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
The South African medical and scientific community is abuzz with the news that local researchers have documented one method of the production in the body of broadly neutralising antibodies against HIV – a discovery that could lead to the future development of a vaccine.
• SA team leads study on anti-HIV gel
South Africa's FNB is the world's most innovative bank, having clinched that accolade in early October at the second BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovative Awards. The awards honour retail banks that offer innovative products and services with a positive impact on their customers.
• SA banks overtake global giants
South Africa’s livestock sector is to receive a significant boost with the launch of the Tshwane Animal Health Cluster, an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency to develop local solutions for animal diseases.
• Paying it forward with goat farming