SACNASP Newsletter 1/2019 – May 2019

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In this edition

  1. Introduction to Voluntary Associations - South African Sugar Technologists Association
  2. General Information
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. From the office of the Finance Manager

Introduction to Voluntary Associations

South African Sugar Technologists Association

The South African Sugar Technologists’ Association (SASTA) was founded in 1926 and presently has a membership in the region of 500. Members are affiliated with the sugar industry in some way, and are primarily involved in the technical, engineering and scientific side of the industry.

SASTA aims to promote the interchange of scientific knowledge of sugarcane agriculture and sugarcane processing and facilitates discussion and investigation of technical problems related to the production and processing of sugarcane products.

SASTA strives to promote improvement in the accuracy and rational standardisation of methods of factory chemical control.

SASTA encourages and assists in the improvement of the technical knowledge and skills of persons engaged in the South African sugarcane industry.

SASTA encourages and promotes research into all aspects of sugarcane agriculture, sugarcane processing and in such ancillary fields as the SASTA Council may consider fit.

Annually, SASTA organises a congress, with the first one being held in 1927. Congresses serve as an opportunity for all members to update their technical knowledge and to network with members from overseas, South Africa and Africa. Held over three days in Durban, congresses are attended by up to 600 delegates. The programme comprises a series of technical and scientific papers that emanate largely from natural, agricultural and engineering scientists, many of whom are employed as research scientists in a range of research institutions associated with the various sugar industries. All papers presented at the congress are peer reviewed and are compiled into an annual Proceedings.

SASTA also arranges workshops around topical issues pertaining to the industry for information sharing and education. From time to time, field and factory days are organised to expose members to a variety of relevant technologies.

SASTA is affiliated to the International Society of Sugarcane Technologists (ISSCT), an organisation that draws representatives from sugar technology associations all over the world. The SASTA Secretariat can be contacted using any of the following:

Email: / Tel: +27 (0)31 508 7543

General Information

The NSTF-South32 Awards: The NSTF Awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by SET-related professionals and organisations in South Africa. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, engineering capacity builders, and organisational managers/leaders, as well as data and research managers.

Congratulations to our two Council Members for being nominated for the NSTF Awards under the below categories:

Prof Robin Crewe Pri. Sci. Nat (Senior Research Fellow: Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria (UP) for Lifetime Award and Management Award

Prof Mary (Mairam) Gulumian Pri. Sci. Nat (Head: Toxicology Research Projects, National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH); (1980-2017) Head: Toxicology section, NIOH; Professor: Haematology and Molecular Medicine, Wits) for Lifetime Award

The theme for the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards is the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. This is in recognition of the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) as declared by the United Nations (UN). The 21st annual Awards Gala Dinner will celebrate this theme on 27 June 2019.

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Upcoming Events

National Science Week (NSW) is an annual celebration of science, engineering and technology, attracting thousands of learners and members of the public to workshops, science shows and lectures, which are held at universities, schools, science centres and public facilities countrywide led by the Department of Science and Technology. The event will take place on the 1st – 8th August 2019 in the Northern Cape.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research in the Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Research and Innovation (R&I). Awards on the latter (R&I) will be made in the areas aligned to the 4IR. The DST-Albertina Sisulu Fellowships and TATA Scholarships will be awarded to currently registered master’s and PhD students.

The 2019 SAWiSA will be presented on 15 August 2019 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.

Nominations and applications clearly indicating the category, should be submitted electronically to

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or

From the Office of the Finance Manager

Registered Scientists can pay their outstanding fees online via pay fast.

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