#Scibraai Monday Menu: About #Feesmustfall, soccer and spit, and cancers

Today’s @Scibraai Monday Menu should probably be called the Scibraai Tuesday Treat. Better late than never! So here’s this week’s snippets of interesting local South African science: an economic perspective on rising university fees, the value of soccer in reducing stress, and some of the reasons for the high incidence of esophageal cancer in the Eastern…

Fancy toothpaste with a local flavour?

Earlier this year, Prof. Namrita Lall of the University of Pretoria received the Order of Mapungubwe – South Africa’s highest honour – in recognition of her research into the use of South Africa’s indigenous plants for the treatment of anything from cancer and tuberculosis (TB) to acne and gum disease. At only 45, this medicinal plant…

Postgrads pass the mic

A few of the biochemists in the room raised an eyebrow at Msizi Mhlongo’s opening line: “A plant defends itself like the Zulu warriors of the past, who had only spears to defend against guns.” Others grinned and perked up after a long day of postgraduate research presentations. This ‘research day’, held on 20 November…