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Talk in Cape Town on the study of African languages

Feb 07, 2017 No Comments by

Dr Tessa Dowling, Senior Lecturer of African Languages at the University of Cape Town and a director of African Voices will present a free public talk entitled ‘Thatha machance!” (Take chances!) Safe bets and wild gambles in the study of African languages.’ on Wednesday, 15th February at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory* […]

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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 by

“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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Milton Shain FRSSAf receives the Recht Malan prize

Aug 01, 2016 No Comments

Emeritus Professor Milton Shain received the Recht Malan prize (Media 24) for English and Afrikaans Non-Fiction for A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930-1948, published by Jonathan Ball and described by the judges as “history at its most compulsively readable”. “In a time when violent xenophobia regularly rears its ugly head across the country, […]

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Cycling for Antibiotic Action

Jul 28, 2016 No Comments

#Cycling4AntibioticAction & #ScienceInAfrica     Wesley Loftie-Eaton, an RSSAf member and microbiologist with a mission, is currently on a self-supported cycle tour from Nairobi, Kenya, to Cape Town, South Africa. Along the way he is visiting different universities as an Antibiotic Champion to raise awareness on the urgent need for better antimicrobial stewardship and the development of […]

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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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