The NSTF launched its first Science and Technology Awards in 1998 to
celebrate the Year of Science and Technology. Three categories were then awarded. Two years later, six categories
were awarded, with acknowledgements and recognitions of excellence in Mathematics, Science and Technology to
young female learners, matriculants, teachers and schools.
2010 winners :
In the category ‘Individual over a lifetime’ this year two winners were announced: These were: Professor Pat G Eriksson, Professor and Head: Department of Geology, University of Pretoria
For founding and leading a diverse and highly experienced international research group, the Global Precambrian Sedimentation Syndicate (GPSS), studying all facets of the Precambrian sedimentary rock record and the history of the Earth prior to ca. 600 million years ago.
and Dr Brian van Wilgen, Chief Ecologist: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
For a lifetime contribution to the improvement of natural ecosystem management policies and practices.
The award or ‘Research and its outputs over the last five to ten years or less’ went to Professor Maureen Coetzee, SARChi Professor in Medical Entomology and Vector Control, University of the Witwatersrand, and Director: Malaria Entomology Research Unit, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg
For her substantial contribution to the understanding and control of malaria in Africa.
It was decided this year to make no award in the category ‘Activities other than research and its outputs over the last five years or less’
The OSCAR-4 Team, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Pelindaba received the award in the category for ‘Innovation developed through a corporate organisation or institution’
For the latest version of the OSCAR reactor calculational software system, OSCAR-4, released in September 2009 during an international workshop at NECSA, which provides fast and accurate nuclear reactor simulations with unparalleled efficiency.
The award in the category ‘Innovation developed through an SMME’ went to Mr David Reynders, Pocit Division, Tradebridge Pty Ltd, Johannesburg
For his lead role in the Pocit solution; a mobile payment application that is revolutionising the way people and merchants pay and receive money in South Africa and has the potential to transform the lives of those who have not been able to make use of the banking system before.
The award for ‘Innovation developed through an NGO or Not-for Profit Organisation (NPO) or Community Based Organisation (CBO)’ went to the Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis (COMPS) Team, University of the Witwatersrand
For a contribution in innovative chemical process design, unique in the world such that Africa can be seen to be leading the way through pilot plants in China and Australia solving three problems with one ground breaking approach for example in oil and food from waste.
Professor M E Christine Rey, Professor of Microbiology: School of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of the Witwatersrand is the female recipient of the ESKOM sponsored Award: ‘Researcher, for Research Capacity Development over the last 5-10 years’
For her contribution to research capacity development through the mentoring of 8 black MSc students (with 9 current) and 5 black PhD students (with 3 current) over the last ten years, and a total of 82 postgraduate students over her 25 year career, from both South Africa and many other sub-Saharan African countries.
Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, Professor: SARChi Fluorine Process Engineering and Separation Technology and Professor: Chemical Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal is the male recipient of the ESKOM sponsored Award: ‘Researcher, for Research Capacity Development over the last 5-10 years’
For a substantial contribution to the development of research capacity in the field of thermodynamics research.
The NRF Sponsored T W Kambule Award to a :‘Senior Black male Researcher over the last 5 to 10 years’ was made to Professor Oluwole Daniel Makinde, Senior Professor: Chair of Post-Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
For his success in research in mathematical modelling and computation as well as research capacity development in challenging environments.
The NRF Sponsored T W Kambule Award for a: ‘Senior Black female Researcher over the last 5 to 10 years was made to Professor Debra Meyer, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Pretoria
For a contribution through research to developing novel HIV treatments, prognostic markers and vaccine components.
The NRF sponsored T W Kambule award for a: ‘Distinguished Young Black male Researcher over the last 5 to 10 years’ was made to Professor Fulufhelo V Nelwamondo, Senior Research Scientist and Research Group Leader (Competency Area: Information Security): Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria; Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard University, USA
For a contribution to the solution of the problem of missing data estimation in online control applications.
The NRF sponsored T W Kambule award for a: ‘Distinguished Young Black female Researcher over the last 5 to 10 years’ was made to Dr Rapela Regina Maphanga, Materials Modelling Centre, University of Limpopo
For a contribution to the computational modelling of materials particularly for electrolytic manganese dioxide.
In the SAASTA sponsored ‘Science Communicator for Public Awareness over the last 5 years’ category, two winners were announced. These were: Mr Robert Inglis, Director: Jive Media for the Maloti Drakensberg Experience, and for the Mission MeerKAT Comic Series, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
For a contribution to the development of the discipline of science communication through innovative and exciting media.
and Mr David Kramer, Director and Team, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Newtown, Johannesburg
For a substantial contribution to the communication of science in innovative ways to a wide audience.