South African Young Academy of Science



New SAYAS Members 2017


Dr Adeyemi Aremu is a Senior Lecturer at DST Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, North West University (Mafikeng Campus), where he teaches undergraduate modules in indigenous Science and Technology. He obtained his MSc (Ethnobotany cum lauda, 2010) and PhD (Botany, 2012) degrees from UKZN. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) Y2 (Young Promising) rated scientist.

Prof Benita Olivier is an Associate Professor in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the Physiotherapy Department of the University of the Witwatersrand. As part of her PhD research project, she investigated the cricket fast bowling action with the aid of kinematic analysis. She established the Wits Physiotherapy Movement Analysis Laboratory in 2010 and has moulded it into a lab that advocates research excellence. She is a Y-rated NRF researcher.

Prof Chris De Wet completed his studies at University of Johannesburg (then RAU) and the University of Pretoria. He is currently Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, at UNISA. He is an international expert on ancient Greek and Roman slavery and labour exploitation, and has published two monographs on the topic. He holds an NRF Y1 rating.

Prof Roula Inglesi-Lotz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria and is an Y1 NRF rated academic. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2006 at the University of Macedonia, Greece and continued with her postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2008.

Prof Reza Malekian is an Associate Professor and head of Advanced Sensor Networks Research Group in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He holds an NRF Y-rating.

Dr Rory Pilossof is a Senior Lecturer at the UFS, in the Department of Economics. He undertook his PhD at the University of Sheffield on white farming discourse and identity. He holds an NRF Y1 rating.

Prof Yanxia Sun got her DTech in Electrical Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa and PhD in Computer Science, University Paris-EST, France in 2012. She holds a NRF Y2 rating. Currently she is serving as an Associate Professor and Head of Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg.

Dr Marde Helbig is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria. Her research focuses on solving dynamic multi-objective optimisation problems using computational intelligence algorithms. Before joining the university, she worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She holds an NRF Y1 rating.

Dr Lindie Koorts is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State’s Centre for Africa Studies. She holds an MA (cum laude) in Historical Studies from the University of Johannesburg and a DPhil in History from the University of Stellenbosch. She holds an NRF C1 rating.