Climate change impacts on South Africa’s coastal and estuarine fishes

Climate change that is linked to the build-up of greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere has led to increases in the earth’s surface temperatures over the last 50 years.

Are fog-driven ecosystems being driven out

The extraordinary biodiversity of this area, both in terms of numbers of endemics and in terms of unexpectedly high species numbers for such an arid region, could disappear along with the fog, leaving the land almost barren. Can this be?

Can an alien invasion doom our inland fisheries?

A team of researchers from the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (NRF-SAIAB), a Research Facility of the NRF, recently studied how invasive freshwater crayfish can affect the inland fisheries and native species.

International Women’s Day – 8 March 2022

NRF-SAASTA’s New Managing Director is Working Towards a Science-Literate South Africa

It’s been a little over three months since Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia began her journey spearheading the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (NRF-SAASTA) as its Managing Director.

Warthogs and the spread of bovine tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is not just a human disease. Cattle also contract a similar type of bacteria, called bovine tuberculosis. Evidence suggests that it can be transmitted from cattle to humans as well as wildlife and vice versa.

Unwary birds make for an easy meal

What happens when a top predator species’ survival is being threatened due to lack of effective conservation? A possible extinction of multiple species? Decreased diversity in the ecosystem? A system that is out of balance? Or all of the above?

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Multimedia Gallery

SANPARKS Kgodumodumo Documentary

SANParks “Making it through science” Flipping & blending environmental interpretation & awareness for the 21st  century learning

Double Edged Sword PLAYOUT

From the discovery of the Higgs boson to modelling COVID-19: The role of AI. Professor Bruce Mellado

The Launch of Hydrogen Society Road Map

The launch of the Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr BE Nzimande.

Upcoming Events

KZN Harry Gwala District Science Week

16 – 20 May 2022


SANSA invites science organizations in the National System of Innovation to the science week to be held in the Harry Gwala District of KwaZulu Natal Province during the 16th – 20th May 2022.

ėDumbe Career Awareness Outreach

29 June – 2 July 2022


Sicelo Shongwe Development Group (Pty) Ltd would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to support the First Annual ėDumbe Career Awareness Outreach.

Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP 2022)

4 – 8 July 2022 


This year, in conjunction with international IUPAP 100 and IYBSSD celebrations, the SAIP is celebrating 100 Years of Physics in Africa: Past, Present and Future! As part of these celebrations, the SAIP annual conference (SAIP 2022), to be held virtually in July, will be dedicated to showcasing the work of physics graduates from across the continent as they make invaluable contributions to industry and towards achieving the sustainable development goals.

The National Science Festival

7 – 13 September 2022


After two years of hosting Scifest Africa virtually, South Africa’s national science festival is returning to its live format in Makhanda from 7 – 13 September 2022! Our theme for 2022 is “Back to the Basics”, inspired by UNESCO’s “International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022”.

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