Science and Technology Minister opens nanomaterials facility

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor officially opened the new Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF) in December 2015. Delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the NIDF at the CSIR in Pretoria, Pandor described it as an important milestone in fostering innovation. “The Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility is an important milestone in a long innovation journey,” Pandor said. “As…

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Editorial Note

It is hard to believe we are in the month of February already. We wish all our readers a prosperous 2016 and success in your endeavours. I am glad to announce that we have managed to secure Roswika Media to produce the bimonthly Nano newsletter in collaboration with the NPEP team for a 12 month period starting with this February issue. Over the last year, we were privileged to share some of the highlights of…

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MSc Nanoscience Postgraduate programme growing in leaps and bounds

Following on the success of new research centres in nanoscience and nanotechnology established by the Department of Science and Technology, the next major step was to introduce a dedicated postgraduate programme for training in nanoscience and nanotechnology in South African Universities. This programme also marked the introduction of a new system of collaboration between universities, where four South African universities are simultaneously presenting the same master’s degree. Since 2012, a Master’s programme in nanoscience and…

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The solution to Neuro-degenerative diseases

Neuro-degenerative diseases (NDD’s) affect lives on a daily basis. These diseases are not geographically confined and their adverse effects on the human body have been, up to now, essentially irreversible. However, some significant progress may have been made towards fighting NDD’s by our own home grown South African scientists. Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system and the nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. The progressive loss of structure or impaired…

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South Africa needs to start to venture into nanotechnology commercialisation by employing sustainable models

Nanotechnology is no longer just an emerging field of science or science fiction. Many countries already have nano-products in their marketplace (Figure 1). Nanotechnology has the potential to impact many industrial sectors and every economic sector across the globe, with the market for this technology estimated to grow to as much as $3 trillion by 2020. In the last two decades, the South African government has invested a substantial amount of funds into nanotechnology research…

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Nanotechnology within Nanomedicine

Madichaba Phuti Chelopo is a 27 year old scientist who was born in a township in Polokwane in the Limpopo province. Chelopo is currently a PhD Student at North West University (NWU), majoring in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and hosted by the CSIR. She obtained a BSc degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry in 2008, BSc Honours degree in Chemistry in 2009 and MSc degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2012 at the University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN). Chelopo…

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DST says no to xenophobia

DST says no to xenophobia

The latest upsurge of xenophobia in South Africa has prompted the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to take a stand. Recognising the influence of African scientists in South Africa’s scientific achievements, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, called for an end to the violence. On Friday, 24 April 2015, Minister Pandor launched the “We are Africa” mobile app in Pretoria. The app can be downloaded for free and allows the public to…

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Previn Naicker – PhD at 23

Previn Naicker – PhD at 23

Obtaining his PhD in Biochemistry from WITS University in Johannesburg, Previn Naicker has a well-deserved head start in the world of Science. Currently employed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), this 23-year-old has a successful career ahead of him. Read his inspiring story of hard work and success in our upcoming Youth Issue.

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Scifest Africa 2015 was a huge success

Scifest Africa 2015 was a huge success

Organisers of the annual Scifest Africa event held in Grahamstown said this year’s event was a huge success. With 58 400 visitors to the display of exhibitions and 24 000 tickets sold to the interactive workshops, the event succeeded in making Science cool. Scifest  is a chance for young people to view displays of how Science can be seen in everyday life – in crops growing in the fields, in the ocean and even in…

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