April 18, 2019

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Institute of Landscape Architecture Malaysia (ILAM), Regulates the profession of landscape architects -

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The Hottest New Spot on Florida Road -

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City completes an array of park and facility upgrade projects -

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2019 Corobrik-ILASA Awards of Excellence -

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South Africa’s First Plastic Road! -

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Jacobsen supports student from South Africa to Staffordshire -

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City springs into action to clean and mow parks -

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Walkway project underway at Homestead -

Friday, March 15, 2019

City receives R50 million to create 1 300 green jobs -

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Public Arts Commission ups funding for Merschel Plaza sculpture -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Comment on the Cape Town Draft Water Strategy – 08 March 2019 -

Friday, March 8, 2019

Corobrik playing its part in looking after the planet -

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Nature of Cities Summit -

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Horticulturists and herbalists join hands

Motivated by CPUT’s resolve to conduct research that seeks to address society’s challenges, CPUT academics are collaborating with herbalists to validate their work.
Prof Learnmore Kambizi, a lecturer in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, is leading a team of academics and postgraduate students that will help the herbalists establish and maintain herbal gardens as well as cultivate some medicinal plant species that would not ordinarily grow in the Western Cape.
They aim to do this done through hydroponics and tissue culture techniques available at CPUT.
Kambizi was invited recently to speak at a well-attended seminar convened by the Western Cape Inyanga Forum in Mfuleni, where areas of co-operation between Cape Nature, the Department of Health, academic researchers, local authorities and registered Traditional Medical Practitioners were discussed.
He says the academics decided to work with herbalists as they are custodians of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), which they, the academics, intend to document to ensure that such valuable knowledge is preserved for future generations.

To sustain this research project and support postgraduate training he has been awarded funding to the tune of R1.5 million for three years by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

“We conduct a wide array of bio-assays on various medicinal plants (both pure and crude extracts) to assess their curing potential and toxicity,” he adds.
Steven Mapfumo, a doctoral candidate involved in the project, says the link between academic work and IKS is very important. “Western medicine is marketed as the cleanest and most effective medicine, but previous generations, which relied on plants lived longer when compared to the current generation.”
Sibusiso Xego, another PhD candidate, says her passion for herbs was inspired by growing up in a home where there were traditional healers. “We are taking the knowledge from the community to the lab and from the lab back to the community.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

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Provides coverage for the Business and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.

 

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