Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies.
The internet wouldn't exist if it weren't for smart people at universities, but it also wouldn't be what it is today if it weren’t for savvy investors. Researchers and business need a good relationship for society to benefit – and research funding in South Africa is among the highest in the world.
An international team of six scientists – all women, and all recruited on social media – are set to explore a recently discovered cave deep under South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind to recover the fossil remains of an ancient human species that may shed new light on our origins.
His mother dropped out of school when he was born. He went to school in the townships. Today, 22-year-old Wandile Mabanga is writing his master’s dissertation in a field of quantum physics so specialised there are only two people on earth qualified enough to supervise him.
A South African has walked off with the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award, given by the African Union to top scientists on the continent. The high-level accolade recognises Prof Maryke Labuschagne's contribution to science in Africa.
• SA academic gets top science award
Rhodes University Professor Tebello Nyokong is one of five recipients of the L’Oreal Unesco Awards for Women in Science, which demonstrate to the world that women are as worthy as men in the field of science.
Dr Hanneline Smit of Stellenbosch University is one of 15 young women scientists from all around the world, and one of three from the African continent, to receive a L'Oréal-Unesco research fellowship.