Interviews


 

Professor Robin Crewe

Lifetime Award for achievement by an individual

26 July 2019

Professor Robin Crewe is an internationally-renowned researcher, educator and innovator for the work he has done on social insects, particularly honeybees. His work into these remarkable insects has provided significant insights into their communication systems and social organisation. In addition to this research, he has taught and mentored students, taken on numerous roles as the head of an academic department, and he’s been the leader of two research groups, the dean of natural science at two universities, and the vice-principal for research and postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria.

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Professor Harald Winkler

recipient of the Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Energy for All

6 May 2019

Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Energy for All (in recognition of the United Nations ‘International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All’) Prof Harald Winkler, director at the Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, is an internationally-acclaimed researcher. He focuses on sustainable energy for all in the context of a just transition to low carbon economies. This includes developing a multi-stakeholder process for informed decision making around climate policy.

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Prof Keolebogile Motaung

Biomedical Scientist

12 February 2019

Innovation Award: Corporate Organisation for innovations and their research and/or development (by a team or an individual over the last 5 to 10 years) Sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry. Prof Keolebogile Motaung Founder: Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd; and Assistant Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology. Her research shows a future of tissue engineering of bone and cartilage that depends on medicinal plants. A cream is currently being manufactured as an alternative natural anti-inflammatory ointment.

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Prof Malik Maaza

Inspired by nature

4 December 2018

NSTF-GreenMatter Awards: towards biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy by an individual or an organisation. His work has involved numerous innovations that are green and sustainable. This includes developing thermochromic intelligent nanocoating for smart glass windows, which minimises the energy load. Simply put, Maaza’s research can potentially minimise the energy load caused by air conditioning and energy use

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Professor Leslie Petrick

professor of chemistry at the University of the Western Cape: Washing water clean with waste ash from coal

4 December 2018

NSTF-Water Research Commission Award: towards achieving sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions with demonstrated leadership and impact by an individual or an organisation
A professor of chemistry at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), she has dedicated the past 10 years to researching water chemistry and effluent remediation in search of a way to change waste into something useful.

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Professor Steve Tollman

Director of Wits University’s Health Systems Development Unit. (Photo: EYEscape

3 November 2018

NSTF Management Award winner Prof Stephen Tollman, He has been 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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Professor Mmantsae Moche Diale

Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Pretoria

3 November 2018

Engineering Research Capacity Development Award: (by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)
sponsored by Eskom, Prof Mmantsae Diale, Associate Professor: Dept of Physics, UP, researches materials development for applications in semiconductor devices used in light harvesting processes (particularly
collecting and storing solar energy). She is driven by the need to take energy from the sun, to remove the
country’s reliance on the grid, and to find a better way of storing the energy collected during the day

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Professor Ian Robert Jandrell

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Wits University

3 November 2018

Management Award: contribution through management and related SET and innovation activities (by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years) Prof Stephen Tollman, Research Professor and
Head: Division of Health and Population, Faculty of Health Sciences; Director: South African Medical
Research Council/Wits Rural Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, Wits; Principal Scientist:
International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health, Ghana. He has
focused on establishing high-functioning data/research infrastructure for the health and wellbeing of
rural populations in South Africa.

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Dr Musa Manzi

senior researcher and director of the Wits Seismic Research Centre at Wits University

6 September 2018

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher through research and its outputs (by an individual up to 6 years in research predominantly in South Africa) Dr Musa Manzi, senior researcher and
director: Seismic Research Centre, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), develops
and applies mathematical and geophysical techniques to gain a deeper understanding of earth processes.
This includes innovative 3D seismic technologies for deep mineral exploration.

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