MeerKAT: Why South Africa’s massive astronomy project matters

Amish Patel is a Signal Processing Engineer with the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. He gave the second Science for the People seminar.


News | 27 February 2023

In it to win it – Joe Slovo learners head to world robotics championship

“Robo47” designed at Sinenjongo High School can pick up a ball and throw it


News | 25 October 2022

Soshanguve learners build one-of-a-kind solar powered train

“We sacrificed a lot of our time and I’m grateful I never gave up”


News | 16 September 2022

Hydrogen as fuel: we should be selective about how we make and use it

Hydrogen is a useful substitute for fossil fuels, but new research shows leakages can be very damaging to the environment


Science | 3 August 2022

Here’s what the models predict about Covid-19

But beware: soothsaying has a checkered history

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Analysis | 22 May 2020

Covid-19: Why testing takes time and what to expect

There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes in the testing labs than most patients realise


Science | 25 March 2020

Landmark ruling for science journalists

Appeal committee of press council frees media from having to create false balance


GroundView | 20 March 2020

Ambitious plans underway for homegrown South African climate change model

“We should not just sit and wait for others to bring us solutions. We should be part of the solution.”


Science | 29 July 2019

Budding KZN scientist wins film award

Jamila Janna is becoming an expert in snails

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Solutions | 15 November 2018

New tuberculosis vaccine raises hopes

But one more large trial is needed, says TB activist


Brief | 28 September 2018

NRF cuts hurt South Africa’s scientists

Researchers need to hold public officials accountable


Opinion | 2 May 2018

UCT invites “conspiracy theorist” to talk about decolonisation of science

Academics furious with decision to give CK Raju official platform


News | 28 September 2017

How to fix the academic peer review system

And the crux of the solution is that a hundred thousand journals need to die

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Opinion | 3 August 2017

Here’s where to find data on Cape Town’s water crisis

Government, the weather service and academics need to do better at making data and analysis of the water crisis available


News | 17 May 2017

Scientific journal threatened by vested interests

Article critical of corporate-funded research retracted


Opinion | 3 May 2017

Durban march for science

Youth, women encouraged to join science industry


News | 24 April 2017