Contribution over a lifetime



Bradley, Prof. John

Honorary Professor, Department of Education, University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Harvey, Prof. Brian

Professor, Division of Pharmacology, Programme Leader : Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, NWU; and Programme Leader: Unit on Risk and Resilience, University of Cape Town (UCT)

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  • Contribution over a lifetime


Owen-Smith, Prof. Norman

Emeritus Research Professor, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Wits

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  • Contribution over a lifetime


Pityana, Prof. Sisa

Principal Researcher, Laser Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime


Stacey, Prof. TR (Dick)

Professor Emeritus, School of Mining, Wits

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  • Contribution over a lifetime


Rubidge, Prof. Bruce

Director: DST - NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences, Wits

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  • Contribution over a lifetime


Wall, Prof. Kevin

Independent Consultant and Extraordinary Professor, Dept of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria (UP)

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  • Contribution over a lifetime


Wall, Prof. Kevin

Independent Consultant and Extraordinary Professor, Dept of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria (UP)

Lifetime focus on civil engineering technology, training, and service delivery.

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  • Contribution over a lifetime


Xia, Prof. Xiaohua

Professor in the Dept. of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UP

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers



Fuller, Prof. Andrea

Professor: School of Physiology, University of Witwatersrand (Wits); Director: Brain Function Research Group, Wits; Extraordinary lecturer, Dept. of Paraclinical Sciences, Veterinary Faculty, University of Pretoria (UP)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Hui, Prof. Cang

Professor and Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative Chair: Tier 1: Dept of Mathematical Sciences, SU; Research Chair: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS); Core Team Member: DST/ NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), Stellenbosch University

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Lall, Prof. Namrita

Professor and DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Plant Health Products from Indigenous Knowledge Systems, UP

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Loots, Prof. Du Toit

Research Director: Human Metabolomics, NWU

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Malan, Prof. Leoné

Professor in Neurophysiology: Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART), NWU

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Matsha, Prof. Tandi

Professor and Head: Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Mellado, Prof. Bruce

National Contact Physicist of South Africa: ATLAS experiment, CERN; Group Leader: High Energy Physics group; and Director: Wits High Throughput Electronics Laboratory

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Ndwandwe, Prof. Muzi Osman

Executive Director : Richards Bay Campus, University of Zululand.

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Nyembwe, Dr Kasongo

Senior Lecturer, formerly Head (2004 – 2016), Dept. of Metallurgy, UJ

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Pretorius, Prof. Etheresia

Professor and Head : Dept. of Physiological Sciences and Director: Applied Morphology Research Centre, Dept of Physiology, Stellenbosch University

A single drop of blood can now indicate if there will be inflammation in a person’s blood stream, long before it happens. Research that will prevent type 2 diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s from further developing.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers



Becker, Dr Thorsten

Senior Lecturer, Department (Dept) of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University (SU); and Visiting Lecturer: Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Bezuidenhout, Prof. Daniela

Associate Professor: Inorganic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand
(Wits)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Collinson, Mrs Wendy

Wildlife and Roads Project Executant, Endangered Wildlife Trust

Working to reduce the negative impacts of transport infrastructure on wildlife. It will ultimately improve driver safety through reducing wildlife and vehicle collisions.

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Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Fosso-Kankeu, Prof. Elvis

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, NWU

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Manzi, Dr Musa

Senior Researcher and Director: Seismic Research Centre, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand

Research that will allow a person to stand on the surface of a mine and know exactly what under his feet. It has the potential to save the miners’ lives and drive the economy of the mining sector.

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Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Marakalala, Dr Mohlopheni

Senior Lecturer: Division of Immunology, UCT

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani

Professor : Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development , Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Musyoka, Dr Nicholas

Senior Researcher in energy materials research, CSIR

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Yacoob, Dr Sahal

Senior Lecturer: Dept. of Physics, UCT

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers

Contribution through management and related SET activities



Jandrell, Prof. Ian

Personal Professor in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering; Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; Joint leader of the High Voltage and the Lightning/Electromagnetic Compatibiity Research Group, University of the Witwatersrand

Award Categories:

  • Contribution through management and related SET activities


Motaung, Prof. Keolebogile

Assistant Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology; Founder: Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd.

Award Categories:

  • Contribution through management and related SET activities


Tollman, Prof. Stephen

Research Professor and Head: Division of Health and Population, Faculty of Health Sciences; Director: SA Medical Research Council/University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Rural Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, Wits; Principal Scientist: International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health (INDEPTH), Ghana

At the forefront of harnessing inter-disciplinary science to guide policy towards sustainable health and development in a challenging environment in rural Mpumalanga.

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  • Contribution through management and related SET activities

Capacity Development Awards



Booysen, Mr Gerrie Jacobus

Director : Centre for Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing (CRPM), Central University of Technology

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


de Koning, Prof. Charles

Professor of Organic Chemistry and Assistant Dean, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Diale, Prof. Mmantsae

Associate Professor, Dept of Physics, University of Pretoria (UP)

Capturing the numerous light bands of the sun’s energy to create a solar device that can power the world with cheap and clean energy, reducing effects of carbon dioxide and address climate change. End result – hand it to the people.

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Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Jandrell, Prof. Ian

Personal Professor in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering; Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; Joint leader of the High Voltage and the Lightning/Electromagnetic Compatibiity Research Group, University of the Witwatersrand

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Jandrell, Prof. Ian

Personal Professor in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering; Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; Joint leader of the High Voltage and the Lightning/Electromagnetic Compatibiity Research Group, University of the Witwatersrand

High-level skills in the very specialised research field of high voltage engineering and lightning.

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Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Marx, Prof. Sanette

Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering; National Research Foundation Research Chair in Biofuels and Other Clean Alternative Fuels; Centre of Excellence in Carbon-based Fuels, North West University

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani

Professor : Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development , Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Petrik, Prof. Leslie

Professor, Department (Dept) of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Pityana, Prof. Sisa

Principal Researcher, Laser Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Stacey, Prof. TR (Dick)

Professor Emeritus, School of Mining, Wits

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards

GreenMatter Award



Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Contribution to the Groen Sebenza Initiative

Head of Resource Development: Ms Alison Janicke

Award Categories:

  • GreenMatter Award


Maaza, Prof. Malik

Senior Scientist: National Research Foundation (NRF) Nanosciences LABS and UNESCO Africa Chair, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA)

Award Categories:

  • GreenMatter Award


Maaza, Prof. Malik

Senior Scientist: National Research Foundation (NRF) Nanosciences LABS and UNESCO Africa Chair, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA)

Learning from the gemsbok to solve the problem of the aircon consuming 17-24% of fuel in the car, by using vanadium oxide.

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Award Categories:

  • GreenMatter Award


Petrik, Prof. Leslie

Professor, Department (Dept) of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape

Award Categories:

  • GreenMatter Award


Van Wilgen, Prof. Brian

Professor, Centre for Invasion Biology, Dept. of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University

Award Categories:

  • GreenMatter Award


Winkler, Prof. Harald

Professor of Energy Research Centre , University of Cape Town

Award Categories:

  • GreenMatter Award

Water Research Commission Awards



Fosso-Kankeu, Prof. Elvis

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, NWU

Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards


Msagati, Prof. Titus

Professor at the Research Unit of Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability, College of Science, University of South Africa

Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards


Petrik, Prof. Leslie

Professor, Department (Dept) of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape

Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards


Petrik, Prof. Leslie

Professor, Department (Dept) of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape

Low-cost converting of the waste left over from burning coal into a catalyst to reduce environmental damage and for mine water treatment.

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Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards


Wall, Prof. Kevin

Independent Consultant and Extraordinary Professor, Dept of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria (UP)

Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards

Data for Research Award



Health Information Systems Program, South Africa, National Programme Managers and Database Managers

Director: Ms Christa van den Bergh

Award Categories:

  • Data for Research Award


South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), HSRC

Coordinator and team leader: Mr Benjamin Roberts

Data that can be accessed and used to explore and explain the interaction between South Africa’s changing institutions, its political and economic structures, and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations.

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Award Categories:

  • Data for Research Award

Research for Innovation Awards - Corporate



Booysen, Mr Gerrie Jacobus

Director : Centre for Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing (CRPM), Central University of Technology

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Botes, Mr Willem

Research Lead at the Department of Science and Technology (DST)/Grain SA Wheat Breeding Platform; Senior Lecturer: Genetics Plant Breeding Laboratory, Genetics Department (Dept), Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University (SU)

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Mellado, Prof. Bruce

National Contact Physicist of South Africa: ATLAS experiment, CERN; Group Leader: High Energy Physics group; and Director: Wits High Throughput Electronics Laboratory

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Motaung, Prof. Keolebogile

Assistant Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology; Founder: Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd.

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Motaung, Prof. Keolebogile

Assistant Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology; Founder: Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd.

Plants from a Limpopo traditional healer to create an affordable ointment and plant-based morphogenetic factor implants, removing the need to harvest tissue from alternative sites and reducing waiting periods for knee replacements.

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Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


NWU, Solar Car Team

Manager: Prof Albert Helberg, North-West University (NWU)

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations


Swarts, Ms Wilma

Group Head: Marketing and Commercial Services, LONMIN Plc

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  • Corporate organisations

Research for Innovation Awards - SMMEs



CFAM Technologies, (Pty) Ltd

Managing Director and Lecturer: School of Mechanical Engineering, North West University: Danie Vorster

Award Categories:

  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)


Memeza Team from Memeza Shout, (Pty) Ltd

Chief Executive Officer: Ms Thulile Mthethwa

Award Categories:

  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)


SUN Magnetics, (Pty) Ltd

Director and Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University: Prof Coenrad Fourie

A set of engineering methods and software tools that enable the design and verification of very large scale integrated superconducting circuits and quantum computing systems.

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Award Categories:

  • Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)

NGO Award



Midlands Sustainable Sugar Supply, Collaboration

Coordinator: Mrs Janet Edmonds

Award Categories:

  • NGO Award


Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE)

Committee Chair and Professor of SA Numeracy,University of the Witwatersrand: Prof Hamsa Venkat

Award Categories:

  • NGO Award


The Platinum Incubator, (TPI)

Chief Executive Officer: Ms Sibongile Purity Shongwe

Helping aspiring jewellers build careers in design and manufacturing of jewellery using platinum and other metals and stones mined in SA.

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Award Categories:

  • NGO Award

Special Theme Award



Maaza, Prof. Malik

Senior Scientist: National Research Foundation (NRF) Nanosciences LABS and UNESCO Africa Chair, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA)

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Strategic Environmental Assessment Team, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Research Group leader : Mr Paul Lochner

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Winkler, Prof. Harald

Professor of Energy Research Centre , University of Cape Town

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Winkler, Prof. Harald

Professor of Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town

Sustainable energy for all in the context of a just transition to low carbon economies. Reducing energy poverty at the same time as making a just transition to a low-carbon energy economy are key challenges of the 21st century.

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Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award


Xia, Prof. Xiaohua

Professor in the Dept. of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UP

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award

Communication Award



Manxoyi, Mr Sivuyile

Coordinator Universe Awareness (UNAWE) National Project and Manager: Southern African Large Telescope Collateral Benefits Programme (SCBP), South African Astronomical Observatory

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


Marnewick, Prof. Jeanine

Research Chair: Biotechnology, Head: Oxidative Stress Research Centre, Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology, Cape Peninsular University of Technology

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


Medupe, Prof. Thebe

Chairperson of National Astrophysics and Space Science programme (NASSP) Consortium, and Professor of Physics, North West University (NWU)

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control, (UP ISMC)

Director of UP ISMC; and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences; and Professor, Environmental Health, School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria: Prof Christiaan (Tiaan) de Jager

Using social media, digital apps and visual arts for malaria awareness. The malaria buddy app notifies users when entering malaria areas and search for the nearest clinic.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award


Wits, Communication Services

Head and team leader : Ms Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand

Award Categories:

  • Communication Award