Crowdfunded community alarm system aims to make informal settlements safer

Unlike those who can afford a security system for their homes, residents in informal settlements have virtually no way of telling if their homes are being invaded. But now, a new cost-effective alarm system is looking to change that. Most township alarm systems we’ve seen lately, like Lumkani andScova, are made to combat fires in townships. Cape Town-based…

Malnutrition rises despite social grants

South Africa’s children are bearing the brunt of increasing food prices – and the effects may be permanent. More than one in five children in South Africa are stunted because of malnutrition, according to the Global Nutrition Report 2015 released on Friday. Experts warn that this will get worse as food prices rise. Childhood stunting…

Koskultuur-navorsing uit eie bodem

Die 85-jarige koskultuurkenner Renata Coetzee word beskou as die pionier as dit kom by die navors en opskryf van Suider-Afrika se koskultuur. Sy’s ‘n opgeleide voedingskundige, en het op haar dag by die 250 000 kultuursensitiewe maaltye beplan vir diegene wat by Anglo American se myne gewerk het. Sy’t al vir Nelson Mandela gekook en…

On a Quest for great science stories

On Saturday 22 August, SciBraai, Code4SA and the International Center for Journalists hosted the first ever science-themed Data Quest, which produced some great potential multimedia science stories. Held at Code4SA’s Codebridge lab in Cape Town, the event put data nerds, scientists and journalists into teams tasked with sifting through publicly available data to find stories and create interactive data…

Join the Data Quest to tell science stories with SA data

SciBraai, Code for South Africa and the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ)  will host a science journalism DataQuest at Codebridge civic tech lab in Cape Town on Saturday 22 August,  The event will bring together journalists, scientists, designers, data analysts and developers to tell socially-relevant science stories using real South African data sets, and is…

Two hundred South Africans heading to Russia to train as nuclear engineers

Late last year the South African government controversially revealed that it has potentially signed a nuclear partnership deal with Russia, that would see the country construct nuclear power plants in SA to the tune of R1.2 trillion. Those nuclear power plants need to be staffed by someone, and that is why the Department of Energy…

The Science Inside: Transport Riots in SA

Following the Putco bus riots, we’re looking into public transport. Transport engineer Gerrit Wessels explains why buses always seem to whiz through intersections and Louise Naude from WWF tells us what your car is doing to climate change.

Dié siekes hét regte

’n Kwart van Suid-Afrika se arbeidsmag ly aan psigiatriese siektes, maar die meeste werknemers steek dit weg omdat hulle stigma vrees. Elsabé Brits vertel hoe dit positief in die werksplek gehanteer kan word. Jou werkgewer moet sáám met jou werk indien jy aan ’n psigiatriese siekte ly en nie téén jou nie. Maar hoe dié…

Door ‘slammed on open access’ to academic work

Anger has been growing over embargoes on published works that “limit access to knowledge and make academics’ work outdated”. South African universities and government agencies have banded together against international academic publisher Elsevier’s new hosting and sharing regime, which they argue “curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back…

Can beer brewing help solve our water crisis?

This week’s show is about South Africa’s water crisis. The show starts with how the joys of brewing beer can solve a water crisis. From there we chat to Professor Anthony Turton about why we are on the brink of chaos and Senta Berner about how angry people can become when their water is cut…