Center of Excellence in Palaeosciences

The Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences based at the University of the Witwatersrand  announced the discovery of two new Devonian tetrapod species and the first Devonian tetrapods discovered in Africa. The species have been named Tutusius umlambo (named in honour of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu) and Umzantsia amazana and were discovered by Dr Rob Gess of the Albany Museum and supported by the Millenium Trust.

Youth Science Journalism Programme creates science and technology awareness in communities

For many learners across the country, mathematics and science continue to be difficult subjects to pass, and as a result they tend not to pursue them at post-matric level. Not so for Phelo Lakitika, who grew up in rural Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape.

Student finds a way to control the spin transport in networks of the smallest conductor known

By chemically attaching nano-particles of the rare earth element, gadolinium, to carbon nanotubes, the researchers have found that the electrical conductivity in the nanotubes can be increased by incorporating the spin properties of the gadolinium which arises from its magnetic nature.

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa.


National Science Week 2018 

28 July – 4 August 2018

The NSW 2018 national launch event will be hosted by University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit on Saturday, 28 July. The focus week will start on Monday,30 July – 4 August 2018.Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are offered around the theme to the target audiences.

The theme for 2018 is “Deepening our democracy through science 


13– 17 August 2018



15 September 2018

Telescope and Astronomy.

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