Surface water from the Vaal River is highly polluted with fragments of microplastics.
South Africa needs to strengthen its response to plastic pollution.
Breastfeeding has been shown to have wide ranging benefits.
South Africa is still lagging behind when it comes to support for breastfeeding in the workplace.
South African court rules that racism is a criminal offence.
Past cases indicate that verbal crimen injuria is not that serious. But a landmark sentence in South Africa has changed that.
Herbs, roots and plants can have health benefits. But they can also interact negatively with Western medicines.
Numerous traditional African medicines are undeniably beneficial in treating disease or maintaining good health.
In a society like South Africa's that is increasingly becoming polarised, simplified opinions should be approached with caution.
If young people are equipped with the right skills in school, entrepreneurship becomes a viable career option.
The subject of Technology can be used to support and develop pupils' entrepreneurial skills.
The Maputo Convention recognises traditional rights of local communities and indigenous knowledge.
After decolonisation and independence a new conservation document was needed, one that looks after the needs of the people. That's what the Maputo Convention aims to do.
South African health authorities educate the public about breastfeeding but without supportive legislation and strong communication, it will never be normalised.
A floating school in a Lagos Lagoon fishing community is threatened by climate change.
US President Donald Trump’s call to renegotiate the Paris Climate Accord is a fresh opportunity to craft a binding and enforceable agreement.
Teachers need support and education so they can discuss and promote sexuality equality.
Sexual equality should not be mere letters and words in laws. Rather, people - in this case student teachers - must understand sexual equality as a lived reality.
The right questions and planning can help universities to mitigate risk.
Risk has to do with uncertainty; people struggle to conceptualise and manage that which they're unsure about. This is true in the higher education sector, too.
Poorly resourced small towns like Marysville often struggle to recover from disasters like the Black Saturday bushfires.
Rebuilding small communities on the same site in the same way seldom works. It’s not about getting back to where you were, but rather grasping the opportunity to create a more resilient place.
South Africa’s celebrated state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known as ‘The Bull Dog’, is to lead the country’s first private prosecutions unit.
Even though private prosecutions have been allowed in South African for almost 100 years, they are fairly rare and there has been only one known successful private prosecution.
South Africa lacks a clear definition of disability – and its limited view of who should be regarded as having a disability in the labour market is at odds with international practice.
Reducing the amount of salt one consumes over the summer holidays is important to maintaining long term health.
University “transformation” has a unique meaning in South Africa.
If researchers pose the right questions about transformation, this can lead to better answers, stronger policies and, ultimately, real change.
South Africa has 11 official languages. Why do universities only favour two?
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Universities pay too little attention to the knowledge and experiences that students bring to their institutions from different cultures and backgrounds.
Teaching and learning from music often occurs spontaneously.
Mignon van Vreden
The value of music-inspired play in early childhood should never be underestimated.
Sampling is a powerful scientific tool - when it’s used honestly.
Some water researchers are ignoring the evidence offered by sampling if it doesn't fit their preconceived notions. But science should always be honest and open.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies.
South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn't provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.