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Recognising, celebrating and rewarding excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation by individuals, teams and organisations in South Africa

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is pleased to announce the 19thgroup of finalists competing for the highly-acclaimed 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards.
 
The NSTF-South32 Awards: The NSTF-South32 Awards is a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET)and innovation in South Africa 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-South32 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. The NSTF Awards was also the first science awards initiated in the country in 1998.
 
What’s new this year? This year’s NSTF-South32 Awards proudly present the following new features:

  • The NSTF and the Water Research Commission (WRC) forged a new partnership to launch the NSTF-WRC Award. This new award recognises individuals and researchers in teams and organisations working towards sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions that demonstrate leadership and impact
  • A second new award recognises Data for Research by individuals and teams for advancing the availability, management and use of data for research
  • This year, the NSTF is making a special award for a SET and innovation contribution to or that supports Sustainable Tourism for Development, as the theme and in recognition of the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IY2017) declared by the United Nations (UN)
  • The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa this year also partnered with the NSTF by sponsoring the Brilliants Programmes’ educational tour on Astro-Tourism in support of the #IY2017. Read more about this further down
The Vision of the NSTF is: A transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to a high quality of life for all who live in SA, where the profile of SET professionals is representative of the population’s profile and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and promoting innovation.

The NSTF-South32 Awards are one of the ways in which the NSTF realises this vision. Partnerships for specific awards such as that with the WRC, GreenMatter, and Eskom lead to recognition of contributions that have the potential to make a positive impact on South Africa, and on the world.
 
It is an extraordinary honour to be an Award finalist; also given the quality of thenominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and growing interest from the community over the years.
 
Join the NSTF membership and its partners/sponsors, in applauding the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Award finalists. These comprise individuals, teams and organisations, as applicable, that have made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa under 13 different categories below:
  • Listed alphabetical according to surname of nominee or name of team/organisation under each category
Lifetime Award
(by an individual over a period of 15 years or more)
  • Beukes, Prof. Nicolas - Director, Department of Science and Technology (DST) / National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA), Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg
  • Downs, Prof. Colleen Thelma - Professor and Chair, DST/NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal (also in categories: Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards and the NSTF-GreenMatter Award)
  • Ekama, Prof. George - Professor, Water Quality Engineering, University of Cape Town (also in categories: the NSTF-GreenMatter Award and the NSTF-WRC Award)
  • Pattinson, Prof. Robert - Chief Specialist and Clinical Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and Director, Medical Research Council Unit for Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies, University of Pretoria
  • Midgley, Prof. Guy - Professor, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University (SU), formerly of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (also in category: NSTF-GreenMatter Award)
  • Prodinger, Prof. Helmut - Department of Mathematical Sciences, SU
  • Raal, Prof. Frederick - Professor and Head, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism; and Director: Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand; and Principal Specialist and Head of Division of Endocrinology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
  • Saayman, Prof. Melville - Director, Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society Unit, North-West University (also in category: Special Annual Theme Award for Sustainable Tourism for Development)
 
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs
 
(by an individual over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent, predominantly in South Africa)
  
  • Korsten, Prof.Lise - Professor, Plant Pathology, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of Pretoria (also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards)
  • Langdon, Prof. Genevieve - Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit, University of Cape Town
  • Mbohwa, Prof. Charles – Professor and Vice-Dean, Post Graduate Studies, Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg (also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards)
  • Mellado, Prof. Bruce - Professor, Faculty of Science, School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Phaswana-Mafuya, Prof. Nancy (Refilwe) - Research Director, Human Sciences Research Council; and Honorary Professor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (also in category: Data for Research Award)
  • Pretorius, Prof. Etheresia - Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences, Stellenbosch University (also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards)
  • Schutte, Prof. Aletta - Unit Director, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, South African Medical Research Council; and Chair of the Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative in Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa; and Professor in Physiology, Hypertension in Africa Research Team, North-West University
TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging researchers
 
(by an individual - post-doctoral in a period of up to 6 years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research)
  
  • Ataguba, Prof. John - Associate Professor, Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Bankole, Prof. Felix - Associate Professor (Computing), School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and Coordinator, Information Resource Management Programme, University of South Africa; and Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
  • Becker, Dr Thorsten - Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University; and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCT
  • Coetzee, Dr Vinet - Senior Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria
  • Emuze, Prof. Fidelis - Associate Professor and Head of Department, Built Environment; and Head, Unit for Lean Construction, Central University of Technology
  • Fanucchi, Dr Stephanie - Senior Scientist, Biomedical Translational Research Initiative, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Masindi, Dr Vhahangwele - Senior Researcher, Hydraulic Infrastructure Engineering, Built Environment, CSIR
  • Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani - Professor and Head, Department of Industrial Engineering, TUT (also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards)
  • Pickering, Dr Robyn - Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences, UCT
Management and related activities
 
(by an individual over the last 5-10 years)
  
  • Debba, Prof. Pravesh - Competence Area Manager, Spatial Planning and Systems, Built Environment, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); and Visiting Professor, School of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Gardiner, Dr Dusty - Manager, Bio-manufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC); and Competence Area Manager: Bio-Manufacturing Technologies, CSIR
  • Rodrigues, Prof. João - Professor, Theoretical Physics and Head of School of Physics; and Deputy Director, National Institute of Theoretical Physics; and Director, Mandelstam Institute of Theoretical Physics, Wits
  • Sinha, Prof. Saurabh - Professor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg
Research or Engineering Capacity Development
 
(by an individual over the last 5-10 years - Eskom sponsors two awards for a male and a female for contributions in Engineering and the NSTF will make an award for a contribution in other disciplines)
  • Aoyi, Prof. Ochieng - Professor and Head, Chemical Engineering; and Director of CREW (Centre for Renewable Energy and Water), Vaal University of Technology (also in category: NSTF-WRC Award)
  • Diale, Prof. Mmantsae - Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Pretoria (UP)
  • Downs, Prof. Colleen Thelma - Professor and Chair, Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal (also in the categories: Lifetime Award and NSTF-GreenMatter Award)
  • Hildebrandt, Prof. Diane - Professor, Chemical Engineering; and Director, Material and Process Synthesis Research Unit, University of South Africa; and Director: JMDD Energy (Pty) Ltd
  • Korsten, Prof. Lise - Professor of Plant Pathology, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, UP (also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs)
  • Mbohwa, Prof. Charles - Vice-Dean, Post Graduate Studies, Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg (also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs)
  • Momoniat, Prof. Ebrahim - Professor, School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics; and Assistant Dean, Research; and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Mpofu, Prof. Khumbulani - Professor and Head, Department of Industrial Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology (also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researchers)
  • Pretorius, Prof. Etheresia - Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences, Stellenbosch University (also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs)
  • Von Blottnitz, Prof. Harro Bloch- Professor, Environmental and Process Systems Engineering Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
NSTF-GreenMatter Award: Biodiversity, conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy
 
(by an individual or an organisation - sponsored by GreenMatter)
  • Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies - Director, Prof. Johannes van Niekerk, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University (SU)
  • Climate Studies, Modelling and Environmental Health Research Group - Group Head and Chief Researche,: Prof. Francois Engelbrecht, Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) Division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • De Bruyn, Prof. Nicholas (Nico) - Associate Professor and Researcher, Department of Zoology; and Ex-situ Field Operations Manager, Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria(also in category: Research for Innovation Award: Corporate)
  • Downs, Prof. Colleen Thelma - Professor and Chair, Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal (also in categories: Lifetime Award and Research or Engineering Capacity Development Award)
  • Ekama, Prof. George - Professor of Water Quality Engineering, University of Cape Town (also in the categories: Lifetime and the NSTF-WRC Award)
  • Godfrey, Prof. Linda - Principal Scientist, Waste for Development Research Group, NRE, CSIR; and Manager, Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap Implementation Unit managed by the CSIR on behalf of the DST; and Extraordinary Associate Professor, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University
  • Midgley, Prof. Guy - Professor, Department of Botany and Zoology, SU (formerly of the South African National Biodiversity Institute) (also in category: Lifetime Award)
NSTF-WRC Award: Sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions
 
(by an individual or an organisation to be awarded in recognition of demonstrated leadership and impact - sponsored by the Water Research Commission)
  • Aoyi, Prof. Ochieng and CREW (Centre for Renewable Energy and Water) - Professor and Head, Chemical Engineering; and Director of CREW, Vaal University of Technology (also in category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development Awards)
  • Bosman, Ms Anujah - Chief Executive Officer: Chillisoft (Pty) Ltd (also in category: Research for Innovation Award: SMME)
  • CloeteProf. Eugene - for Water2Africa, BiODX and other projects - Vice-Rector, Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Stellenbosch University(also in category: Research for Innovation Award: Corporate Organisation)
  • Ekama, Prof. George - Professor, Water Quality Engineering, University of Cape Town (also in categories: Lifetime Award and NSTF-GreenMatter Award)
  • Mamba, Prof. Bhekie - Executive Dean and Director, Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa
  • Taylor, Prof. Maureen Beatrice - Professor and Rand Water Chair, Public Health, University of Pretoria
Data for Research Award: Availability, management and use of data for research
 
(by an individual or an organisation)
  • Datafirst - Director, Prof. Martin Wittenberg; and Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town
  • Phaswana-Mafuya, Prof. Nancy (Refilwe) - Research Director, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC); and Honorary Professor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (also in category: TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs)
  • South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) - Team Leader: Mr Benjamin Roberts, Research Specialist: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Division, HSRC
Research for innovation - Corporate organisation
 
(by a team or individual)
  • Aeroswift Development Team (Aerosud ITC), Aerosud Innovation Centre (Pty) Ltd - Mr Marius Vermeulen, Chief Engineer and Program Manager: Additive Manufacturing
  • Azimuth Team, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - Team Leader: Dr Jeanine Engelbrecht
  • CloeteProf. Eugene - for Water2Africa, BiODX and other projects- Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Stellenbosch University (SU) (also in category: NSTF-WRC Award)
  • De Bruyn, Prof. Nicholas (Nico) - Associate Professor and Researcher, Department of Zoology; and Ex-situ Field Operations Manager: Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria(also in the category: the NSTF-GreenMatter Award)
  • Geo-location based dynamic spectrum allocation (GL-DSA), CSIR Meraka Institute - Team Leader: Dr Fisseha Mekuria
  • Hazleton Pumps (Pty) Ltd - Chief Executive Officer: Mr Matthys Wehmeyer
  • Snyman, Prof. Lukas - Director, School of Engineering, College for Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa
  • Vulamanz Development Team - Project Leader: Prof. Lingam Pillay, Associate Professor, Department of Process Engineering, SU
Research for innovation – Small, Medium or Micro Organisation (SMME)
 
(by a team or an individual)
  • Bosman, Ms Anujah - Chief Executive Officer: Chillisoft (Pty) Ltd (also in category: NSTF-WRC Award)
  • CenGen (Pty) Ltd - Director and Owner, Dr Renée Prins
Communication: Outreach and creating awareness
 
(by a team or individual)
  
  • Blumenthal, Dr Ryan - Senior Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria (also in category: Special Annual Theme Award for Sustainable Tourism for Development)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)-National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials (CoE-SM) team, University of the Witwatersrand - Prof. Lesley Cornish, Professor, Physical Metallurgy, and Director, DST/NRF CoE-SM, and Director: African Materials Science and Engineering Network; Prof. Alex Quandt, Professor in Physics; Prof. Deena Naidoo, Professor in Physics; and Mr Casey Sparkes, Operations Manager
  • Du Preez, Prof. Louis - Professor, Zoology, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences, North-West University (also in category: Special Annual Theme Award for Sustainable Tourism for Development)
  • Iimbovani Outreach Programme: Exploring South African Diversity and Change - Outreach Manager: Miss Dorette du Plessis, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University
Non-governmental organisation
 
(including technology transfer or education and training activities)
  • Health Information Systems Program, South Africa - Executive Director: Dr Vincent Shaw
  • Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC - Executive Director: Ms Lynette Bezuidenhout
  • SchoolNet South Africa - Executive Director: Miss Janet Thomson
Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Tourism for Development
 
(by an individual or an organisation, which contributes to or supports Sustainable Tourism for Development, in recognition of #IY2017)
  • Blumenthal, Dr Ryan - Senior Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Pretoria (also in category: Communication)
  • Du Preez, Prof. Louis - Professor of Zoology, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences, North-West University (NWU) (also in category: Communication)
  • Fitchett Dr Jennifer - Lecturer in Physical Geography: School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Saayman, Prof. Melville - Director, Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society Unit, NWU (also in category: Lifetime Award)
  • Technology to Combat Poaching Team(Cmore) - Research Group Leader: Herman le Roux, Command and Control Technology, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Awards Gala Dinner: The announcement of the winners will take place at the prestigious Awards gala dinner taking place on 29 June 2017 in Gauteng. The Patron of the Awards, the Minister of Science and Technology, presides over the programme. The event is an open (public) and glamorous affair attended by the cream of the crop of the SET community and the largest event of its kind. Over 500 guests attend the event annually. The community is invited to book tables for their organisations to celebrate the achievements of the community. Contact Ms Meisie Rasakanya at the contact details below.

Youth programmes: Two NSTF Youth outreach programmes are run annually in conjunction with the NSTF-South32 Awards.

The Brilliants Programme, sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation, identifies and celebrates some of the top achievers in physical science and mathematics from the previous year’s matric examinations. It exposes these young people to the SET community. Eighteen students (a man and a woman from each province) are recognised as the future innovators of our nation.

The selected Brilliants students are taken on an educational tour every year, this year to the SKA South Africa and South African Large Telescope (SALT) sites. The tour is organised and sponsored by the SKA South Africa.

The Share ‘n Dare Programme, sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation, profiles Award winners as role models to the youth. Award winners give talks at Science Centres and Universities across the country and encourage the youth to take up careers in SET. Thousands of South Africans are also reached through community and campus radio station awareness talks.

Media Partners and advertising campaign: The two media partners of the NSTF-South32 Awards, Business Report, distributed through The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times, and The Mercury; as well as the Mail & Guardian ensure national public recognition to the winners. Both these newspapers will carry supplements of the winners the day after the Awards Gala Dinner (Friday, 30 June 2017). Unique advertising opportunities are available for your brand. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at the contact details below.

Partnerships and sponsorships: Organisations are invited to join hands with the NSTF to widen the reach and impact of the Awards and Youth programmes. Partnerships are available on new and existing Award categories and outreach programmes. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at the contact details below.

NSTF-South32 Awards’ theme: The theme for the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards is Sustainable Tourism for Development, in recognition of the #IY2017 as declared by the UN. The Awards Gala Dinner will celebrate this theme.
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