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Media Release – 30 June 2016

The 18th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards Gala Dinner was held in Gauteng on Thursday, 30 June 2016. Contributions to excellence in science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation were awarded and celebrated in the followingbroad areas:

  • Scientific researchCapacity building in engineering and research
  • Research leading to innovation
  • Scientific contributions towards environmental sustainability
  • Management of SET and innovation
  • Science communication
  • And a Special Annual Theme Award for Crop Science and Food Security

SA needs to develop new products, technologies and services: As previously stated by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s science mission is to create wealth, thereby creating jobs and eradicating poverty. Its success depends on our ability as a nation to develop new products, technologies and services.

About the awards, the NSTF and the outstanding contributions from scientists, engineers and other SET professionals: The NSTF-South32 Awards is the flagship project of the NSTF, the most representative multi-stakeholder non-profit forum in South Africa promoting science and technology through collaborative effort. The awards are a showcase of the research and development capacity of our nation. The outstanding contributions of the Awardees to SET and innovation generate hope for the advancement of our country and the social upliftment of all people in South Africa.

What makes these awards special: The national NSTF-South32 Awards are the largest SET and innovation awards in South Africa and they were also the first science awards in the country. The focus is on spreading information about SET to the public, which includes the year-long engagement programme with students and learners called the ‘Share ‘n Dare’ Programme. The NSTF Awards were the first scientific awards in the country to run this type of initiative.Award winners: The awards were presented by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, who is also the patron of the event. She celebrated along with almost 600 guests and over 40 different organisations from the broader community. Details of the award finalists, including the winners’ work are available online in the Who’s Whoof SET and innovation in SA booklet that is published to honour the finalists competing for the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards. The booklet is also meant to list the skills complement critical for the development and socio-economic growth of South Africa.

The NSTF and its sponsors take pride in congratulating the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Awardwinners!

These are all awards for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by teams, organisations and individuals…

Prof. Bert Klumperman
Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University (SU
Lifetime Award

Prof. David Kenneth Berger
Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Pretoria
Special Annual Theme Award: Crop Science and Food Security, in honour of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, as declared by the United Nations (sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology - DST)

Prof. Crick Lund
Director: Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Health, University of Cape Town (UCT)
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent by an individual -  by an individual (two awards).


Prof. Bhekisipho Twala
Director: Institute for Intelligent Systems, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Statistical Sciences, University of Johannesburg
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent by an individual

Prof. Sue Harrison
Director: Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research, DST/National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair: South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), Bioprocess Engineering, UCT
For Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years - 2 awards (sponsored by Eskom)


Prof. Thokozani Majoz
DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Sustainable Process Engineering, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
For Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years (sponsored by Eskom)

Prof. Peter Dunsby
Professor of Cosmology and Co-Director: Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, UCT
For Research capacity development over the last 5-10 years

Dr Tolu Oni
Head of Department and Director: School of Public Health and Family Medicine, UCT
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging researchers by an individual (Post-docs in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) - two awards (prizes sponsored by proSET – sector of the NSTF representing Professional Bodies and Learned Societies)


Dr Sudesh Sivarasu
Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, UCT
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards for Emerging researchers by an individual (Post-docs in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) - (prizes sponsored by proSET) 

Dr Suprakas Sinha Ray
Chief Researcher and Director: Polymer Nanocomposites, DST-Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Nanotechnology Innovation Centre; and National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR
For Management and related SET activities over the past 5-10 years

Mondi Ecological Networks Programme
Team Leader: Prof. Michael Samways, Distinguished Professor and Academic Principal, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, SU
NSTF-GreenMatter Award towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy (sponsored by GreenMatter)

Prof. Jan Smit
Manager: Science Centre, North-West University
For Communication for outreach and creating awareness

Advanced Casting Technologies, CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing
Research Group Leader: Dr Gonasagren Govender
Research leading to innovation by a team or individual through a Corporate organisation

Umvoto Africa (Pty) Ltd
Managing Director: Ms Rowena Hay
Research leading to innovation by a team or individual through a Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise

Chief Executive Officer: Mr Jonathan Naidoo
Non-Governmental Organisation over the last 5-10 years including technology transfer and education/training activities

The winners were awarded with state-of-the-art trophies, manufactured through additive manufacturing (industrial 3D laser printing) with advanced materials (titanium), a first in SA and possibly the world. View the video on the story behind the making of the trophy.

Ms Jansie Niehaus
Executive Director and Spokesperson

NSTF, the non-profit stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa

View the complete announcement

Recognising, celebrating and rewarding excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.

 Finalists for the highly-acclaimed NSTF Awards in partnership with South 32 for 2015/2016 have been selected.

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation for researchers and other SET-related professionals. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, research and engineering capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, and research managers.

The NSTF Awards is referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, as it is the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national Awards of its kind. It was also the first science awards in the country. This year’s NSTF Awards proudly present the following new features:

  • The Capacity Development Awards now include Awards for Engineering Capacity Development. Eskom’s sponsorship will support two awards, one male and one female, in capacity development in the engineering space. The NSTF will make one additional award for capacity development in other disciplines.
  • The NSTF is making a special award for a contribution in Crop Science and Food Security this year, in honour of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, as declared by the United Nations.
  • The Non-governmental organisation (NGO) category was changed previously to include technology transfer and education/training contributions to SET. The broader scope opens up the NSTF Awards to a wider range of organisations and allows for recognition of social innovation efforts. This would include worthy projects run by professional bodies. Just please note that professional bodies as such (as entities) are not considered in this category.

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

Read more on this anouncement.

Northern Gauteng Senior Science Fair needs judges to apply to judge on 12 August 2015 from 13:00-18:00 at the UP Sports Center in all categories.

For more information and to register online, please go to!judge,welcome and!judge,register

Best practise in water conservation and dam management 

Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg
Date: 22 & 23 June 2016 

Confirmed Speakers

Wietsche Roets
Specialist Scientist: In-Stream Water Use

Celiwe Ntuli
Deputy Chief Engineer

Stephen Mallory

Pramod Sinha
Former Civil Engineer DWA, Currently Senior Lecturer

Dumisani Gubuza
Executive Manager: Water Demand Management & Policies

Sandile Mkhize
Chief Operations Officer

Yusuf Abramjee

Yaseen Theba

Neighbouring Perspective

Namu Mangisi
Principal Hydrogeologist

Bogadi Mathengwane
Deputy Director: Water Resource & Management

Ts’iu Khathibe
Delegate of Government - Lesotho

International Perspective

The Impact Of Changing Climate On Water Resources Of South Asia: Case Studies From Indian Himalayan Region

Rajesh Kumar

Academic Coordinator Ph.D. Programme Department of Environmental Science School of Basic Sciences and Research

For more information, download the PDF below:

Announcement & Registration

Saint George Hotel, Centurion, Gauteng Province, 5 June – 8 June, 2016

About The Conference

The Board of SASAE will be holding the 2016 Annual Conference in Gauteng, June 5 – 8, 2015. The theme of the conference is. “Quo Vadis (Where are you going?).” 

SASAE was established during 1966. The society will celebrate its 50 year anniversary during 2016! This necessitates that one reflects over the past 50 years, the good, the challenging and lessons learned. We should be forward looking and visionary as to what lies ahead for SASAE. The role that extension will play in the future, our inputs into building a better extension society nationally and globally. 

Call For Paper and Poster Submissions

The call for papers has been closed. Posters will still be accepted until the end of March 2016. Contact the Secretariat (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for directives on the proposal of posters.

Presenters will be required to register for the conference and to pay the conference registration fee. If the Registration Fee is not paid, the paper will not be published in the proceedings.

The due date for completed papers and posters are 21 April 2016. If we do not receive your final paper by then, you will not be allowed to present at the conference. The paper must be in MS Word format for publication in the proceedings. MS PowerPoint presentation will not be accepted for publication. You may use MS PowerPoint for your presentation at the Conference. Posters can be in MS PowerPoint or MS Word.

Conference Venue

The venue for the Conference will be Saint George Hotel, 58 Doornkloof, Goede Hoop Avenue, M57, Rietvleidam.

GPS Co-ordinates:

Latitude: -25.892958
Longitude: 28.252575


Accommodation for the conference period must be pre-arranged by each delegate at Saint George Hotel, or in and around Centurion. A list of available Hotels, Guest Houses, etc., will be attached to this document and will be on the SASAE Website. There is a block booking of all the accommodation at Saint George Hotel until 1 May 2016. The registration at the conference will start on the afternoon of 5 June 2016 and the Conference will start on 6 June 2016 at 09:00. It will end at lunch on 8 June 2016. 


The conference registration fee covers: Conference proceedings, full conference facilities, all meals (excluding breakfast), teas and coffees with pastries or biscuits, an informal braai (barbecue) and a Gala Dinner. 

For registration, use the enclosed form but please do not mail your payment to us. Deposit your payment into the SASAE Account No.: 540 810 257, ABSA Bank, Branch Code: 334 745 (Lynnwood Road, Pretoria), EFT Branch Code; 632 005, Swift Code for International Members: ABSA JJ ZA and fax or email a copy of your deposit slip, with clearly indicated reference information (Initials and Surname), to the Conference Secretary at Fax 086 541 2166 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your registration.

You are only registered once we have received your registration form and proof of payment.

Key Dates

Notice of acceptance: 22 February, 2016
Submission of papers, posters (electronically by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 21 April 2016
Early Registration: on or before 22 April 2016

Enquiries Can Be Directed To

The SASAE Secretary (Ben Stevens)
Tel. 014 533 2172;
Fax: 086 541 2166;
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Ms. Marlise Bornman
Tel 014 717 4949
Fax 014 717 5300
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Mr. T T Mabuza
Cell: 083 256 0969
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17 &  18 March 2016

The Capital Empire Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

“An Innovative Training Approach to Accelerate Laboratory performance effectively”

This intriguing workshop is designed to address the operational gaps that exist in managing all types of laboratories. Our primary aim is for the participant to gain competitive world experience chemical analysis, in planning, lab discipline, testing samples in the most efficient way possible in terms of speed, cost adaptation of latest technologies and informatics of key principles of lean application, adaptation of standard hands-on tools in the labs to fast turnaround, accurate, reliable analytical data that you need to effectively run and optimize your project operations on daily basis, improve your efficiency of your laboratory and quality goals. Will help you gather valuable practical insights to evaluate both technical and human-side of quality equation and leverage the full capability of automation and information systems into lab operations.

Your Facilitator

Prof JJ (“Koot”) Pieterse

Prof JJ (“Koot”) Pieterse’s career in education and research spans over 32 years and he has developed a niche in Lean Laboratory Management, Lean accuracy of lab results, Lean manufacturing, lean enterprise and service in South Africa and the world Academic Qualifications:BSc (University of Pretoria), HED(University of Pretoria), NH Dip (Pretoria Technikon), DTE (UNISA), MSc (University of Pretoria), PhD (University of Pretoria. He is a principal lecturer at NMMU Business School, teaching and supervising MBA and Doctoral students. Prof Pieterse was honoured with the annual National Lewerik Award for innovative research in 1990 in the South African defense industry. His research skills are further supported by his progressive research grant increases from the National Research Foundation.

The course seeks to teach principles of rehabilitating the natural environment disturbed by any development such as surface mining, improper agricultural land management practices or any form of pollution. The objective is to reinstate appropriate land uses or agricultural potential. It provides the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies needed to restore, reclaim and remediate damaged land in the public and corporate sectors.

Course Objectives

  • To provide participants with an in depth understanding of the government regulations that pertain to mine site rehabilitation
  • To provide participants with a detailed, technical understanding of the steps needed to achieve mine site rehabilitation
  • To showcase best practices in mine site rehabilitation and broader forest landscape restoration and
  • To provide a forum for discussing challenges and obstacles to implementing government regulations and evaluate ways to overcome them.

To register, please fax or email your authorized registration form to: +27 86 762 7084.

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