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NSTF eNews: response to cannabis ruling, ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ discussion forum, and more #WaterEnergyFood

Written by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 13:21



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Message from NSTF Executive Director

Ms Jansie Niehaus, NSTF Executive Director, responds to the Constitutional Court ruling on the legalisation of cannabis for private use. Read more.



‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus – towards efficient national planning’ Discussion Forum

The ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus – towards efficient national planning’ Discussion Forum (#WaterEnergyFood) will be held from 23-24 October 2018, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort, North West. The national science councils sector of the NSTF is hosting this event. You can register online now. For further information, contact enquiries@nstf.org.za.


DST White Paper open for comment

With Cabinet approval, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has released the draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation for public comment. Stakeholders, NSTF members, and the public can submit comments to the Department of Science and Technology by 19 October 2018. Input can be:

  • Emailed to whitepaper@dst.gov.za
  • Posted to White Paper, Department of Science and Technology, Private Bag X894, Pretoria, 0001
  • Hand delivered to the Department at Building 53, Scientia (CSIR) Campus, Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, Pretoria

Enquiries can be directed to either:

See also ‘Featured SET policy’ below. 


Call for nominations – 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards

A reminder to look out for the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards Call for Nominations.

The Call for Nominations will happen in November 2018 and will celebrate the 21st event. 
See the clip of the highlights of the 20th Gala Dinner held on 28 June 2018.


Share ‘n Dare outreach

The NSTF Share ‘n Dare programme is sponsored by the Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation. It is linked to the NSTF-South32 Awards. It provides a platform for NSTF Award winners to act as role models and ambassadors for science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation. The winners share knowledge with youth and communities, inspiring young people to pursue studies and careers in SET and innovation.
Read more about the following Share ‘n Dare talks:

  • From 30-31 July 2018, CEO of The Platinum Incubator (TPI) Ms Sibongile Purity Shongwe spoke to learners at the Penreach Shalamuka Science Centre, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
  • From 1-2 August 2018, Prof Mmantsae Diale and Dr Musa Manzi spoke to learners at the Mondi Science Centre, Mkhondo (Piet Retief), Mpumalanga
  • On 1 August 2018, Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi gave a talk at the Necsa Visitor Centre, Hartebeespoort, North West
  • On 1 August 2018, Prof Prof Keolebogile Motaung spoke to learners at the Anglo-American Science Centre, Witbank, Mpumalanga
  • On 4 August 2018, Prof Malik Maaza spoke to learners and the public at the iThemba LABS, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • On 7 August 2018, Ms Selloane Nyaredi from The Platinum Institute (TPI) spoke to learners and the public at the JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre, Mamelodi, Gauteng

See the upcoming events list for the NSTF Share ‘n Dare programme


New NSTF members

The NSTF welcomes its new members:


Survey on R&D tax incentive

The National Treasury, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology and the World Bank, is evaluating the impact of South Africa's research and development (R&D) tax incentive. This evidence will inform policy decisions about the incentive. An online survey is running from 6 September to 4 October 2018. All companies that have applied for the incentive up to December 2017, whether granted approval or not, are requested to participate in the survey. Read more for further information.


Getting to know our award winners: Prof Etheresia Pretorius

Prof Etheresia Pretorius is Head: Department of Physiological Sciences and Director: Applied Morphology Research Centre at Stellenbosch University. Her overarching contribution is to add novel knowledge regarding the origin and pathophysiology of inflammation and abnormal clotting. This includes the conclusion that all non-communicable diseases have a possible bacterial origin.

Read more about her work. She is the NSTF-South32 Awards winner of the 2017/2018 TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher.


Getting to know our award winners: Wendy Collinson

Wendy Collinson is project executant: Wildlife and Roads Project, Endangered Wildlife Trust. The project works to reduce the negative impacts of transport infrastructure on wildlife, ultimately improving driver safety.

Read more about her work. She is the NSTF-South32 Awards female winner of the 2017/2018 TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher.


Getting to know our award winners: Dr Musa Manzi

Dr Musa Manzi is senior researcher and director: Seismic Research Centre, School of Geosciences, University the of Witwatersrand. He 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.

Read more about his work. He is the NSTF-South32 Awards male winner of the 2017/2018 TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher.



NSTF condolences on the death of Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

The NSTF and the science, engineering and technology (SET) community are greatly saddened by the passing of Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.
‘Her passing has left us poorer’ — Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa dies (M&G


Bursary Directory

Find the latest bursaries in science, engineering and technology (SET) in the NSTF Bursary Directory. This service is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation. Recently-added bursaries include:

Visit the NSTF Bursary Directory to find regularly updated information on available bursaries, the organisations that usually provide bursaries, various SET-related career paths, and inspiring stories of people in SET.


Mzansi Bright Sparks

Siphephelo Brian Tshabalala is from the Free State. He is studying BEng tech in Civil engineering at the University of Johannesburg. He is one of the first-year students who were recognised in the 2017/2018 NSTF Brilliants Programme for top marks in mathematics and physical science in the National Senior Certificate Examinations.

“If I was the president, I would develop great math and science teachers for all schools by making the selection process higher to produce more quality teachers.''


Featured SET policy: Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation

The Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (DST) is currently open for public comment. For background and an overview, please go to New draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (DST). Deadline: Friday 19 October 2018 on e-mail to whitepaper@dst.gov.z


SET-related policies currently open for public comment

Policies open for comment allow the science, engineering and technology (SET) community to keep track of the changing regulation environment.


SET-related policy news

Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation

Indigenous knowledge

Medicine and health

Water and sanitation

Climate change and environment


4th Industrial revolution


  • Ramaphosa’s plan to revive the economy: the details – “State funds will be redirected toward agriculture, which the government sees as having massive potential to great jobs, as well as to stimulating economic activity in townships and rural areas.” (TechCentral)

Science relations



Members of NSTF in the proSET (Professional Societies) sector are featured in every newsletter. This month we look at IEEE and SAIIE.

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The organisation and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries. It also does this through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. The website for IEEE South Africa provides news, information on events, societies, and affinity groups. There is also a resources section. 
  • The Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering (SAIIE) envisions a vibrant, learned society, representing and promoting all Industrial Engineers in Southern Africa. Modern industrial engineering is concerned with the integration of resources and processes into cohesive strategies, structures and systems for the effective and efficient production of quality goods and services. On the website, you will find newsletters, information on events and awards, links to their journal and magazine, among other items.

SET education

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children (Engineering News)


Universities and higher education

Industry development and innovation

Medicine and health

Palaeontology and archaeology

·         World’s oldest drawing is Stone Age crayon doodle (Nature) plus Drawing on a piece of silcrete found in Blombos Cave predates previous human-made drawings by at least 30,000 years

Astronomy and space science

Environment, climate change and energy


Climate change and environment


Technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution


Send us your news

The NSTF invites all our members, as well as all SET and innovation role players, to send us information on meetings, conferences and activities of interest to the broader S&T community. Please send us your news by the 20th of the month, for distribution at the beginning of the following month, to enquiries@nstf.co.za


If you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve this newsletter, please e-mail the NSTF Secretariat at enquiries@nstf.co.za 


About the NSTF

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), established in 1995, is a broadly-representative stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa, which seeks to influence policy formulation and delivery.
The NSTF-South32  Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.
The science bursaries page provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.



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Last updated Tuesday, 2 October 2018 11:21