HIV/AIDS Awareness Red Ribbon. Credit: www.wdgpublichealth.ca

Money the big issue when it comes to surviving HIV/AIDS # Scibraai Monday Menu

There is a cold reality contained in South Africa’s HIV/AIDS statistics: if you are poor, your chances of dying from the disease are more than 50% higher than if you have money in the bank. Your household will also be affected more severely, according to a systematic review in the journal Tropical Medicine & International…

A loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Credit: Wikimedia

Plastics are the death of sea turtles – @Scibraai Monday Menu

Pieces of plastic floating in our oceans are creating an often life-threatening problem for our sea life. Of the 40 loggerhead turtles that died after being stranded along the southern Cape coastline in one month alone, 24 (60%) had ingested debris such as plastics, fibres and pieces of packaging material. In an article in Marine…

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What are the standards that bottled water have to live up to?

[WATCH] this episode of Joburg TV and learn more about how bottled water is produced. Annually around 500 million litres of bottled water are sold in the country, according to the South African National Bottled Water Association. Marize de Klerk and the JoburgToday.tv team found out how quality bottled water gets to supermarkets They also talk…

Prof Gideon Wolfaardt

From Stellenbosch to Saskatchewan: microbes across the globe

by Marcelle van Niekerk   A whiteboard dominates the wall of Professor Gideon Wolfaardt’s office. Permanent markers leave trails of colourful writing, bleeding into hastily drawn sketches. In the corner there’s a drawing of what looks like a bullet. Wolfaardt himself finishes typing on his computer and pushes it away. “Sorry, I was busy with…

A great white shark. Photo: Wikimedia

What is in the water that great white sharks swim in? #Scibraai Monday Menu

Skin samples of great white sharks contain worrying levels of environmental and biological contaminants. This is among the findings of a recent study in the journal Expert Opinion on Environmental Biology. Skin biopsies were taken from 15 great white sharks near Dyer Island off the Overberg coastline. The Italian and South African researchers involved ascribe…

A coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Why South Africa is finding it difficult to wean itself off coal

South Africa has made domestic and international commitments to climate change mitigation. But the country continues to depend on coal-fired power plants, which provide 92% of its electricity. A key challenge for the country in dealing with electricity shortages is that the bulk of power comes from coal, which is harmful for the environment and…

Cyberbullying

The curse of cellphone bullies

This week’s Scibraai Monday Menu focuses on a worrying issue: mobile or cellphone bullying, and its occurrence in Western Cape high schools. Cyberbullies – and those who use cell phones in particular – are more prevalent in the Western Cape’s public schools located in high safety risk areas and without anti-bullying policies than in any…