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NSTF eNews April 2019: Idai – a cruel and costly lesson, nominees for NSTF-South32 Awards announced and more…

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 3 May 2019 16:21

  

 

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Idai - A cruel and costly lesson

Message from the NSTF Executive Director, Ms Jansie Niehaus.
Despite the best efforts of development aid, disaster relief, early warning systems, and Beira’s very forward thinking mayor, Idai took everyone by surprise, taking lives and livelihoods. Why could the cyclone not be predicted and what measures were taken to prevent the disaster? What can we do to prevent or mitigate such disasters? Read the message.

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Nominees for the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards announced

The nominees for 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards have been announced. Adjudication commenced and the finalists will be announced in May. The NSTF congratulates all the nominees contending for this year’s Awards.

 

 

Two new sponsors join NSTF-South32 Awards

The Lewis Foundation, which funds conservation and animal welfare programmes, is the new sponsor of the Green Economy Awards. The Johannesburg-based Foundation strives for world shaping environmental impact.

The National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), a specialised service delivery unit of the Department of Science and Technology, is the new sponsor of the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) category of the Innovation Awards. NIPMO is responsible for implementing the Intellectual Property Rights from the Publicly Financed Research and Development Act (No. 51 of 2008).

The NSTF welcomes these two sponsors on board. We appreciate your involvement in the prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards.

 

Attend the 21st NSTF-South32 Awards Gala dinner

The 21st NSTF-South32 Awards Gala dinner will take place on Thursday, 27 June 2019. The attendance of the Minister of Science and Technology, as the patron of the event, is confirmed.
 
The dinner, with the theme ‘Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’ will be held in Gauteng. The theme celebrates the 150th anniversary since Dmitry Mendeleev discovered the Periodic System. 2019 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019).
 
To book your table, contact Ms Kgaugelo Teffo at enquiries@nstf.org.za.
 
For sponsorship details, contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.org.za.

 

 

Discussion Forum presentations and videos available

The presentations and video clips of the March 2019 NSTF Discussion Forum on Chemical Elements for South Africa’s Future (#IYPT_za) are now available on the NSTF website. You are welcome to send comments to enquiries@nstf.org.za. A media release on the forum, ‘Mining the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which covered Rare elements for new technologies (#elements4tech) has been released.
 
The Discussion Forum programme for the rest of 2019 includes:

·         IYPT and Sustainable Development Goals, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST). This forum follows up on the one held in March and will take place in mid-May. Details will be in the invitation that will be circulated by mid-April. 

·         Advanced Manufacturing and Smart Factories in partnership with the NSTF proSET sector (Professionals in science, engineering and technology) – 11-13 September in collaboration with the SA Innovation Summit, Cape Town.

·         Career pathways of researchers in partnership with the NSTF Science Councils sector – October 2019.

The DST has introduced two new initiatives with the NSTF: Educators’ workshops on the Periodic Table of Elements will be held in July; and girl learners will be inspired by NSTF Awards winners as part of the NSTF Share ‘n Dare outreach programme.
 
Subscribe to the monthly NSTF eNews to receive invitations first hand.
Become a member of the NSTF to participate free of charge in NSTF Discussion Forums.

 

Bursary Directory

The bursaries in science, engineering and technology (SET) that are currently available, are:

·         FMCSA Ford Bursary (open)

·         Power Group Bursaries (open)

·         GAST Bursary Programme (open)

·         Allan Gray Fellowship (closes 02 August

·         IDC Bursary Programme (closes 31 July)

·         Kumba Iron Ore’s Bursary Programme (closes 30 April)

·         Sasol Bursary Scheme (closes 30 April)

Find information on the latest SET bursaries in the NSTF Bursary Directory. This service is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation.

 

Share ‘n Dare: Award winners inspiring the youth

The NSTF Share ‘n Dare programme provides a platform for NSTF-South32 Award winners to reach out to youth and act as role models and ambassadors for SET (science, engineering and technology) and innovation.  This programme is sponsored by the Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation.
 
Scifest Africa 2019
The NSTF hosted its March round of Share ‘n Dare talks at Scifest Africa in Grahamstown from 11-12 March. The NSTF-South32 Award winners who generously gave of their time and shared their knowledge with the youth, were Ms Sibongile Shongwe, the CEO of the Platinum Incubator and Prof Leslie Petrik of the University of the Western Cape. Read more.

 

NSTF partners with Innovation Summit and Triple Helix Conference

The SA Innovation Summit will be hosting the XVII Triple Helix Conference in Cape Town from 9 – 11 September 2019. It will be the first time the Triple Helix Conference is hosted in Africa. The NSTF is partnering with the Innovation Summit (11-13 September) where it will present a Discussion Forum on Advanced Manufacturing and smart factories.
 
The Triple Helix model presents an opportunity to achieve innovation outcomes for the socio-economic good through collaboration with multi-stakeholders within academia, industry and government spheres. The first conference was held in Amsterdam in 1996 and bi-annual conferences has occurred since then.
 
In 2019, SA Innovation Summit is taking competitions to the next level, a level that might take the winner to open markets further up Africa, to India, to Stuttgart and to Silicon Valley. The Summit is associated with the Pitching Den and the Inventors Garage, but in 2019, they are adding more competitions for the tech entrepreneur.

 

Mzansi Bright Sparks

Refilwe Selepe is from Qwa-Qwa in the Free State. She is studying medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand.
 
She is one of the first-year students that were recognised in the 2017/2018 NSTF Brilliants Programme for her marks in mathematics and physical science in the National Senior Certificate examination.
 
Refilwe was ranked number three from the top 100 learners in her province last year.

“Every person who is loving, caring, willing to serve, willing to truly lead, or who is successful, inspires me because that's the whole package of what I want to become as I grow up.”

 

Join the vibrant NSTF community

If your organisation has a mandate related to science, engineering and technology, and innovation, you have a lot to gain by joining the NSTF as a member. Among the many benefits are involvement with other organisations in the NSTF to engage with government policy issues and enhancing the voice of your sector through your involvement. Your organisation will be supporting a credible, trustworthy non-profit company which undertakes community service projects.
 
Your organisation can participate in the four or five annual NSTF Discussion Forums with topics covering issues pertinent to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation. There is no delegate registration fee for members. Read more and apply here.

 

 

Featured SET policy: Social protection (Chapter 11, NDP)

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

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.

National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act: Intention to withdraw portions of land declared as part of Karoo National Park (Comment by 8 May 2019)
 

SET-related policy news

·         Consultative Workshop on the Shale Gas Science Action Plan (assaf.co.za)

·         Cabinet mulls further financial support for Eskom (engineeringnews.co.za)

Engineering

·         Postgraduate Engineering Key for Future Growth (assaf.co.za)

Environment and climate change

·         Protecting the heart of South Africa’s water supply (uct.ac.za)

·         South Africa needs specific laws to protect strategic water source areas  (engineeringnews.co.za)

Medicine and health

·         Major battles have been won against TB. But the war isn’t over (wits.ac.za)

·         What to do about South Africa's unemployed doctors (bhekisisa.org)

Agriculture

·         Study shows which policies succeed in developing agriculture (farmersweekly.co.za)

4th Industrial Revolution and technology

·         South Africa needs to think differently and embrace 4IR (mg.co.za)

·         Part 1: Will the so-called fourth industrial revolution propel SA forwards? (bizcommunity.com)

·         Part 2: Will the so-called fourth industrial revolution propel SA forwards? (bizcommunity.com)

·         Africa cannot afford to take the back seat in one of the most important pursuits of modern science (wits.ac.za)

·         Government welcomes Microsoft initiative for artificial intelligence in South Africa (dst.gov.za)

·         Govt commits to build cyber defence skills pipeline (itweb.co.za)

 

   

·         Mental Health Symposium: Pretoria, 30 May 2019

·         Road to Registration for Mature Engineers, Technologists and Technicians: Midrand, 17 April and Durban 4 June 2019

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

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

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

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

·         SAAFoST Congress 2019: Johannesburg, 1-4 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

 

   

Members of NSTF in the proSET (Professional Societies) sector are featured in every newsletter. This month the South African Institution of Civil Engineering and South African Sugarcane Research Institute are profiled.

·         The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is the learned society and professional home for about 11 000 civil engineers, technologists and technicians. The organisation strives, among other things, to advance professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering. Its members plan, provide and maintain the infrastructure which supports the everyday life and activities of modern society all over South Africa and are involved in projects around the globe. On the website you will find information about the SAICE units, their publications, training courses, events, awards and more.

·         The South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) is a world renowned agricultural research institute at the forefront of the sugar industry. Research at SASRI is clustered within four multidisciplinary programmes, namely variety improvement, crop protection, crop performance and management, and systems design and optimisation. An extension service provides the essential link between researchers and sugarcane farmers. SASRI also offers a range of services including fertiliser advice, disease diagnoses and education courses. Read more about their research focus, sugar cane farming and careers in this field on their website.

proSET members receiving funding from the NSTF proSET fund

proSET members can apply annually for funds from proSET for existing worthy projects consistent to the mandate of proSET.  proSET represents professional bodies and learned societies in the NSTF.  The list of members benefitting from the fund during the fifth round are:

·         Geological Society of South Africa

·         The Institute of IT Professionals South Africa

·         Grassland Society of Southern Africa

·         Water Institute of Southern Africa

·         South African Mathematics Foundation

·         South African Academy of Engineering

SET education

·         Student’s 3D-printer plan to change education (uct.ac.za)

·         SA develops coding, robotics curricula for grade R-9 (ngopulse.org)

 
   

 

   

Universities and higher education

·         Universities must stop relying on software to deal with plagiarism (theconversation.com)

·         Climate change a ‘must’ for MBA curriculum (uct.ac.za)

·         UP vets assist chimp sanctuary in the DRC (up.ac.za)

Science Councils and Statutory Organisations

·         CSIR unveils novel online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool (csir.co.za)

·         In big shake-up, CSIR vows to embrace the private sector (techsentral.co.za)

Medicine and health

·         Dietary reference intakes for sodium and potassium (nationalacademies.org)

·         UP academic makes significant headway to better diagnose multidrug-resistant TB (up.ac.za)

·         Statement on Call for Moratorium on and International Governance Framework for Clinical Uses of Heritable Genome Editing (nationalacademies,org)

·         Tuks performs world’s first middle ear transplant using 3D-printed bones (iol.co.za)

Astronomy and space science

·         The birth of the SKA Observatory – the largest radio telescope in the world (dailymaverick.co.za)

·         University of Pretoria astrophysicist part of team involved in capturing first black hole image (up.ac.za)

·         Another SKA milestone reached with adoption of environmental management plan (dst.gov.za)

·         Joint media statement regarding the BusinessTech article on the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas regulations (dst.gov.za)

·         South Africa’s KAT has begun prowling the universe (groundup.org)

Environment, climate change and energy

Water

·         Functioning toilet system a must for female safety (wrc.org.za)

·         Clean water and sanitation: Why it matters (ngopulse.org)

Climate change

·         The human devastation of climate change: Why Cyclone Idai should be a wake-up call for us all (dailymaverick.co.za)

Energy

·         Why the fight against this weed could pay off handsomely for an energy-strapped SA (bhekikisa.org)

·         Afarak invests in clean energy at its Mogale Alloys plant (engineeringnews.co.za)

·         South Africans can take control of their household electricity usage and save money at the same time - CSIR energy experts (csir.co.za)

Agriculture

·         Local solutions can boost healthier food choices in South Africa (theconversation.com)

·         Research hailed as a “game changer” for pincushion flower industry (sun.ac.za)

·         The Agricultural Research Council first release of the Tradescantia tip beetle as a biological control agent (arc.agric.za)

Engineering

·         Employment within the ICT sector showing growth (engineeringnews.co.za)

Technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution

·         Meet Baleka, Africa’s first two-legged robot (uct.ac.za)

·         Shaping the future: topology and big data (uct.ac.za)

Science communication

·         Why science matters so much in the era of fake news and fallacies (theconversation.com)

·         March/April issue of SAJS highlights "Women in Science" (sajs.co.za)

·         Truth and Trustworthiness in Science (assaf.co.za)

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.

·         Product Development with specialisation in Materials and Manufacturing: Online Master programme at Jönköping University, Sweden opens up for international students. Deadline for application: 2 May 2019. Contact Nils-Eric.Andersson@ju.se

·         Through our competitions, we provide the space to link you... the entrepreneur... with investors, to connect you to the funding you need to scale your business (innovationsummit.co.za)

·         Top intellectual property creators to be recognised (dst.gov.za)

·         Minister to launch new initiative to support grassroots innovators (dst.gov.za)

·         Korea Research Fellowship Program: Postdoctoral researchers can submit their applications and research proposals in all fields of science and technology for a 3-5 year fellowship in this programme. Closing date: May. Contact Anita.Mnisi@dst.gov.za for more information.

·         Call for expression of interest for institutional representatives to attend the first AAAS-TWAS Train the Trainers Course in Science Diplomacy: Trieste, Italy. Deadline: 30 April 2019. Contact sciencediplomacy@twas.org for information.

 

 

   

·         Geneticist Sydney Brenner, who made tiny worm a scientific legend, dies (nature.com)

·         Twenty top young scientists selected for prestigious Lindau (assaf.co.za)

·         World acclaim for South African ‘wonder women’ scientists (dailymaverick.co.za)

·         Polymer scientist receives international lifetime achievement award (sun.ac.za)

·         FAIMER Fellowship for UKZN Academic (ukzn.ac.za)

·         New Editor for SAJS

 

 

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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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Last updated Friday, 3 May 2019 14:21

Media Release: Mining the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 5 April 2019 17:22

 

Mining the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Chemical elements for South Africa’s future – Rare elements for new technologies
#elements4tech   #IYPT_za   #4IRsciZA   #IYPT2019

There is a lot of controversy around mining. At the same time, people use products and materials from mines just to live… from housing to technology. This tension ramps up further when we face the near future. As we look to reduce carbon output and environmental impact, we focus on green energy sources and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The latter needs minerals from the earth to operate. It seems we have much to investigate.

 

This is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019 (#IYPT2019) as declared by the United Nations.

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) held an NSTF Discussion Forum on ‘Chemical elements for South Africa’s future’ (#elements4tech #IYPT_za) from 18-19 March 2019. The first day focused on ‘Rare elements for new technologies’. The event was held in partnership with the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB), SA Tourism.
 

What are rare earth elements?

Rare earth elements (REE) are elements on the periodic table that range from the atomic numbers 57 to 71.

 

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 REE are the 15 lanthanide series elements, plus yttrium. Scandium is found in most REE deposits and is sometimes classified as a REE. (Source: Geology.com)
 
REE are called ‘rare’ not because of scarcity. Dr Leon Kruger, Manager of the Hydrometallurgy Division: Mintek, explains that REE are found spread across the globe but in relatively low concentrations. Further to that, REEs are very difficult to separate from each other when processing. (Dr Kruger presented on ‘REE processing – A South African perspective’.)
 
The REE are also all metals, and are often referred to as ‘rare earth metals’.

REE and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) moves beyond the digital sphere. It’s defined in the Department of Science and Technology’s White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation as technological developments that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.
 
Our current technologies are already the basis for 4IR technologies. 4IR is not a break from the past but an evolution – and mined elements are critical to both existing and new technologies.
 
Take the cell phone. There are about 40 elements in phones that are mined, says Mr Sietse van der Woude, Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council South Africa. “When you look at the periodic table, it’s easier to say what’s not relevant to 4IR because so many are relevant.” Mr van der Woude spoke on ‘Challenges in Mining for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’.
 
Mr van der Woude says that for green energy technology, even more elements are needed. As the demand for green technologies rises, so will the demand for rare metals. Other examples for REE uses include: batteries, glass, fuel cells, hybrid and electric vehicles, wind turbines, and air conditioning. Is 4IR even possible without mining?
 

South Africa’s mineral resources

Beyond REE, South Africa’s mineral resources for 4IR rank within top 10 in the world (except for iron ore), notes Mr van der Woude.
 
Dr Annelize Botes, Principal Researcher: Materials Science and Manufacturing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), explains that titanium is considered a ‘rare’ metal because it’s a difficult metal to produce. She presented in her own capacity on ‘Rare Metals in New Technologies’. Titanium is used in many industries including aerospace, automotive, and medical. The CSIR hosts the Titanium Centre of Competence.
 
Dr Botes notes that rare metals are understood as part of something – such as a cell phone. They also form part of a larger ecosystem: “Materials (including metals) are the pillar upon which most manufacturing is built…” She advocates more work with design engineers who predominantly use steel when so many other materials are available.
 
REE are used in batteries and Dr Mesfin Kebede focused on lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Dr Kebede is a Principal Researcher: Energy Centre, CSIR. He spoke on ‘The Transition Metals (Manganese, Titanium, etc) for Energy Storage Application’. There is a high availability of these minerals in South Africa. LIBs are used in the automotive industry (consider electric vehicles) and for renewable battery storage, among other things.
 

Potential futures of mining for 4IR

Mr van der Woude notes that mining’s future lies in new deposits of ‘exotics’ (such as REE where the global demand is expected to rise) and finding new uses for general mining materials. Other areas include:

·         The circular economy with the 3Rs: recover, recycle and reuse

·         Subsea mining

·         Mining of asteroids
 

It is also of use to look at the report commissioned by the German Mineral Resources Agency at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Berlin. Dr Botes says that with Germany depending on metal imports, they examined key and emerging technologies (across industries) and the potential demand for associated raw materials. This assists with estimating long-term price and supply risks. Dr Botes says this can be used as a guideline for South Africa. (See slide 25.)
 

Impact of 4IR on the mining industry

Accelerated digitalisation heralds exciting changes in mining. Mr van der Woude sees a move to where a great number of activities are driven from inside an office. According to Deloitte, future mining technologies include:

·         Digital capturing of information

·         Autonomous equipment such as driverless trucks

·         Internet of Things (IoT) wearables for capturing real-time data

·         Drones (which help with surveying in all types of temperatures)

·         Diverse mobile workforce with integrated remote operations

·         A digital mine nerve centre with controlled, safe and healthy conditions and data-driven insights for improved planning control and decision support

 

Dr Botes says there are also new manufacturing technologies. These include: additive manufacturing, collaborative robots (robots designed to work alongside humans), and smart manufacturing (to improve productivity and efficiency).
 

New frontiers – a centralised refinery for South Africa?

Dr Kruger says that, currently, China possesses 40% of global REE reserves and produces over 80% of the global REE. China’s dominance has an overriding impact on prices, for example, just by changing export quotas.
 
Because of this, Dr Kruger says that the world is looking for alternative sources of supply. Currently there are two non-Chinese world-class REE refineries: Lynas and Molycorp. Dr Kruger believes there is a gap for South Africa. The real value of REEs lies in physically separating these elements from each other. REEs are found in mixed deposits and not individually and concentrated like gold ore. The REE deposits typically include radioactive elements.
 
He proposes a centralised refinery where South Africa takes deposits from other countries for processing. (South Africa does not have enough deposits to sustain the refinery and to make it globally competitive.) He says that South Africa has the ability to transport, dispose and store radioactive waste. Not every country can do this. Further to this, South Africa has the expertise as Mintek has been conducting commercial work and R&D on every REE project on the globe (except China).
 

Governance around mining

Mr Sahlulele Luzipo, then-Chair of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (PPC) on Mineral Resources, presented on ‘Benefits to the economy vs harm to communities and environment? Stimulating beneficiation?’. The PPC role is to lead public oversight of the Minister of Mineral Resources and the Department. This looks at whether laws are being implemented and budget spent responsibly.
 
Mining is seen as the cornerstone of the economy of South Africa, contributing R400-billion. South Africa needs to make the most of its mineral resources – for the benefit of all South Africans.
 
There is also a need to look at the harm around mining regarding communities and the environment. Mr Luzipo says that South Africa needs a clear proactive strategy and risk qualifications on mine closures. We should not be dealing with disasters as they happen.
 
One of the issues is that mines often change hands at different phases and this leads to a lack of responsibility. Furthermore, there should be increased legislation or enforcement around management and process (as has been done with diamonds).
 
The above links to illegal mining and its lack of safety and impact on ground stability. Illegal mining and the ‘zamazamas’ (illegal miners) have grown in criminality, as well as supporting industries such as food trucks. This is just one of the issues showing the need for collaboration between government entities. For example, beyond the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), the Department of Water and Sanitation and police should be involved.
 
Mining is an extraction industry. This means it’s impossible to bring back to the soil exactly what was taken out. However, says Mr Luzipo, we need to see what can work with the soil. Mines range from very neglected to those running effectively – with ongoing rehabilitation and a mining area returned to productive agriculture.
 
He says, in his experience, Social and Labour Plans are not implemented. This results in appalling conditions where communities are left in poverty and there has been no environmental rehabilitation. According to the South African Human Rights Commission, neither the environmental nor the community/public benefit aspects of the laws that apply to mines are being effectively enforced by government.
 
Mr Luzipo says that the system around mining rights and permits could be redesigned – where businesses with the best motivations around community beneficiaries and socio-economic development plans are given the rights.
 
South Africa also needs to consider the limits to parliamentary oversight. There is limited manpower and capacity, as well as limited time assigned to meetings. Furthermore, the parliament budget is determined by the institutions that are monitored ie the DMR.
 
Speakers can be contacted through the spokesperson, Ms Jansie NiehausVideo clips with the full presentations can be found on the NSTF website.

 

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.co.za
Tel: +27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025

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

 

Media Release: Finding a path through the maze – the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 25 February 2019 17:50

Finding a path through the maze – the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for SET, industry, society and education #4IRsciZA

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) feels like the ghost in the machine. We have a sense about it. We know it’s coming or may already be here. It seems to be all around us. However, there isn’t a common understanding of what 4IR actually means.

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) held an NSTF Discussion Forum on ‘Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for SET, industry, society and education’. The event was held in Cape Town from 11-13 September 2018. It ran alongside the Innovation Summit. The aim was to unpack some of the issues around 4IR, with reference to science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation.

So what is 4IR?

There are many names and definitions for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). 4IR is the naming convention used for this article as it’s a widely-communicated definition from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF positions the First Industrial Revolution to be that of mechanisation and steam and water power. The Second Industrial Revolution looks at mass production, division of labour, assembly lines, and electricity. The third is seen as electronics, ICT, and automated production.

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.

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                                               Source: World Economic Forum

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about the emergence of cyber-physical systems, network and artificial intelligence (AI). Cyber-physical systems involve new ways of embedding technology within larger societies, communities, and even in the human body.
 
Presenting at the NSTF Discussion Forum, Garth Williams says the dominant narrative is the convergence of technologies and convergence of the physical, digital and biological space. Williams is a Research Specialist: Intelligence at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), who previously worked at the Department of Science and Technology (DST). He presented in his own capacity. 
 
There is debate around whether what is happening is, actually, the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There are numerous frameworks available, ranging from this being an extension of the Third Industrial Revolution to Society 5.0. However, we need a name relevant to South Africa.
 

Is it the name or the aim?

Williams says focusing on what a country wants to achieve is more important than emphasising the name. Across the world, aims and objectives range from improving competitiveness and developing 4.0 technologies to enhancing digital start-ups and ecosystems.

Let’s consider South Africa’s objectives. Williams says this is an emergent process with various research and policies, such as the National development Plan (NDP), outlining the challenges. An overarching NDP aim is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality while advancing the economy and increasing South Africa’s competitiveness.
 
Williams’ message is ‘Don’t use technology just for technology’s sake’. It needs to be part of a larger context.
 

Looking at the 4IR technologies

There are numerous technologies associated with 4IR, and they come with a lot of jargon. Following are some of the technologies:
  • Autonomous robots and vehicles

  • The Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Cyber security, fraud detection, and authentication

  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)

  • Big Data and advanced analytics

  • Augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearables

  • System integration

  • Edge and cloud computing

  • Smart mobile devices

  • Artificial intelligence (AI)

  • Blockchain technologies (which is part of how bitcoin works)

  • Advanced human-machine interfaces

  • High bandwidth networks

  • Smart and internet-worked sensors
     

Impact on economic development

Williams notes that sustainable economic growth relies on productivity growth which is driven by technological change. Furthermore, “key breakthroughs… have underpinned surges in society and the economy”. 
 
For South Africa to catch up and become truly competitive, there are various factors that need to be considered:

  • We need to take the opportunities available in 4IR that are appropriate for South Africa. Williams specifically notes focusing on indigenous challenges and opportunities. Part of this is using 4IR technologies to create industries for processing raw materials (as opposed to sending raw materials out and buying the manufactured products back).  Dr Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist from the Council for Scientific and Industrial (CSIR) Meraka ICT Institute, says that connectivity (to the internet) is critical for making the most of opportunities. However, it needs to be affordable to ensure social inclusion for all South Africans.

  • South Africa needs to do its own R&D on technologies and also manage (assimilate and adapt) inbound technologies. An example of this is some of the work done in scientific computing at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa. NSTF Discussion Forum presenter, Mr Simon Ratcliffe, is the Technical Lead for Scientific Computing at the SKA. He explains that at various times they had to build their own hardware from scratch or re-engineer. Data storage was developed and manufactured locally, showing how SKA can seed other industries. The homegrown solutions meant not having to use expensive overseas resources nor paying for expensive software licences. Mr Ratcliffe says that the democratisation of tools (ie the access to open source tools) was a key enabling factor.

  • Part of 4IR is building people’s capabilities and skills around technology. Dr Tshiamo Motshegwa notes that we need to think about skills that make us relevant in the future. (He is from the Computer Science faculty, University of Botswana. He also represents the Southern African Development Community – SADC – Cyber Infrastructure Expert Working Group.) The 4IR technologies noted above are a guide to some of the future skills needed.
     

Digital transformation and disruptive technologies

Dr Motshegwa explained that digital transformation is about the outcomes achieved when entities, such as businesses, fully leverage the changes and opportunities that digital technologies bring.

Digital disruption refers to the changes that occur when new digital technologies and business models impact an entity’s value proposition (offering), market position, and competitiveness. Examples include Uber shaking up the taxi industry and Airbnb changing the hotel industry. Other industries and sectors that have been significantly changed by 4IR technologies are: bookstores, print advertising, music, and photography.
 
These definitions of digital transformation and disruption are based on those from the Learning Experience, Cisco Networking Academy. Note that other definitions and meanings also exist.
 

Reacting to 4IR

There is a lot of anxiety around 4IR. One example is ‘technology singularity’. This represents the time when machines and AI are so advanced, they surpass humans as the smartest and most capable beings on Earth. For many people, there is a more immediate concern – all signs point to 4IR technologies driving job losses as ‘machines’ take over jobs. Current thinking envisages rote and routine jobs as being the most vulnerable.

There will most probably be job losses, especially in the low-skilled sectors, says Prof Babu Paul. He is the Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg. Further to that job creation will probably not match job losses, plus the nature of current jobs will evolve. This means education becomes critical, as does reskilling and upskilling. A national dialogue is needed.

Williams says we have a choice, collectively and individually. It isn’t an ‘either/or’ ie being led by technology versus society defining the way. He sees society and technology as co-evolving, where technology is embedded in society. South Africans need to shape their own future, including taking measures to prevent widening inequality and deepening poverty.


South Africa and 4IR

South Africa has plans around 4IR. Williams says these include a government-wide 4IR Country Strategy and Action Plan. It will be led by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and supported by DST and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The group will report to The Presidency. It is looking at various thematic areas:
  • Digital society, ICT policy, and regulatory and legislative reforms

  • Innovation, research, and development

  • Economic policy and inclusive growth

  • Industrial restructuring and trade

  • Labour market restructuring

  • Education and skills development

  • Transforming government and service delivery

Science, technology and innovation initiatives will be led by the DST, informing the national strategy and aligned with DST strategies, policies and plans. The department will be supported by TIA, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), and CSIR.
 
Ms Nontombi Marule-Director: Innovation and Technology Policy, the dti, notes the regulatory implications for 4IR need to be managed. This is not a simple matter due to the fast-changing pace of technology advances, technology disruption, and the extensive impact on systems. She says that a paradigm shift is needed, such as policy and regulation that is futuristic and agile.
 
Dr Mekuria advocates strongly for technology test beds as part of evidence-based research to inform decision making. Test beds are “crucial platforms to perform a controlled testing of relevant 4IR use cases before introduction commercially”.
 

Implications of 4IR for industry

NSTF Discussion Forum presenter, Dr Nimrod Zalk from the dti, says that there have been no cases of successful catch-up by developing countries with advanced economies without industrialisation. Furthermore, successful industrialisation has to have an industrial policy. Countries best placed to benefit from 4IR are those with an established industrial base.
 
Dr Zalk sees 4IR, specifically technological change, as “often more evolution than revolution”. Various 4IR technologies aren’t that new (for example, robotics and additive manufacturing). It has just taken a long time for the technology to spread. He suggests integrating 4IR considerations into organisational, sector, and industrial strategies rather than ‘dropping everything’ for the 4IR.
 
In terms of industry opportunities around 4IR, Dr Zalk provides the automotive-mining nexus as an example. With the global shift to electric vehicles, there is a reduced need for fossil fuels. However, this shift means an increased demand for platinum group metals (PGM) minerals. He says that South Africa needs to be in at the start with developing new sources of demand for PGMs.
 

Collaboration and partnerships – including a regional perspective

For South Africa, Williams notes that the overriding aim is to tackle big societal problems such as high youth unemployment and water scarcity. This is a multi-disciplinary endeavour and that means partnerships. The issues also straddle the mandates of various government departments. This means more collaboration between traditionally-siloed government departments.

We need collaboration and integration at all levels so we can all benefit. This is the message from SADC’s Dr Motshegwa. To move forward with regional 4IR strategies, we need alignment with the various regional and national policies. We need to invest in supporting infrastructure and human capital development and skills for regional collaboration.
 

The importance of Big Data

The general definition of Big Data describes large volumes of structured and unstructured data that can be mined for information. How we use this data (analysis and interpretation) can reveal patterns and trends, and more. Dr Motshegwa says we need to share data, and that includes data from government departments.
 
Dr Motshegwa notes the emerging policy consensus of FAIR data – findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. He explains that FAIR data is extremely important within the SET and innovation environment. Considering that research data is publicly funded it should automatically be a public asset. Open research data also provides the evidence, allowing for reproducibility and self-correction while reducing replication.
 
Open data practices have transformed certain areas of research, such as genomics and astronomy. Furthermore, research data often have considerable potential for reuse and reinterpretation. All this fosters innovation and accelerates scientific discovery.
 

How does the smart city fit into all of this?

According to Prof Babu Paul, the Smart City uses smart technology and Big Data, for example, to improve quality and performance in services (energy, transportation and utilities). This can reduce resource consumption, waste, and overall costs. Prof Paul is the Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg.
 
Components of a smart city include: smart manufacturing, smart government, WiFi, digital citizens, open data, smart agriculture, smart buildings, smart energy grids, smart waste management and other utilities, and smart transport.
 
Examples of potential smart city job titles of the future are: urban informatics analyst, energy efficiency engineer, autonomous transport technician, virtual reality technician, and cybersecurity officer.
 

Finding clarity

There was much discussion around the presentations. Following are some of the points raised:
  • There needs to be a common understanding, definition, and standards for 4IR – specific to the South African context. Information needs to be clear and practical and cover the entire ecosystem. There should also be clear communication about the limitations, potential harm, and ethics with the various 4IR issues.

  • The process of coordination and collaboration for 4IR needs to be made clear to all. Individuals and entities should be able to ‘plug into’ the larger coordinated structure. The SET community need specific goals and actions around 4IR. These should include real-life examples rather than conceptual terminology.  


Speakers can be contacted through the spokesperson, Ms Jansie Niehaus.
Video clips with the full presentations can be found on the NSTF website.

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.co.za
Tel: +27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025

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NPO Registration Number: 92042
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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!
#NSTFawards2019

 

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 
 development
(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
 

Feedback

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.

 

Disclaimer

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.
 

Privacy

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

www.nstf.org.za
E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Tel: 27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025
Non Profit Company Registration Number: 2007/029165/08
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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Tel: +1 415 593 5887 I Fax +1 415 392 4667
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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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Winners of the 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 6 July 2018 19:34

 

 

Winners of the 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards

 

The NSTF-South32 Awards were held at a prestigious Gala Dinner in Gauteng on Thursday, 28 June 2018. This is the 20th anniversary celebration of the flagship project of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF). To celebrate the event, tributes were made to the 204 NSTF Awards recipients (since 1998) and a special anniversary award to Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi.
 
Outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation were awarded and celebrated in the following broad areas under 13 categories:

  • Scientific research
  • Innovation
  • Management and related activities
  • Capacity development in engineering research
  • Environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation
  • Water research and innovation
  • Data management and stewardship
  • Communication
  • Technology transfer, as well as education and training
  • Sustainable energy for all (special annual theme award in recognition of the International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (#SEforAll) declared by the United Nations)

SA needs to develop new products, technologies and services: As previously stated by the previous Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s science mission is to create wealth thus creating jobs and eradicating poverty. Its success depends on our ability as a nation to develop new products, technologies and services.
 
About the NSTF and the awards: The NSTF is the most representative multi-stakeholder non-profit forum in South Africa promoting SET and innovation. The NSTF-South32 Awards showcase the research and development capacity of our nation. The excellence of the winners supports to South Africa’s advancement and the social upliftment of our people.
 
Why are these awards different? The national NSTF-South32 Awards are the largest SET and innovation awards in South Africa. They are known as the ‘Science Oscars’ and were the first science awards in the country. The focus is on spreading information about SET to the public, which includes the year-long engagement programme with students and learners called ‘Share ‘n Dare’. The NSTF Brilliants Programme recognises the outstanding matric performers in mathematics and physical science, exposing them to the SET network and future opportunities.
 
Award winners: The awards were presented by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who is the event’s patron. She celebrated along with almost 700 guests and over 50 different organisations from the broader community. It is an honour to be nominated, it is an outstanding achievement to reach the finals and an exceptional milestone and celebration of excellence to win one of these awards.
 
Ms Jansie Niehaus
NSTF Executive Director and Spokesperson
 
The NSTF and its sponsors congratulate the 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Award winners.

 

 

Ukhozi Award

an essential contribution to the NSTF and the NSTF Awards (in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the NSTF Awards)

Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi
Director and Chairman: Phathela Investments (Pty) Ltd; Vice-Chairman: Public Investment Corporation; Chancellor: Vaal University of Technology; Chairman: Central Energy Fund; and Non-Executive Director: South32, Gibela, and Murray & Roberts

Lifetime Award

(by an individual over 15 years or more)

Prof Kevin Wall
Independent Consultant; and Extraordinary Professor: Department (Dept) of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria (UP)

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher

through research and its outputs (by an individual up to 15 years as a researcher predominantly in South Africa)

Prof Etheresia (Resia) Pretorius
Head: Dept of Physiological Sciences; Director: Applied Morphology Research Centre, Dept of Physiology, Stellenbosch University (SU)

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging researcher

through research and its outputs (by an individual up to 6 years in research predominantly in South Africa)

Mrs Wendy Collinson
Project Executant: Wildlife and Roads Project, Endangered Wildlife Trust
 
Dr Musa Manzi
Senior Researcher and Director: Seismic Research Centre, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Management Award

through management and related SET and innovation activities (by an individual over the last 5-10 years)

Prof Stephen Tollman
Research Professor and Head: Division of Health and Population, Faculty of Health Sciences; Director: South African Medical Research Council/Wits Rural Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, Wits; Principal Scientist: International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health, Ghana

Engineering Research Capacity Development Award

(by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years) Sponsored by Eskom since 2003

Prof Mmantsae Diale
Associate Professor: Dept of Physics, UP
 
Prof Ian Jandrell
Personal Professor: School of Electrical and Information Engineering; Executive Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; Joint leader: High Voltage and the Lightning/Electromagnetic Compatibility Research Group, Wits

NSTF-GreenMatter Award

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 GreenMatter since 2015

Prof Malik Maaza
Senior Scientist: National Research Foundation Nanosciences LABS, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa; Chair: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Africa (UNESCO)

NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award

towards achieving sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions with demonstrated leadership and impact (by an individual or an organisation over the last 5 to 10 years)
Sponsored by the WRC since 2017

Prof Leslie Petrik
Professor: Dept of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape

Data for Research Award

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

South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)
Coordinator: Mr Benjamin Roberts, Human Sciences Research Council

Innovation Award: Corporate Organisation

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

Sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry

Prof Keolebogile Motaung
Founder: Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd; and Assistant Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology

Innovation Award: 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)

SUN Magnetics (Pty) Ltd
Director: Prof Coenraad Fourie; and Professor: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, SU

Communication Award

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

University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC)
Director: Prof Christiaan (Tiaan) de Jager; and Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor: Environmental Health, School of Health Systems and Public Health, UP

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Award

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

The Platinum Incubator
Chief Executive Officer: Ms Sibongile Purity Shongwe

Special Annual Theme Award: Sustainable Energy for All

(in recognition of the United Nations ‘International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All’)

Prof Harald Winkler
Director: Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town

 

 

Partners and sponsors:

  • South32 (co-branding sponsor)
  • Business Report and Mail & Guardian (media sponsor)
  • Eskom, GreenMatter, Water Research Commission, Department of Trade and Industry (category sponsor)
  • South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) – (supporting the Brilliants tour)
  • Department of Science and Technology (platinum sponsor)
  • The Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation (youth outreach sponsor)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (gold sponsor)
  • proSET, a sector of the NSTF representing professional bodies (prize sponsor)
 

 

 

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
 

Feedback

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.

 

Disclaimer

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.
 

Privacy

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

www.nstf.org.za
E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Tel: 27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025
Non Profit Company Registration Number: 2007/029165/08
NPO Registration Number: 92042
Donor tax exemption for all donations to the NSTF

 

 

Media Release: NSTF, SAAO and SARAO collaborate on astronomy tour for 2017 top matriculants in mathematics and science

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 6 July 2018 19:06

 

NSTF, SAAO and SARAO collaborate on astronomy tour for 2017 top matriculants in mathematics and science

 

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) in collaboration with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is proud to reward South Africa’s 2017 outstanding performers in matric in physical science and mathematics.
 
The partnership will see the SAAO and SARAO support a national astronomy tour from
21-27 June for participants selected for the NSTF Brilliants Programme. This programme recognises the top woman and man chosen from each of the nine provinces based on their marks in mathematics and physical science in the 2017 National Senior Certificate Examinations (Grade 12) and their choice for studies in science, engineering and technology (SET)-related courses.
 
The astronomy tour will conclude with the prestigious 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards Gala Dinner in Gauteng on Thursday, 28 June 2018. The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, as the Awards patron, will officiate at the event which is attended by the broad SET and innovation community and leaders in South Africa and international representatives. The Brilliants Programme coincides appropriately with Youth Month to celebrate the brilliance and potential of South African youth.  The NSTF-South32 Awards celebrates the excellence of South Africa’s SET and innovation professionals and their standing as role models for the youth.
 
The astronomy tour hosted by the SAAO and SARAO will see the Brilliants Awardees visit
4 provinces, the SAAO and Iziko Planetarium in Cape Town, the South African Large Telescope (SALT) outside Sutherland, the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) and MeerKAT outside Carnarvon, the Boyden Observatory and Naval Hill Planetarium outside Bloemfontein, and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) outside Johannesburg.

The tour will expose students to new fields of study and careers in SET, bursary opportunities at the SAAO and SARAO, and inspiration through role models in SET and innovation in South Africa. It is also hoped that a visit to the various astronomy tourism sites will inspire the students to promote astronomy and astronomy tourism in South Africa.

Brilliants awardees: The NSTF takes pride in congratulating the 2017/2018 Brilliants Awardees as follows:

 

 

Eastern Cape
(There were two individuals in the top place for women)

Eastern Cape

Ms Mphoentle Piliso

Mr Anathi Mazamisa

Cofimvaba Senior Secondary School

Nkwanca Public High School

MBChB (Medicine)

BSc Eng (Mechatronics)

University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town

Bursary: Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme

Bursary: Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape Province

and

 

Ms Amenta Sibi

 

King Edward High School

 

MBChB (Medicine)

 

University of Cape Town

 

Bursary: Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape Province

 

Free State

Free State

Ms Refilwe Ester Selepe

Mr Siphephelo Brian Tshabalala

Rantsane Secondary School

Rantsane Secondary School

MBChB (Medicine)

BEng Tech (Civil Engineering)

University of the Witwatersrand

University of Johannesburg

Bursary: Free State Department of Education

Bursary: Free State Department of Education

Gauteng

Gauteng

Ms Jacqueline Janse van Rensburg

Mr Siyanda Pikwa

Hoërskool Oos-Moot

Raymond Mhlaba Secondary School

MBChB (Medicine)

BSc Eng (Mechanical)

University of Pretoria

University of the Witwatersrand

Bursary: Gauteng Department of Education

Bursary: Aurecon

KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal

Ms Shenise Singh

Mr Gerhard Karl Rencken

Greenbury Secondary School

Wartburg Kirchdorf School

MBChB (Medicine)

BSc Eng (Mechanical Engineering)

University of the Witwatersrand

University of Pretoria

Bursary: None

Bursary: None

Limpopo

Limpopo

Ms Khani Zanel Siweya

Mr Tshinanga Keith Rantete

Risinga High School

Jonathan Thifulufhelwi Secondary School

MBChB (Medicine)

BSc (Astrophysics)

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

University of Cape Town

Bursary: None

Bursary: None

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga

Ms Lane Coetzee

Mr Adriaan Lodewikus Badenhorst

Hoërskool Secunda

Belfast Akademie

MBChB (Medicine)

MBChB (Medicine)

University of Free State

University of Pretoria

Bursary: Mpumalanga Department of Education

Bursary: Mpumalanga Department of Education

North West

North West

Ms Sanam Chitoo Naran

Mr James Murray Louw

Fields College

Hartbeespoort High School

MBChB (Medicine)

BSc (Mathematics)

University of Cape Town

University of Pretoria

Bursary: None

Bursary: None

Northern Cape

Northern Cape

Ms Josefien Engelbrecht

Mr John Kagisho Lecwidi

Hoërskool Douglas

Dr EP Lekhela High School

MBChB (Medicine)

BSc Eng (Civil Engineering)

Stellenbosch University

University of Cape Town

Bursary: None

Bursary: None

Western Cape
(There were two individuals in the top place for women)

Western Cape

Ms Jansie Slabbert

Mr Erin Michael Solomon

Hoërskool Durbanville

Rondebosch Boys' High School

MBChB (Medicine)

Bachelor Architectural Studies

Stellenbosch University

University of Cape Town

Bursary: None

Bursary: Industrial Development Corporation

and

 

Ms Lucy May Wills

 

Westerford High School

 

BSc Eng (Chemical Engineering)

 

University of Cape Town

 

Bursary: Sasol

 

 

 

Role of the NSTF: The NSTF is a stakeholder forum that includes organisations in state entities, business and communities. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among a broad range of stakeholders.

Background on the NSTF-South32 Awards – Today’s research ... tomorrow’s innovation:  To honour professionals in SET and innovation for their sterling work, and to encourage others to follow suit, the 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards Gala Dinner will be celebrated on the evening of Thursday, 28 June 2018 with the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, international representatives and the broader SET community in South Africa. The Awards are fully endorsed by the Department of Science and Technology and the Minister of Science and Technology is the official Patron.

For more information on the NSTF initiatives: Visit www.nstf.org.za, www.nstf.org.za/awards and www.nstf.org.za/youth or contact us at the contact details below.
 
NSTF spokesperson: Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director: enquiries@nstf.co.za
SAAO spokesperson: Dr Daniel Cunnama, SAAO Outreach Astronomer: daniel@saao.ac.za
SARAO spokesperson: Mr Lorenzo Raynard, SKA SA General Manager: Communications & Stakeholder Relations: lraynard@ska.ac.za

 
   

 

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

www.nstf.org.za
E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Tel: +27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025

For more information

 

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.

 

Finalists announced: 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 1 June 2018 21:01

 

 

 

Finalists announced:
2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards

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

 

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 20th year of the annual NSTF-South32 Awards.
 
The 20th year celebration: 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 metals and 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 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards is Sustainable Energy for All. This is in recognition of the International decade of Sustainable Energy (2014-2024) as declared by United Nations. The 20th annual Awards Gala Dinner will celebrate this theme on 28 June 2018.

 

 

New features were introduced for some categories and the criteria as follows:

  • Innovation awards: The Innovation Category has greater emphasis on ‘innovation’. The Research for Innovation Awards is now the ‘Awards for Innovations and their research and/or development’. 
  • Research categories: All research categories are now open to anyone thoroughly experienced in research, regardless of whether they have a PhD. We have also strengthened the focus on further development of outputs towards innovation. 
  • Special Annual Theme Award: This year the NSTF’s special annual theme award is for a contribution to SET and innovation towards Sustainable Energy for All in South Africa.
 

 

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 the Water Research Commission, GreenMatter, and Eskom) 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; given the quality of the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and the growing interest from the community over the years.
 
Join the NSTF membership and pioneering partners/sponsors in applauding the 2017/2018 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:

  • Text in italics at the end of the citation of the nominee indicates that a nominee has been nominated under more than one category
  • Listed alphabetical according to surname of nominee or name of team/organisation under each category
 

 

Lifetime Award

(by an individual over a lifetime – 15 years or more)

  • Bradley, Prof John – Honorary Professor, Department (Dept) of Education, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Harvey, Prof Brian – Professor, Division of Pharmacology, Programme Leader: Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, North-West University; Programme Leader: South African Medical Research Council Unit on Risk and Resilience, University of Cape Town
  • Maaza, Prof Malik – Senior Scientist: National Research Foundation (NRF) Nanosciences LABS and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Africa Chair, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa and also in the NSTF-GreenMatter category and the Special Annual Theme Award
  • Owen-Smith, Prof Norman – Emeritus Research Professor, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Wits
  • Pityana, Prof Sisa – Principal Researcher, National Laser Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category
  • Rubidge, Prof Bruce – Director, Dept of Science and Technology-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences, Wits
  • Stacey, Prof TR (Dick) – Professor Emeritus, School of Mining, Wits and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category
  • Wall, Prof Kevin – Part-time Extraordinary Professor, Dept of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria (UP), retired as CSIR Built Environment Fellow and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission category
  • Xia, Prof Xiaohua – Professor in the Dept of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, UP and also in the Special Annual Theme Award category

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Researcher

(contribution to research and its outputs over a period of up to 15 years as a researcher, predominantly in South Africa)

  • Fuller, Prof Andrea – Professor: School of Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); Director: Brain Function Research Group, Wits; Extraordinary Lecturer, Department (Dept) of Paraclinical Sciences, Veterinary Faculty, University of Pretoria (UP) 
  • Hui, Prof Cang – Professor and Dept of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHi) Chair: Tier 1: Dept of Mathematical Sciences, University of Stellenbosch (SU); Research Chair: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS); Core Team Member: DST/ NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, SU
  • Lall, Prof Namrita – Professor and DST/NRF SARChI Chair: Plant Health Products from Indigenous Knowledge Systems, UP 
  • Loots, Prof du Toit – Research Director: Human Metabolomics, North-West University (NWU) 
  • Malan, Prof Leoné – Professor in Neurophysiology, Hypertension in Africa Research Team, NWU 
  • Matsha, Prof Tandi – Professor and Head, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology 
  • Mellado, Prof Bruce – Professor, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, Wits and also in the Corporate Innovation category
  • Ndwandwe, Prof Muzi Osman – Executive Director, Richards Bay Campus, University of Zululand
  • Nyembwe, Dr Kasongo – Senior Lecturer, formerly Head (2004-2016), Dept of Metallurgy, University of Johannesburg
  • Pretorius, Prof Etheresia (Resia) – Professor and Head, Dept of Physiological Sciences; and Director, Applied Morphology Research Centre, Dept of Physiology, SU

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging researcher

(contribution to research and its outputs over a period of up to 6 years in research, predominantly in South Africa)

  • Becker, Dr Thorsten – Senior Lecturer, Department (Dept) of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University; and Visiting Lecturer, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Bezuidenhout, Prof Daniela – Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Collinson, Mrs Wendy – Wildlife and Roads Project Executant, Endangered Wildlife Trust
  • Fosso-Kankeu, Prof Elvis – Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, University of the North-West and also in the NSTF–Water Research Commission category
  • Manzi, Dr Musa – Senior Researcher and Director, Seismic Research Centre, School of Geosciences, Wits
  • Marakalala, Dr Mohlopheni – Senior Lecture: Division of Immunology, UCT
  • Mpofu, Prof Khumbulani – Professor, Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development, Tshwane University of Technology and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category
  • Musyoka, Dr Nicholas – Senior Researcher in energy materials research, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Yacoob, Dr Sahal – Senior Lecturer, Dept of Physics, UCT

Management Award

(contribution through management and related SET and innovation activities over the last 5-10 years)

  • Jandrell, Prof Ian – Personal Professor, School of Electrical and Information Engineering; and Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; and Joint leader, High Voltage and the Lightning/Electromagnetic Compatibility Research Group, Wits and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category
  • Motaung, Prof Keolebogile – Assistant Dean: Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology; and Founder: Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd and also in the Corporate Innovation category
  • Tollman, Prof Stephen – Research Professor and Head: Division of Health and Population, Faculty of Health Sciences; and Director: SA Medical Research Council/University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Rural Health and Health Transitions Research Unit; and Principal Scientist: International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health, Ghana

Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards

(contribution by an individual over the last 5 to 10 years – Eskom sponsors two awards one for a male and one for a female for contributions in Engineering)

  • Booysen, Mr Gerrie Jacobus – Director, Centre for Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing, Central University of Technology and also in the Corporate Innovation category
  • De Koning, Prof Charles – Professor of Organic Chemistry and Assistant Dean, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
  • Diale, Prof Mmantsae – Associate Professor, Department (Dept) of Physics, University of Pretoria
  • Jandrell, Prof Ian – Personal Professor, School of Electrical and Information Engineering; and Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; and Joint leader of the High Voltage and the Lightning/Electromagnetic Compatibility Research Group, Wits and also in the Management and related activities category
  • Marx, Prof Sanette – Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering; and National Research Foundation Research Chair in Biofuels and Other Clean Alternative Fuels; and Centre of Excellence in Carbon-based Fuels, North-West University
  • Mpofu, Prof Khumbulani – Professor, Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development, Tshwane University of Technology and also in the Emerging Researcher category
  • Petrik, Prof Leslie – Professor, Dept of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission and NSTF-GreenMatter award categories
  • Pityana, Prof Sisa – Principal Researcher, National Laser Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and also in the Lifetime category
  • Stacey, Prof T Richard (Dick) –  Professor Emeritus, School of Mining, Wits and also in the Lifetime category

NSTF-GreenMatter Award: Towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy

(contribution by an individual or an organisation over the last 5 to 10 years) sponsored by GreenMatter

  • Endangered Wildlife Trust, contribution to the Groen Sebenza Initiative – Head of Resource Development: Ms Alison Janicke
  • Maaza, Prof Malik – Senior Scientist: National Research Foundation Nanosciences LABS and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Africa Chair, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa and also in the Lifetime and the Special Annual Theme categories
  • Petrik, Prof Leslie – Professor, Department (Dept) of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape and also in the NSTF-Water Research Commission and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development categories
  • Van Wilgen, Prof Brian – Professor, Centre for Invasion Biology, Dept of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University
  • Winkler, Prof Harald – Professor and Director, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town and also in the Special Annual Theme category

NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award: Sustainable water management, knowledge generation and solutions

(by an individual or an organisation to be awarded in recognition of demonstrated leadership and impact over the last 5 to 10 years) sponsored by the WRC

  • Fosso-Kankeu, Prof Elvis – Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University and also in the Emerging Researcher category
  • Msagati, Prof Titus – Professor, Research Unit of Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability, College of Science, University of South Africa
  • Petrik Prof Leslie – Professor, Department (Dept) of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape and also in the NSTF-GreenMatter and also in the Engineering Research Capacity Development categories
  • Wall, Prof Kevin – Part-time Extraordinary Professor, Dept of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria; retired as Built Environment Fellow, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and also in the Lifetime category

Data for Research Award: For advancing the availability, management and use of data for research

(by an individual or an organisation)

  • Health Information Systems Program, South Africa: National Program Managers and Database Managers – Director: Ms Christa van den Bergh
  • South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) –  Coordinator and team leader: Mr Benjamin Roberts, Human Sciences Research Council

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)

  • Booysen, Mr Gerrie Jacobus – Director, Centre for Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing, Central University of Technology and also in the Engineering Capacity Development category
  • Botes, Mr Willem – Research Lead, Department of Science and Technology/Grain SA Wheat Breeding Platform; and Senior Lecturer, Genetics Plant Breeding Laboratory, Genetics Department, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University
  • Mellado, Prof Bruce – Professor, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand and also in the Researcher category
  • Motaung, Prof Keolebogile – Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology; and Founder, Global Health Biotech (Pty) Ltd and also in the Management and related activities category
  • NWU Solar Car Team – Manager: Prof Albert Helberg, North-West University
  • Swarts, Mrs Wilma – Group Head, Marketing and Commercial Services, Lonmin Plc

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)

  • CFAM Technologies (Pty) Ltd – Managing Director and Lecturer, School of Mechanical Engineering, North-West University: Mr Danie Vorster
  • Memeza Team from Memeza Shout (Pty) Ltd – Chief Executive Officer: Ms Thulile Mthethwa
  • SUN Magnetics (Pty) Ltd – Director and Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University: Dr Coenraad Fourie

Communication for outreach and creating awareness of SET and innovation Award

(by a team or individual over the last 5 years)

  • Manxoyi, Mr Sivuyile – Coordinator, Universe Awareness National Project; and Manager, Southern African Large Telescope Collateral Benefits Programme, South African Astronomical Observatory
  • Marnewick, Prof Jeanine – Research Chair, Biotechnology; and Head, Oxidative Stress Research Centre, Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Medupe, Prof Thebe – Chairperson of National Astrophysics and Space Science programme Consortium, and Professor of Physics, North-West University
  • University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) – Director of UP ISMC; and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences; and Professor, Environmental Health, School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria: Prof Christiaan (Tiaan) de Jager
  • Wits Communication Services – Head and Team Leader: Ms Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Award

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

  • Midlands Sustainable Sugar Supply Collaboration (KwaZulu-Natal) – Coordinator: Mrs Janet Edmonds
  • Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) – Committee Chair and Professor of SA Numeracy, University of the Witwatersrand: Prof Hamsa Venkat
  • The Platinum Incubator – Chief Executive Officer: Ms Sibongile Purity Shongwe, Rustenburg

Special Annual Theme Award: Towards Sustainable Energy for All

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

For 2018, the award is made in recognition of the ‘International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All’ as declared by the United Nations

  • Maaza, Prof Malik – Senior Scientist, National Research Foundation Nanosciences LABS; and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Africa Chair, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa and also in the NSTF-GreenMatter and the Lifetime categories
  • Strategic Environment Assessment Team, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Research Group Leader: Mr Paul Lochner
  • Winkler, Prof Harald – Professor and Director of Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town and also in the NSTF-GreenMatter category
  • Xia, Prof Xiaohua – Professor in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Pretoria and also in Lifetime category
 

 

Adjudication: The accreditation and selection processes for the NSTF-South32 Awards are made by an adjudication panel of independent judges. They represent six different sectors of the NSTF membership within which the NSTF operates. This adjudication panel, in conjunction with the Award partners, reviewed 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 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 the future leaders and innovators of our nation.
  • 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 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 taking place on 28 June 2018 in Gauteng.

 

 

The patron of the NSTF Awards, the Minister of Science and Technology, presides over the programme. The new Minister, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane confirmed her attendance to participate in the proceedings this year. 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. Over 600 guests attend the event. The SET community is invited to book tables for their organisations to celebrate the achievements of the nominees and finalists. Contact Ms Kgaugelo Teffo at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-2632/3987.

 

 

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

Business Report (since 2010), distributed through The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Times, and The Mercury
Mail & Guardian (since 2011)

 Both these newspapers carry supplements about the winners the day after the Awards gala dinner (Friday, 29 June 2018). Unique advertising opportunities are available for your brand. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3987/2632.

 

 

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 outreach programmes. Contact Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za or call +27 (0)12 841-3987/2632.
 
Please forward this email to your colleagues, business contacts and all interested persons to promote the Who’s Who of SET and innovation in South Africa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated Friday, 1 June 2018 19:01

Nominations invited for the 2018 ORSSA Student Competition

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 4 May 2018 14:41

As you may know, the Operations Research Society of South Africa each year awards two prestige medals to the winners of its national student competition.  These medals are

  • The Gerhard Geldenhuys Medal for the Best Fourth Year Project, and
  • The Theodor Stewart Medal for the Best Master’s Thesis.

Halls of Fame, featuring past winners of these medals, may be found at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Awards.StudentCompetition.

The medals are awarded at the annual conference which this year takes place from 16 to 19 September at the CSIR International Convention Centre, in Pretoria  (see the conference website at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.ORSSA). Entries to the competition will be ranked by an independent Selection Committee of expert judges not affiliated with the tertiary institutions of nominees, based solely on the written project or thesis submissions, after which the top two entries in each of the underlined categories above will be designated as finalists.  There will be a special finalists' competition session at the conference during which these finalists (or representatives appointed by them) will be required to present their work in order to showcase the quality of the best operational research work by students in South Africa.  Should a finalist neither be able to present their work at the conference nor be able to send a representative to present their work on their behalf, such an entry will be disqualified, in which case the third ranked entry, then the fourth ranked entry and so forth will be designated as finalist, until two finalists in each category have been identified whose work can indeed be presented at the conference.

Nominations for written projects/theses in the above underlined categories are gathered by a Nomination Committee, which acts independently from the eventual Selection Committee. I have been tasked by the ORSSA President to convene the Nomination Committee for the 2018 ORSSA Annual Student Competition.  Supervising Lecturers are hereby invited to submit entries for the above competition categories to Jan van Vuuren, the convenor of the Nomination Committee, at vuuren@sun.ac.za by no later than Friday May 11th 2018.  Students are not allowed to nominate their own work. Each nomination should be accompanied by a completed nomination form (see attached), and include a short statement by the supervisor in question on the degree of independence with which the student conducted the research, as well as an electronic copy of the relevant project/thesis in pdf format on which the following information should appear clearly:

  • The name of the student,
  • The name of the supervisor,
  • The date of submission of the project/thesis, and
  • The name of the University at which the project/thesis was submitted.

It is a requirement that students whose projects or theses are submitted should have qualified for graduation at their respective universities late in 2016 or early in 2017 (i.e. no earlier than May 1st 2017 and no later than April 30th 2018). The finalists will be announced on Friday June 29th 2018 and will be required to register and submit an abstract on their submitted work online (at http://www.orssa.org.za/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Conf.SubmitAbstract) for presentation at the annual conference by July 22nd 2018.  A new set of competition rules, recently approved by the Executive Committee of the Operations Research Society of South Africa, is attached for your information.

 

Yours truly,

 

Prof Jan H van Vuuren  |  BSc(Hons) MSc (Stell); DPhil (Oxon)  |  PrSciNat FORSSA
Professor (Operasionele Navorsing)  |  Professor (Operations Research) 

Departement Bedryfsingenieurswese  |  Department of Industrial Engineering  


Attachments:

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