Contribution over a lifetime



Prof. Jill Adler

Department (Dept) of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF), South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair of Mathematics Education, School of Education University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. John Bolton

Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Robin Crewe

Senior Research Fellow: Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, UP

'The complete bee person – a legend of SA science and science institutions'

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Wilhelm Bouwer Du Preez

Director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Research Centre; Associate Professor: Central University of Technology, Free State

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Mary (Mairam) Gulumian

2018-Present) Head: Toxicology Research Projects, National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH); (1980-2017) Head: Toxicology section, NIOH; Professor Haemotology and Molecular Medicine, Wits

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Bavesh Davandra Kana

Professor: Research and Teaching; Co- Director: DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Research Associate: Centre for AIDS Prevention Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Wits

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Alison Lewis

Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Valerie Mizrahi

Director: Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine; Professor: Dept of Pathology; Director: South African Medical Research Council / National Health Laboratory Service / UCT Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit; Co-Director DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Research; UCT

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Kenneth Ikechukwu Ozoemena

Professor: Materials for Energy and Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, Wits

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Beric Skews

Director: Flow Research Unit, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, Wits

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Prof. Xiaohua Xia

Professor: Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering Dept, UP

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers



Prof. Novel Njweipi Chegou

Associate Professor: Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Stellenbosch University (SU)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Serena Coetzee

Professor: Head of Dept of Geography, Geo-informatics and Meteorology, Director: Centre for Geo-Information Science, University of Pretoria (UP)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Dr Thomas Ebenhan

Research Fellow: Nuclear Medicine; Acting Manager: NuMeRI, Pre-clinical Imaging Facility, University of Pretoria (UP)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Andre Ganswindt

Professor and Director: Mammal Research Institute, Dept of Zoology and Entomology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UP

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Vishnu Jejjala

Dept of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Theoretical Particle Cosmology; Professor: Physics, Wits

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Mervin Meyer

Professor: Biotechnology Director: DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre – Biolabels Research Node, Department of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Ntobeko Ayanda Bubele Ntusi

Professor of Medicine, Chair and Head: Dept of Medicine, UCT; and Groote Schuur Hospital; Principal Investigator: Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre, UCT, Editor-in-Chief: South African Heart Journal; and Principal Investigator: Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Marla Trindade

Professor: Department of Biotechnology; Director: Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics; DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Microbial Genomics, UWC

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Lindiwe Inncocentia Zungu

Executive Dean: Graduate Studies, UNISA

'For innovatively crafting health and safety guidelines for the Mining and Health Safety Council and simultaneously designing women-specific safety gear bespoke for the underground mining conditions'

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Prof. Lindiwe Inncocentia Zungu

Executive Dean: Graduate Studies, UNISA

'For innovatively crafting health and safety guidelines for the Mining and Health Safety Council and simultaneously designing women-specific safety gear bespoke for the underground mining conditions'

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers



Dr Mahabubur Rahman Chowdhury

Senior Lecturer: Department (Dept) of Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Dr Jennifer Fitchett

Senior Lecturer: Physical Geography, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, Wits

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Dr Wynand J. Goosen

Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Dept of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, SU

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Dr Mardé Helbig

Senior lecturer: Dept of Computer Science, UP

'For the evaluation of the performance of dynamic multi-objective optimisation algorithms'

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Dr Vhahangwele Masindi

Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher; CSIR; Research Fellow; University of South Africa (UNISA); part-time Lecturer: University of Venda

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Prof. Eshchar Mizrachi

Associate Professor: Dept of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology and Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, UP and also in the Special Annual Theme category*

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Dr Bohani Mtileni

Senior Lecturer: Dept of Animal Sciences, TUT

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Dr Hlumani Ndlovu

Lecturer: Div of Chemical and Systems Biology, Dept of Integrative Biomedical Sciences, UCT

'For research involving elucidated immunological mechanisms modulating
fibrogranulomatous liver pathology and mediating protective immunity'

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Prof. Izak van Zyl

Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Studies Faculty of Informatics and Design Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers

Contribution through management and related SET activities



Prof. Mervin Meyer

Professor: Biotechnology Director: DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre – Biolabels Research Node, Department of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Award Categories:

  • Contribution through management and related SET activities


Prof. Mammo Muchie

Research Professor: DST/NRF SARChI (Tier1) Chair Innovation Studies, TUT

Award Categories:

  • Contribution through management and related SET activities


Dr HFor developing world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities in SA and empowering Africaappy Marumo Sithole

Director: Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

'For developing world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities in SA
and empowering Africa'

Award Categories:

  • Contribution through management and related SET activities

Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards



Prof. Elvis Fosso-Kankeu

Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University

'For monitoring environmental water to raise awareness among poor communities and nationally'

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Prof. Alison Lewis

Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Prof. Alison Lewis

Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT)

'For training, nurturing and mentoring students in the Crystallization and Precipitation Research Unit at UCT through new research into the recovery of valuable metals, water and minerals through innovative methods'

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Prof. Eric Wilhelmus Josephus van Steen

DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Reaction Engineering, Dept of Chemical Engineering, UCT

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo

Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, UCT and also in the Special Annual Theme category*

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards

NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy Award



Prof. Elizelle Juanee Cilliers

Professor and Chairperson: Urban and Regional Planning, North-West University

Award Categories:

  • Green Economy Award


 Process, Energy & Environmental Technology Station (UJ-PEETS)

Technology Station Manager: Ms Nicoleen Janse van Rensburg, University of Johannesburg

'For enabling technology transfer and interaction between academia and SMMEs to stimulate and support technology innovation in the green economy by providing subsidised engineering services to SMMEs in the green economy'

Award Categories:

  • Green Economy Award


Dr Dyllon Garth Randall

Senior Lecturer: Dept of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town

Award Categories:

  • Green Economy Award

NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award



Dr Vhahangwele Masindi

Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher; CSIR; Research Fellow; University of South Africa (UNISA); part-time Lecturer: University of Venda

Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards


Prof. Martine Visser

Director: Environmental Policy Research Unit, and Professor of Economics, School of Economics; Research Chair: African Climate Development Initiative, University of Cape Town

'For spearheading a project with the City of Cape Town, in which behavioural nudges were successfully used to conserve water during the water crisis'

Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards

Data for Research Award



Dr Abraham Jacobus Herbst

Director: DST-SAMRC South African Population Research Infrastructure Network and Chief Information Officer and Faculty Member : Africa Health Research Institute

Award Categories:

  • Data for Research Award


Prof. Tandi Matsha

SARChI Chair: Cardiometabolic Health, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

'For research into Epigenetics and transcriptome analysis of type 2 diabetes mellitus'

Award Categories:

  • Data for Research Award


Dr HFor developing world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities in SA and empowering Africaappy Marumo Sithole

Director: Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

'For developing world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities in SA
and empowering Africa'

Award Categories:

  • Data for Research Award


 Stellenbosch CT facility Team

Team leader: Prof Anton du Plessis, Stellenbosch University

Award Categories:

  • Data for Research Award

Innovation Awards: Corporate Organisation



 Africa Space Innovation Centre (ASIC)

Director: Prof Robert van Zyl, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


 Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) Unit, Central University of Technology, Free State

Director and Team Leader: Mr Gerrie Booysen

'The CRPM team uses 3D printing to rebuild deformed faces of South Africans from poor backgrounds pro bono'

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


 Forensic DNA Laboratory (FDL) Team

Professor and Team Leader: Prof Maria Eugenia D’Amato, Professor: Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Natural Sciences; University of the Western Cape

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Prof. Bavesh Davandra Kana

Professor: Research and Teaching; Co- Director: DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Research Associate: Centre for AIDS Prevention Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Wits

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


 Marian Island Marine Mammal Programme

Team Leader, Prof Nico de Bruyn: Associate Professor: Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria (UP)

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Dr Vhahangwele Masindi

Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher; CSIR; Research Fellow; University of South Africa (UNISA); part-time Lecturer: University of Venda

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Prof. Alexander Quandt

Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits

'For his pioneering work in computational materials science with applications to nano-materials, optics/photonics and renewable energy research'

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


 Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG)

Team Leader: Prof Sybrand Johannes van der Spuy, Associate professor and Solar Thermal Spoke grant holder

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


 South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) Science Processing Team

Manager: Mr Khutso Ngoasheng

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


 The Smart Spectrum Sharing Team

Team Leader and Chief Research Scientist: Dr Fisseha Mekuria, CSIR

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations

Innovation Awards: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME)



 Hydrox Holdings Ltd Team

Chief Executive Officer and Team Leader: Mr Cornelis Johannes de Jager

'For an innovative new production method to provide hydrogen inexpensively and totally pollution free'

Award Categories:

  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)


 Joint nomination between Bio Catalysis Team, CSIR Team, and Biodx (Pty) Ltd, Clive Teubes Africa (Pty) Ltd and Puris Natural Aromatics Chemicals Division , Puris (Pty) Ltd.

Joint nomination between Bio Catalysis Team, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Team leader Dr Lucia Steenkamp – Principal Researcher: Biosciences, and Biodx (Pty) Ltd, Clive Teubes Africa (Pty) Ltd and Puris Natural Aromatics Chemicals Division , Puris (Pty) Ltd.

Award Categories:

  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)


 Pennine Energy Innovations (Pty) Ltd

Directors and Co-Founders: Dr Dudley Jackson and Mr Richard Mutshekwane

Award Categories:

  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)

Communication Award



Prof. Michael Noel (Mike) Bruton

Founder and Director: Mike Bruton Imagineering; Retired Research Scientist and Science Administrator; Active Science Communicator

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


Prof. Elizelle Juanee Cilliers

Professor and Chairperson: Urban and Regional Planning, North-West University

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


Ms Mologadi Makwela

Communications Officer: Department (Dept) of Science and Technology /National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Food Security, University of the Western Cape

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


Dr Dyllon Garth Randall

Senior Lecturer: Dept of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


Dr Tanja Reinhardt

Coordinator: Science and Technology Education Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


 Wits Communications Services

Head: Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

'The Wits Communication Services team is committed to inspiring curiosity, creating new knowledge, making research accessible and impacting on society through innovative science communication'

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Award



 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

Executive Director: Mr Parthy Chetty

'The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists (Expo) creates excitement for science through research-based projects and encourages more students to take up science-oriented subjects and careers'

Award Categories:

  • NGO Award


 Outlook Foundation

Chief Executive Officer: Mr Segomotso Edison Kelefetswe

Award Categories:

  • NGO Award

Special Annual Theme Award



Prof. Wilhelm Bouwer Du Preez

Director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Research Centre; Associate Professor: Central University of Technology, Free State

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Prof. Emmanuel Iheanyichukwu Iwuoha

DST/NRF SARChi Chair (Tier 1) for Nano Electrochemistry and Sensor Technology; Senior Professor: Chemistry; Director: Sensor Laboratories, University of the Western Cape

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Dr Maya Jacob John

Principal Researcher: Polymers and Composites Competence Area, CSIR, Port Elizabeth

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Prof. Alison Lewis

Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Prof. Kenneth Ikechukwu Ozoemena

Professor: Materials for Energy and Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, Wits

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Prof. Alexander Quandt

Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits

'For his pioneering work in computational materials science with applications to nano-materials, optics/photonics and renewable energy research'

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Prof. Alexander Quandt

Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits

'For his pioneering work in computational materials science with applications to nano-materials, optics/photonics and renewable energy research'

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo

Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, UCT and also in the Special Annual Theme category*

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Prof. Lindiwe Inncocentia Zungu

Executive Dean: Graduate Studies, UNISA

'For innovatively crafting health and safety guidelines for the Mining and Health Safety Council and simultaneously designing women-specific safety gear bespoke for the underground mining conditions'

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award