Media Articles: Winners

Contribution over a lifetime



Prof. Kevin Wall

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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    TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researchers



    Prof. Etheresia Pretorius

    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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      TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers



      Dr Musa Manzi

      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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        Mrs Wendy Collinson

        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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          Contribution through management and related SET activities



          Prof. Stephen Tollman

          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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            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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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                    Data for Research Award



                    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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                            Special Theme Award

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                            Communication Award



                            (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.

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