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New President of SA Institute of Mining & Metallurgy

Aug 27, 2015 No Comments by

RSSAf Member Roger Trevor Jones was recently appointed President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).  SAIMM is one of the oldest learned societies in South Africa, having been established in 1894 (originally known as the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa) For more info on SAIMM

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RSSAf Member Marla Trindade wins prestigious science award

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments by

Professor Marla Trindade, SARChI Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Director of the Institute of Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics received the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman Scientist (Life Sciences) Award from the Department of Science and Technology  in recognition of the achievements of woman scientists and their profile as role models for woman in science.  Details

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Leon Dicks FRSSAf spearheads development of biological nanochip

Jul 27, 2015 No Comments by

The groundbreaking development of a biological nanochip that is able to identify bacterial infections within minutes of being swallowed was spearheaded by Professor Leon Dicks FRSSAf at the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Microbiology and Willie Perold of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  For more information see Page 3 of the Cape Times […]

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Society congratulates all WINNERS of the 2014/15 NSTF–BHP BILLITON Awards 

Jul 10, 2015 No Comments by

Congratulations to all, particularly those below who are Fellows and Members of the Society (Full list of winners) To an Individual for an outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) over a lifetime Scholes, Dr Robert FRSSAf  robert.scholes@wits.ac.za Research Group Leader, The Council for Scientific and Industrial  Research (CSIR) until December 2014 and Distinguished […]

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Scanned SA Dinosaur eggs reveal remarkable findings

Jun 29, 2015 No Comments by

In the late winter of 1976, the world famous fossil collector James Kitching was doing a survey near South Africa’s border with Lesotho. To his surprise he found a tiny clutch of six fossilised eggs along the side of the road at a place known as Rooidraai. It took five years for skilled palaentologists to remove […]

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Order of Luthuli (Silver) for Bill Frankel, OBE and Hon. RSSAf Fellow

Jun 08, 2015 No Comments

Bill Frankel, OBE, Honorary RSSAf Fellow and sponsor of numerous RSSAf events has been awarded the Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the South African government. This national order recognises his anti-apartheid activities, with particular reference to his involvement with Canon Collins’ International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF). Frankel was responsible for overseeing […]

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Talks coming up in Cape Town in 2015

Feb 27, 2015 No Comments

September 16th – Dr Sean Kaliski, Principal Specialist at Valkenberg Hospital – on “Crime, heredity, genetics & environment” All talks are free and held at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory* *Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in […]

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Satellite linked time depth recorder on

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments

Southern elephant seal bull known to Marion Island sealers as ‘Sakkie’.  Photo Nico de Bruyn

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A touch of RSSAf history……

Mar 17, 2014 Comments Off on A touch of RSSAf history……

HENRY SELBY HELE-SHAW (1854-1941) – see sequel from Canada The name of Henry Selby Hele-Shaw, LL.D., D.Sc., D. Eng., F.R.S., Wh.Sch., is not well known to South Africans or even to Fellows and Members of the Royal Society of South Africa although he was one of the founders of the Society in the early 1900s.  […]

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Queuing to look up……

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

Submitted by SA Astronomical Observatory

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