SA spends many millions annually to support cutting-edge research into a range of diverse topics – I got to interview all of the researchers supported under the SA Research Chairs Initiative.

Driving SA’s emergence as a scientific nation – a foreword by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Research capabilities reverse SA’s brain drain – commentary by National Research Foundation chief executive Dr Albert van Jaarsveld


Health, medical technology and treatment research

Genus genius at work

In search of an HIV vaccine

Light on the fight against cancer

Local drug research is making waves

Building an effective primary healthcare environment

Hypertension studies aim for long-term benefits

Arming up to fight the TB scourge

Natural meds could boost economy

Nano-medicine on our doorstep



Astronomy research

Life, the universe and everything

Asking the big questions

Making cosmology more attractive

ICT, Mathematics and Physics research

 The building blocks of scientific enquiry

Biosciences benefit from mathematical modelling

Harnessing scientific computing to further medicine

Education research

Taking ownership of indigenous languages and learning

Maths skills under the spotlight



Policy research

Urban planning and policies to shape our cities

Food security research

Securing SA’s future food supply

Growing agricultural output and exports

Poverty and land research

Land and poverty: avoidable bedfellows

Uncovering SA’s potential



Economic studies

What drives economic inequality?

Engineering and Energy research

Building sustainable industries

Bioprocess expertise leads the field

SA’s satellite ambitions no flight of fancy

Realising the creation of a bio-economy

Nanotech lights the way forward

Exploiting SA’s fluorspar riches



Environmental research

Research provides insights into protecting marine ecosystems

Research mines SA’s geological treasures

Vhembe Biosphere creates unique opportunities

Promoting a holistic view of marine management

Fostering a sea-change in pharmaceutical development



Water research

Developing wastewater treatment

Chemistry research

Developing SA’s chemical production capacity

Social change research

How yesterday changes today’s society

Investigating the ‘rebellion of the poor’

Law research

Development in law and international collaboration