The work of 52 African scientists has been honored in the first Africa in Science book to be launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Launched as part of the Africa Day celebrations, the book celebrates excellent work being done by researchers on the Continent in the areas of poverty, unemployment and inequality, and encourages more potential scientists to embark on the journey of science in Africa.

The book also acknowledges the excellent research done by women scientists who are increasingly taking their place in a once male-dominated domain.

“Our continent is one with a history of oppression, exploitation, slavery and colonialism, but also one with hope, drive and dynamic potential,” said the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, in the publication’s foreword.

The Minister added that the Department will continue to support the implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) and Agenda 2063.

“I hope the many more potential scientists will follow in the footsteps of the men and women proudly showcased in the publication,” said the Minister, adding that the Department would look into producing similar publications in the future, exclusively profiling young scientists and women in Africa.

The 52 scientists included in the publication were nominated by their institutions for their outstanding contributions as African researchers in 2017.

Among those scientists tackling the Continent’s disease burden are Professors Esther Mwaikambo from Tanzania who is described as a woman of many first, Bongani Mayosi from South Africa, the world’s top TB scholar, and Quarraisha Abdool Karim for breaking new ground in HIV/Aids research.

From the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, Dr Regina Folorunsho has been heralded for her work in sustainable environmental management. The book also features Prof Isabella Quaki from the College of Health Science in Ghana whose research in combating malaria has been profound, and Zimbabwean Prof Onisimo Mutanga who is leading innovative remote-sensing research aimed at measuring the earth’s resources.

For more see the link to the Science in Africa booklet

For more information, contact  Lunga Ngqengelele at 082 566 0446 or Veronica Mohapeloa on 083 400 5750