Special Reports

Madiba warms rainy UK

Britain might be under a blanket of cold rain and wind but people still managed to throw their hearts and souls into the Mandela Day philosophy.

Saving jobs takes hard work

A joint venture fund allows South African businesses to retain staff during tough times.

Creating jobs through efficiency

The Gro-E Scheme is the IDC's fund aimed at driving job creation.

Funding the green economy

A German-SA partnership has made money available for developing local green companies.

Innovating across industries

The Support Programme for Industrial Innovation, which has seen R574-million allocated since inception, is the oldest of the IDC's ring-fenced funds.

Supporting businesses in need

The economic downturn of the past few years has put a lot of local businesses under severe financial strain.

Transforming entrepreneurship

The IDC's Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme was set up in 2008 to finance marginalised groups in SA Instead of being one clump of money.

Wealth of funds available for business

Businesses that need funding for growth and expansion should not overlook the Industrial Development Corporation

Casting a new light on breast cancer

According to Cansa, one in 28 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Life’s a beach: restoring arid ecosystems in the wake of mining

Ecologist Dr Peter Carrick launched the Namaqualand Restoration Initiative (NRI-1) project at the University of Cape Town in 2005.

Maths and software pave the way

The science behind pavements -- the scientific term for roadways, including airport runways -- is moving forward.

Scientist on a mission to save Africa’s forests

Not everyone gets the opportunity to meet the queen of Great Britain but Jolanda Roux has, all because of her passion for keeping trees healthy.

African plants heal the world

Professor Kobus Eloff is the founder and leader of the multidisciplinary and collaborative phytomedicine programme at the University of Pretoria.

DNA detective finds fun ways to demystify science

If you think public communication of science, engineering and technology is dry then you haven't met Professor Valerie Corfield.

The Four P approach to patch up the broken-hearted

Bongani Mayosi works by creating a multimodal framework that moves research through to capacity and programme development to influencing policy.

Searching for chameleons in the dark

Theoretical cosmology, merely a philosophical discussion a few hundred years ago, is now a true science.

A spoonful of technology helps the medicine go down

Getting drugs to where they are needed is what drives Wits' Professor Yahya Choonara.

Beyond the antibiotic frontier

Leon Dicks of the department of microbiology at University of Stellenbosch studies lactic acid bacteria and has discovered creative ways to use them.