Esta van Heerden se baanbrekerwerk op die gebied van wetenskap en biochemie is merkwaardig. Tog is haar voete so plat op die aarde soos kan kom, en lê haar hart in haar gemeenskap.Continue Reading
TIA GCIP-SA Business Accelerated programme, 2018 Winner of Cleantech division – iWater, represented by Esta van Heerden: Sustainable water and soil clean-up solutionsContinue Reading
Two Bloemfontein business owners, Thipe Tseka and Dr Esta van Heerden, are among 25 South African “enviropreneurs” who have been chosen to participate in the Groundswell Accelerator Programme.Continue Reading
Two environmental entrepreneurs from Bloemfontein were chosen out of 867 applicants to take part in Fetola’s prestigious Groundswell Accelerator programme.Continue Reading
Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday.Continue Reading
Drill down a mile or two into Earth’s crust and you will find solid rock, unbearable heat and little oxygen. Yet it turns out there is also thriving animal life.
Just how far down in the Earth’s crust can animals survive? In the dark, hot depths of several South African gold mines, there live some tiny worms that may hold the key to answering that question.
Around 1.3 km in the earth’s crust, at the Beatrix gold mine, in the Free State, the ‘devil’ lives in a small pocket of fissure water. Or, to be more accurate, it is here that a small microorganism named Mephisto has its home. This asexual worm’s name is derived from Mephistopheles, ‘he who loves not the light’, alluding to the devil, or Lord of the Underworld, in reference to Germanic folklore and, specifically, the Faust legend.Continue Reading
If you’re on a quest for “worms from Hell,” you have to be prepared for some tough going. You have to be an intrepid adventurer and a scientific risk-taker, someone with a high tolerance for discomfort and, of course, heat.Continue Reading
In 2009, the award went to Dr Esta van Heerden, a biochemistry researcher and Associate Professor in the Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology at the University of the Free State.Continue Reading