Media Articles: Winners

Contribution over a lifetime



Prof. Nicolas Beukes

Lifetime Award winner Prof. Nicolas Beukes (middle) with Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology Dr Phil Mjwara (right)

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    TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers



    Prof. Aletta Schutte

    Prof. Aletta Schutte (middle) after receiving her award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor with the President of South32 Mr Mike Fraser (right)

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      Prof. Nancy (Refilwe) Phaswana-Mafuya

      Prof. Nancy Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya (middle) receiving her Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and the president of South32 Mr Mike Fraser (right)

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        TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers



        Dr Robyn Pickering

        Dr Robyn Pickering (middle) after receiving her Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and Co-Chair of proSET Mr Reinhard Meyer (right)

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          Prof. John Ataguba

          Prof. John Ataguba (middle) after receiving his Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and Co-Chair of proSET Mr Reinhard Meyer (right)

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            Contribution through management and related SET activities



            Prof. João Rodrigues

            Professor of Theoretical Physics and Head of School of Physics; and Deputy Director: National Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); and Director: Mandelstam Institute of Theoretical Physics

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              Capacity Development Awards



              Prof. Mmantsae Diale

              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.

              Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                Prof. Ian Jandrell

                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.

                Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                  Prof. Diane Hildebrandt

                  Prof. Diane Hildebrandt (middle) after receiving her Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and Eskom Senior General Manager Mr Leo Dlamini (right)

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                    Prof. Ochieng Aoyi

                    Prof. Ochieng Aoyi (middle) after receiving his Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and Eskom Senior General Manager Mr Leo Dlamini (right)

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                      Prof. Colleen Thelma Downs

                      Prof. Colleen Downs (middle) after receiving her Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and Eskom Senior General Manager Mr Leo Dlamini (right)

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                        GreenMatter Award



                        Prof. Malik Maaza

                        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.

                        Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                          Water Research Commission Awards



                          Prof. Leslie Petrik

                          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.

                          Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                            Data for Research Award



                            Prof. Martin Wittenberg DataFirst

                            Director: Prof. Martin Wittenberg, Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town (UCT)

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                              HSRC South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

                              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.

                              Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                                Research for Innovation Awards - Corporate



                                Prof. Keolebogile Motaung

                                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.

                                Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                                  Prof. Eugene Cloete Cloete, Prof. Eugene: Teabag water filter, Rotoscope and other projects

                                  Prof. Eugene Cloete (middle) after receiving his Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and the dti’s Director of Innovation and Technology Unit Ms Takalani Ramuthaga (right)

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                                    Research for Innovation Awards - SMMEs



                                    (Pty) Ltd SUN Magnetics

                                    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.

                                    Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                                      Dr Renée Prins CenGen (Pty) Ltd

                                      CenGen’s Dr Renée Prins (middle) after receiving their Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and Business Report’s Group Executive of National Sales Ms Agnes Peter (right)

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                                        NGO Award



                                        (TPI) The Platinum Incubator

                                        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.

                                        Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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                                          Special Theme Award

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                                          Communication Award



                                          Prof. Lesley Cornish Department of Science and Technology (DST)-National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials (CoE-SM) team, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

                                          CoE-SM’s Prof. Deena Naidoo and Mrs Casey Sparkes (middle) after receiving their Award from the Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor (left) and CSIR’s Group Executive for Research and Development Dr Molefi Motuku (right)

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

                                            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

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