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New directions in mosquito control

Dr Tatenda Dalu using a zooplankton net to sample an ephemeral pond found to contain L. raynerae outside Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape.

SAIAB’s National Fish Collection provides essential point of reference for IUCN Shark Assessment

South Africa is one of five hotspots for endemic sharks - these are shark species that are not found anywhere else in the world. In late April a group of shark experts from around the globe gathered at NRF-SAIAB in Grahamstown to assess the conservation status of South African shark species.

From left: The Minister, Director-General and Dr Paterson discuss the National Fish Collection with Senior Curation Officer, Nkosinathi Mazungula (Photo: Steven Lang)

Minister Visits SAIAB at SciFest Africa

A very special space evolves each year at NRF-SAIAB's pop-up science centre, Water World, at Scifest Africa. 2018 was made extra special as we had the honour this year to be visited by the newly appointed Minister of the Department of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and the Director-General, Dr Phil Mjwara, on Friday afternoon.

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Dr Olaf Weyl

Inland fisheries the major focus of new Research Chair at NRF-SAIAB

Inland fisheries are highly relevant in southern Africa because they provide an opportunity for socio-economic benefits including, jobs, rural livelihoods, food security and economic development based on the small-scale fishing and recreational fishing value chains. Sustainable development in this sector will require capacity to assess and manage fisheries to ensure sustainable utilisation and promote the economic and social well-being of the harvesting fisheries.

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