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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.