Congratulations to Zinhle Mncube, a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, who won the DST-Albertina Sisulu Doctoral fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences category at the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). The award recognises her outstanding research and academic ability and potential.
The 2019 South African Women in Science Awards took place at The Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth on the 15th of August. They were hosted by the newly renamed Department of Science and Innovation (formerly the Department of Science and Technology). The theme for this year’s awards was ‘Making the Fourth Industrial Revolution Work for Women’. In particular, the “fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has been defined as technological development that blurs the lines between the physical, digital, and biological systems.” The awards celebrated the major role that women in both the Natural and Engineering Sciences and the Humanities and Social Sciences have to play in the 4IR.
Dr Blade Nzimande MP, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, addressed the SAWiSA attendants and handed out some awards. Prof Charlene Afrika, deputy dean at the University of the Western Cape Science faculty, also delivered an address at the awards.