Research

Research on acid mine drainage set to influence change

AMD is a threat to the environment, posing a direct risk to the Vaal River System, says Suvania Naidoo, lecturer in Development Studies at Unisa. By collaborating with affected communities and the country's water policy makers, she is contributing to the development of workable solutions. Read more

Inspired to mentor budding researchers

Prof Kealeboga Maphunye, the Chair of the Department of Political Sciences in Unisa's College of Human Sciences, says that his recent NRF C2 rating will assist him to hand over the baton to future scholars by showing them the ropes. Read more

Marion Island's last ice age happened earlier than we thought. Why it matters

These findings are in stark contrast with the original world view that suggested the entire globe was at a maximum glaciated state around 20 000 years ago, says Unisa's Prof David Hedding. Read more

CHS CE project on climate change and its links to Covid-19

Prof Monika dos Santos from Unisa's Department of Psychology says that, in many ways, the pandemic can be seen as a test of what may well be on the horizon in terms of climate change and the extreme burdens it will place on (fragile) healthcare infrastructures. Read more

What Ramaphosa's Covid-19 decisions say about SA's democracy

The President has emphasised inclusive decision-making informed by scientific evidence. Such an approach would serve to depoliticise and rationalise decision-making, says Unisa's Prof Dirk Kotzé. Read more

Online modules set to shape futures of postgrads

The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated the need for an aggressive overhaul of M&D research support and a non-negotiable emphasis on the development of innovative virtual teaching options that follow the physical distance restrictions that now exist, says Unisa's Prof Lindiwe Zungu. Read more

Highly cited ODL scholar has influence on many fronts

Prof Paul Prinsloo joins the prestigious Unisa Million Rand Club with an eye-wateringly large grant from a consortium of European foundations to research the question: How is secondary-level schooling being refigured through digital technology in different regions of the world and in what ways are these changes reproducing, exacerbating or alleviating in/equality? Read more

Research that benefits its consumers

Prof Omwoyo Onyancha from the Department of Information Science at Unisa is inspired to focus on studies that provide practical solutions and not only theoretical benefits to advance the societal impact of his research. Read more

CEMS economists compile weekly Covid-19 report

Although they are not medical doctors or epidemiologists, the members of Unisa's Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Research Flagship Programme felt that they could make a contribution to fighting this pandemic by processing the cases reported on a daily basis. Read more

Plant scientist's significant contributions to African medicine

At 81, Unisa Professor Extraordinaire, Kobus Eloff, continues to make an impact on the field of phytomedicine. He dedicates his time to exploring therapeutically useful compounds present in plants growing in South Africa. Read more