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NSTF eNews: Anticipating and preparing for extreme weather events, NSTF-South32 Awards, plus more...

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 May 2019 17:01

  

No longer "safe as houses"

Message from the NSTF Executive Director, Ms Jansie Niehaus.
About a month after Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique in March, the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal experienced disastrous storms. There was loss of life, displacement of many people and much damage to property. We need to think urgently of adaptation to global warming. We should be working hard at anticipating extreme weather events and preventing the devastation that they cause. Good urban planning can play a very important role in achieving this. Read more.

NSTF News

2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards

Announcing the finalists: The finalists for the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards will be announced in May. Enquiries can be directed to Ms Fulufhelo Gelebe at enquiries@nstf.org.za.
 
21st NSTF-South32 Awards gala dinner: The winners of the prestigious 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards will be announced at the 21st Awards gala dinner. Book your tables and seats for this event, which will take place on Thursday, 27 June. The theme of the dinner, which will be held in Gauteng, will be ‘Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’. Seating is limited. Contact Ms Kgaugelo Teffo at enquiries@nstf.org.za for information and bookings.

Discussion Forum on sustainable development and the chemical elements

An NSTF Discussion Forum on chemical elements from the perspective of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals will be held in Midrand, Gauteng on 16 May 2019. The event is hosted by the NSTF in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and Dow Southern Africa.
 
The UN proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019). The UN recognises the importance of raising global awareness around chemistry. This includes chemistry’s role in solving global challenges within the energy, agriculture, health and other critical sectors.
 
Read the concept document and programme for background information.

 

Discussion Forum on chemical elements for South Africa’s future: Read all about it

There is a lot of controversy around mining. Mined rare earth elements (REE) are essential for existing and new technologies. Their uses include batteries, glass, fuel cells, hybrid and electric vehicles, wind turbines, and air conditioning.
 
Read more about the issues around REEs and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the potential future of mining for the 4IR, the impact of 4IR on mining technologies and more by visiting the website of the March 2019 NSTF Discussion Forum on Chemical Elements for South Africa’s Future (#IYPT_za).
 
A media release on mining and the 4IR, the presentations and videos from the event are available on the NSTF’s Discussion Forum website.

 

 

Special newspaper supplement on the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements

Business Report, an NSTF Awards media partner since 2010, will be producing a special supplement on NSTF Discussion Forums focusing on the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (mentioned above).
 
This supplement will be the first partnership with Business Report specifically on NSTF Discussion Forums.  The NSTF annually provides four to six high-level platforms through Discussion Forums.  These Forums facilitate constructive, neutral and inclusive interaction and discussion with government and stakeholders on key priority areas of concern to the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. The focus of these discussions are on the latest government policies and research in order to generate feedback and make recommendations to policy makers and role-players. 
 
This NSTF supplement will increase awareness of the issues raised on the events on chemical elements mentioned above and lobby the outcomes to the broader public. This presents a unique opportunity for stakeholders to advertise in South Africa’s largest daily financial publication, carried in The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times and The Mercury. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.org.za for more information.

 

 

 

Change of internal telephone numbers

Some of the internal telephone numbers at the NSTF Secretariat have changed. The switchboard number, (012) 841-3987 stays unchanged. The contact numbers are:
 
Ms Jansie Niehaus (Executive Director): +27 (0)12 841-3987/2717
Ms Wilna Eksteen (Office Manager): +27 (0)12 841-3987/4995
Mr Matome Mphela (HR and Finance) and Ms Kgaugelo Teffo (Committees Secretary)
+27 (0)12 841-2717
Ms Fulufhelo Gelebe (Outreach, Media and Communications) and Ms Mosima Mabitsela (NRF Intern) +27 (0)12 841-4591
Mr Wiseman Tseisa (Outreach and Data Management) +27 (0)12 841-3349
Ms Koketso Mokolo (SAASTA Volunteer)
+27 (0)12 841-3987

 

New NSTF members

The NSTF welcomes the following organisations that joined us in April:

·         Capricorn Educational Resource Centre (Civil Societies Sector)

·         Econocom Foods (Business Sector - SMMEs)

·         GreenMatter (Civil Societies Sector)

·         SA Latex (Pty) Ltd (Business Sector - SMMEs)

·         South African Bureau of Standards (Science Councils and Statutory Bodies Sector)

·         Tiziri Advanced Manufacturing Technologies - TiziriTech (Business Sector - SMMEs)

Become a member of the NSTF to support the mission of the NSTF, a non-profit company that provides a consultative forum for influencing the formulation and delivery of SET and innovation public policy in South Africa.

 

 

Mzansi Bright Sparks

Mphoentle Piliso is studying medicine at the University of Cape Town. Despite growing up without parents and being diagnosed and hospitalised with asthma in her matric year, she was one of South Africa’s top matric learners of 2017. She is one of the 2018 first-year students who were recognised in the 2017/2018 NSTF Brilliants Programme for her outstanding marks in physical science and mathematics in the National Senior Certificate examinations.

You are not here in this world to be average, you are here to be your best and to be awesome.

This service is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation.

 

Bursary Directory

The following bursaries in science, engineering and technology (SET) are currently available in the NSTF Bursary Directory:

·         Shoprite Bursaries (Closes 30 June)

·         IDC Bursary Programme (Closes 31 July)

·         Allan Gray Fellowship (Closes 02 August)

·         SAPPI Bursary Programme (Closes 30 September)

·         PSG Bursary Programme (closes 30 November)

·         GAST Bursary Programme (Open all year)

·         FMCSA Ford Bursary (Open all year)

·         Power Group Bursaries (Open all year)

This service is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation.

 


 

Featured SET policy: Building safer communities (Chapter 12, NDP)

In a series of articles, the NSTF is unpacking the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. This section focuses on building safer communities. Read more.
 
Click here for the complete document of all the previous NSTF summaries (Chapters 1-12).

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.

·         International Trade Administration Act: International Trade Administration Commission: Sunset review of anti-dumping duties on disodium carbonate: Comments invited (Comment by 27 May 2019)

·         Standards Act: Standards matters: Comments invited (Comment by 28 May 2019)

·         Pharmacy Act: Good pharmacy education standards: Comments invited (Comment by 31 May 2019)

·         Electronic Communications Act: Draft: Consumer advisory panel amendment regulations: Comments invited (Comment by 7 June 2019)

·         Tourism Amendment Bill: Tourism Amendment Bill: Comments invited (Comment by 11 June 2019)

·         Tourism Amendment Bill: Draft (Comment by 15 June 2019)

·         Medical Schemes Act: Regulations: Amendment: Comments invited (Comment by 28 June 2019)

·         National Health Act: Office of health standards compliance: Enforcement policy: Comments invited (Comment by 12 June 2019)

·         National Forests Act: Intention to declare State Forests Properties as Forest Nature Reserves under section 8(1) of the Act: Comments invited (Comment by 12 July 2019)

·         Animal Diseases Act: African horse sickness: Comments invited (Comment by 25 July 2019)

·         Accounting Standards Board: Exposure Draft of the proposed Directive on the Application of Standards of GRAP by Public Entities that Apply IFRS Standards. Comments invited (Comment by 31 July 2019)
 

SET-related policy news

·         Standard Bank withdraws funding of new coal IPP projects in SA (ee.co.za)

·         Finance model for energy projects in Africa needs to change (bizcommunity.com)

Environment and climate change

·         Why South Africa needs an independent water regulator (mg.co.za)

Medicine and health

·         Are foreigners stealing your jobs and healthcare? (bhekisisa.org) 

4th Industrial Revolution and technology

·         Government puts spectrum framework on ice (itweb.co.za)

·         Internet of Things helps feed the masses (ngopulse.org)


·         Occupational Health and Safety Trade Exhibition: Johannesburg, 14-16 May 2019

·         Securex South Africa: Johannesburg, 14-16 May 2019

·         Seminar on Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID): Protection of intellectual property for grassroots innovation: Pretoria, 21 May 2019

·         Road to registration for mentors, supervisors and HR practitioners: SAICE Midrand, 21 May 2019

·         2nd International Annual Congress on Controversies on Cannabis-based Medicines: Barcelona, Spain, 23-24 May 2019

·         Mental Health Symposium: Pretoria, 30 May 2019

·         Road to Registration for Mature Engineers, Technologists and Technicians: SAICE Durban 4 June 2019

·         Getting acquainted with water resource management: Cape Town, 11-12 June 2019

·         1st International Conference on Agroecology Transforming Agriculture and Food Systems in Africa: Nairobi, Kenya, 18-21 June 2019

·         Small Business Indaba: Johannesburg, 26 June 2019

·         Manufacturing Indaba: The role of manufacturing in Africa, Johannesburg, 25-26 June 2019

·         Launch of Manufacturing Indaba’s Black Industrialist Forum: Johannesburg, 25-26 June 2019. Email: info@manufacturingindaba.co.za.

·         ESSA & ZSSA Combined Biennial Congress: CSIR ICC, Pretoria, 3-7 July 2017

·         SA GeoTech 2019: Unlocking economic value with geotechnologies: Ekurhuleni, 22-23 July 2019

·         Species on the Move 2019 International Conference Series: Kruger National Park, South Africa, 22-26 July 2019

·         8th ExtruAfrica: Potchefstroom, 30 July - 2 August

·         International Palaeohistology Meeting 2019: Cape Town, 31 July – 4 August 2019

·         Getting acquainted with water resource management: SAICE Midrand, 22-23 August 2019

·         Road to registration for mentors, supervisors and HR practitioners: SAICE Johannesburg, 27 August 2019

·         ICT Infrastructure Conference and Expo: Ekurhuleni, 28-29 August 2019

·         SAAFoST Congress 2019: Johannesburg, 1-4 September 2019

·         Road to registration for mentors, supervisors and HR practitioners: SAICE Cape Town, 3 September 2019

·         13th International Conference on Paleoceanography: Sydney, Australia, 2-6 September 2019

·         XVII International Triple Helix Conference: Cape Town, 9-11 September 2019

·         12th Annual SA Innovation Summit: Cape Town, 11-13 September 2019

·         The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2019: Salzburg, Austria, 1-5 October 2019

·         EduTECH Africa 2019: Johannesburg, 9-10 October 2019

·         International Conference on Financial Services: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Financial Services: Durban, 9-10 October

·         World Pulses Day: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has established 10 February as World Pulses Day to recognise the importance of pulses as a global food. You can prepare to celebrate this day in 2020 and find many inspiring ideas by visiting the website of World Pulses Day 2019.

·         Africa Energy Indaba: From Transformation to Transition: Cape Town, 3-4 March 2020

 
   

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Members of NSTF in the proSET (Professional Societies) sector are featured in every newsletter. This month the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and the South African Academy for Science and Arts are profiled. Both the organisations were established in 1909.

·         Formed in 1909, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) has grown to the extent that there are approximately 6000 members on its membership roll. Members are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, including academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infrastructural services. They make meaningful contributions of the quality of life to the community and to the steady advancement of technology. Learn more about the mission, objectives and work of the Institute by visiting their website.

·         The South African Academy for Science and Arts (Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns) was founded in 1909. The organisation’s mission and general objectives are the advancement of science, technology and the arts, as well as the promotion of Afrikaans usage and the maintenance of good linguistic standards. It also aims to deliver a service to the community. This multidisciplinary organisation serves the interests of all South Africans and strives to uphold excellence, fairness and exemplary scientific, moral and democratic values. Read more about this organisation on their website.

·         SAICE announces online CPD platform
The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) announced its new CPD platform with the launch of Read the Journal papers for CPD. Read more.

 

A guide to government funding for SMEs

The South African government offers a number of funding instruments for small businesses. SME South Africa has compiled a handy guide to this government funding, ranging from grants to incentives, with each offering some form of financial support for entrepreneurs.
 
Read more about the full or cost sharing grants, incentives and equity funding in this guide.
 

Universities and higher education

·         First accredited Automated Weather Station unveiled at TUT campus (iol.co.za)

·         How to approach the revolution in scholarly publishing (theconversation.com)

·         Rhodes students’ idea puts them in line for $1m international prize (engineeringnews.co.za)

·         UWC-based initiative exploring how to clean up SA’s filthy cities (infrastructurenews.co.za)

Science Councils and Statutory Organisations

·         Landmark ASSAf Study on Research Publishing Launched (assaf.org.za)

Medicine and health

·         Diseases deal massive blow to productivity in Africa (scidev.net)

·         How we are developing immunotherapies relevant to Africa (theconversation.com)

·         First population dataset to track South Africans' health and wellbeing (dst.gov.za)

·         UN report warns of disastrous consequences of antibiotic resistance (groundup.org.za)

Astronomy and space science

·         SA reaches for the stars - but at what cost to mining? (bizcommunity.com)

·         Vibrant young South African community poised to use MeerKAT telescope (www.ska.ac.za)

·         SKA Consortium completes design of Science Data Processor (www.ska.ac.za)
 

Environment, climate change and energy

Environment

·         Online tool to simplify environmental sensitivity screening (ee.co.za)

Climate change

·         Scientists see fingerprint of warming climate on droughts going back to 1900 (phys.org)

·         Global food systems are failing humanity and speeding up climate change: New report from 130 national academies issues wake-up call to leaders on eve of COP24 (assaf.org.za)

Energy

·         Africa’s only nuclear plant to get a major revamp (techcentral.co.za)

·         Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation (bizcommunity.com)

·         The critical role of buildings in the green energy transition (ee.co.za)

·         Absence of load-shedding signals positive outlook for business – index (polity.org)

·         Kathu plant adds to South Africa’s CSP capacity (ee.co.za)

·         Hybrid energy storage systems boost hybrid renewable energy systems performance (ee.co.za)

·         Renewables assisted SA to avoid stage 5 and 6 load shedding (csir.co.za)

·         Concrete contribution to solar energy (infrastructurenews.co.za)

Agriculture

·         Assessing the effectiveness of private finance blending in ensuring that small-scale farmers are not left behind (polity.org.za)

Engineering

·         Eskom attributes load-shedding-free period to improved plant performance (engineeringnews.co.za)

·         Cost to repair infrastructure after KZN floods estimated at R 658 million (infrastructurenews.co.za)

Technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution

·         South African anti-poaching technology to go global (techcentral.co.za)

·         Implementing artificial intelligence in industrial manufacturing (ee.co.za)

·         Tech won't kill the contact centre, it'll make it more powerful (bizcommunity.com)

·         SA, World Economic Forum sign accord to establish 4IR affiliate centre (dst.gov.za)

Science Communication

·         2019 #FameLabSA Winners: Congratulations to Keneilwe Moropa from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Tshwane University of Technology for winning FameLab SA 2019. Close on her heels were runners-up Charmaine Tshangana – from UNISA’s Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research Unit and Matia Makuma, a food scientist from Stellenbosch University. Read more about FameLabSA.

Opportunities

·         The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). Closing date for nominations: Friday, 31 May 2019.

·         Entries for the Winetech Pitching Den will be accepted until 9 June 2019. Finalists will go through to the Winetech Pitching Den which will take place on 12 September at the 2019 SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town.

·         Imvelisi Environmental Entrepreneurship Ideation Initiative: Call for application of entrepreneurs younger than 35 who have matriculated, are living in South Africa, can communicate comfortably in English, and have a business idea/concept that speaks to natural resource management, climate change, food security, water security, biodiversity conservation and social innovation. They should also be available to attend a five-day ideation bootcamp in Gauteng from 1-5 July 2019. Deadline for applications: 20 May 2019.

·         ANDZA Entrepreneur Competition: SA’s top start-ups to compete for R10m in investment funding & acceleration. Entries close on 19 July 2019.

·         Nka’Thuto, a member of the NSTF, offers graduates in STEM fields the opportunity to engage with young minds in the STEM fields by being part of the Science Innovation Expo as a volunteer judge. Read more.

·         The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and therefore respective universities, recently advertised for the fifth annual intakes into the new Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP). The programme is aimed at transforming both the composition and the size of teaching and research staff at the universities. Priority is given to young black and women doctoral graduates, and postgraduate students (SA citizens) who are then supported for a period of six years under the programme with guaranteed tenure at the end of the six-year period. Direct enquiries to Ms Mandisa Cakwe at: cakwe.m@dhet.gov.za

 

The South African Astronomical Observatory Celebrates the life of an Astronomy Giant, Professor Michael William Feast (saao.ac.za)

 

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Finalists announced: 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards   #NSTFawards2019

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 May 2019 15:45

 

Finalists announced:

2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards

Recognising excellence and outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology and innovation in South Africa   #NSTFawards2019


The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is pleased to announce the group of finalists contending for the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards. This is the 21st  year of the annual NSTF-South32 Awards.
 
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.
 
Our partner: South32 is a mining company that de-merged from BHP Billiton in 2016. It took over the co-branding sponsorship agreement for the annual NSTF Awards.
 
The ‘Science Oscars’: The NSTF-South32 Awards are referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa. They are the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national awards of their kind in the country. They were also the first science awards in South Africa.

 
   

 

NSTF-South32 Awards’ theme: 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.

 

 


There are a few changes to categories and criteria this year.

  1. Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF is making a special theme award this year for a contribution to SET and innovation for Materials for inclusive economic development. This is in recognition of the UN celebration of the IYPT2019. The theme provides a focus on research in materials science and the development of materials to support relevant aspects of economic development in South Africa. 
  2. Communication award: This award for outreach and awareness of SET and innovation within the last 5 years also considered nominations for professional science communicators working in the field.
  3. New partners: The NSTF welcomes two new category partners this year.  The Lewis Foundation is the sponsor for the Green Economy Award. The National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) is the sponsor for the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) award under the Innovation Awards.  The NIPMO sponsorship includes prize money for the Innovation Award: SMME winner.
 

 


A transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to a high quality of life for all who live in South Africa, where the profile of SET professionals is representative of the nation’s diverse population and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and the promotion of innovation.
 
Realising the vision: The NSTF-South32 Awards is the NSTF’s flagship event and one among other strategic activities through which the NSTF realises this vision. Partnerships for specific awards (such as that with Eskom, Lewis Foundation, NIPMO and the Water Research Commission) recognise 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 the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and continued growing interest from the community every year.
 
Join the NSTF membership and pioneering partners/sponsors in applauding the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards finalists. These comprise individuals, teams and organisations, as applicable, who have made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa under the categories below:

  • Listed alphabetically according to surname of nominee or name of team/organisation under each category
 

 

Lifetime Award

(by an individual up to 15 years or more)

  • Prof Jill Adler – Department (Dept) of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair: Mathematics Education, School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Prof John Bolton – Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Prof Robin Crewe – Senior Research Fellow: Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria (UP) and also in the Management category
  • Prof Wilhelm Bouwer du Preez – Director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Research Centre; Associate Professor: Central University of Technology, Free State and also in the Special Annual Theme category
  • Prof Mary (Mairam) Gulumian – (2018-present) Head: Toxicology Research Projects, National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH); (1980-2017) Head: Toxicology section, NIOH; Professor: Haematology and Molecular Medicine, Wits
  • Prof Bavesh Davandra Kana – Professor: Research and Teaching; Co- Director: DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research; Research Associate: Centre for AIDS Prevention Research in South Africa, Wits and also in the Corporate Innovation category
  • Prof Alison Lewis – Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, UCT and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development and Special Annual Theme categories
  • Prof Valerie Mizrahi – Director: Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine; Professor: Dept of Pathology; Director: South African Medical Research Council / National Health Laboratory Service / UCT Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit; Co-Director: DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Research, UCT
  • Prof Kenneth Ozoemena – Professor: Materials for Energy and Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, Wits and also in the Special Annual Theme category
  • Prof Beric Skews – Director: Flow Research Unit, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, Wits
  • Prof Xiaohua Xia – Professor: Dept of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UP

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researcher

through research and its outputs
(by and individual from 6 years up to 15 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa)

  • Prof Novel Njweipi Chegou – Associate Professor: Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Department (Dept) of Biomedical Sciences, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Serena Coetzee – Professor: Head of Geography Dept, Geo-informatics and Meteorology; Director: Centre for Geo-Information Science, University of Pretoria (UP)
  • Dr Thomas Ebenhan – Research Fellow: Nuclear Medicine; Acting Manager: NuMeRI, Pre-clinical Imaging Facility, UP
  • Prof Andre Ganswindt – Professor and Director: Mammal Research Institute, Dept of Zoology and Entomology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UP
  • Prof Vishnu Jejjala – Dept of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair: Theoretical Particle Cosmology; Professor: Physics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Prof Tandi Matsha – DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Cardiometabolic Health, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and also in the Data for Research category
  • Prof Mervin Meyer – Professor: Biotechnology; Director: DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre – Biolabels Research Node, Dept of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape (UWC) and also in the Management category
  • Prof Ntobeko Ayanda Ntusi – Professor: Medicine; Chair and Head: Dept of Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT) and Groote Schuur Hospital; Principal Investigator: Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre, UCT; Editor-in-Chief: South African Heart Journal; Principal Investigator: Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa
  • Prof Marla Trindade – Professor: Dept of Biotechnology; Director: Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics; DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Microbial Genomics, UWC
  • Prof Lindiwe Innocentia Zungu – Executive Dean: Graduate Studies, University of South Africa and also in the Special Annual Theme category

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher

through research and its outputs
(by an individual up to 6 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa)

Prize sponsor: proSET (Professionals in SET), a sector of the NSTF representing professional bodies and learned societies

  • Dr Mahabubur Rahman Chowdhury – Senior Lecturer: Department (Dept) of Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
  • Dr Jennifer Fitchett – Senior Lecturer: Physical Geography, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Elvis Fosso-Kankeu – Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University and also in the NSTF-Water Research 
  • Commission (WRC), and Engineering Research Capacity Development categories
  • Dr Wynand J Goosen – Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Dept of Science and Technology /National Research Foundation  Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Mardé Helbig – Senior lecturer: Computer Science Dept, University of Pretoria(UP)
  • Dr Vhahangwele Masindi – Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ; Research Fellow: University of South Africa; Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda and also in the Corporate Innovation, and NSTF-WRC categories
  • Prof Eshchar Mizrachi – Associate Professor: Dept of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, and Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, UP 
  • Dr Bohani Mtileni – Senior Lecturer: Dept of Animal Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Dr Hlumani Ndlovu – Lecturer: Division of Chemical and Systems Biology, Dept of Integrative Biomedical Sciences, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Izak van Zyl – Associate Professor: Transdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Informatics and Design, CPUT

Management Award

through management and related SET and innovation activities

(by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

  • Prof Robin Crewe – Senior Research Fellow: Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria  and also in the Lifetime category
  • Prof Mervin Meyer – Professor: Biotechnology; Director: Department (Dept) of Science and Technology (DST)/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre – Biolabels Research Node, Dept of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape and also in the Researcher category
  • Prof Mammo Muchie – Research Professor: DST/National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Chair (Tier1): Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Dr Happy Marumo Sithole – Director: Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and also in the Data for Research category

Engineering Research Capacity Development Award

(by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by Eskom since 2003

  • Prof Elvis Fosso-Kankeu – Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission, and Emerging Researcher categories
  • Prof Alison Lewis – Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in the Lifetime and Special Annual Theme categories 
  • Prof Eric Wilhelmus Josephus van Steen – Department (Dept) of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative Chair: Reaction Engineering, UCT
  • Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo – Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, UCT and also in the Special Annual Theme category

NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy Award

through research and innovation in South Africa towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy
(by an individual or an organisation over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by The Lewis Foundation since 2019

  • Prof Elizelle Juaneé Cilliers – Professor and Chairperson: Urban and Regional Planning, North-West University and also in the Communication category
  • Process, Energy & Environmental Technology Station (UJ-PEETS) – Technology Station Manager: Ms Nicoleen Janse van Rensburg, University of Johannesburg
  • Dr Dyllon Garth Randall – Senior Lecturer: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in the Communication category
  • Prof Martine Visser – Director: Environmental Policy Research Unit; Professor: Economics, School of Economics; Research Chair: African Climate Development Initiative, UCT and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission category.

NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award

towards achieving sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions
(by an individual or an organisation over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by the WRC since 2017

  • Prof Elvis Fosso-Kankeu – Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University and also in the Emerging Researcher, and the Engineering Research Capacity Development categories
  • Dr Vhahangwele Masindi – Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; Research Fellow: University of South Africa; Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda and also in the Corporate Innovation, and Emerging Researcher categories
  • Prof Martine Visser – Director: Environmental Policy Research Unit; Professor: Economics, School of Economics; Research Chair: African Climate Development Initiative, UCT and also in the NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy category

Data for Research Award

for advancing the availability, management and use of data for research
(by an individual or an organisation)

  • Mr Abraham Jacobus Herbst – Director: Department of Science and Technology (DST)/South African Medical Research Council South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN); Chief Information Officer and Faculty Member: Africa Health Research Institute
  • Prof Tandi Matsha – DST/National Research Foundation South African Research Chair Initiative Chair: Cardiometabolic Health, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and also in the Researcher category
  • Dr Happy Marumo Sithole – Director: Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and also in the Management category
  • Stellenbosch CT facility Team – Team leader: Prof Anton du Plessis, Stellenbosch University 

Innovation Awards: Corporate Organisation

for innovations and their research and/or development
(by a team or an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

Prize sponsor: SA Innovation Summit

  • Africa Space Innovation Centre (ASIC) – Director: Prof Robert van Zyl, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Unit, Central University of Technology, Free State – Director and Team Leader: Mr Gerrie Booysen
  • Forensic DNA Laboratory (FDL) team – Professor and Team Leader: Prof Maria Eugenia D’Amato; Professor: Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of the Western Cape.
  • Prof Bavesh Davandra Kana – Personal Professor; Co-Director: Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); Research Associate: Centre for AIDS Prevention Research in South Africa; Research Fellow: Stellenbosch University (SU) and also in the Lifetime category
  • Marian Island Marine Mammal Programme – Team Leader: Prof Nico de Bruyn, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Vhahangwele Masindi – Research Scientist: Magalies Water; Principal Researcher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); Research Fellow: University of South Africa; Part-time Lecturer: University of Venda and also in the Emerging Researcher, and NSTF-Water Research Commission categories
  • Prof Alexander Quandt – Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits and also in the Special Annual Theme category
  • Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) – Team Leader: Prof Sybrand Johannes van der Spuy, Associate Professor and Solar Thermal Spoke grant holder, SU
  • South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) Science Processing Team – Manager: Mr Khutso Ngoasheng
  • The Smart Spectrum Sharing Team – Team Leader and Chief Research Scientist: Dr Fisseha Mekuria, CSIR

Innovation Awards: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME)

for innovations and their research and/or development
(by a team or an individual over the last 5 to 10 years)

Sponsored by the National Intellectual Property Management Office including a prize, as well as an additional prize sponsor: SA Innovation Summit

  • Joint nomination between Bio Catalysis Team, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Team Leader: Dr Lucia Steenkamp, Principal Researcher: Biosciences, CSIR; Biodx (Pty) Ltd; Clive Teubes Africa (Pty) Ltd; and Puris Natural Aromatics Chemicals Division, Puris (Pty) Ltd
  • Hydrox Holdings (Pty) Ltd Team – Team Leader: Mr Cornelis Johannes de Jager, Chief Executive Officer 
  • Pennine Energy Innovations (Pty) Ltd – Directors and Co-Founders: Dr Dudley Jackson and Mr Richard Mutshekwane 

Communication Award

for outreach and creating awareness
(by a team or individual over the last 5 years)

  • Prof Michael Noel (Mike) Bruton – Founder and Director: Mike Bruton Imagineering; Retired Research Scientist and Science Administrator; Active Science Communicator
  • Prof Elizelle Juaneé Cilliers – Professor and Chairperson: Urban and Regional Planning, North-West University and also in the NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy category
  • Ms Mologadi Makwela – Communications Officer: Department (Dept) of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence: Food Security, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr Dyllon Garth Randall – Senior Lecturer: Dept of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town and also in NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy category
  • Dr Tanja Reinhardt – Coordinator: Science and Technology Education Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Wits Communications Services – Head: Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand

Non-Governmental Organisation Award

including technology transfer, and education and training activities
(over the last 5 to 10 years)

Prize sponsor: SA Innovation Summit

  • Eskom Expo for Young Scientists – Executive Director: Mr Parthy Chetty
  • Outlook Foundation – Chief Executive Officer: Mr Segomotso Edison Kelefetswe

Special Annual Theme Award: Materials for inclusive economic development

in recognition of the United Nations ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’

(awarded according to criteria in any of the other categories but which meet this objective)

  • Prof Wilhelm Bouwer du Preez – Director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Research Centre; Associate Professor: Central University of Technology, Free State and also in the Lifetime category
  • Prof Emmanuel Iheanyichukwu Iwuoha – Department (Dept) of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation South African Research Chair Initiative Chair (Tier 1): Nano Electrochemistry and Sensor Technology; Senior Professor: Chemistry; Director: Sensor Laboratories, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr Maya Jacob John – Principal Researcher: Polymers and Composites Competence Area, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Port Elizabeth 
  • Prof Alison Lewis – Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT) and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development and Lifetime categories
  • Prof Kenneth Ozoemena – Professor: Materials for Energy and Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and also in the Lifetime category
  • Prof Alexander Quandt – Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits and also in the Corporate Innovation category
  • Dr Abimbola Olukemi Windapo – Associate Professor: Dept of Construction Economics and Management, UCT and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category
  • Prof Lindiwe Innocentia Zungu – Executive Dean: Graduate Studies, University of South Africa and also in the Researcher category
 

 

Adjudication: The accreditation and selection process for the NSTF-South32 Awards are made by an adjudication panel of independent judges. They represent six different sectors of the NSTF membership. This adjudication panel, in conjunction with the Award partners, review the nominations to select the finalists and winners each year. A panel of experts, appointed by the NSTF Executive Committee, also assists the panel by reviewing and validating the final selections.
 
Youth programmes: One of the features that make these awards unique is that youth outreach is an integral part of the awards. Two NSTF Youth outreach programmes are run annually in conjunction with the NSTF Awards. 

  • The NSTF Brilliants Programme identifies and celebrates the top achievers (90% or more) in physical science and mathematics studying in science, engineering and medicine 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 potential future leaders and innovators.
  • Success is not about where you are, but who you have elevated in the process. The NSTF Share ‘n Dare Programme is an output of the NSTF-South32 Awards that profiles award winners as youth role models. Award winners share their experience in the SET field at science centres, schools and universities across the country. They encourage the youth to take up careers in SET. Thousands of South Africans are also reached through community and campus radio station awareness talks.
 

 

The announcement of the winners will take place at the prestigious NSTF Awards gala dinner on 27 June 2019 in Gauteng.
 

 

 

The patron of the NSTF Awards, the Minister of Science and Technology, presides over the presentation of awards. The current Minister, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane confirmed her attendance to participate in the proceedings this year (dependent on the President’s appointment of his Cabinet). The event is a glamorous affair attended by the cream of the crop of the SET community. It is the largest event of its kind and is open to the public. Almost 700 guests attended the event last year. The SET community is invited to book tables for their organisations to celebrate the achievements of the finalists. Contact Ms Kgaugelo Teffo at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841 2717 or 012 841 3987.
 

 

 

There are two media partners of the NSTF Awards to ensure national public recognition of the winners, as well as to facilitate the communication of science to the broader public.  They are:

·         Business Report, carried by The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times, and The Mercury newspapers

·         Mail & Guardian

Both these newspapers carry supplements about the winners the day after the Awards gala dinner (Friday, 28 June 2019). Unique advertising opportunities are available for your brand. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3987/4995.

Social Media: Join the conversation on social media and tag us in your posts:

  • Awards hashtag: #NSTFawards2019
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  • Twitter: @NSTF_SA
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  • YouTube: National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)


Organisations are invited to join hands with the NSTF to widen the reach and impact of the NSTF-South32 Awards and youth programmes. Partnerships are available on new and existing award categories and the youth outreach programmes. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3987/4995.

 

 

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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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Media Release: Systems thinking, sustainable development and chemical elements #IYPT2019 #science4SDGs 

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 31 May 2019 15:21

Systems thinking, sustainable development and chemical elements

Sustainable development and the chemical elements:
Chemical elements from the perspective of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
#IYPT2019   #science4SDGs

 

 

This National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Discussion Forum addressed sustainable development by providing a detailed perspective on selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, the aim was to include as many elements in the Periodic Table as possible – in celebration of the United Nations (UN) International Year. As experts shared their knowledge and views about some of the critical and complex global problems of our time, important issues emerged.  

 

 

There were two organising frameworks – the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and the 17 SDGs. However, the real discussion emerged from linkages between these, and relating them to contexts where critical problems need to be solved.

Prof John Bradley proposed one-world chemistry and systems thinking as a way of tackling complex problems (and for teaching children and students). He was presenting at the NSTF Discussion Forum with the theme of ‘Sustainable development and the chemical elements: Chemical elements from the perspective of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals’. Prof Bradley is an Honorary Professor: University of the Witwatersrand and presented on ‘From Chemistry's Big Bang to One-World Chemistry – a story for chemical education’. This NSTF Discussion Forum was held on 16 May 2019, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Dow Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.

 

The NSTF provides neutral collaborative platforms where issues and sectors meet

·         One of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) functions is to hold discussion forums, bringing the private and public sector together to address important issues and engage with government policy.

·         Feedback from these discussion forums is given to stakeholders.

·         Recommendations are put forward to government as part of the SET community’s lobbying efforts.

 

 

The UN proclaimed 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The UN recognises the importance of raising global awareness around chemistry. This includes chemistry’s role in solving global challenges such as the SDGs.
 

 

 

   

Chemistry with context

Prof John Bradley says that: “Chemistry cannot be separated from the context in which it is conducted and its practice must be considered in relation to its impacts on many interconnected systems.” This includes a focus on sustainability.
 
One-world chemistry looks at embedding in chemistry education a growing awareness of the ways that chemistry interconnects with other disciplines and its application in context.
 
Prof Bradley notes that teaching and practice need to be informed by systems thinking, including embracing multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches. He says that sustainable development is neglected in the school system. This is somewhat alarming considering that sustainability links to human survival.
 
From agriculture, medicines, and plastics to electrical power and ICTs, chemistry has contributed to development across the globe. However, all this has come with consequences. Prof Bradley points to recent examples, such as the nine million people killed by pollution per year. This statistic comes from the UN Environment Programme’s ‘Global Environmental Report 2019’.
 
The report further notes: “Modern society is living in the most chemical-intensive era in human history: the pace of production of new chemicals largely surpasses the capacity to fully assess their potential adverse impacts on human health and ecosystems.”
 

The NSTF Discussion Forum and systems thinking

Systems thinking considers that the “component parts of a system will act differently when isolated from the system’s environment or other parts of the system” ('Systems thinking', learning for sustainability). It’s a holistic approach that expands the way we think about things. It explores inter-relationships, connections, influences, and multiple perspectives.
 
It will take an extremely comprehensive systems thinking approach to tackle the SDGs which address the intractable problems of our times. This needs international and national leadership. At the NSTF Discussion Forum, the different presentations linked to various levels of systems, with topics touching on some of the areas.
 
Systems thinking moves beyond events, into patterns and trends, system structure and drivers, and then predominant social paradigms (mental models and world views). This is known as ‘The Iceberg Model of Systems Thinking’ by Michael Goodman.

 

 

Responding to the water challenge

South Africa has a clear water challenge.  As noted by Prof Edward Nxumalo, South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world. It’s also had the worst drought in 23 years. At the same time, agriculture, mining and chemicals industries are producing emerging types of pollutants.

Prof Nxumalo is an Associate Professor: University of South Africa (Unisa). He presented on ‘The Interlink between the Periodic Table and Water Treatment: A Nano Perspective’. South Africa needs to recognise that current water treatment processes are not designed to deal with emerging contaminants, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol.
 
Part of his research deals with using membrane science for drinking, sea water, and wastewater purification. He and his team have also developed a solar-driven filtration system which is currently at testing phase.
 
He noted that there are a number of potential nanotechnology applications for water treatment. These include: membranes and membrane processes, photocatalysis, and disinfection and microbial control. Emerging contaminants can be tackled with these advanced techniques.

 

 

Responding to the fertiliser and food challenge

The way agriculture has been practised has contributed extensively to soils lacking in vital nutrients. This affects the nature and size (yield) of crops. Consequently, fertilisers are essential.
 
Mr Harry Dube presented on ‘Important minerals in agriculture: essential and contaminants’. He is from the Directorate: Agriculture Inputs Control; Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). He notes that there are five main plant nutrients – with three that are absolutely critical for humankind's survival: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).
 
Mr Dube says that without the industrial production of nitrogen, agricultural production would not have been possible at its current scale. However, we need to relook at the use of nitrogen fertilisers. Most soils in South Africa are acidic (and thus less productive) because of the overuse of these type of fertilisers.
 
Phosphorus is the most deficient in soils in terms of plant nutrition, says Mr Dube. Increased phosphorus means increased crop yields. This nutrient is not a renewable resource – it is mined. While South Africa has 10% of the world’s reserves, it exports most of it. Mr Dube notes that phosphorus, a finite resource, needs to be managed carefully. (Excessive phosphorus has negative effects including poisoning soils and leaching into water, reducing the quality of the water.)

 

 

Potassium is a fairly common mineral nutrient in soils. About 2.3% of earth crust is potassium but it’s not evenly distributed, says Mr Dube. South Africa has none.

Potassium is also a finite resource. Mr Dube says that it’s not if but when potassium and phosphorus will be depleted. To continue food production in a sustainable way, we need to relook at how we use fertilisers and consider organic fertilisers and using conservation agriculture.

 

A body of chemical reactions
Ms Nathalie Mat, from Nathalie Mat Dietitians, presented on ‘Mineral elements for health’. She looked minerals (calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium) and trace minerals (iodine, iron, and zinc).
 
She noted that the body is made of different systems, all the way down to cells and atoms. In fact, we could see ourselves as a body of chemical reactions.

 

 

Patterns and trends

When Prof Paul Nex presented on ’Critical Raw Materials, “Hype Cycles” and the 4th Industrial Revolution’, he explored context, as well as patterns and trends. He is an Associate Professor: University of the Witwatersrand.
 
He noted that what is considered ‘critical’ in critical raw metals (CRM) is different for different countries and different contexts and at different times: “Any definition depends on the country you are in, the technology / industry you are interested in, your perceived risk of future supply, and perceived demand. ALL of these are subject to change.”
 
Certain commodities are seen as critical for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), but global demand for these go through ‘Hype Cycles’. Demand peaks quickly, then drops steeply, and perhaps stabilises at a level in between (or disappears). The prices for such raw materials follow demand. When prices stabilise somewhat, it may no longer be profitable to mine and extract them.
 
In terms of CRM for South Africa, Prof Nex says that it depends on what South Africa envisages for itself in next 10, 50 and 100 years. Furthermore, we can’t place a value on our raw metals if we don’t know what we have. There isn’t a great deal of information on Africa’s and South Africa’s resources and reserves. This can only happen with further exploration.
 
CRMs need to be contextualised to see the larger picture. Part of this is their relation to climate change and green technologies. Consider that, according to Prof Nex, electronic vehicles use four times as much copper (Cu) as our current engines. This means ‘green’ needs mining. Furthermore, Prof Nex says that renewable energy requires more raw materials, not less, at least in the short and medium term.
 
It’s about understanding the larger system for decision making. We need the materials for 4IR and this means mining. At the same time, we need to develop a carbon free or low-carbon economy to reduce the impact on climate change. A lot that is associated with a low-carbon economy (for example, electronic vehicles, renewable energy sources, and fuel-cell energy) are not ‘clean’ solutions. There needs to be a balance and not an ‘either/or’ scenario, says Prof Nex.

What is the DST and the rest of government doing?

DAFF’s Chief Directorate: Chemicals Management is coordinating – across government – the chemicals management work the country needs to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Government is using the SDGs as a framework to look at chemical management from various perspectives. For example, SDG 5 looks at gender equality. This translates to the target of women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities in chemicals management.
 
This was part of the presentation by Dr Mahlori Mashimbye called ‘Harnessing the South African Chemical Sector for contribution to Sustainable Development Goals’. He is the Director: Chemical and Related Industries, DST.
 
DST planning includes supporting the National System of Innovation by:

·         Generating data for monitoring, planning, and tracking for informed decisions

·         Promoting the generation of knowledge and analysis for policy, planning, and delivery

·         Assisting in developing and localising technological solutions

·         Promoting the demonstration, testing, and diffusion of technological solutions
 

The DST and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are looking at funding further research, research chairs, and research infrastructure, where needed. They have also launched specific initiatives and are aiming to drive global and national partnerships.
 
Dr Mashimbye says that there are, primarily, two approaches for the chemical sector regarding the SDGs: remediation (ie regulating including banning and restricting use) and R&D and industrial development of alternatives (ie new environmentally-friendly chemical products).

 
Speakers can be contacted through the spokesperson, Ms Jansie Niehaus. Video clips with the full presentations can be found on the NSTF website.
 
There have been previous NSTF Discussion Forums on related topics:

·         Chemical elements for South Africa’s Future, 18-19 March 2019

·         The Water-Energy-Food Nexus, 23-24 October 2018 – initiated by the representatives of the NSTF Science Councils and Statutory Bodies sector

·         Sustainable Energy for All in South Africa, 16-17 April 2018

·         How can research and innovation in publicly funded institutions support the sustainable development goals?, 4-5 September 2017 – initiated by the representatives of Science Councils and Statutory Bodies sector of the NSTF

 

 

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 Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.

The science bursaries page http://www.nstf.org.za/bursary/ provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.

 

For more information

www.nstf.org.za
E-mail: enquiries@nstf.org.za
Tel: +27 12 841 3987

Non Profit Company Registration Number: 2007/029165/08
NPO Registration Number: 92042
Donor tax exemption for all donations to the NSTF

 

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SAIIE Newsletter: December 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:40

Please find attached the SAIIE December 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 11_ Dec 2017_Final.pdf 1.2M 17 Jan 18 08:58

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Announcement of 2018 SAIIE Awards Nominees, Gala Evening & Sponsorship opportunities: 27 July 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:39

The SAIIE Awards honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to industrial engineering in Southern Africa and we are proud to announce the 2018 SAIIE Awards nominees in the following categories:

 Prof Kris Adendorff Award for Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional

  •  John Bicheno - Professor of Lean Enterprises, University of Buckingham, UK
  • Johan Dekker - Managing Director, DSV Solutions Africa
  • Roland Rohrs - Chairman & Honourary Lecturer, Wispeco Holdings & University of Pretoria
  • Hannelie Nel - Managing Director, Tenelli Industries (Pty) Ltd
  • Cobus Rossouw - Chief Strategy Officer, Imperial Logistics (including international division)
  • Stephan Scott - Snr Manager-Solutions, DSV Engineering & Project Management; DSV Louwlardia

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Educator

  •  Teresa Hattingh - Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand
  • Wyhan Jooste - Snr. Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • David Kruger - Associate Professor, University of South Africa
  • Roland Rohrs - Honourary Lecturer, University of Pretoria

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Johan Joubert - Associate Professor, University of Pretoria
  • Khumbulani Mpofu - Professor & Research Chair, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Kem Ramdass - Snr. Lecturer, University of South Africa

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Tiaan Oosthuizen - Associate Professor & Director: Stellenbosch Technology Centre - Laboratory for Advanced Manufacturing Stellenbosch University
  • Nadia Viljoen - Part-time Lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • Shakib Zohrehvandi - Head Planning & Scheduler, MAPNA Group

The winners of the SAIIE Awards in the above categories will be announced at the SAIIE Awards and Gala evening scheduled for Friday, 27 July 2017 at 18:30, at The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. A three-course meal will be served and an exciting keynote speaker, will be addressing the audience.

To book your seat, please contact lynette.pieterse@up.ac.za before 18 July 2017. The cost is R750 per person and sponsor opportunities are available. Please refer to the attachment for the various sponsorship opportunities. 

 


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SAIIE Newsletter: February 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:37

Please find attached the SAIIE February 2018 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: March 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:37

Please find attached the SAIIE March 2018 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: April 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:37

Please find attached the SAIIE April 2018 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 3_ April 2018_Final.pdf 1.2M 20 Apr 18 10:04

Last updated Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:37

2018 SAIIE Awards Finalist: Announcement

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:35

SAIIE is proud to announce the finalist in the 2018 SAIIE Awards are as follows:

Finalist: Kris Adendorff Award - Most Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional

 

John Bicheno is a Professor of Lean Enterprise at the University of Buckingham, UK. An Associate Professor and Head of IE from 1984 to 1987 at the University of Witwatersrand. He began Systems Engineering. Grew postgrad IE from 40 to 80 students per year. Lectured on postgrad ‘Lean Manufacturing’, 2000 to present; now taken by over 600. He admitted the first black undergrad and postgrad I.E. students in South Africa. At Lean Enterprise Research Centre, 1996-2013, Cardiff Business School. Started the first MSc in Lean in the world in 1999. The 200+ graduates are now directors and consultants in many countries.

Co-founder of ‘European Lean Educator Conference’, now in its 5th year.

Books: ‘Lean Toolbox’, (cumulative sales of over 110,000 copies).  28 others, including editions and translations. Keynote speaker at conferences in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Australia, UK, USA.  62 Publications. Google scholar citations 2370. Worked as mentor with dozens of companies.

Roland Röhrs is registered as a Professional Engineer and has a B Eng IE (Cum Laude) and MBA from University of Pretoria. In his earlier years he was a known entrepreneur and started/co-started and ran a handful of own businesses in consulting and manufacturing, most are still operational. Highlights during these years were when he was a founder partner of the first industrial engineering consulting firm in South Africa, Röhrs & Buys inc., later known as Xcel and in 1984 he became a major shareholder in a glass manufacturing concern, Glamosa Glass, in Estcourt  (KwaZulu-Natal) and was managing director from 1985 to 1995.

In 1997 Roland joined Organisational Development International (ODI), a productivity consulting company, as director doing 20 Keys (Kaizen) projects and was managing director as well. He has been non-executive chairman of ODI from 1st January 2003 to date. As part of turn-around projects Roland was asked in October 1997 to become Managing Director of Wispeco Holdings Limited and is serving as chairman of the Board of Directors from 2013. Roland has been part time lecturer at Industrial Engineering at University of Pretoria from 2014. He served or is still serving on various bodies – ECSA’s PAC IE, Tuks IE Advisory Board, Town Council, Student RC and many more. 

Finalist: SAIIE Award - Most Outstanding Industrial Engineering

Educator

 

Teresa Hattingh is passionate about industrial engineering.  She believes that every industrial engineer has the power to change the world and the responsibility to really make a difference.  She spends most of her energy on her undergraduate and postgraudate students exploring exciting ways to introduce industrial engineering to every aspect of society.  She is actively involved in engineering education research and is the African representative on the Research in Engineering Education (REEN) board.  She is currently working as an academic at the University of  Witwatersrand.

 

 

 

 

 

Prof David Kruger, holds a Doctorate in Engineering management. He has been in higher education for 21 years and during that time held various positions at a number of higher education institutions. During this time, he gained experience in teaching and learning as well as research. The experience includes lecturing at residential institutions as well at an Open Distance Learning institution.

During his tenure at the ODL institution he became aware of challenges facing students who do not attend classes and must self-reliant to master study material. As a result, he investigated numerous techniques to assist the students to attain a better understanding of their study material and thus increase the past rate. He utilised the electronic platform of the institution to disseminate extra worked examples of mathematical problems, produced videos to explain difficult concepts and presented online discussion classes. Detailed written feedback was produced for submitted assignment in which common mistakes made by students is discussed. The aforementioned resulted in a steady increase in the pass rate for the module Operations Research III.

Finalist: SAIIE Award - Most Outstanding Industrial Engineering

Young Researcher

 

Prof Tiaan Oosthuizen obtained his PhD degree in 2010 from Stellenbosch University, when he was awarded the Best Post Graduate Researcher award. As part of the Andrew Mellon New Generation Researcher Development Programme he was awarded a NRF post-doctoral fellowship.

Thereafter, he became a CIRP research affiliate and senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. He was then also the director of the Manufacturing Research Centre and developed into a NRF rated researcher.

In 2014 he was appointed as director of the Rapid Product Development Laboratory at Stellenbosch University. He is currently an associate prof at the department of Industrial Engineering and the director of the Stellenbosch Technology Centre at Stellenbosch University.

 

Dr. Nadia Viljoen is a professionally registered engineer and returned to the University of Pretoria as senior lecturer in 2017. Her career has centred around freight transport modelling and supply chain economics research both at the CSIR and at GAIN (Pty) Ltd. Nadia studied her bachelor's and honours degrees at the University of Pretoria before embarking on a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

At the University of Pretoria Nadia is continuing her research in freight transport modelling and is currently piloting the Vertically Integrated Projects Programme in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

 

 

Finalist: SAIIE Award - Most Outstanding Industrial Engineering

Researcher

 

Prof Johan W. Joubert is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and is also affiliated with the Centre for Transport Development in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT). His research focuses on the development of decision-support models under uncertainty, especially related to access inequality and transport infrastructure spending. A particular interest is multi-modal, multi-agent simulation models in the (freight) transport domain. His research appeared in many leading international transport journals, including Transportation, the Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation Research, Cities, and Networks & Spatial Economics. He is a former Fellow of the Mobility Cultures in Mega-cities programme sponsored by the Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo), a research facility of the BMW Group. He is a director for the international Institute for City Logistics and have been visiting professor at both ETH Zürich in Switzerland and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA); and in 2007 he received the President’s Award from the Southern African Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineering (SAIIE). He holds a C2-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).

 

 

 

Prof Khumbulani Mpofu completed his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, after completing a masters in manufacturing systems and operations management in 2006 and a bachelor of engineering in industrial and manufacturing engineering in 2004. He is a specialist in reconfigurable manufacturing technologies, he has patented five products which are at various stages of commercialisation and authored and co-authored more than 100 journal, conference papers and book chapters. He has chaired and hosted several scientific events in the past. He has graduated four doctoral students and over 20 masters students in his unwavering pursuit to develop advanced manufacturing human capability in the South African economy. He is currently the Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development where he is part of the academic infrastructure that has been setup to assist Gibela in its vision of the revitalisation of the commuter rail car manufacturing industry. He is also the founder of the Rail Manufacturing Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator. The Incubator is aligned to the mandate of supporting the activities of modernising and renewing an ageing railcar fleet to ensure safe, affordable, reliable and affordable commuter transportation thus directly and indirectly contributing to economic growth in the country. It will be the driver in developing new technology based enterprises and cooperatives, unravelling the triple helix challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The Rail Incubator will be a vehicle to translate the technological innovations developed at TUT into new technology based businesses.

 

 

The winners of the SAIIE Awards in the above categories will be announced at the SAIIE Awards and Gala evening scheduled for Friday, 27 July 2017 at 18:30, at The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre.


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SAIIE Newsletter: May 2018

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Please find attached the SAIIE May 2018 Newsletter.


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