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SAYAS response to curb the spread of COVID-19

In South Africa, a national lockdown for 21 days commencing 26 March 2020 has been declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This is the time that the scientific community can contribute to mitigating the effects of COVID-19, and actively engage in the science-policy-society interface. In a bid to stay informed about #Covid19InSA and protect each other, SAYAS has produced health advertorials on COVID19 in the different languages spoken in Africa as well as a few other spoken by dominant migrant communities.

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SAYAS members response to the Corona virus

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented global challenge. In their own personal capacities, various SAYAS members have written informative articles on the impact of the virus and undertaken various societal engagement activities as listed:

Prof Alex Broadbent, Director of the Institute for the Future of Knowledge and Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, explores why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences – https://bit.ly/39imJig

Prof Alex Broadbent was also part of a group of researchers who ask the pertinent question: What does #CoronaVirus lockdown mean for the world’s poor? Watch the video ‘COVID on the breadline’ here: https://bit.ly/2xlWrPy

 

Prof Willie Chinyamurindi, Associate Professor within the Department of Business Management at the University of Fort Hare writes on Five ways academics can manage COVID-19 shutdowns – https://bit.ly/3bnH0EB

 

A/Prof John Ataguba, Associate Professor and Director of the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town, writes on understanding the economic impacts of COVID-19 on African countries – https://rdcu.be/b3p2W

 

Dr Lungiswa Nkonki, Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University, explored the need for strong leadership and an intersectoral response to COVID-19 – https://bit.ly/2UQJ4iY

 

A/Prof Tolullah Oni, urban epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, writes on the need for re-thinking emergency urban health foresight in the midst of crises and the role of investors, developers and philanthropists – https://bit.ly/34UHGPL and https://bit.ly/3atSDcm

A/Prof Tolullah Oni in her capacity as Future Earth, Advisory Committee member participated as one of the speakers in a Webinar on 22 April on exploring the links between the current COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing environmental crises around the globe.

 

Prof Marietjie Venter, Head: Zoonotic Arbo and Respiratory virus program, Center for Viral Zoonosis, Department Medical Virology, University of Pretoria, unpacks questions on the #CoronaVirus and getting the Flu vaccine during winter season as a booster during the COVID19 pandemic – https://bit.ly/3aQeXNE

 

A/Prof Jo Vearey, Associate Professor with the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand, was part of a collective which initiated a COVID-19, migration and mobility in Africa media monitoring project as migration and mobility were missing from the DoH response.

See article: https://www.mahpsa.org/why-xenophobia-is-bad-for-the-health-of-all-in-south-africa/  

Listen to a TV interview: https://www.mahpsa.org/video-unfiltered-coronavirus/

Listen to a Podcast: https://www.mahpsa.org/podcast-winter-is-coming/

 

In a bid to engage with local communities and address the ‘Science for Society’ objective, Dr Nosiphiwe Ngqwala Senior Lecturer, Pharmacy Department at Rhodes University, also initiated a series of discussions and online workshops on COVID-19 on community radio stations in the Eastern cape. Platforms used were Rhodes Music Radio (RMR) and Umhlobo Wenene FM. The aim was to share information as widely as possible using a local language” Isixhosa” in this case. It is hoped that these discussions, tips, interviews, tools and resources will help with community activation and possibly develop strategic partnership and better coping mechanisms.

 

Prof Puleng Segalo, Head of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa, shared some advice about mental health during the lockdown because of COVID-19. She noted that since South Africa is a complex society, the lockdown is not going to affect people in similar ways. Therefore, it was important to look at it from a multidimensional perspective, and reflect on how possible solutions could filter into different experiences that people are having with the lockdown. Access link: https://bit.ly/2XV6pSG

 

 

 

 

 

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SAYAS Call for new members 2020 has now been EXTENDED in light of the current disruptions due to COVID-19

Nominations for 2020 New SAYAS Members

New Deadline: 13 June 2020

The South African Young Academy of Science seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

This process is conducted annually.

SAYAS Call for New Member Nominations Notice 2020 (Extended) –Access Letter here
SAYAS New Member Nomination Form 2020 –Access Form here
SAYAS – Background Information

 

 

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SAYAS Survey on Identities

The South African Young Academy of Science and the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies are undertaking a survey titled: ‘Hidden Identities in South African Academia: Contestations and Contradictions for Belonging’. The study aims to establish the role of identity as a barrier in academia, and to determine strategies to promote inclusivity in academia within the South African context.

Transformation within South African universities is hampered by more than just historical practices, but by many factors currently at play, either hindering or helping individuals’ progress on the academic career path. For many young academics, making sense of their professional functions and roles within the ever-changing environment of academia is largely shaped by the concept of identity construction.

An initial online survey was conducted after which Dialogues will be held in early 2020 at four universities in the country. The study partners will use the data obtained from this research to develop policy recommendations that highlight the ways in which young academics / early career researchers can be better supported in their careers.

 

 

 

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