South African Young Academy of Science


March 8, 2017
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In keeping with its governance structures, SAYAS elected a new team of Executive committee members at its sixth Annual General Meeting held on 12 to 13 October, 2016 at the National Research Foundation in Pretoria. The new EXCO Team will serve for a one year period. They are:

 Name & Post Affiliation
Dr Sahal Yacoob


He is an experimental particle physicist and lectures at the University of Cape Town. He is currently part of the ATLAS collaboration which discovered the Higgs Boson in 2010 and continues to explore the energy frontier.
Dr Karen Cloete


She is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, National Research Foundation, where her research is focused on the biological applications of ion beam techniques.
Dr Makondelele Makatu

EXCO Member

She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Venda (UNIVEN). She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Pretoria (UP). Prior to that, she had received her education at University of Venda (UNIVEN), University of South Africa (UNISA) and University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Dr John Ataguba

EXCO Member

He is a Commonwealth scholar and a Senior Lecturer at the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town (UCT). John is an economist with research experience in many African countries. His research interests include health inequality, equity in health and health care, social determinants of health, impact evaluation, and health financing
Dr Nosipiwe Ngqwala

EXCO Member

She is currently a lecturer at Rhodes University in the faculty of Pharmacy. As a young academic she is interested in contributing in the intellectual pool of the country as a result after her PhD she decided to become a lecturer and a researcher working with the Environmental health and biotechnology research group (EHBRG) where she supervises Masters and Honours students.


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