On Thursday the 11th of August the national Department of Science and Technology presented the annual Women in Science awards to recognize the work done women scientists in various fields and our very own Prof Marianne Matthee was one of them!
Prof Matthee was one of the finalists in the young distinguished researcher category for social sciences and humanities. During the ceremony, she was awarded the second-runner up prize. The first-runner up was Dr Nicole de Wet from Wits and the winner was Dr Naomi Nkealah from Unisa. During an awards ceremony, the Department’s Minister Naledi Pandor gave recognition to young distinguished women researchers, distinguished women researchers as well as masters and PhD students. This gala event took place at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton and Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Under-Secretary General of the UN and Executive Director: UN Women) gave the keynote address. Her address resonated the theme of this year’s awards – “Woman’s Empowerment and its link to sustainable development”, which is also a 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This year’s award ceremony also commemorated the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Congrats Marianne, it is a top achievement!