2015/2016

The NSTF and its sponsors take pride in congratulating the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Award winners!

These are all awards for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by teams, organisations and individuals…

Lifetime Award

Prof. Bert Klumperman
Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University (SU)
Lifetime Award

Special Award in Crop Science and Food Security

Prof. David Kenneth Berger
Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Pretoria
Special Annual Theme Award: Crop Science and Food Security, in honour of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, as declared by the United Nations (sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology – DST)

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs

Prof. Crick Lund
Director: Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Health, University of Cape Town (UCT)
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent by an individual –  by an individual (two awards),

and

Prof. Bhekisipho Twala
Director: Institute for Intelligent Systems, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Statistical Sciences, University of Johannesburg
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent by an individual

Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards

Prof. Sue Harrison
Director: Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, DST/National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Bioprocess Engineering, UCT
For Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years – 2 awards (sponsored by Eskom)

and

Prof. Thokozani Majozi
DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Sustainable Process Engineering, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
For Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years (sponsored by Eskom)

Prof. Peter Dunsby
Professor of Cosmology and Co-Director: Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, UCT
For Research capacity development over the last 5-10 years

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging researchers

Dr Tolu Oni
Senior Lecturer: Division of Public Health Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT)
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging researchers by an individual (Post-docs in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) – two awards (prizes sponsored by proSET – sector of the NSTF representing Professional Bodies and Learned Societies)

and 

Dr Sudesh Sivarasu
Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, UCT
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging researchers by an individual (Post-docs in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) – (prizes sponsored by proSET)

Management and related activities

Prof. Suprakas Sinha Ray
Chief Researcher and Director: Polymer Nanocomposites, DST-Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Nanotechnology Innovation Centre; and National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR
For Management and related SET activities over the past 5-10 years

NSTF-GreenMatter Award: for biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy

Mondi Ecological Networks Programme
Team Leader: Prof. Michael Samways, Distinguished Professor and Academic Principal, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, SU
NSTF-GreenMatter Award towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy (sponsored by GreenMatter)

Communication for outreach and creating awareness Award

Prof. Jan Smit
Manager: Science Centre, North-West University
For Communication for outreach and creating awareness

Research leading to innovation: corporate organisation

Advanced Casting Technologies, CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing
Research Group Leader: Dr Gonasagren Govender
Research leading to innovation by a team or individual through a Corporate organisation

Research leading to innovation: SMME

Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd
Managing Director: Ms Rowena Hay
Research leading to innovation by a team or individual through a Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise

Non-governmental organisation Award

SmartXchange
Chief Executive Officer: Mr Jonathan Naidoo
Non-Governmental Organisation over the last 5-10 years including technology transfer and education/training activities

The winners were awarded with state-of-the-art trophies, manufactured through additive manufacturing (industrial 3D laser printing) with advanced materials (titanium), a first in SA and possibly the world. View the video on the story behind the making of the trophy.

Ms Jansie Niehaus
Executive Director and Spokesperson

NSTF, the non-profit stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa