Evert Kleinhans receives the technical support award from CSIR board chairman Thokozani Majozi, executive at CSIR operations Laurens Cloete and CSIR acting chief executive Molefi Motuku. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi
Evert Kleinhans receives the technical support award from CSIR board chairman Thokozani Majozi, executive at CSIR operations Laurens Cloete and CSIR acting chief executive Molefi Motuku. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi

CSIR employees rewarded for research

By VIRGILATTE GWANGWA Time of article published Nov 7, 2016

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Pretoria - Joy and laughter filled the CSIR Convention Centre on Friday as employees received awards in recognition of their hard work and contribution to the organisation's success.

Keynote speaker Rapelang Rabana encouraged the employees to question the world and be uncomfortable in their own comfort zone to succeed in life. "Accept your own weirdness because that is what sets you apart from the rest. With that weirdness you'll get far in life," she said.

Sarah Motshekga, one of the recipients, said she was excited yet nervous. She said the award meant she had to put more effort into her work.

"I honestly wanted to win this with all my heart, but I was nervous as I did not know who my competitors were," Motshekga said.

Her award recognised a doctoral student for the research contribution made as part of their studies.

Motshekga's work focused on producing nanomaterials that could be used to solve problems associated with contaminated water.

She published eight articles in high impact journals. "This award shows that my work is making an impact on people's lives and should really get more work done."

The awards take place every two years to recognise good science, talent and appreciate the employees for their dedication and impact they have on the company.

CSIR board charman Thokozani Majozi congratulated all the finalists and recipients. The University of Pretoria choir kept employees on their feet with jazzy melodies.

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