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


Written 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.

 

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