The Minister of Science and Technology congratulates Prof. Glenda Grey, Prof. Quaraisha Abdool Karim and Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who will be awarded National Orders by President Jacob Zuma on Freedom Day, 27 April 2013, for their outstanding contributions to our country.

"The three scientists, who will have the country's highest honour bestowed on them, rank among the best in the world. They have demonstrated exceptional professional achievement and commitment to service. As the Department of Science and Technology, we are proud to be associated with them," said Minister Hanekom.

Dr Fanaroff will receive the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) for his excellent contributions to astronomy and dedication to putting South Africa on the map with the SKA Project.


Prof Grey will receive the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) for her life-saving research into mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS, which has site2016d the lives of people in South Africa and abroad. Her work has not only saved the lives of many children, but also improved the quality of life for many others living with HIV and AIDS.


Prof. Abdool Karim will receive the Order of Mapungubwe (Bronze) forher outstanding work in the field of HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis research, as well as her role in health policy development, which has placed South Africa on the international stage in this regard.


National Orders are the highest awards that the country, through its President, bestows on its citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed towards the advancement of democracy and who made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans.


Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

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