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Recognising, celebrating and rewarding excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.

 Finalists for the highly-acclaimed NSTF Awards in partnership with South 32 for 2015/2016 have been selected.

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation for researchers and other SET-related professionals. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, research and engineering capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, and research managers.

The NSTF Awards is referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, as it is the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national Awards of its kind. It was also the first science awards in the country. This year’s NSTF Awards proudly present the following new features:

  • The Capacity Development Awards now include Awards for Engineering Capacity Development. Eskom’s sponsorship will support two awards, one male and one female, in capacity development in the engineering space. The NSTF will make one additional award for capacity development in other disciplines.
  • The NSTF is making a special award for a contribution in Crop Science and Food Security this year, in honour of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, as declared by the United Nations.
  • The Non-governmental organisation (NGO) category was changed previously to include technology transfer and education/training contributions to SET. The broader scope opens up the NSTF Awards to a wider range of organisations and allows for recognition of social innovation efforts. This would include worthy projects run by professional bodies. Just please note that professional bodies as such (as entities) are not considered in this category.

It is an extraordinary honour to be an Awards finalist; also given the quality of the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and growing interest from the community every year.

Read more on this anouncement.

Northern Gauteng Senior Science Fair needs judges to apply to judge on 12 August 2015 from 13:00-18:00 at the UP Sports Center in all categories.

For more information and to register online, please go to https://www.sciencexpo.org.za/sciencexpo/Expo.html#!judge,welcome and https://www.sciencexpo.org.za/sciencexpo/Expo.html#!judge,register

Best practise in water conservation and dam management 

Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg
Date: 22 & 23 June 2016 

Confirmed Speakers

Wietsche Roets
Specialist Scientist: In-Stream Water Use
DEPARTMENT OF WATER & SANITATION 

Celiwe Ntuli
Deputy Chief Engineer
DEPARTMENT OF WATER & SANITATION

Stephen Mallory
Director
IWR WATER RESOURCES

Pramod Sinha
Former Civil Engineer DWA, Currently Senior Lecturer
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

Dumisani Gubuza
Executive Manager: Water Demand Management & Policies
EKURHULENI METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

Sandile Mkhize
Chief Operations Officer
MAGALIES WATER

Yusuf Abramjee
Coordinator
OPERATION HYDRATE

Yaseen Theba
Coordinator
OPERATION HYDRATE

Neighbouring Perspective

Namu Mangisi
Principal Hydrogeologist
DEPARTMENT OF WATER AFFAIRS - BOTSWANA 

Bogadi Mathengwane
Deputy Director: Water Resource & Management
DEPARTMENT OF WATER AFFAIRS - BOTSWANA 

Ts’iu Khathibe
Delegate of Government - Lesotho
LESOTHO HIGHLANDS WATER COMMISSION

International Perspective

The Impact Of Changing Climate On Water Resources Of South Asia: Case Studies From Indian Himalayan Region

Rajesh Kumar

Academic Coordinator Ph.D. Programme Department of Environmental Science School of Basic Sciences and Research
SHARDA UNIVERSITY – INDIA

For more information, download the PDF below:

17 &  18 March 2016

The Capital Empire Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

“An Innovative Training Approach to Accelerate Laboratory performance effectively”

This intriguing workshop is designed to address the operational gaps that exist in managing all types of laboratories. Our primary aim is for the participant to gain competitive world experience chemical analysis, in planning, lab discipline, testing samples in the most efficient way possible in terms of speed, cost adaptation of latest technologies and informatics of key principles of lean application, adaptation of standard hands-on tools in the labs to fast turnaround, accurate, reliable analytical data that you need to effectively run and optimize your project operations on daily basis, improve your efficiency of your laboratory and quality goals. Will help you gather valuable practical insights to evaluate both technical and human-side of quality equation and leverage the full capability of automation and information systems into lab operations.

Your Facilitator

Prof JJ (“Koot”) Pieterse

Prof JJ (“Koot”) Pieterse’s career in education and research spans over 32 years and he has developed a niche in Lean Laboratory Management, Lean accuracy of lab results, Lean manufacturing, lean enterprise and service in South Africa and the world Academic Qualifications:BSc (University of Pretoria), HED(University of Pretoria), NH Dip (Pretoria Technikon), DTE (UNISA), MSc (University of Pretoria), PhD (University of Pretoria. He is a principal lecturer at NMMU Business School, teaching and supervising MBA and Doctoral students. Prof Pieterse was honoured with the annual National Lewerik Award for innovative research in 1990 in the South African defense industry. His research skills are further supported by his progressive research grant increases from the National Research Foundation.

The course seeks to teach principles of rehabilitating the natural environment disturbed by any development such as surface mining, improper agricultural land management practices or any form of pollution. The objective is to reinstate appropriate land uses or agricultural potential. It provides the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies needed to restore, reclaim and remediate damaged land in the public and corporate sectors.

Course Objectives

  • To provide participants with an in depth understanding of the government regulations that pertain to mine site rehabilitation
  • To provide participants with a detailed, technical understanding of the steps needed to achieve mine site rehabilitation
  • To showcase best practices in mine site rehabilitation and broader forest landscape restoration and
  • To provide a forum for discussing challenges and obstacles to implementing government regulations and evaluate ways to overcome them.

To register, please fax or email your authorized registration form to: +27 86 762 7084.

Announcement & Registration

Saint George Hotel, Centurion, Gauteng Province, 5 June – 8 June, 2016

About The Conference

The Board of SASAE will be holding the 2016 Annual Conference in Gauteng, June 5 – 8, 2015. The theme of the conference is. “Quo Vadis (Where are you going?).” 

SASAE was established during 1966. The society will celebrate its 50 year anniversary during 2016! This necessitates that one reflects over the past 50 years, the good, the challenging and lessons learned. We should be forward looking and visionary as to what lies ahead for SASAE. The role that extension will play in the future, our inputs into building a better extension society nationally and globally. 

Call For Paper and Poster Submissions

The call for papers has been closed. Posters will still be accepted until the end of March 2016. Contact the Secretariat (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for directives on the proposal of posters.

Presenters will be required to register for the conference and to pay the conference registration fee. If the Registration Fee is not paid, the paper will not be published in the proceedings.

The due date for completed papers and posters are 21 April 2016. If we do not receive your final paper by then, you will not be allowed to present at the conference. The paper must be in MS Word format for publication in the proceedings. MS PowerPoint presentation will not be accepted for publication. You may use MS PowerPoint for your presentation at the Conference. Posters can be in MS PowerPoint or MS Word.

Conference Venue

The venue for the Conference will be Saint George Hotel, 58 Doornkloof, Goede Hoop Avenue, M57, Rietvleidam.

GPS Co-ordinates:

Latitude: -25.892958
Longitude: 28.252575

Accommodation

Accommodation for the conference period must be pre-arranged by each delegate at Saint George Hotel, or in and around Centurion. A list of available Hotels, Guest Houses, etc., will be attached to this document and will be on the SASAE Website. There is a block booking of all the accommodation at Saint George Hotel until 1 May 2016. The registration at the conference will start on the afternoon of 5 June 2016 and the Conference will start on 6 June 2016 at 09:00. It will end at lunch on 8 June 2016. 

Registration

The conference registration fee covers: Conference proceedings, full conference facilities, all meals (excluding breakfast), teas and coffees with pastries or biscuits, an informal braai (barbecue) and a Gala Dinner. 

For registration, use the enclosed form but please do not mail your payment to us. Deposit your payment into the SASAE Account No.: 540 810 257, ABSA Bank, Branch Code: 334 745 (Lynnwood Road, Pretoria), EFT Branch Code; 632 005, Swift Code for International Members: ABSA JJ ZA and fax or email a copy of your deposit slip, with clearly indicated reference information (Initials and Surname), to the Conference Secretary at Fax 086 541 2166 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your registration.

You are only registered once we have received your registration form and proof of payment.

Key Dates

Notice of acceptance: 22 February, 2016
Submission of papers, posters (electronically by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 21 April 2016
Early Registration: on or before 22 April 2016

Enquiries Can Be Directed To

The SASAE Secretary (Ben Stevens)
Tel. 014 533 2172;
Fax: 086 541 2166;
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Ms. Marlise Bornman
Tel 014 717 4949
Fax 014 717 5300
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Mr. T T Mabuza
Cell: 083 256 0969
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Ensuring Sustainability in African Agriculture

The African Agri Council would like to invite you to attend the African Sustainable Agriculture Summit taking place from the 6 – 7 April 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The African Sustainable Agriculture Summit 2016 is tailored to focus on driving sustainability and profit through technological innovation, infrastructure development and value chain financing in African agriculture. The recent drought crisis has raised further concerns and the agriculture community has to re-assess its effectiveness to adapt to changing environmental, social and economic pressures.

How to be involved?

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The African Sustainable Agriculture Summit brings together Africa’s agriculture industry and provides a platform for solutions, networking and business development. By sponsoring you will showcase your brand optimally and generate valuable brand awareness. To learn more about these opportunities contact the team.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and get access to the continent’s decision makers and 2 days of high level strategic content around developing a sustainable industry in Africa, project funding, technological innovation, and more. Book before 29 February 2016 and save up to R1000. Register here or contact the team to find out more.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Join our expert panel and share your expertise, research, products or strategies with key stakeholders in the industry. Contact the team for more information.

PS: Do not miss this opportunity! Only 70 seats available!
Space available on a first come first served basis.

Book today

Registration, sales, conference and marketing contact details: Phone: +27 21 700 4300 | Fax: +27 21 702 4340

The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
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