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Prof Ashafa
Prof Ashafa’s research documents plants used by the Basotho in the management of different ailments.

The Phytomedicine and Phytopharmacology Research Programme (PPRP) in the Department of Plant Sciences on the Qwaqwa Campus researches the biological effects of medicinal plants used in the folkloric medicine of the Eastern Free State, particularly to explore the values and contribution of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) towards broader scientific research. This is according to the programme’s principal investigator and researcher, NRF C2-rated researcher, Professor Anofi Ashafa. 

 “Our research is mainly aimed at documenting plants used by the Basotho in the management of different ailments and to further discover, isolate, and purify active phytoconstituents that are responsible for disease curation or amelioration, thereby assisting in the global promotion of accessible and affordable medication in developing countries,” said Prof Ashafa. 

Since 2012, the PPRP has worked extensively on Basotho medicinal plants (BMP) used as antimicrobials, antioxidants, antidiabetics, antitubercular, anticancer, anthelmintic, and antidiarrheal agents, starting from biological activities up to the  evaluation of the toxicity of these plants for the kidney, liver, and heart functions in order to establish safe dosage parameters. These activities have led to the discovery of four potent antidiabetic biomolecules that are awaiting the processes of patency and commercialisation. Additional outputs include 104 published peer-reviewed articles , 7 postdoctoral fellows, 6 PhDs, 9 master’s, and 16 honours graduates. 

“Our research informs teaching and the development of expertise in ethnobotany, 
phytomedicine, and phytopharmacology in order to contribute to the National Development Plan (NDP) through human capacity development, skills, and knowledge transfer.

The group is also investigating some medicinal plants on the endangered red list of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), through micropropagation and field trials as well as proposing conservation strategies to preserve these valuable species.

The PPRP consists of postdoctoral fellows, PhD, master’s, and honours students and research is done in collaboration with several local and international universities as well as the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. 


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Beste wense aan 6 Kovsies in Springbok Rugbyspan - Brief van die Rektor (Afrikaans)
2004-11-01

Gutro Steenkamp


Beste Gutro,
CJ van der Linde


Beste CJ,
Gerrie Britz


Beste Gerrie,
Juan Smith


Beste Juan,
Michael Claassen


Beste Michael,

Baie geluk uit ‘n feesvierende Kovsie-land! Ons is een en almal trots op jou insluiting in die Bokspan vir die komende toer en sien uit daarna om jou vordering dop te hou.

Ons hier op die Bult staan ‘n oomblik op en bring graag eer aan ons vyf Kovsies in die span – uit ‘n wenspan gekies tot ‘n wenspan.

Wees daarvan verseker dat ons deel van die pawiljoen uitmaak en julle in ons hart en gebede koester.

Beste wense!

Frederick C v N Fourie
Rektor en Visekanselier

2004-10-29


Dr Derik Coetzee
Menslike Bewegingskunde
 

Beste Derik

   

 

Jou insluiting as biokinetikus van die Springbok-rugbyspan na Engeland is ‘n bewys van die vertroue wat na die afgelope drie nasie reeks in jou gestel word. Baie geluk daarmee!

Dis besonders om te sien hoedat jy die Kovsie-visie van uitnemendheid uitleef.

Dis nie aldag dat Kovsies kan spog met 'n personeellid wat deel is van die Springbok-rugbyspan se ondersteuningsgroep nie, asook vyf (5) spelers wat in die span speel. Jy het jouself bewys as 'n waardige ambassadeur vir Kovsies. Ons is trots op jou.

Beste wense
 

Frederick CvN Fourie
Rektor en Visekanselier

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