New app for small-scale fishing industry

A free app – co-developed by academics, government, civil society and fishing communities – will be the lynchpin in the government’s efforts to launch and roll out a small-scale fishing industry in South Africa. Traditional and artisanal fishing communities, according to an Equality Court ruling in 2007, have been consistently marginalised during both apartheid and…

West Coast’s Heaviside’s dolphins are all family

The sight of an albino Heaviside’s dolphin off Hondeklipbaai during one of her sampling trips along the West Coast is one that she will always treasure.So says conservation geneticist and Capetonian Dr Keshni Gopal, who completed the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic South African dolphin species. “I’ve always had a great passion for…

#SciBraaiSides 25 May 2014

Did you know that up to 19 million cigarettes are sold illegally in South Africa per day? Or that the stem-wilter might just be the end of the leaf cactus, which is invading KZN forests? Do you know about the new species discovered in Lambert’s Bay? And is enough being done to educate HIV positive…