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Beware of the dog: South Africa’s latest Rabies outbreak


Beware of the dog: South Africa’s latest Rabies outbreak

The rabies virus is defined as a ‘zoonotic’ disease which means that it is transmitted from animals to humans and is most commonly associated with dogs. This is largely due to the fact that in approximately 99% of all logged human rabies cases, the disease is “transmitted via dogs” which the sufferer has come into contact with through living in areas that are considered particularly high risk as they are exposed to the ‘canine-rabies endemic’ (WHO, 2018). It is estimated that “on average, 60 000 people die from rabies annually, and more than 15 million people receive post-exposure prophylaxis every year” (WHO, 2018).

Generally, the rabies virus is contracted through […]

Beware of the dog: South Africa’s latest Rabies outbreak2018-06-25T12:54:22+02:00

The Advancement of Artificial Intelligence


The Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

The robot revolution is here in the form of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Once a futuristic concept, AI related technology is being embedded unknowingly in most of the technology that we utilise on a daily basis. Mark Zuckerberg’s brain-child, Facebook has been one of the largest testing platforms for the development of artificial intelligence; with Zuckerberg being a major advocate for the advancement of AI technology including robots. In 2017, a team of researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research facility built a ‘Chatbot’ that was designed to ‘learn’ how to negotiate by imitating the human trading and the bartering system. However, after the two programs (affectionately nicknamed Alice and Bob) were paired together […]

The Advancement of Artificial Intelligence2018-06-25T12:54:29+02:00

Plastic-Eating Enzyme


Plastic-Eating Enzyme: A Promising and Powerful Pollution Problem Solver

Plastic is one of the largest pollutants in the world, with over a billion tonnes of plastic products subsisting in all environments including large parts of the ocean. Through the rise in the popularity of disposable plastic products, scientists estimate that over 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic based products have been created in the past six decades. As plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, the vast majority of all plastic products ever produced, still exist in some form or another. The prediction that has been quoted time and time again that in the next half-century, the ocean will contain more plastic (ton for ton) than fish […]

Plastic-Eating Enzyme2018-05-02T13:09:17+02:00

What is office management and technology?


What is office management and technology, and is it offered at VUT?

The Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences at the Vaal University of Technology enables students to engage in research-centric courses in multiple specialised fields. Each course is designed with optimum results in mind, and are aimed at giving graduates the competitive edge and the best opportunity at being employed after the completion of their studies. The Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences offers students a range of postgraduate courses at both a Masters and Doctorate level with a predominant focus on innovative research directed at dynamic societal change at a micro and macro level including a Masters’ degree in Office Management […]

What is office management and technology?2018-07-18T12:54:34+02:00

What is business management all about?


What is business management all about, and how do I study it?

The Vaal University of Technology strives to offer its students a diverse range of postgraduate courses and degrees that encourage, nurture and stimulate intellectual engagement and personal growth, with a strong focus on research and community service. The Faculty of Management Sciences specialises in equipping students with the necessary skills to work within businesses effectively and allows them to ask the pertinent questions, namely: ‘What is business management all about and how can I apply it to my chosen work environment?’ VUT’s postgraduate degrees in management sciences all encompass aspects of business management that are adaptive across multiple fields of study and work.

What […]

What is business management all about?2018-07-19T15:55:28+02:00

Mining Safety Robots


Mining Safety Robots

The interest in mining automation and robotics in South Africa has been up and down over the past few years, but according to Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group leader, Peter Bosscha, the interest is now “ramping up again”. The return of the active interest in mining robotics comes from two main drivers- the industry and the public institutions and government. While each sector has different factors to consider when it comes to robotics in mining, they both share the concern of increasing the safety of the mines in South Africa. While there is still much research to be done, the interest in […]

Mining Safety Robots2018-07-25T16:02:38+02:00

What’s love got to do with it?


What’s love got to do with it?

Love is often defined as an emotive sensory experience and feeling. It is one that is frequently sensationalised by the media, television, movies and even science. It is an emotion that takes many shapes and forms. Love can be romantic, companionate, maternal and paternal. It can be ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’, logical and sensible, or entirely irrational and unpredictable. Love is an emotion most commonly associated with the heart, and it’s no wonder when it’s deemed the cause of heart-fluttering palpitations and thudding, sweaty palms, stammering, stuttering, and even clumsiness. However, as science will indicate it’s not the heart that’s to blame but rather the brain. Dr. Helen […]

What’s love got to do with it?2018-07-30T12:53:54+02:00

Elon Musk: Electrical Entrepreneur Extraordinaire


Elon Musk: Electrical Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian American businessman, investor, and entrepreneur. He is better known as the Tesla tycoon, as well as the founder, CEO and product architect of SpaceX.  Musk is also the co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc. a company that was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers on the premise of moving towards a fossil fuel free future. The company has designed the world’s first ever “premium all-electric sedan from the ground up” (Tesla).  All of Tesla’s car models are electric powertrain and battery-powered, and the majority of the components of the Tesla models are manufactured in the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. […]

Elon Musk: Electrical Entrepreneur Extraordinaire2018-07-30T12:53:58+02:00

The importance of coding from a young age: 


The importance of coding from a young age:

By teaching your child to code from a young age you are giving them a skill for life. Even if your child does not ultimately become a programmer, you are providing your child with problem-solving skills, you’re teaching them to hone their logic, and you are boosting their confidence levels. On top of that, providing your child with these digital skills will improve their chances of being employed in the future.

Yishan Wong, CEO of Reddit says that “in the coming century, being able to command the world that will be thoroughly computerised will set apart those who can live successfully in the future from those who […]

The importance of coding from a young age: 2018-09-05T10:17:32+02:00

AI and the future of recruitment


AI and the future of recruitment

Humans are highly intelligent but inherently lazy. It’s why throughout history man has used his mind and capacity to make those around him slaves (Kumar, 2008). Human endeavours have consistently been directed to make man’s tasks less laborious. We’ve achieved this through developing techniques and using means which replace man from doing his duties which require time and labour. In achieving this feat, man has developed so many machines to assist him in performing routine tasks but also in the intricate areas of problem-solving. We’ve become so advanced that we’ve created technology that not only matches our capabilities but rather exceeds the abilities. Take the computer for example, […]

AI and the future of recruitment2018-09-05T09:25:35+02:00
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