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Name: Suria Subiah Role/Occupation: DPhil Engineering Science (Aerospace Engineering), Oxford University Country: South Africa, currently in the UK Suria Subiah’s father is a carpenter and her earliest childhood memories were of spending time with him in his workshop, which probably initiatedher interest in technical fields. Her childhoodinterest in mathematics and science, foreshadowed her career in engineering. As...
Nasreen Peer is a researcher, lecturer and a small-business owner. Clearly a woman who wears many hats. Peer currently lectures at Stellenbosch University, where she also carries out her research. Her work focuses on the biological and ecological study of coastal habitats, specifically the mangrove and rocky shore ecosystems. A few years ago, Peer realised the importance of listening to one’s emotions or ‘gut...
With a high school background in mathematics and science, Tshireletso Kgabi’s interest in engineering occurred rather naturally; “I have always loved the challenge of being in a constant state of learning and critical thinking which develops an enquiring mind to solve technical and scientific problems. This developed my sense to understand and contribute to engineering issues,” Kgabi elaborates. She completed her...
Name: Shalena Naidoo Role/Occupation: PhD Candidate, Stellenbosch University/HIV Paediatric Researcher Country: South Africa Shalena Naidoo is an HIV immunology scientist and a PhD candidate, currently in the final year of my PhD degree titled A Longitudinal Perspective on the Impact of Immune Status on the HIV-1 Latent Reservoir and Neurocognitive Outcomes in Virologically Supressed Children. She describes the life of...
The eKasi Tech Fest and Gaming Expo, simply referred to as the ‘eKasi Tech Fest 2018’ was held from the 18 – 20 October 2018 at Soweto’s Dlamini Multi Purpose Hall. The festival combined both gaming and technology into one event, managing to cater to the needs of gamers and technology enthusiasts.   A major objective of the event was to bridge the digital divide and enable township communities to participate in...
Name : Barbara Ojur                Role/Occupation : Master’s student (MPhil Specialising in Space Studies) Country : South Africa (I have dual citizenship, Uganda and South Africa) Barbara Ojur is a Master’s student completing an MPhil specialising in Space Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Ojur is currently building a portable...
Name : Sadhna Mathura Role/Occupation : Lecturer, Researcher and Academic Coordinator, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Country : South Africa Sadhna Mathura is a lecturer, researcher and academic coordinator at the School of Chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand. As a lecturer, she teaches chemistry to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. As an academic coordinator, she...
Name:  Itumeleng Tsatsi  Role/Occupation:  Lecturer, Occupational Therapy. Country:  South Africa Itumeleng Tsatsi  a lecturer in Occupational Therapy department at the University of Free State. She specialises in psychiatry and community based education. As a lecturer, Tsatsi trains occupational therapy students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to become well rounded occupational therapists...
Girl Code held their fifth annual GirlCodeHack , the largest female hackathon in South Africa from the 3-5 August 2018, at the start of the country’s Women’s Month. Girl Code is a social enterprise that aims to empower girls and women through technology and provides training opportunities for girls interested in software development. They envision impacting 10 million women across Africa in 10 years. Girl Code also aims to become...
Name:  Khanyisile Kgoadi Role/Occupation:  Researcher at the Immunology Division Country:  South Africa Khanyisile Kgoadi  is a researcher in the Division of Immunology, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town. She investigates neuro-immunological mechanisms associated with detrimental effects of central nervous system tuberculosis (CNS-TB); which is the...
Name:  Apiwe Hotele  Role/Occupation:  Technology Commercialization Specialist at SARAO, Founder of the Enlighten tutoring app and the IMBASA programme Country:  South Africa Apiwe Hotele  works as a technology commercialisation specialist at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). Her duties involve introducing new products made at SARAO to the market as well as initiating development...
Name:  Lungile Hlatshwayo Role/Occupation:  Advanced Lead Reliability Engineer  Country:  South Africa I recently interviewed Lungile Hlatshwayo, the Lead Engineer for Reliability. Hlatshwayo was the first African in her field to make it into the prestigious Edison Program, she remembers when she first found out, “ I was on a bus home when I found out and I just cried partially because I knew this would...