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Dr Katlego Makgopa

ELECTION – President of the South African Nanotechnology Initiative

SANi newly elected EXCO members

The South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANi) is a well-organized network of academics, researchers, and engineers from universities, the private sector, and research councils in South Africa with the common goal of involving South Africa in the emerging fields of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. As a professional body, the SANi is endorsed by the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and enjoys worldwide support from various international bodies.

Dr Katlego Makgopa, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), was first elected into the SANi’s executive committee (EXCO) in 2018 as the deputy secretary with the main purpose of contributing to the Nanotechnology activities within the South African context. This was followed by being elected as the president of the organization during the SANi AGM on the 28th of October 2022 in Cape Town.

Read what Dr Makgopa had to say about his election…


Book Launch

AWARD – North-West University (NWU)

Most Productive Emerging Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences

This award recognises the Most Productive Emerging Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences at North-West University for the year 2021. The awardee should be 35 years old or younger at the time of nomination. The assessment is based on accredited research outputs (article equivalents, journal impact factor and quartile), post-graduate students, presentations, innovation & awards (international and national) and funding acquired in 2021.


Book Launch

AWARD – Durban University of Technology (DUT)

Chancellor’s Award: Impactful

Project Team: Dr Anisa Vahed (Project Leader) and Prof. Sibusiso Moyo (Former DVC: Research Innovation, Engagement at DUT)

The SURE project supports the provision of a “distinctive education” through undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry (UGRSCI) with the objective of developing ‘adaptive graduates’ with inquiring minds, to problem solve and experience meaningful learning. Faculty members engaging with UGRSCI benefit by increasing their visibility and developing their own research knowledge and skills. Apart from being institutionally supported, faculty-driven, and student-centered, SURE encourages using innovative pedagogies and fosters research through the notion of near peers that is where faculty and undergraduate students co-create/co-construct knowledge as research partners. Indeed, the nexus between research and teaching underpins the various elements of DUTs ENVISION2030, particularly in threading its way through the undergraduate experience of the students from their first- to their final year of study.  Consequently, students can gain deeper insights into how various methods of inquiry can be used when applying classroom learning in real-world contexts, exploring academic literature, and problem-solve while engaging with faculty and other professionals. Weaving together the threads of UGRSCI into the curriculum is a powerful basis to build an enriched and comprehensive learning environment for undergraduate students and encourage them to pursue postgraduate studies.


You can read more about the awards function at


Book Launch

Book Launch – Transformative Environmental Constitutionalism

The Future Professors Programme together with the University of Pretoria and Environmental Law Association of South Africa invite you to a book launch for Transformative Environmental Constitutionalism (Brill, October 2022).

Recognizing the intersections among social, environmental and climate injustice in a time of planetary emergency, Transformative Environmental Constitutionalism engages with how courts in South Africa and beyond can respond.

AUTHOR: Melanie Murcott, Associate Professor of Environmental and Administrative Law, University of Pretoria

DISCUSSANT: Lisa Chamberlain, Executive Director, Environmental Justice Fund South Africa

DATE: Wednesday, 7 December 2022
TIME: 17h30 for 18h00
WHERE: Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg






Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah

The origins of On Becoming a Scholar lie in the realisation that there is a need for a vademecum, a handy compendium of ideas, plans and strategies for building a productive and fulfilling academic career to guide the host of prospective academics.

On Becoming a Scholar is geared to help relatively new scholars to construct personal futures and to find their way through the 21st century university. It is intended to be a map, and like any map it does not contain all the contours and details of the landscape, but rather seeks to reveal the important pathways and milestones in the journey to becoming an established academic.

Drawing on highly experienced academics and accomplished professors in their different fields, as well as promising younger academics already on their way, this book cover a concentrated resource of practical wisdom. The topics are broad and, cumulatively, they seek to answer the many questions that experienced mentors encounter every day in their work with new academics.

Venue: Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study(STIAS), Marais Road, Mostertsdrift, Stellenbosch (onsite &virtual)


  • Friday, 4 November at 14:00

Please RSVP using the link: and indicate dietary preferences if you are attending in person.

We look forward to welcoming and hosting you at this event!

The full-text PDF is also now available for download from the African Minds website:

Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah

Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah Lectures

Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021. He is the author of ten novels: Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award), Admiring Silence, By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize) The Last Gift, Gravel Heart, and Afterlives, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021 and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. He was Professor of English at the University of Kent, and was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2016. He lives in Canterbury.

Venue: STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre,
10 Marais Road, Stellenbosch (onsite &virtual)


  1. Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Humanities Lecture in partnership
    with the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS): Thursday 3 November 2022 at 16:00
  2. Noni Jabavu Lecture: Friday 4 November 2022 10:00 to 11:30

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