2020/2021 NSTF-South32 Awards

It is an extraordinary honour to be an Award finalist; also given the quality of the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and continued growing interest from the community every year.

Join the NSTF membership and pioneering partners/sponsors in applauding the 2020/2021 NSTF-South32 Awards finalists. These comprise individuals, teams and organisations, as applicable, who have made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa under the categories below:

• The phrases in italics at the end of the citation of the nominee indicates that a nominee qualified as a finalist under more than one category and mentions the applicable category/ies
• Listed alphabetically according to the surname of the nominee or name of team/organisation under each category

Lifetime Award

• Prof Soraya Bardien – Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University (SU)

• Prof Raymond Durrheim – Chair: Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Exploration, Earthquake and Mining Seismology, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); also see the Data for Research category

• Prof Jan Eloff – Professor: Computer Science (Research Group Cybersecurity and Big Data Science), University of Pretoria (UP); and DRS Chair: Cyber-Security, Dept of Computer Science, UP; and Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, UP

• Prof Sabiha Essack – Professor: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Antimicrobial Research Unit, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN); and DSI/NRF SARChI Chair: Antibiotic Resistance and One Health, UKZN

• Prof Eileen Hoal – Professor Emerita: Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, SU

• Prof Frank Tanser – Senior Faculty: Africa Health Research Institute, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, Durban; and Honorary Professor: School of Nursing and Public Health, UKZN; and Director: Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

• Prof Ivan Turok – DSI/NRF SARChI Chair: University of the Free State; Distinguished Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council

• Prof Marietjie Venter – Professor: Medical Virology; and Head: Zoonotic Arbo and Respiratory Programme, Centre for Viral Zoonoses, Dept of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health, UP

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher

Prof Lyn-Marié Birkholtz – Professor: Biochemistry; and Chair: Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Sustainable Malaria Control, Department (Dept) of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, University of Pretoria (UP); and Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Faculty of Health Science, UP

Prof Anton du Plessis – Associate Professor: Physics Dept; and Manager: X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner Facility, Stellenbosch University; and Associate Researcher: Engineering, Nelson Mandela University

• Dr Sharief Hendricks – Senior Lecturer: Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Dept of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town; and Visiting Fellow: Leeds Beckett University, England

•  Prof Bruce Mellado – Research Professor; and Senior Scientist: iThemba LABS, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); and Co-ordinator: Technology Innovation Platform in Artificial Intelligence, iThemba LABS, Wits; and Director: Institute for Collider Particle Physics; and Co-President: Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence Data Modelling Consortium, York University and Wits; and Assistant Professor: University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States of America; and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category

•  Prof Marcia Mkansi – Associate Professor: Dept of Higher Education, University of South Africa; and also in the Innovation: Corporate Organisation and the Special Annual Theme categories

•  Dr Ashwell R Ndhlala – Senior Researcher: Green Biotechnologies Research Centre, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Limpopo; and also in the Innovation: Corporate Organisation and the Special Annual Theme categories

•  Prof Philiswa Nosizo Nomngongo – Associate Professor and Chair: DSI/NRF SARChI, Nanotechnology for Water, University of Johannesburg; and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher

Prize sponsor: proSET (Professionals in SET), a sector of the NSTF representing professional bodies and learned societies

• Dr Wynand J Goosen – Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Department of Science and Innovation/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department (Dept) of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University (SU)

• Dr Laura Heathfield – Senior Lecturer and Forensic Geneticist, University of Cape Town (UCT)

• Dr Tiisetso E Lephoto – Lecturer and Researcher: School of Molecular Biology, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

• Dr Michelle Lochner – Senior Lecturer: University of the Western Cape; and Staff Scientist: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

• Dr Vukosi Marivate – ABSA Chair: Data Science; and Senior Lecturer: University of Pretoria

• Prof Salome Maswime – Head: Global Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cape Town (UCT)

• Prof Nnamdi Nwulu – Director: Centre for Cyber Physical Food, Energy and Water Systems; and Associate Professor: Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg

• Dr Boitumelo Innocent Ramatsetse – Lecturer and Researcher: Engineering Graphics and Design, Educational Information and Engineering Technology, Wits; and also in the Innovation: Corporate Organisation category

• Prof Sheetal Silal – Associate Professor: Dept of Statistical Sciences, UCT; and Director: Modelling and Simulation Hub, Africa, Faculty of Science, UCT; and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow: Oxford University, United Kingdom

• Dr Caitlin Uren – Post-Doctoral Fellow: Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, SU; and also in the Data for Research category

Management Award

Dr Tegan Bristow – Senior Lecturer and Director: Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, School of Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand; and also in the Special Annual Theme category

• Prof Stephanie Burton – Professor of Biochemistry; and Professor: Future Africa; and Immediate Past Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Education, University of Pretoria (UP)

• Dr Ellenore Meyer – Senior Medical Officer: Community Orientated Primary Care Research Unit, UP; and also in the Special Annual Theme and the Non- Governmental Organisation categories

• Prof Saurabh Sinha – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation; and Professor: Microelectronics, University of Johannesburg

Engineering Research Capacity Development Award

Sponsor: Eskom since 2003

• Prof Michael Claeys – Professor: Chemical Engineering, Catalysis Institute, University of Cape Town (UCT); and Director: Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)/National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence in Catalysis (c*change), UCT; and see also in the Innovation: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise category

• Prof Ncholu I Manyala – Professor: Physics; and Chair: DSI/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) in Carbon Technology and Materials, University of Pretoria

• Prof Bruce Mellado – Research Professor and Senior Scientist: iThemba LABS, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); and Co-ordinator: Technology Innovation Platform in Artificial Intelligence, iThemba LABS, Wits; and Director: Institute for Collider Particle Physics; and Co-President: Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence Data Modelling Consortium, York University and Wits; and Assistant Professor: University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States of America; and also in the TW Kambule-NSTF Researcher category

• Prof Philiswa Nosizo Nomngongo – Associate Professor and Chair: DSI/NRF SARChI in Nanotechnology for Water, University of Johannesburg; and also in the TW Kambule-NSTF Emerging Researcher category

NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award

Sponsor: WRC since 2017

• Prof Tamiru Abiye – Professor: Hydrogeology, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

• Prof Paul Oberholster – Director: Centre for Environmental Management, University of the Free State

•  Reverse Osmosis/Cooling (ROC) Water Technologies – Director and Project Co-ordinator: Prof Jannie P Maree, Department of Water and Sanitation, University of Limpopo; and also in the Innovation: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) category

• Prof Craig M Sheridan – Director: Centre in Water Research and Development, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, Wits

Data for Research Award

Baobab Laboratory Management Information Systems – Team Leader: Prof Alan Christoffels, Chair: Department of Science and Innovation/National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative: Bio-informatics and Human Health; and Director: South African National Bio-informatics Institute; and Director: South African Medical Research Council Bio-informatics Capacity Development Unit, University of the Western Cape

• The National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey Team, Team Leader: Prof Vimal Ranchhod, University of Cape Town

• School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand – Team Leader: Professor Raymond Durrheim; please also see the Lifetime category

• The South African Human Genetics Database – Dr Caitlin Uren, Post-Doctoral Fellow: Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University; and also in the TW Kambule-NSTF Emerging Researcher category

Innovation Award: Corporate Organisation

• Innovus Technology Transfer Office Team – Stellenbosch University, Team Leader: Dr M M Madelein Kleyn, Head: Technology Transfer, Innovus, Stellenbosch University

• Prof Marcia Mkansi – Associate Professor: Department of Higher Education, University of South Africa; and also in the TW Kambule-NSTF Researcher and the Special Annual Theme categories

• Dr Boitumelo Innocent Ramatsetse – Lecturer and Researcher: Engineering Graphics and Design, Educational Information and Engineering Technology, Wits; and also in the TW Kambule-NSTF Emerging Researcher category

• The Biomimicry Diagnostic Verification Controls Team – Prof Bavesh Kana: Chief Executive Officer, Department of Science and Innovation/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Innovation Award: Small Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME)

Category and prize sponsor: National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) since 2019

• Cape Catalytix (Pty) Ltd – Chief Executive Officer: Dr Rein Weber; and see also the Engineering Research Capacity Development category

• Diagnostic Aptamer Technologies-Aminotek (DATA) (Pty) Ltd and Amasu Technologies (Pty) Ltd – Team Leaders: Drs Ashley Pretorius and Jared Mackenzie

• Heartwood Sustainable Industries (Pty) Ltd partnered with Materials Scientist – Dr G Siva Mohan Reddy

• Reverse Osmosis/Cooling (ROC) Water Technologies – Director and Project Co-ordinator: Prof Jannie P Maree, Department of Water and Sanitation, University of Limpopo; and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission category

• The Stellenbosch Nanofiber Company (Pty) Ltd (SNC) – CEO: Dr Anton Smit

Communication Award

• Ask Afrika (Pty) Ltd – A research team of 81 individuals including statisticians, analysts and interviewers, Team Leader: Ms Andrea Rademeyer

• Dr Daniel Cunnama – Science Engagement Astronomer: South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO); and also in the Special Annual Theme category

• Prof Tessa Marcus – Emeritus Professor: Community Oriented Primary Care Research Unit, University of Pretoria

• Prof Carolina Odman – Associate Professor and Associate Director: Development and Outreach, Inter-University Institute of Data Intensive Astronomy, University of the Western Cape

•  The Cosmic Savannah – Drs Jacinta Delhaize and Daniel Cunnama, producers and hosts of The Cosmic Savannah podcast, SAAO and University of Cape Town

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Award

Mobile Applications Laboratory (mLab) – Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Ms Nicoli Koorbanally

• Outlook Foundation – Team Leader and CEO: Mr Segomotso E Kelefetswe

• Sci-Enza Science Centre, University of Pretoria – Team Leader and Manager: Ms Puleng Tsie

• Tebelo: Informal Settlement Health Project – Team Leader: Dr Ellenore Meyer, Senior Medical Officer: Community Orientated Primary Care Research Unit, University of Pretoria and see also in the Management  category and in the Special Annual Theme category

• Young Engineers and Scientists of Africa (YESA) – Owner: Dr Ron Beyers

Special Annual Theme Award: Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

• Dr Tegan Bristow – Senior Lecturer and Director: Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, School of Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand; and also in the Management category

• Dr Daniel Cunnama – Science Engagement Astronomer: South African Astronomical Observatory; and also in the Communication category

• Dr Ellenore Meyer – Senior Medical Officer: Community Orientated Primary Care Research Unit, University of Pretoria; and also in the Management and the Non-Governmental Organisation categories .

• Prof Marcia Mkansi – Associate Professor: Department of Higher Education, University of South Africa (based on the TW Kambule-NSTF Researcher nomination); and also in the TW Kambule-NSTF Researcher and the Innovation: Corporate Organisation categories

• Dr Ashwell R Ndhlala – Senior Researcher: Green Biotechnologies Research Centre, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Limpopo; and also in the TW Kambule-NSTF Researcher and the Innovation: Corporate Organisation categories