2015/2016

Finalists for the highly-acclaimed NSTF Awards in partnership with South 32 for 2015/2016 have been selected.

It is an extraordinary honour to be a NSTF Awards finalist; given the quality of the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and growing interest from the community every year.

It affords the NSTF and its partners and sponsors immense pleasure in announcing the finalists in ten different categories as follows:

Lifetime Award

  • Anandjiwala, Dr Rajesh – Chief Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Honorary Professor, Department of Textile Science, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Ashwal, Prof. Lewis – Professor of Geology, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Berger, Prof. David Kenneth – Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Pretoria (UP) and also in the category: Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security
  • Fourie, Prof. Bernard – Extraordinary Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, UP
  • Harrison, Prof. Sue – Director: Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Bioprocess Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development
  • Klumperman, Prof. Bert – Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University (SU) and also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development
  • Pretorius, Prof. Zacharias (Zakkie) – Department of Plant Sciences, University of the Free State
  • Samways, Prof. Michael – Distinguished Professor and Academic Principal, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, SU and also in category: NSTF-GreenMatter Award towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy
  • Thomson, Prof. Jennifer – Emeritus Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UCT and also in category: Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security
  • Wood, Prof. Robin – Director: Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCT

Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security

  • Berger, Prof. David Kenneth – Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Pretoria and also in category: Lifetime
  • Farrant, Prof. Jill Margaret – Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Systems Biology Studies on Plant Desiccation Tolerances for Food Security, and Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in category: Communication for outreach and creating awareness
  • Labuschagne, Prof. Maryke – Professor and Head of Plant Breeding, DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Disease Resistance and Quality in Field Crops, University of the Free State
  • Mudau, Prof. Fhatuwani Nixwell – Chair: Department of Agriculture and Animal Health, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UNISA and also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research and its outputs
  • Rey, Prof. Emma Marie Christine – Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Thomson, Prof. Jennifer – Emeritus Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UCT and also in category: Lifetime

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs

  • Christoffels, Prof. Alan – Director: South African National Bioinformatics Institute; and Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi), Bioinformatics and Public Health Genomics, University of the Western Cape
  • Görgens, Prof. Johann Ferdinand – Director: Stellenbosch Biomass Technologies (Pty) Ltd, and Director: Centre for Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University (SU) and also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development
  • Kotze, Prof. Louis – Research Professor of Law, North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and also in category: NSTF-GreenMatter Award towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy
  • Lund, Prof. Crick – Director: Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Health, University of Cape Town
  • Mishra, Prof. Ajay Kumar – Professor, Group leader research area Nanomaterials, Composites and Nanocomposites and Water, UNISA
  • Mudau, Prof. Fhatuwani Nixwell – Chair: Department of Agriculture and Animal Health, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UNISA and also in category: Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security
  • Opara, Prof. Umezuruike Linus – Distinguished Professor and DST/NRF SARChi Chair: Postharvest Technology, SU and also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development
  • Twala, Prof. Bhekisipho – Director: Institute for Intelligent Systems, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Statistical Sciences, University of Johannesburg
  • Zungu, Prof. Lindiwe – Research Professor, UNISA

Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards

  • Diale, Prof. Mmantsae – Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Pretoria (UP)
  • Dunsby, Prof. Peter – Professor of Cosmology, Co-Director: Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Görgens, Prof. Johann Ferdinand – Director: Stellenbosch Biomass Technologies (Pty) Ltd, and Director: Centre for Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University (SU) and also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF for research and its outputs
  • Govender, Dr Gonasagren – Research Group Leader: Advanced Casting Technologies, Materials Science Manufacturing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and also in category: Research leading to innovation by a corporate organisation
  • Harrison, Prof. Sue – Director: Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Bioprocess Engineering, UCT and also in category: Lifetime
  • Iwuoha, Prof. Emmanuel – DST/NRF SARChi Chair: Nanoelectrochemistry and Sensor Technology, Senior Professor in Chemistry, University of the Western Cape
  • James, Dr Angela – Cluster Leader, Science and Technology Education; Senior Lecturer, Science Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal; and Co-Faculty Advisor, Enactus
  • Klumperman, Prof. Bert – Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, SU and also in category: Lifetime
  • Loots, Ms Anita – Associate Director: Special Projects, Square Kilometre Array South Africa
  • Majozi, Prof. Thokozani – DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Sustainable Process Engineering, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Opara, Prof. Umezuruike Linus – Distinguished Professor and DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Postharvest Technology, SU and also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs
  • Ray, Dr Suprakas Sinha – Chief Researcher and Director: DST-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR and also in category: Management and related activities
  • Steenkamp, Prof. Vanessa – Professor and Head: Department of Pharmacology, UP

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging researchers

  • Archibald, Prof. Sally – Associate Professor, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Coetzee, Dr Vinet – Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria (UP)
  • De Maayer, Dr Pieter – Research Fellow, Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, UP
  • McLaren, Dr Melanie – Research Fellow, School of Physics, Wits
  • Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani – Head of Department of Industrial Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Oni, Dr Tolu – Senior Lecturer: Division of Public Health Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Peter, Dr Jonathan – Head of Division of Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital, UCT
  • Segalo, Prof. Puleng – Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, UNISA
  • Sivarasu, Dr Sudesh – Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, UCT  also in category: Research leading to innovation by a corporate organisation

Management and related activities

  • Kramer, Prof. Beverley – Assistant Dean: Research and Post-Graduate Support, and Professor of Anatomy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Ray, Dr Suprakas Sinha – Chief Researcher and Director: Department of Science and Technology-Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR and also in category:  Research or Engineering Capacity Development
  • Viviers, Prof. Wilma – Director of TRADE (Trade and Development) Research focus area – North-West University and also in category: Research leading to innovation by a corporate organisation

NSTF-GreenMatter Award: for biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy

  • Kotzé, Prof. Louis – Research Professor of Law, North-West University also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs
  • Mondi Ecological Networks Programme – Team Leader: Prof. Michael Samways, Distinguished Professor and Academic Principal, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University and also in category: Lifetime
  • Nhamo, Prof. Godwell – Chief Researcher and Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change, UNISA
  • Plant Health Products (Pty) Ltd – Team Leader: Dr Michael Morris
  • Taylor, Prof. Maureen Beatrice – Professor and Rand Water Chair in Public Health, University of Pretoria

Communication for outreach and creating awareness Award

  • Blumenthal, Dr Ryan – Senior Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria
  • Farrant, Prof. Jill Margaret – Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative, Systems Biology Studies on Plant Desiccation Tolerances for Food Security, and Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town and also in category: Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security
  • Janse van Rensburg, Ms Nickey – Lecturer and Energy Movement Programme Manager, University of Johannesburg
  • Smit, Prof. JJA (Jan) – Manager Science Centre, North-West University (NWU)
  • Van der Walt, Prof. Izak Jacobus – Professor: Philosophy of Science and Engineering, NWU

Research leading to innovation: corporate organisation

  • Advanced Casting Technologies, Materials Science Manufacturing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Research Group Leader: Dr Gonasagren Govender and also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development
  • Azimuth Team, CSIR – Team Leader: Dr Jeanine Engelbrecht
  • Botes, Mr Willem – Plant Breeding, Stellenbosch University
  • Broadband-for-All team, CSIR – Team Leader: Mr Kobus Roux
  • GL-DSA (Geo-location based dynamic spectrum allocation) Team, CSIR Meraka Institute – Team Leader: Dr Fisseha Mekuria
  • Sivarasu, Dr Sudesh – Biomedical Engineering, University of Cape Town and also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for emerging researchers
  • The Neutron Diffraction Team, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation – Team Leader: Prof. Andrew Venter
  • TRADE-DSM (Decision Support Model) Team, TRADE (Trade and Development) Research Focus Area, North-West University – Director: Prof. Wilma Viviers and also in category: Management and related activities

Research leading to innovation: SMME

  • CFAM Technologies (Pty) Ltd – Managing Director: Mr Danie Vorster
  • Strait Access Technologies – Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Professor Peter Zilla
  • SUN Magnetics (Pty) Ltd – Prof. Coenraad Fourie, Stellenbosch University
  • Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd – Ms Rowena Hay
  • UViRCO Technologies (Pty) Ltd, joint venture with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – CEO: Mr Dirk Lindeque

Non-governmental organisation Award

  • Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training (MASDT) NPC – Ms Lynette Bezuidenhout
  • Siyafunda Community Technology Centre – Mr Ahmed Ismael
  • SmartXchange – Mr Jonathan Naidoo