The Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) Set to Address Challenges in the Health, Education, Agriculture and Tourism Sectors Through Open Innovation in the SADC Region

The Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) Set to Address Challenges in the Health, Education, Agriculture and Tourism Sectors Through Open Innovation in the SADC Region: The open innovation projects fall under the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Finland); RIIS partners with the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), and Brynston Creations to complete the planned projects; The first two projects tailored for the Agriculture and … [Read more...]

Professor Albert Modi Elected Deputy Chairperson of National Agricultural Research Forum

Professor Albert Modi Elected Deputy Chairperson of National Agricultural Research Forum: Professor Albert Thembinkosi Modi, the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES), has been elected Deputy Chairperson of the National Agricultural Research Forum (NARF). ‘It is a great honour to be appointed as NARF Deputy Chair,’ said Modi. ‘This role will allow me to make a significant contribution to the development of South African Agricultural Science and Technology, and in addition, to pursue the … [Read more...]

DRILL hosts Informative Research Seminars

DRILL hosts Informative Research Seminars: UKZN’s Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) programme recently hosted a number of research seminars. DRILL held its first ever mental health symposium Voices from the Head: Brain Science and Changing Futures, which took place recently at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban. The Symposium shed light on innovative local and global research in the field of mental health. It also provided an opportunity for entry-level researchers to gain expert advice on developing an … [Read more...]

“Cancer Bush” Focus of MSc Research

“Cancer Bush” Focus of MSc Research: Mr Maanda Raselabe received an MSc for work focused on the “cancer bush”. Mr Maanda Raselabe – a novice Comrades Marathon runner who completed his first race last year – was awarded a Masters in Science degree for his work on the effects of pruning and fertiliser on the growth, phytochemistry and biological activity of Sutherlandia frutescens. The medicinal plant he conducted his studies on is known as the “cancer bush” because of its reputed ability to cure cancer. Raselabe explained there was limited … [Read more...]