Two local innovators have won the 2012 South African Breweries Foundation Social Innovation Award for developing a reliable, low-cost malaria test kit. The device is one of only nine in the world, and the only one of its kind that is fully African-owned and developed.
• An end to malaria?
Every year in November South Africa's energy utility Eskom rewards citizens who apply their minds and skills to inventing energy efficiency tools that don't only help to keep energy consumption down but, in many cases, also address sustainable community development needs.
• South Africa becoming a renewable energy hub
The German-South African Year of Science is halfway through. The initiative, which runs from April 2012 to April 2013, is aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the areas of science, technology, innovation and research.
• A fun approach to science teaching
World Diabetes Day, held annually in November, aims to raise global awareness of the disease. Now, a team of South African researchers has released results of a promising study that involves the beneficial effect of rooibos on blood sugar levels.
• Research says rooibos beats stress
Innovative technology to extend the shelf life of fresh flowers, developed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, is helping to boost job creation, develop skills and establish new market opportunities for South Africa’s flower industry.
• Floral wealth in caring hands