Professor Malik Maaza, Senior Research Scientists at iThemba LABS, won the NSTF-GreenMatter Award at the 20th NSTF-South32 Awards held on 28 June 2018. The award recognises an individual's or organisation's work towards biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability and a greener economy over the last 5 to 10 years. The award was presented to Prof Maaza by the Minster of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who is also the event’s patron.
The new award follows Prof Maaza's winning the Jose Vasconcelos World Award of Education for 2018 for his positive impact on the cultural legacy of mankind, awarded to him by the World Cultural Council.
Prof Maaza is a Senior Research Scientist at iThemba LABS, a research facility managed by the National Research Foubdation; a Professor at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and holder of the UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. Born in Algeria in 1963, he is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology on the African continent and for his accomplishments as an outstanding educator and mentor.
The NSTF-South32 Awards are the flagship of the National Science and Technology Forum, recognising contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation across a broad range of fields, showcasing South Africa's research and development capacity. This is the 20th year in which the awards have been run and have honoured more than 200 recipients since their inception in 1998.