Following a intensive and rigorous review process involving international experts, the National Research Foundation has approved the funding of R35 million for a Nuclear Spectrometer. GAMKA, which stands for GAMma-ray spectrometer for Knowledge in Africa and the name, stems from the Khoisan word for “lion.” The new equipment will bolster the country’s ability to perform cutting edge nuclear research.
The International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) directorate of the NRF and the Science Technology Development Fund (STDF) of Egypt held on 2 November 2015 the first South Africa - Egypt Joint Researchers’ Workshop at Garden Court, Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Cape Town.
The main aim of this workshop was the assessment of progress made on all the projects funded in the first and second joint calls for proposals in the bilateral agreement on Science and Technology between South Africa and Egypt which was signed in August of 1997.
The NRF is pleased to announce that Dr Karen Cloete from iThemba LABS has recently been inaugurated as a member of the SA Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). SAYAS was established in 2011 in recognition of young, excellent researchers who makes a contribution to science for society. Dr Aldo Stroebel, ED for IRC, was a founding member of SAYAS.
iThemba LABS remains a multi-user beam system and a R&D facility, where the core mandate is research in sub-atomic physics. Due to its primary research mandate it was considered necessary to review the current applications of accelerated beams - including particle therapy at iThemba LABS. The NRF arranged a one-day workshop for all interested stakeholders on the 8th April 2014 in Pretoria.