Media Articles: Winners

Contribution over a lifetime



Beukes, Prof. Nicolas

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)

Award Categories:

  • Contribution over a lifetime

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers



Phaswana-Mafuya, Prof. Nancy (Refilwe)

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)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers


Schutte, Prof. Aletta

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)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers



Ataguba, Prof. John

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)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers


Pickering, Dr Robyn

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)

Award Categories:

  • TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers

Contribution through management and related SET activities



Rodrigues, Prof. João

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

Award Categories:

  • Contribution through management and related SET activities

Capacity Development Awards



Aoyi, Prof. Ochieng

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)

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Downs, Prof. Colleen Thelma

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)

Award Categories:

  • Capacity Development Awards


Hildebrandt, Prof. Diane

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)

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • Water Research Commission Awards

Data for Research Award



DataFirst, Prof. Martin Wittenberg

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

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • Data for Research Award

Research for Innovation Awards - Corporate



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

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)

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • Corporate organisations

Research for Innovation Awards - SMMEs



CenGen (Pty) Ltd, Dr Renée Prins

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)

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • NGO Award

Special Theme Award



Saayman, Prof. Melville

Director: Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society Unit, North-West University (NWU)

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.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here

Award Categories:

  • Special Annual Theme Award

Communication Award



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

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)

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

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