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  • August 29, 2019 |
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A recent study conducted in Dinokeng Game Reserve just north of Pretoria in Gauteng, South Africa has shown how lions introduced into a relatively small reserve will change their behaviour and choice of territory depending on interactions with neighbouring prides. Dinokeng is a relatively small reserve, spanning an area of 185 km2. The research was conducted by researchers at the Universities of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and Pretoria (UP). 


March 2019 - A study led by Dr Simnikiwe Mayaphi of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Medical Virology has confirmed that so-called INSTI HIV self-test kits are as reliable as other HIV testing methods used in clinical settings in South Africa. HIV diagnosis forms a crucial part of the 90‐90‐90 strategy targeted by public health practitioners worldwide. The 90-90-90 strategy aims to diagnose 90% of all HIV‐infected individuals, have 90% of them on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and to have HIV viral load (VL) suppression in 90% of those receiving ART. Testing (and subsequent diagnosis) is an essential first step in this strategy.


The University of Witwatersrand (Wits University), the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in the U.S. and the National Geographic Society have partnered to bring the rare fossils of two recently discovered ancient human relatives (Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi) to the U.S. for the first, and likely only, time to be featured in the limited-run exhibition.

Most of the world’s economically-viable platinum deposits occur as ‘reefs’ in layered intrusions – thin layers of silicate rocks that contain sulphides enriched in platinum group elements which are so vital for the sustainable development of modern human society.