April 2022

NWU's research showcases expertise

Welcome to the second edition of the North-West University's newsletter, Research@NWU. The aim of the newsletter is to showcase research projects, researchers and related events. This newsletter is one of seven, distributed to academic staff and researchers during the year.


NWU researchers help map the way forward for hydrogen in South Africa

The Earth is in trouble. It is suffocating under clouds of carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal and other environmentally damaging resources to generate energy.

These emissions are the primary cause of global warming, and if humanity wants to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, we have to find alternatives for our energy needs.


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Using genomics to conserve biodiversity links to food security

Using genomics to understand and protect the Africa's biodiversity could improve the resilience of plants, animals and other life forms to climate change, with a knock-on effect on food security, says NWU researcher Dr Roksana Majewska. She and fellow researchers at the African BioGenome Project are safeguarding and preserving African genomic biodiversity through an effort to sequence the genomes of plants, animals, fungi and protists that are endemic to Africa.


Cyberattacks likely to increase as connectivity grows

Cyberattacks are occurring thick and fast as the world becomes more connected and the rewards greater. According to Prof Wian Erlank from the NWU's Faculty of Law, the possible rewards for cyberattackers will continue to increase,
as more aspects of our everyday lives become interwoven and reliant on online interaction.
He says he keeps a watch on cybersecurity develop-ments to understand how these affect other areas of law on which he conducts research.


Covid-19 pandemic has further weakened SA's fragile peace

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the exclusion of even more South African residents from economic activity has further weakened the country’s already fragile peace. This is one of the conclusions drawn by NWU academic Dr Gideon van Riet, who recently published an article based on three years of research in the JB Marks Municipality. The research focused on investigating the link between the Covid-19 pandemic and South Africa's fragile peace through the lens of crime.



How to boost profitability of indigenous language media

The NWU's Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA) research niche area is embar-king on a three-year research project to assist South Africa's struggling indigenous language media. The past few years have seen massive closures and restructuring of media houses in the country, partly due to the introduction of digital platforms and social media, leading to a steady decline in advertising revenues and circulation.


Researcher rings alarm bells over use of alcohol among students

High prevalence rates of alcohol use among students in higher education are a public health concern. This is according to a study conducted by Prof Miriam Moagi from the School of Nursing. She reviewed existing evidence to address alcohol abuse among students from a demand-reduction approach. The article is from her PhD study, which was guided by the National Drug Master Plan (NDMP) pillars 2013–2017.


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