Research foundation aims for gender parity in South Africa’s scientific workforce

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has congratulated the women identified as the 50 most inspiring South African women in technology for 2017 by non-profit organisation Inspiring Fifty.

The organisation, which is an initiative of the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town, together with Inspiring Fifty Netherlands, announced the names of its 50 inspiring women in technology in South Africa. This was preceded by a call from the Dutch Consulate General in April, asking for nominations of women who could serve as role models to attract more female champions in the technology-related fields.

The list, which comprises women who are researchers, entrepreneurs, influencers, technology leaders and academics, includes NRF’s Anita Loots, head of African Planning for the Square Kilometre Array project; colleagues from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and its entities including Fikiswa Majola, the deputy director: Space Science and Technology at the DST; Anitha Ramsuran, manager of innovation skills development, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA); and Julie Cleverdon, director of the Cape Town Science Centre which is part of the science engagement community.

The NRF is committed to the transformation of the scientific workforce and achieving gender parity, and has increased its funding of women to achieve this goal. From 2014 to 2016, there has been a growth of 31,3% in the number of women the NRF funded for Master’s degrees, 24% growth in the number of those engaged in Doctoral studies, and a 22,8% increase in the funding of women doing  Post-doctoral work.

Contact Palesa Mokoena, National Research Foundation, Tel 012 481-4058,

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