Change the world

Nelson Mandela University’s School of Engineering recently supported ocean research with airborne drones and a kite borne surveillance system to study marine mammals up close - not possible from the research ship.

Marine Spatial Planning research at Nelson Mandela University is continuing to make waves with new research including the impacts of the pandemic on coastal tourism.

The entire issue of prospecting or production for oil, gas or any other substance in the little understood marine environment has to start with how to safeguard it against potential damage.

Nelson Mandela University and the Open University of Mauritius signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on establishing a Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy as part of FishFORCE’s expansion to cover much of the Western Indian Ocean. 
Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage, Professor Rose Boswell, will attend a Seas and Oceans Health conference in Italy in the first week of June.

We have to alert the world to the impending food security, livelihoods and marine ecosystems disaster in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), which extends from South Africa all the way up the east coast of Africa. 

Dr Elena Perez-Alvaro, a researcher for the Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage at Mandela University, has been invited to attend the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference, to take place in June/July in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Nelson Mandela University’s growing reputation as a leading Ocean Sciences hub was recently recognised with a top place nationally in the Life Below Water category in the international 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

We have to work out how to share our oceans between a mounting number of stakeholders in a manner that values and conserves our rich marine resources. Professor Mandy Lombard is finding a way, Heather Dugmore reports.

New Business Development Manager at the Transnet National Ports Authority, Nozipho Booi, is the first MPhil in Maritime Studies graduate at this year’s Autumn Graduation at Nelson Mandela University.

As the campaign against Shell intensifies, it is clear that local communities in South Africa are culturally diverse, hold rich knowledge foundations, espouse an environmental holism, and are deeply concerned about ocean and coastal health. 

Recently, South Africans witnessed protests against Shell’s proposed 3D seismic survey of the Wild Coast and the Amazon/River Club development in Cape Town.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Lorien Pichegru, a marine biologist at Mandela University and Acting Director of the Coastal and Marine Research Institute, has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite (Knight of the Order of Merit) award from the ambassador of France in SA.

Close analysis of global heritage identification and conservation reveals enduring inequalities. 

Research and innovation in the ocean economy is essential if SA and Africa are to nurture the sector and contribute to the growth of the national and continental economies.

Africa requires a country and university to take the lead in governance and intellectual development for the blue economy and sustainable conservation of the continent’s oceans, says Emeritus Professor Martin Tsamenyi who is being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Law (Maritime Law) from Nelson Mandela University during the virtual graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Law on Thursday 22 April.

Humans delight in creating patterns in the sand, and more than 100,000 years ago it would appear we were no different. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), together with Visual Arts student Mr Luke Rudman had the opportunity to be involved in the international artistic initiative the MaskBook Project, which recently formed part of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.