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Welcome to 2024's first edition of the North-West University's newsletter, Research@NWU. The aim of this newsletter is to showcase research projects, researchers and related events.


It is time to realise and accept that we, as a species, share a responsibility to work together to safeguard all the environmental systems that regulate the functioning and state of the planet.

This is according to Louis Kotzé, research professor at the NWU's Faculty of Law. Prof Kotzé recently served as co-lead author with the world's leading Earth system scientist, Prof Johan Rockström, on a paper titled Planetary Commons in the Anthropocene, which was published in the renowned journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.


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Healthy ageing is important for a better Africa

While Africa is a continent with a rapidly growing population of young people, it is crucial for the region to pay attention to the global agenda on ageing.

The United Nations declared the years 2021 to 2030 as the "Decade of Healthy Ageing". This global collaboration, aligned with the last 10 years of the Sustainable Development Goals, seeks to improve the lives of older people, their families and the communities in which they live.


Indigenous foods can contribute to food security

Despite being nutrient-rich and drought-resistant, indigenous foods are often overlooked in food security strategies. NWU student Modjadji Mandy Rasehlomi seeks to change that.

Modjadji, a master's student in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, has been delving into the untapped potential of indigenous foods to address the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals of No Poverty and Zero Hunger.


Research gives insight into Gen Y's finance behaviour

When it comes to money, Millennials – also known as Generation Ys (individuals born between 1986 and 2005) – have mixed feelings.

On the one hand, they have a positive attitude to personal financial planning.

On the other, they may be more inclined to indulge in discretionary spending, leading to overspending and difficulties in budgeting effectively.



AI skills can improve Africa's water resources management

Water is a limited natural resource and for Africa to improve its management of this resource, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning skill sets need to be taught and embraced at institutions of higher learning.


Meet our researchers – Prof Cook and Dr Rapanyane

Researchers across our faculties are doing exciting work in their fields of expertise. We introduce the work of two researchers – Prof Courtney Cook and Dr Benjamin Rapanyane.


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