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Winners of the 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards

Written 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)



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