Interviews


 

Professor Ochieng Aoyi

Green solutions for treating wastewater

15 March 2018

Award: Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years, sponsored by Eskom
“The uniqueness of this approach is that we have a consolidated body of research anchored on three pillars: desktop experimental data capturing and analysis; the application of computational fluid dynamics; and the implementation of the processes at plant scale,” he explains.

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Dr Robyn Pickering

Dating the Undateable

15 March 2018

NSTF-TW Kambule Award for an emerging researcher: post-doc in a period of up to six years after award of a PhD or equivalent
“As an undergraduate student I was taught that it was impossible to date our fossil sites,” Pickering remembers. This fallacy was based on the geological youthfulness of South African caves. At only between two and three million years old, local cave rock could not be dated using the uranium-lead technique.

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Professor John Ele-Ojo Ataguba

Calculating the cost of health

15 March 2018

NSTF-TW Kambule Award for an emerging researcher: post-doc in a period of up to six years after award of a PhD or equivalent
“The debates around how the country’s healthcare system can be transformed aroused my interest in the link between poverty, inequality and ill health in South Africa,” says the public health researcher. He is an associate professor in the Health Economics Unit of the school of public health and family medicine, faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town.

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Professor Alta Schutte

Getting to the heart of hypertension

15 March 2018

NSTF-TW Kambule Award: Research and its outputs over the last 5-10 years
“I am absolutely delighted to be paid to do what I love most,” she says. “As I have moved from a junior to senior scientist, I found it so rewarding seeing how young scientists develop around me and what I can do to contribute to that. I also find it highly rewarding to see how our small research group developed over the past 15 years from five to 13 highly active academics, with a vibrant research culture.”

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Professor Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya

New view on health among the elderly

15 March 2018

NSTF-TW Kambule Award: Research and its outputs over the last 5-10 years
Against this background, epidemiologist Professor Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya and her team, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Department of Health (DoH), conducted a large-scale national study that expanded the 2002 and 2003 World Health Survey, the Study on global AGEing and adult health (Sage Wave 1) in South Africa. Phaswana-Mafuya is research director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

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Professor Melville Saayman

Special Sustainable Tourism for Development Award

15 March 2018

Special Sustainable Tourism for Development Award
“One of the key things I do is determine how tourism makes a contribution to people’s lives and to the broader community — how does tourism impact on poverty in South Africa and in Africa?” says Saayman.

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Professor Nicolas Johannes Beukes

Changing our understanding of the world one rock (succession) at a time

15 March 2018

Award for achievement over a lifetime, by an individual

“Iron formations were abundant up to two billion years ago, after which they virtually disappeared,” says Beukes. “Then a few were deposited 750 million years ago, and now there are no modern examples. They have gone again.” The question is why?

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Professor Colleen Downs

Academic research must add value to conservation

6 March 2018

Prof Downs sees herself as “an academic who crosses the gap between academia and applied conservation”.

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Professor Diane Hildebrandt

Transforming waste into energy, solving global environmental challenges

6 March 2018

Award: Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years, sponsored by Eskom

“A theme that runs through my research is how to use carbon-containing wastes and convert them to fuel and electricity to supply energy and jobs to communities, while cleaning up the environment,” says Prof Hildebrandt.

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