Science & Technology

2020 category sponsors

Sulaiman Saleem Patel, 26

Sulaiman Saleem Patel, 26

Senior analyst in emerging technology
KPMG South Africa

Sulaiman Patel says that being announced as one the youngest ever doctoral graduates in electronic engineering from University of KwaZulu-Natal counts as a proud but humbling moment. What made the moment more special was seeing how his achievements were inspiring and...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Cebisa Mdekazi, 25

Cebisa Mdekazi, 25

Assistant director: integrated environment and conservation management
Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Everybody loves dinosaurs, but not everyone loves them enough to make a career out of palaeontology. Especially not young black girls — not yet, anyway. Cebisa Mdekazi is an assistant director at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, responsible for ensuring...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Sasha Hoffmann, 32

Sasha Hoffmann, 32

Postdoctoral fellow

Working towards greater opportunities for a more diverse group of students to experience the joys of science is the dream of Sasha Hoffman, a postdoctoral fellow in the field of zoology who’s eager to share the wonders of science. Working in the field of zoology...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Moagabo Ragoasha, 28

Moagabo Ragoasha, 28

Postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer
University of Cape Town, South African Environmental Observation Network

“The one thing that drives me to excel every morning is my family. I am the eldest of two sisters and ever since my parents passed on, I had to step up — not just for myself, but for them too. To serve as an inspiration for them to pursue their goals. My success is...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Keneuoe Maliehe, 34

Keneuoe Maliehe, 34

Chief scientis
KaTZ Smart

For Keneuoe Maliehe, to be awarded an Africa-Ireland Fellowship, and subsequently be recognised as an elite scholar by Maynooth University, have been particular highlights in a career punctuated with significant achievements. As a director at CAD Mapping and Chief...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Kimi Chapelle, 29

Kimi Chapelle, 29

Postdoctoral fellow at Evolutionary Studies Institute
University of the Witwatersrand

Postdoctoral fellow at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Kimberley Chapelle wants to make palaeontology as accessible as possible to South Africans. In her ideal world, she’d be able to ask a child what their favourite dinosaur...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Thembisile Patience Mahlangu, 30

Thembisile Patience Mahlangu, 30

Lecturer and researcher
Durban University of Technology

Researcher Thembisile Mahlangu develops materials for water treatment and disinfection. She is also a lecturer at the Durban University of Technology. “I want to see a solution that will bring socioeconomic benefits to South Africa. I also want to produce graduates...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Ruby-Anne Birin, 25

Ruby-Anne Birin, 25

DPhil archaeological science student
University of Oxford

Ruby-Anne Birin hopes to use her work to establish a meaningful dialogue in modern people’s lives. The 25-year-old is an archaeological science student. Her current research focuses on understanding when people invent, adopt and abandon new technologies in Southern...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Kimberleigh Ashley Tommy, 27

Kimberleigh Ashley Tommy, 27

PhD candidate at the Human Variation and Identification Research Unit
School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

Kimberleigh Ashley Tommy is a biological anthropology PhD candidate with the Human Variation and Identification Research Unit at Wits University. Tommy says one of the proudest moments for her life so far was receiving her master’s degree. It meant more because she...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Tiyani Nghonyama, 27

Tiyani Nghonyama, 27

Co-founder
Geekulcha

Technology expert Tiyani Nghonyama (27) is a hugely smart and delightfully modest young leader. He’s the co-founder of Geekulcha, an organisation that teaches technology skills to rural and under-privileged youth, and guides them as they start university or enter the...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Dr Mzamo Shozi, 35

Dr Mzamo Shozi, 35

Senior lecturer
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Not many people even know what catalysis and organometallic chemistry are. But Mzamo Shozi is an expert in the field, and his knowledge will help push us into a green energy future. His work involves the conversion of sugar alcohols found in plants to valuable...

Sarah Smit | mg.co.za
Khanya Champion, 33

Khanya Champion, 33

Senior Manager
BCX

Nokukhanya Champion says she wants to see more female leaders in the telecommunications field. Now a senior manager at the BCX company, a subsidiary of the Telkom Group, Champion says that throughout her career she has always been the only black women engineer or one...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Tim Mitchell, 28

Tim Mitchell, 28

Digital and innovation chief of staff
Deloitte Africa

By harnessing the digital landscape, young South Africans have a platform to not only greatly accelerate their own development, but also make significant contributions to society at large. This firm belief drives the daily routine of Tim Mitchell, the chief of staff...

Luke Feltham | mg.co.za
Dr Lebo Gafane-Matemane, 31

Dr Lebo Gafane-Matemane, 31

Senior lecturer and researcher in physiology
North-West University

Lebo Gafane-Matemane’s proudest moment to date was walking up on stage to receive her PhD at the age of 27. As she comes from a poor background and struggled financially during her undergraduate years, she never thought she would reach a milestone like this in her...

Rosie Goddard | mg.co.za
Stephanie Baker, 33

Stephanie Baker, 33

Palaeo-anthropologist researcher and principal investigator
Drimolen Hominin Site

Considering her success as a palaeo-anthropologist researcher, Stephanie Baker says, “Sometimes you don't know what your passion is until you've been pushed into it. Give everything a chance, and give it your all — you never know when your future is starting.” As...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Cliffton Masedi, 33

Cliffton Masedi, 33

Postdoctoral research fellow
University of Limpopo - Materials Modelling Centre

Research and development are the foundation of innovation, absolute requirements for progress no matter the industry. That’s something that Cliffton Masedi understands better than most, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Limpopo’s Materials...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Lyndsey Duff, 34

Lyndsey Duff, 34

Country manager
what3words

A simple but smart technology is helping to save lives by making it easy to find people. The company what3words has divided the world into sections of 3m square, and given each a name of three words. Those words, such as filled.count.soap, enable any location to be...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Palesa Nombula, 29

Palesa Nombula, 29

Graduate data scientist and MSc astrophysics candidate
SARAO, UWC

Although the phrase “to reach for the stars” is overused, it is inspirational when it comes to Palesa Nombula, who is completing her master’s in astrophysics with the Centre for Radio Cosmology at the University of the Western Cape. Having initially been excluded at...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Doreen Mokoena, 32

Doreen Mokoena, 32

Internet governance specialist
Domain Name Authority of South Africa

Bridging gender divides by creating an environment in which more women-led start-ups thrive in tech is the force that drives internet governance specialist, Doreen Mokoena. In her work, she administers the .za namespace and arms the end-user with compliance...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Siwela Jeffrey Baloyi, 31

Siwela Jeffrey Baloyi, 31

Science researcher
Mintek

Science researcher Jeffrey Baloyi says it’s his moral obligation to find innovative solutions that aid South Africa and the world in reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment. Growing up in a village where there wasn’t much in terms of inspiration, he never...

Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | mg.co.za
Mondli Magagula, 30

Mondli Magagula, 30

Principal geologist and geotechnical engineer
Exxaro Resources

Part of a new generation of black professionals in the mining industry, Mondli Magagula is the principal geologist and geotechnical engineer for Exxaro Resources, one of South Africa's largest black-empowered resource companies, and the youngest head of department in...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Thulile Khanyile, 32

Thulile Khanyile, 32

Lecturer, scientist and social entrepreneur
University of the Witwatersrand, Nka'Thuto EduPropeller NPO

Thulile Khanyile has three aspects to her professional life: as a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, as a scientist doing research towards developing an HIV vaccine and as the co-founder and co-director at Nka'Thuto EduPropeller. While for most, even one...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Thapelo Nthite, 24

Thapelo Nthite, 24

Chief executive and co-founder
Botlhale AI

“Only 18% of the South African population speaks English at home. It is clear that English is the primary language of instruction and trade, not of understanding! The issue is that almost all digital services are offered in English, making them inaccessible to the...

Max Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za