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New SAYAS Members 2018

The following new members were inaugurated at an awards ceremony held on 10 October.

Dr Fanelwa Ajayi is a Senior Lecturer at the Chemistry Department and a research leader at the Enzyme Sensor Laboratory, SensorLab at the University of the Western Cape. Her area of speciality is drug metabolism sensor.

Dr Tatenda Dalu is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Venda whose area of specialisation is plankton ecology.

Dr Sarah Fawcett is a Lecturer in the Department of Oceanography at University of Cape Town and specialises in marine biogeochemistry. She is a P-rated researcher by the NRF.

Dr Samson Khene is a Senior Lecture in Physical Chemistry at Rhodes University. His main field of research has been in the synthesis and spectroscopic characterisation of phthalocyanine complexes for their possible application as photosensitisers in photodynamic therapy, electrocatalysis and nonlinear optical material. He holds an NRF Y-rating.

Dr Pradeep Kumar is a Senior Lecturer of Pharmaceutics Wits Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and a Senior Researcher at the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform. Pradeep is also an inventor with four granted and 11 filed patents.

Dr Nhlanhla Mpofu is Director for Teaching, Learning and Programme Development as well as a Senior Lecturer at Sol Plaatje University, specialising in teacher education.

Prof Fulufhelo Nemavhola is an Associate Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of South Africa and specialises in computational biomechanics.

Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye is Project Manager of Dihlare Pty Ltd. which provides a vehicle to authenticate traditional medicines in order to ultimately produce them for community consumption and is based at the Vaal University of Technology.

Dr Amy Slogrove is a paediatrician and epidemiologist in the position of Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and is based at the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health in Worcester, South Africa.

Dr Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian is a media professional, communication specialist and postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Communication at University of Johannesburg.

 

SAYAS Food Security and Policy Workshop

SAYAS sought to engage with various partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in order to link young scientists and early career researchers to policy makers (and making) in order to strengthen the science-policy interface through a symbiotic relationship. It is hoped that such a relationship will better inform policies and assessments; at the same time, identify gaps and shortfalls in achievement of set goals so as to utilise science to find solutions. This engagement also sought to challenge young scientists to gear their research to be more responsive to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by ensuring the accessibility of evidence-based ‘research.

Food security concerns are encapsulated within the SDGs, particularly 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12 that respectively deal with no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and responsible consumption and production.

SAYAS hosted this workshop in partnership with the Mauritius Academy of Science and Tanzania Academy of Science. It was held in April 2018 in Gauteng.

Funding for the workshop was provided by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)-Carnegie project small grants scheme on ‘Harnessing science engineering and mathematics (SEM) to meet Africa’s challenges and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

The proceedings report is now available on the Publications page.

 

SAYAS Member wins the 2017 TWAS-ROSSA Regional young scientist prize

Dr Cletos Mapiye won the 2017 TWAS-ROSSA Regional young scientist prize in Agriculture and Food security. Dr Mapiye is a Senior Lecturer, Meat Science, Department of Animal Sciences at Stellenbosch University.

The prize is awarded to an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of food and agricultural systems, food security and poverty reduction in the developing world. The prize is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #2: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. It is also linked with the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024 priority area 1, which is eradication of hunger and achieving food security. The prize has a Usd 2, 0000 cash award. Congratulations Cletos!

 

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