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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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Lira and Karen Zoid headlining Kovsie Stage Extravaganza
2013-09-14


Lira and Karen Zoid
13 September 2013

Kovsies and the local Bloemfontein community are in for a treat with renowned artists Lira and Karen Zoid headlining the 2013 Kovsie Stage Extravaganza.

The two artists will be on stage at the Bloemfontein Campus on Friday 20 September 2013, performing some of their biggest hit songs.

Lira is a ten-time SAMA Award winner and earlier this year she performed at US President Barack Obama's Inauguration Ball. Karen Zoid also holds a SAMA Award to her name and has been a permanent feature on the South African rock scene.

The two artists will join an illustrious list of past performers who have graced the Extravaganza stage. Some of these celebrated South African musicians include Zahara, Vusi Mahlasela and Die Heuwels Fantasies.

Lira and Zoid will be joined on stage by some of Kovsies’ most talented students who will also deliver music and dance items.

Date: Friday 20 September 2013
Venue: Callie Human Centre
Time: 19:00
Tickets: R50 (students with student card)

R100 (public)

Tickets are available at Office 8 and 9 on the Thakaneng Bridge.

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