2017

A Social History of Democratic South African Told in Nine Lives

The book I am writing is a social history of the first two decades of South African democracy. Its outstanding methodological quality is to show that statecraft can be studied with unusual analytical power, not via a frontal examination of public institutions, but through the study of ordinary lives over time. The narrative foundation of … [Read more]

Constitution-building in Africa: Corruption and constitutionalism in Africa – Revisiting control measures and strategies

The focus of the 2017 seminar under this project is on the theme, “Corruption and constitutionalism in Africa: Revisiting control measures and strategies.” This theme has been chosen in recognition of the fact that corruption is probably one of the biggest threats to peace and stability in Africa today. The ravages of corruption casts an … [Read more]

African Leapfrogging Index to Sustainability (ALIS)

Centre for Complex Systems in Transition of Stellenbosch University and the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics of Lund University are currently developing a regional project on Distributed Renewable Economy for Africa’s Transformation. Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) is supporting the development and implementation of this project through provision of Fellowship as part of … [Read more]

Retrospective and Prospective Reflections on Higher Education in Africa

The paper begins with a historical background attempting to provide an African wide perspective unifying the often fragmented contributions of North Africa, South Africa and the rest of the continent. The 1960s occupy a prominent period in Africa’s effort to emerge from colonial rule, and indeed 18 countries gained independence in this period.  On the … [Read more]

Removal of pollutants from drinking water by clay minerals using metal oxide nanoparticles

Contamination of drinking water with chemical and biological pollutants is a serious problem of the present century. Therefore, availability of suitable water sources is becoming a crucial problem because having locally available water resources is not sufficient to cover the water needs. Key is to have at least sanitized water, that is water free from … [Read more]

Prevalence of phytoparasitic nematodes and damage levels on vegetable crops in the southwest Ethiopia: An approach towards development of a sustainable nematode management

Various vegetable crops are grown in the southwest part of Ethiopia. The production is affected, among others, by plant parasitic nematodes. The problem of nematodes is not well appreciated due to the nature of the damage together with limited awareness of the nematode problem in the country. However, the extent of the problem has recently … [Read more]

3D Print a House for Development (3D – H – 4D): Prototyping Climate Change Adaptation in African Urban Planning

The news that a Chinese company has successfully 3D printed ten houses in 24 hours rapidly, cheaply and with a bare-bones workforce offers a window into the future for sustainable development in Africa’s urban planning. On top of cost, time and labour benefits, there are other affordances in the 3D printing of houses that are … [Read more]

Assessment of social-economic impacts of invasive cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) to rural livelihoods and their environment in the Drylands of Kenya

Invasive alien plant species are one of the major drivers of global ecosystem change and the most serious threats to ecological, economic and social well-being. Their current spread is damaging livelihoods in rural areas by increasing poverty while simultaneously affecting biological diversity. Like many other countries, Kenya is faced with the problem of increased occurrence … [Read more]

The challenges and options in relation to water security for groundwater-dependent urban settlements located in fragile regions of Kenya

Many towns in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (and to a lesser extent, sub-humid zones) rely largely or exclusively on groundwater for public and private water supply. Urban water service delivery in such areas faces significant challenges through the intersection of higher poverty rates, inadequate and more variable water sources, smaller towns with lower economies … [Read more]

Addressing the Need for a Rapid Diagnostic for Childhood Tuberculosis

TB rates are at unprecedented high levels in sub Saharan Africa [2]. TB Incidence in South Africa, estimated at 1,000 per 100,000, is the world’s third highest; 65% of TB patients are HIV coinfected [2]. Children in resource-limited settings with high burden of TB and HIV suffer substantial, but often underappreciated TB disease burden. Young … [Read more]