Lifetime Award

Award Winner: Prof Michèle Ramsay,                                                                               Professor: Human Genetics; Director: Sidney Brenner Institute of Molecular Bioscience; and Chair: Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) / National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI): Bioinformatics and Genomics of African Populations, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Prof Michèle Ramsay

Professor: Human Genetics; Director: Sidney Brenner Institute of Molecular Bioscience; and Chair: Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) / National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI): Bioinformatics and Genomics of African Populations, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

For her pioneering genomic medicine approaches in Africa and leading the transcontinental study on factors that contribute to African diseases.

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher

Award Winner: Prof Christine Lochner, Co-Director: South African Medical Research Council Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders, Department (Dept) of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University (SU)

Prof Christine Lochner

Co-Director: South African Medical Research Council Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders, Department (Dept) of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University (SU)

For her research into neuropsychiatric disorders, including obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, which fosters a multi-disciplinary approach, incorporating a biopsychosocial focus.

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher

Award Winner: Dr Vhahangwele Masindi, Research Scientist: Magalies Water; and Principal Researcher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); and Research Fellow: University of South Africa; and Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda

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

Dr Vhahangwele Masindi

Research Scientist: Magalies Water; and Principal Researcher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); and Research Fellow: University of South Africa; and Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda

For his specialization in the valorization and beneficiation of wastewater through drinking water reclamation and minerals synthesis.

Award Winner: Prof Richard Walls, Associate Professor: Fire Engineering Research Unit, SU

Prof Richard Walls

Associate Professor: Fire Engineering Research Unit, SU

For conducting research and education to improve informal settlement fire safety as well as structural fire design – both crucial to ensuring safety in our communities.

Management Award

Award Winner: Professor Judith Kinnaird,  Associate Professor and Director: Economic Geology Research Unit; and Co-Director: DSI Centre of Excellence for the Study of Mineral and Energy Deposits, School of Geosciences, Wits

Professor Judith Kinnaird

Associate Professor and Director: Economic Geology Research Unit; and Co-Director: DSI Centre of Excellence for the Study of Mineral and Energy Deposits, School of Geosciences, Wits

For directing economic geology research studies on metals for everyday needs now and for the future.

Engineering Research Capacity Development Award

Award Winner: Prof Josua P Meyer, Professor and Head: Dept of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; and Chair: School of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, University of Pretoria

Sponsor: Eskom since 2003

Prof Josua P Meyer

Professor and Head: Dept of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; and Chair: School of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, University of Pretoria

For developing large numbers of engineering research graduates of the highest quality.

Award Winner: Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo, Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town

Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo

Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town

For her research of construction business and management that confronts the problems of poor project and organisation performance from a practice perspective.

NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy Award

Award Winner: Sharksafe (Pty) Ltd, CEO and Co-Inventor: Prof Conrad Matthee, Dept of Botany and Zoology, SU

Sponsor: The Lewis Foundation since 2019

Sharksafe (Pty) Ltd

CEO and Co-Inventor: Prof Conrad Matthee, Dept of Botany and Zoology, SU

For developing the SharkSafe BarrierTM that is the first shark specific barrier which is eco-friendly and can protect swimmers and surfers without harming the marine life.

NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award

Award Winner: Prof Faizal Bux, Director and Professor: Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology; and Chair: DSI/NRF SARChI: Wastewater Treatment, Durban University of Technology

Sponsor: WRC since 2017

Prof Faizal Bux

Director and Professor: Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology; and Chair: DSI/NRF SARChI: Wastewater Treatment, Durban University of Technology

For researching wastewater as a resource and not a burden to society.

Data for Research Award

Award Winners: South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN), Co-Directors: Prof Mark Collinson and Dr Kobus Herbst, Wits Rural Campus, Mpumalanga

South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN)

Co-Directors: Prof Mark Collinson and Dr Kobus Herbst, Wits Rural Campus, Mpumalanga

For collectively conceiving, developing and implementing SAPRIN, which produces up-to-date information on health and socio-economic wellbeing, representative of South Africa’s (SA) population, for scientific analysis, embedding research projects and policy evaluation.

Innovation Award: Corporate Organisation

The Smart Spectrum Sharing Team

Team Leader and Chief Research Scientist: Dr Fisseha Mekuria, CSIR

For developing the Smart Spectrum Sharing Technology (S3T) for a Smarter ICT Infrastructure and Digital Inclusion.

Innovation Award: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprice (SMME)

Sponsor: National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) since 2019

Memeza Shout (Pty) Ltd

Director: Ms Thulile Mthethwa

For reducing crime, improving the South African Police Service (SAPS) service levels and creating jobs through innovative communication technology and a private/public partnership business model.

Communication Award

Award Winner: Prof Jeanine Marnewick  Research Chair: Biotechnology and Director (Cape Peninsula University of Technology)

Prof Jeanine Marnewick

Research Chair: Biotechnology and Director: Applied Microbial and Health Biotechnology Institute, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

For leading a team that promotes rooibos tea, to be included in a personal daily regime as a health promoting option, supported by science.

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Award

Mothong African Heritage

Founder Member, Executive Director and Overseer: Traditional Doctor Ephraim C Mabena

For uniting scientists, government and the community through the Mothong African Heritage in nature conservation, technology innovation for socio-economic development using indigenous knowledge systems and modern sciences.

Special Annual Theme Award: Plant Health

Prof Michael Wingfield

Professor: Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute; and Adviser to the Executive, University of Pretoria

For being globally recognised as a SA plant pathologist for a lifetime of contributions to the identification and management of plant diseases, as well as the education and mentorship of large numbers of plant pathologists and entomologists globally.