Gas sensing machine a breath of fresh air for Unizulu physicists

PHYSICISTS at the University of Zululand are beside themselves with joy after obtaining an important gas sensing machine, one of only two in the country. UNIZULU clinched the important instrument after impressing the National Research Foundation (NRF) with a tenacious application and landed them the R4.6 million instrument. “The machine is a great blessing for…

#ScibraaiSides: Herpes virus linked to why breastfeeding mothers on ARVs still sometimes transmit HIV to their babes

It’s a question that has baffled many an AIDS researcher: why do antiretroviral therapies (ARVs) not in all cases stop breastfeeding HIV positive mothers from transmitting the virus via their breast milk to their offspring? A new study by researchers of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Montpellier has now confirmed that a…

Save indigenous Zulu sheep and you save rural farmers

Zulu sheep are valuable to farmers because of their ability to brace the harsh environment in the KwaZulu-Natal region, writes Thembinkosi “Mnqobi” Xulu, a MSc candidate at the University of Zululand. This article was first featured in the Mail & Guardian’s Science Voices supplement. In the green plains of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, small skinny sheep graze. With their…

#Scibraai Sides: Who dies of what in rural KwaZulu-Natal?

Women living in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal are more likely than men to pass away because of HIV/Aids, heart related reasons, strokes or diabetes. Male residents from this region, on the other hand, are far more likely than their female counterparts to die because of assaults, tuberculosis, road traffic accidents or by their own hand. Overall,…

Geen kenners in SA om nuwe motspesies te beskryf

Suid-Afrika se eerste Wêrelderfenisgebied, die iSimangaliso-vleilandpark in KwaZulu-Natal, het twee nuwe motspesies opgelewer. Die twee motte, Stenoglene perissinottoi en Stenoglene clucki, behoort albei aan dieselfde familie wat algemeen as “aapmotte” bekend staan omdat hulle nogal harig is. Dr. Thierry Bouyer, ’n Belgiese entomoloog, het hulle beskryf nadat prof. Renzo Perossinotto van die Nelson Mandela Metropolitaanse…

Physics needn’t be Greek to isiZulu

The University of KwaZulu-Natal wants to introduce undergraduate courses in isiZulu but students are concerned technical words don’t translate well. You are sitting in a slightly musty-smelling lecture theatre, a physics lecturer at the front of the room, writing an equation on the blackboard. At either elbow, fellow students focus intently on the English words…