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Call for nominations: 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 30 November 2018 17:48




Call for nominations now open: NSTF-South32 Awards 2018/2019 

Register nominations online by 14 December 2018!


The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls for nominations for the 21st NSTF-South32 Awards. These prestigious awards focus on science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation.
Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF’s theme for 2019 is the ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’ (#IYPT2019), as declared by the United Nations (UN). Aligned with this, the Special Annual Theme Award for 2018/2019 will be made for an outstanding contribution to materials for inclusive economic development.




Register nominations for individuals, teams and organisations for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa: The contributions recognised are in the following broad areas.

  • Scientific research
  • Management of SET and innovation
  • Capacity building in engineering research
  • Research and innovation towards the Green Economy
  • Water management solutions
  • Data for research
  • Innovations and their research and/or development
  • Communication and creating awareness of SET and Innovation
  • Technology transfer activities, as well as education and training through a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • Materials for inclusive economic development, through the 2018/2019 Special Annual Theme Award


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’s celebration of the ‘2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’. 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. The scope could include:
    • All areas of science, engineering, mining and agriculture, where new materials have been developed, including new uses or combinations of the elements
    • New applications or reconfigurations of older applications directed towards improvement in South Africa’s economic growth
    • New developments in industry, particularly for job creation and the alleviation of poverty

The work can be theoretical or practical. It should include analyses of the approximate or relative costs involved to establish or maintain an industry based on the materials being researched.

  1. Communication award for outreach and communicating awareness of SET and innovation within the last 5 years: note that a leaning towards professional science communicators will apply.
  2. Innovation awards: We introduced a major change to the Innovation Category last year and continue to do so this year, with greater emphasis on ‘innovation’. These awards are now called the ‘Awards for Innovations and their research and/or development’ over the last 5 to 10 years through either an SMME or a corporate organisation.
  3. Research categories: The time periods for each category are now clearly anchored to the commencement of the research. We continue to have no requirement for a PhD. All research categories are now open to anyone currently involved in research. We have continued with the strengthened focus on the further development of outputs towards innovations.

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 population’s profile and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and promoting innovation.

The NSTF Awards are one of the ways in which the NSTF strives to realise its vision.



This is a two-stage nomination process:

Stage 1 – Register a nomination by 14 December 2018

  • Please note that registering a nominee is only the beginning of the two-stage nomination process. When you register a nominee, the NSTF Office will respond with the official category nomination form to be completed by 1 March 2019 (Stage 2).
  • Notify the nominee that you intend to nominate him/her/them (team/organisation). Ensure that you receive their agreement to participate.
  • Complete and submit the online registration. The nominee will receive an email notification confirming receipt of your registration and the NSTF Office will respond with the full nomination form/s as an attachment to complete. Please alert the NSTF Office at enquiries@nstf.co.za should you (the nominee) not receive this notification and the relevant forms.


Stage 2 – Submit completed nomination documents by 1 March 2019

  • Ensure that the fully-completed nomination form/s are emailed to the NSTF before the final deadline and that you receive a confirmation from the NSTF Office.
  • Please note that planning and time are required to complete the nomination document. Hence there is a 11-week period (December to March) provided for this preparation.

Full title of categories: All the awards are ‘For an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation…’ (The complete title of each award starts with this wording in place of “contribution”.)

 1. Individual Awards

  1. Lifetime Award – contribution over a lifetime up to 15 years or more
  2. TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher – contribution through research and its outputs over a period from 6 years up to 15 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa
  3. TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher – contribution through research and its outputs over a period of up to 6 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa
  4. Management Award – contribution through management and related SET and innovation activities over the last 5 to 10 years in South Africa

 2. Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards – contribution by an individual 
 over the last 5 to 10 years

 3. The Green Economy Research and Innovation Award – contribution by an individual 
 or an organisation towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental 
 sustainability and a greener economy over the last 5 to 10 years 

 4. NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award – contribution by an individual or an   organisation to SET in South Africa towards sustainable water management, knowledge 
 generation and solutions over the last 5 to 10 years

 5. Data for Research Award – contribution by an individual or a team for advancing the 
 availability, management and use of data for research

 6. Innovation Awards

  1. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – contribution by an individual or a team through a corporate organisation over the last 5 to 10 years
  2. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – contribution by an individual or a team through a small, medium or micro enterprise (SMME) over the last 5 to 10 years

 7. Communication Award – contribution for outreach and creating awareness of SET and 
 innovation by a team or individual over the last 5 years

 8. Non-governmental Organisation Award – contribution including technology transfer,   
 and education and training activities over the last 5 to 10 years

 9. Special Annual Theme Award 2018/2019: Materials for inclusive economic 
(awarded according to criteria in any of the categories above)




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.



The NSTF has taken all practical measures to ensure that the material contained in this newsletter is correct. The NSTF reserves the right to make changes as it deems necessary.


Registration details submitted to the NSTF will be treated confidentially and will only be used by NSTF to communicate with its members and subscribers.


For more information

E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Tel: 27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025
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NPO Registration Number: 92042
Donor tax exemption for all donations to the NSTF



TechWomen 2019: Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:43

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State that brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program based in San Francisco. During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

The 2019 program will include 108 women from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.

Applications are due January 16, 2019. We are looking for women who have demonstrated themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen profession, through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education. A full list of the eligibility requirements is available on our website.

Please consider forwarding this message to your pertinent networks. You can also check out our Outreach Toolkit with flyers in multiple languages, as well as suggested tweets and social media posts.

Now entering its ninth year, TechWomen continues to be a transformational program for all involved and has inspired women to become active change makers in their communities. We thank you for your support, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Best regards,

Katie Zee
Manager, Participant Initiatives, TechWomen

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SAIMechE Elects First Female President

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 19 October 2018 10:57

The South African Institution for Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) recently voted in their new National Council members for the 2018-2020 session at their AGM on 8 August 2018, electing Prof Debby Blaine as their new President.  Debby is an Associate-Professor at Stellenbosch University, in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering.

See the attachment for more information. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: September 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 7 September 2018 11:07

Please find attached the SAIIE September 2018 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 8_ Sept 2018_Final.pdf 1.1M 7 Sep 18 11:07

SAIIE Newsletter: August 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 27 August 2018 12:14

Please find attached the SAIIE August 2018 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 7_ Aug 2018_Final.pdf 1.4M 27 Aug 18 12:14

SAIIE Newsletter: July 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 27 August 2018 12:13

Please find attached the SAIIE July 2018 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: June 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 27 August 2018 12:12

Please find attached the SAIIE June 2018 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 5_ June 2018_final.pdf 1.0M 27 Aug 18 12:12

SAIIE Newsletter: May 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 27 August 2018 12:11

Please find attached the SAIIE May 2018 Newsletter.


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 4_ May 2018_Final.pdf 1.1M 27 Aug 18 12:11

2018 SAIIE Awards Finalist: Announcement

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 6 August 2018 14:42

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



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



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

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 6 July 2018 21:20

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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