Media Articles: Winners

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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Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime

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.

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Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers

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


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

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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Award Categories:

  • Contribution through management and related SET activities

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

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

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Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards

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

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

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



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

Research for Innovation Awards - 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



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



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

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.

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Award Categories:

  • Communication Award