In celebration of Youth Month 2018, the National Research Foundation is paying tribute to young people across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We share heart-warming stories of these students whose lives give us great hope for the future of South Africa. We thank the students for volunteering to tell us a little about themselves and their research.
Meet Andile Joyce Mthombeni
A new telescope has been inaugurated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), near Sutherland, that will be an “eye of the MeerKAT radio array”, the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
MeerLICHT, which means “more light” in Dutch, is an optical telescope that will simultaneously scan the Southern Skies together with MeerKAT. This creates a truly unique combination where astronomers will always be studying stars and galaxies in two parts of the spectrum at the same time.
The Birth to Twenty Plus (Bt20+) study, led by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Wits University sheds light on violence in the lives of children.
Using information collected from the longitudinal study which has followed the development of more than 2000 children and their families in Soweto-Johannesburg for more than 27 years, the study reveals the extent of violence to which the children are exposed to, either directly (as victims or perpetrators) or indirectly (as witnesses).