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Upcoming talks in Cape Town for 2017

Mar 18, 2017 No Comments by

May 17th – Em. Prof Eric Harley (UCT Chemical Pathology) on ‘The White Rhinoceros. A problem in Conservation’  Aug 16th – Prof Ken Findlay, Chair in Oceans Economy at CPUT on ‘Oceans Economy’ Sept 13th – Dr Donatella De Pascale of the National Research Council of Italy, on “Bio-prospecting in extreme environments” (t.t.b.c.) PLEASE NOTE […]

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Public Talk on Waste Management in KZN

Mar 15, 2017 No Comments by

Chris Whyte, Managing Director, USE-IT eThekweni Waste Materials Recovery, Industry Development Cluster will present a lecture titled “Drowning in Waste that should be a Resource” on Wednesday, 23rd March 2017, Time: 5.45 pm Venue: John Bews Lecture Theatre, Life Sciences Campus, Carbis Road, Pietermaritzburg.  For at least the last 20 years, Pietermaritzburg has been struggling with its waste management functions – as have most cities […]

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RSSAf Medal Awards for 2017

Oct 31, 2016 No Comments by

The Society is pleased to announce the following Medal Awards for 2017:  John F. W. Herschel Medal in recognition of Highly Distinguished Multidisciplinary Contributions to the furtherance of Science, to : Professor Michael Wingfield FRSSAf Founding Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria and current President of International Union of […]

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RSSAf Fellow wins ASSAf Gold Medal

Oct 24, 2016 No Comments by

The Royal Society of SA is delighted to announce that RSSAf Fellow Professor Brian van Wilgen of Stellenbosch University has won the ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal. The Medal is awarded for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society . (see details below) Well done Brian, the Society salutes you! The Academy of Science of […]

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South African Universities – a historical perspective

Oct 20, 2016 No Comments by

The process of higher education in South Africa has never been perfect, nor apolitical or peaceful. Its contours have always had highly unsatisfactory elements. Reading this article by Prof Jane Carruthers along with the given references, and others in similar vein, is a reminder that education is a social, political and economic battleground.

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RSSAf Statement on the crisis in Higher Education in South Africa

Oct 05, 2016 No Comments

“Although the Council of the Royal Society of South Africa fully supports the philosophy that higher education should be affordable and accessible to everybody who academically qualifies, it strongly condemns the damage and disruption of activities caused on the campuses of South African universities.”

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Fellow wins Draper Memorial Medal

Aug 16, 2016 No Comments

Prof Richard V Dingle (FRSSAf, University of Cape Town and University of Copenhagen) has been awarded the Draper Memorial Medal of the Geological Society of South African for 2015, for his “contributions to sea-floor geology around the coast of southern Africa”. The Draper Medal  is “The highest award of the GSSA, introduced in 1932, and […]

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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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