SAIAB Educational Resources


A Guide to the Ecology of Temporarily Open/Closed Estuaries 

Compiled by Dr Aidan Wood; edited by Professor Alan Whitfield and Professor Paul Cowley

Funded by the Water Research Commission (WRC) published by SAIAB, Grahamstown, South Africa. 57pp

A primary aim of the booklet is to educate and convey our current understanding of how temporarily open/closed estuaries (TOCEs) function and how human activities impact on their ecology.

Audience: the general public and coastal managers.

Please request your copy though our Research Support office. The publication is free of charge but there will be a charge for packing and postage.

Marine Biodiversity Workbook 

Edited by Vanessa Rouhani.

With funding from Murray and Roberts this workbook was developed for NMW09 - National Marine Week 2009 - in collaboration with the education department at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth.

The first section looks at four well known marine animals:

  • sharks
  • dolphins
  • penguins
  • sea turtles

The second section deals with adaptations for life in the sea.

Audience: Educators and learners.

DNA – The Blueprint of Life 

A handbook for National Science Week

Compiled by Gaji Magajana; edited by Penny Haworth and Vanessa Rouhani. 

Scientific content checked by Dr Gavin Gouws and Trevor Abraham.

This educational resource provides answers to the following key questions about genetics:

  • What is DNA? What does DNA stand for? Who has DNA? Where is my DNA?
  • What does DNA look like? What is so important about DNA?
  • What is the impact of genetics?
  • What career opportunities are there?

Audience: Educators and learners. 

Evolution & the Karoo Basin of South Africa 

A handbook for National Science Week

Compiled by Gaji Magajana; edited by Penny Haworth; Dr Billy de Klerk, scientific information and illustrations.

This educational resource explores the following topics:

  •    What is evolution? Evidence of evolution
  •    The Karoo Supergroup Rocks and Fossils of the Karoo Basin
  •    What did the animals look like? How did they live? What did they eat?
  •    Collecting fossils in the Karoo

Audience: Educators and learners.

Educators' Workshop Manual. Modules 1 and 2Pollution; River Water Quality Monitoring. 

Compiled by Gaji Magajana; edited by Penny Haworth and Vanessa Rouhani.

The learning programme affords learners in Grades 8 and 9 the opportunity to actively engage with and respond to local environmental issues through a variety of learning outcomes. The programme is designed not an end but as a means to taking meaningful action on the issue of pollution now and in the near future. Curriculum links i.e. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Standards are provided.

Audience: Educators and learners.

Educators' Workshop Manual. Module 3. The Threatened Eastern Cape Rocky, Sandelia bainsii

Compiled by Bulelani [Gaji] Magajana; Dr Jim Cambray, scientific information and illustrations.

This educational resource is designed for educators in the Life Sciences learning areas. It provides an opportunity for learners in Grade 10 to engage in learning activities and explore meaningful ways of conserving a threatened or endangered species in their local environment. The focus species in this WOW! Pack is the Eastern Cape Rocky,Sandelia bainsii. Curriculum links are provided.

Audience: Educators and learners.

Coastal Fishery Resources, an easy guide 

Vanessa Rouhani and Professor Paul Cowley; Illustrations by Hazel Gearing.

This 2016 ed. comes wthout the now-outdated SASSI information.

Marine and coastal resources are under increasing pressure from commercial, subsistence and recreational fishers. Growing demands have brought new challenges with respect to management and sustainable utilisation of these resources. This booklet serves to provide some biological and ecological background to the commonly caught or harvested species along the South African coast.

Audience: General.


Plön, S. 2010. A Guide to Coastal Whales and Dolphins of the Eastern Cape. Identification guide (booklet) to the whales and dolphins in Eastern Cape waters. Joint publication with the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), SANParks and Bayworld.10 pp. 

Audience: General