Professor Relebohile Moletsane, who walked away with the prestigious Distinguished Woman Scientist Award (physical and engineering) has published several articles and book chapters on using digital technology and digital story telling in rural communities with the focus on HIV education. She said her goal was to ensure that vulnerable societies had all the necessary information about HIV and Aids and how the disease operates.
Dr Rapela Maphanga from the University of Limpopo won the Distinguished Young Women Scientist Award for her research on computer simulations of energy-storage device materials. She has published her research findings on high profile scientific journals and is a junior associate at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy. Maphanga has supervised to completion one PhD student, four masters and six honours students at her university. Speaking of her research, she said:
“I believe that the solution for most of our problems lies in science so my aim is to make the little contribution that I can to achieve change and development in our communities”.