The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is hosting two events for Women's Month; the Women in Science Awards, and a round-table discussion on gender-based violence.

Media are invited to both.


Date:    Thursday, 17 August 2017
Time:    18:30 to 22:00
Venue:    The Hilton Hotel, Sandton


The DST has been hosting the South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) since 2003, in celebration of women in science and technology, and to profile the work of these women to inspire younger women.


The theme for WISA 2017 is "Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work" (in line with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women priority theme for 2017).

Guest speaker

The DST, in line with the theme for the year, has invited Dr Nolulamo Gwagwa, currently CEO of Lereko Investments, a black-owned investment company, and one of the Lereko Metier Capital Growth Fund principals, to speak at this year's awards ceremony. Dr Gwagwa is a multifaceted woman – an accomplished development planner, business leader, and philanthropist. She is a non-executive director of FirstRand, Massmart and Sun International, and is the Chairperson of Aurecon Africa.  She recently served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Planning Commission.


Date:    Saturday, 19 August 2017
Time:    09:00 – 12:00
Venue:    The Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria


In response to the recent spate of femicides in South Africa, the DST initiated a debate on gender-based violence, focusing on research conducted on the subject by the Human Sciences Research Council and other institutions, such as the Medical Research Council and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The debate will bring together key stakeholders working on issues related to gender-based violence. It will be attended by researchers, academics, practitioners, policy-makers and activists.


The debate will take place under the theme "Gender-based Violence: Adolescent victims and offenders: reflection on evidence and practice".


• Prof. Heidi van Rooyen, Human Sciences Research Council
• Prof. Rachel Jewkes, Medical Research Council
• Bafana Khumalo, Sonke Gender Justice
• Prof. Priscilla Reddy, Human Sciences Research Council
• Dr Marcel Londt, University of the Western Cape, and Director of the Child Abuse Therapeutic and Training Service
• Ms Lebogang Ramafoko, Soul City Institute for Social Justice

RSVP:  Veronica Mohapeloa at 0834005750.

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.

Lunga Ngqengelele
Media Liaison Officer
082 566 0446