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries has increased almost tenfold since 1990 to over four million people per year?