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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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Kovsie tennis team wins gold at nationals
2012-12-12

 
Members of Kovsies winning tennis team.
13 December 2012

For the sixth time in a row, the tennis team of the University of the Free State won gold at the tennis championships of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament. The tournament was held from Monday 3 December 2012 until Friday 7 December 2012 at the University of Pretoria, where 21 teams from 20 tertiary academic institutions participated.

The team participated in a round robin during the first three days where they beat the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). On Thursday, the team played in the semi-finals against the University of Pretoria and won the tiebreak 8-2. Friday’s final was against the Stellenbosch University and after eight singles matches, Kovsies was already 8-0 up. There was thus no need to play the doubles and mixed matches.

After the USSA tournament, four Kovsie players were included in a training group to take part in training camps, tournaments and trials in preparation for the World Student Games (Universiade) in Russia in 2013. These four students are Duke Munro, Christi Potgieter, Elizna Barnard and Hendri Steyn. The coach and team manager of the Kovsie team, Marnus Kleinhans and Janine de Kock, were also appointed coach and manager of the South African Student team for the World Student Games.

At the Annual General Meeting of USSA Tennis, Janine de Kock was re-elected as chairperson and Marnus Kleinhans as technical advisor. The captain of Kovsies, Christi Potgieter was also selected as vice-chairperson.

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