Climate change, farming and profits: It all depends

How will climate change affect the profit margins of farming endeavours throughout South Africa? It all depends on how rainfall, temperature and the subsequent need for irrigation will change the yield and quality of produce being farmed, region by region. So says agricultural economists Dr Hamman Oosthuizen, who used farms in Hoedspruit, Carolina, Moorreesburg and…

#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…

#ScibraaiSides: New cousin of the Barberton daisy found in KZN

Here’s interesting news for fans of the Barberton daisy: A new species of Gerbera, related to this popular cut flower, has been found in the forests of KwaZulu-Natal. The newly described Gerbera sylvicola is endemic to South Africa. The flower has felted and prominently veined leaves. The new discovery is closely related to Gerbera kraussii,…

#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,…