SACI News February 2018

This month we have news from the Western Cape and KZN Sections.  Also, the call for the 2018 SACI awards and SACI Fellows opened this month.  We would like to encourage all SACI members to identify and nominate deserving candidates.  The prestigious SACI awards aim to recognise and celebrate the contributions of members and chemist at all levels from the senior Gold Medal of the Institute, through to the SACI Postgraduate and Education medals.

Bice Martincigh


  • SACI office address and times

  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter

  • SACI Members – 5 years of membership

  • Of interest –Desalination

  • Sections and Divisions News

    Western Cape Section

    KwaZulu-Natal Section

  • Green Chemistry Division – competition

  • SACI Awards – Call for Nominations

  • Former Recipients of SACI Awards

  • SACI Fellows – Call for Nominations

  • 2018 South African Women in Science Awards – Call for nominations

  • 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science – Call for Applications

  • RSC News

  • NSTF News


  • South African Journal of Chemistry

  • African Journals of Chemistry

  • CAIA Newsletter

  • SACI and SACI related conference events

  • Other Conferences

  • Equipment

  • Vacancies

SACI office address and times

The SACI office, run by Laila Smith is located on the 1st Floor of Gate House, room 124. The telephone number is 011 717 6705 and e-mail address is: The cell number is 061 282 3477.

Office hours are from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm. She can be contacted at any time during her office hours.

Advertising in the SACI newsletter

The newsletter provides a means of getting messages to our membership. Currently the SACI membership stands at over 1000. This newsletter thus provides a means of advertising employment opportunities, conferences and workshops, and even for companies/Universities to promote themselves. We encourage members to use the Newsletter for advertising purposes. All SACI related conferences and events are advertised for free; if not a SACI related event there could be a small charge. For advertising costs contact Laila at the SACI office.          

SACI members – 5 years of membership

Starting from this month, we would like to honour our loyal members of the Institute.  This month we would like to feature our newer members to the Institute: those that have been members for five years or less.  Their names are displayed below.  We wish to thank all our members for their contributions to the livelihood of SACI.  Without you, our Institute could not exist.

Of interest –Desalination

We are all critically aware of the water shortages in our country.  The link below discusses some global examples of desalination plants and some of the challenges we face.


Sections and Divisions news     

This month we have news from our Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Sections.

  • Western Cape News

The dinner we still recovering from…
The annual joint RSC/SACI dinner of the Western Cape section was held on the 16th of November and hosted a record number of attendees (144!) from the four universities of the Western Cape.

We welcomed the James Moir medallists Ms Nichole Richardson (University of Cape Town) and Ms Jana Botha (Stellenbosch University) and congratulated for Ms Balungile Dzingwe (University of the Western Cape) and Ms Selena Orango Adewinogo (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), who were not able to attend the ceremony.  A great applause was given to the SACI Post-graduate medal winner, Dr John Okombo from the University of Cape Town.  Stellenbosch University was in the limelight in this year, as Prof Harald Pasch received the SACI Gold medal and Prof Pieter Steyn was elected as SACI Fellow.  We also welcomed Dr Peter Scott, who joined SACI on 21 May 1974 – to acknowledge his 43 years support of the institute he was awarded lifetime membership.  Our honorary guest at the dinner was Prof Michael Levitt, 2013 Chemistry Nobel laureate, who is well-known for his passion for helping the next generation of young chemists and promoting chemistry to the public.

We would like to thank Prof Alan Hutton (University of Cape Town) for organizing the event and being a truly entertaining Master of Ceremony.  His work was eased by a charming and inspiring speech given by Dr John Woodland about the everyday joys of a chemist’s life.  Browsing over the many photographs of the dinner, undoubtedly this evening was one of those joyful moments in the lives of the Western Cape chemists!


  • SACI KZN Postgraduate Research Colloquium held on 2nd February 2018

ChromSA and SACI KZN Section jointly organized the Postgraduate Research Colloquium held at Durban University of Technology (DUT) on the 2nd of February 2018.  Approximately 80 guests attended the event from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban University of Technology, University of Zululand, Mangosuthu University of Technology and various KZN industries.  Professor Gengan from DUT delivered the welcome address and also introduced the guest speaker, Prof Patricia Forbes from the University of Pretoria.  On her presentation, Professor Forbes focussed more on the sample preparation conundrum, discussing the challenges associated with preparation of samples for both organic and inorganic analytes.  Thereafter, eight Masters and seven PhD students presented their research findings in all chemistry disciplines separated by lunch break.  During the lunch hour, there were poster presentations where approximately 18 students showcased their research work.  The best presentations (for both oral and poster categories) were awarded cash prizes courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry (North Section).  The prizes were presented by Prof Werner van Zyl (SACI KZN Section Chair) and Prof Vincent Nyamori (SACI President).  Students who demonstrated more chromatographic applications in their presentations were Sinothando Mtolo (UKZN Pietermaritzburg Campus) and Lemien Thavarayan (UKZN Westville Campus). They were both given gifts in the form of ChromSA t-shirts.  All presenting students were awarded gifts from PerkinElmer.

Best student presenters were:

Contributor: Lawrence Madikizela

Green Chemistry division – competition    
“In an effort to increase the visibility of the Green Chemistry that is already taking place in South Africa and at the same time highlighting possible opportunities for more people to “green” their research.”

The Green Chemistry Division would like to invite nominations for the best green chemistry paper by a South African chemist/group.  The prize will be a sponsored talk at the SACI National Convention in 2018.  Nominations should be sent to Rosa Klein (

Contributor: Rosa Klein

SACI Awards – Call for nominations

The medal shall be known as the Gold Medal of the South African Chemical Institute.  The medal is gold-plated, and bears the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse, and the name of the medal, together with the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse.  The award shall be made to a member of the Institute whose scientific contributions in the field of chemistry or chemical technology are adjudged to be of outstanding merit.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R10 000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

The medal shall be known as The Raikes Medal of the South African Chemical Institute.  The medal is gold-plated, and bears a likeness of Humphrey Rivaz Raikes with his name on the obverse, and the Institute’s name and crest, and the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse.  The award shall be made to a member of the Institute, under the age of 40 on 31 December in the year of the award, whose original chemical research shows outstanding promise, as judged by the person’s publications in reputable journals.  It is further stipulated that the research shall have been performed in South Africa.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R2 500, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.

The medal shall be known as the The Chemical Education Medal of the South African Chemical Institute.  The medal is struck in silver and bears the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse, and the name of the medal, together with the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse.  The award shall be made to a member of the Institute who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical education, as judged by the person’s published work in the previous five years.  Published work may be in any form and may be related to any level or educational context.  The medal shall be accompanied by a suitably inscribed scroll.

The medal shall be known as The Sasol Chemistry Innovator of the Year Medal.  The medal is gold-plated, and bears the SASOL logo together with the inscription “Chemistry Innovator of (the year)” on the obverse and the Institute’s name and crest and the name of the recipient on the reverse.  The award shall be made to a member of the Institute based in South Africa whose scientific contributions in the field of chemistry or chemical technology during the year preceding the award are adjudged to be outstandingly innovative.  The award shall comprise, in addition to the medal, a monetary award of a value determined by the sponsors, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.  The recipient of the award shall be known as the “SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year”.
Past medalists are ineligible for nomination for a second award of any of the above medals.

The medals shall be known as the SACI Postgraduate Awards of the South African Chemical Institute.  The awards shall be made to student members of the Institute engaged in research towards a MSc or PhD degree and registered in a School/Department of Chemistry at a South African University, or a MTech or DTech degree registered in a School/Department of Chemistry at a South African University of Technology.  The number of medals awarded shall not exceed five per annum, and the awards are limited to one per institution.  The recipients of the award shall be known as The SACI Postgraduate Awardees.  Past SACI/Sasol Postgraduate Awardees are not eligible for nomination for a second award of the medal.  The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R2000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.
The persons nominated should be considered as being “young innovative chemists”.  The characteristics of such a person are:

  1. Innovation

  2. Independence

  3. Enterprise.

The selection criteria applicable to the award are:

  1. Has the candidate done something worthy of admiration in the experimental field (e.g. a new, noteworthy, experimental design)?

  2. Has the candidate communicated the experimental results in any useful way (in printed form, or at conferences or symposia)?

  3. Does the candidate have a broad appreciation of the role and context of chemistry as a science?

  4. Does the candidate play a productive role in his/her chemistry department?

The persons submitting the nominations shall supply complete curricula vitae of the candidates, detailing all academic achievements.  The group of people nominating a candidate must be able to assess the impact the nominee has made in his/her department.  Hence, a combined process of peer and supervisor review should inform the selection of the candidate.  In addition to the backing of the supervisor, the candidate shall require the support of at least one other member of staff of the Department.  The candidate must also enjoy the support of a number of fellow postgraduate research students.  All the support for a candidate must be submitted in writing.  The endorsements should mention how the candidate reflects the qualities enumerated in the list above.  Final endorsement may reside with the Head of Department, where appropriate.

The merits of the work of candidates may be brought to the notice of the Council either by persons who desire to recommend candidates (nominations) or by the candidates themselves (applications).
Nominations and applications should be received by the Institute not later than 31 May.  Applicants must provide a list of publications, and/or non-confidential internal reports and other appropriate information in support of the application, together with curricula vitae detailing all academic and professional achievements.  In the case of the Raikes medal three reprints each of those publications considered to represent the candidate’s most significant work must be submitted.  In the case of the Chemical Education Award copies of the publications to be considered, together with any explanatory or supporting material, must be submitted.
Each nomination or application should include the names of two persons with knowledge of the candidate’s work, to whom reference may be made by the Institute.
Further details on these awards and the particular nomination requirements can be found at the Institute’s website:

The Council may at its discretion suspend any or all of these awards in any year in which there are no suitable candidates.


Download Award Nomination form

Former Recipients of SACI Awards


SACI Fellows – Call for nominations

The call for nomination for SACI Fellows is now open.  The Fellows membership category is the senior membership level of the Institute and is granted to members in acknowledgement of their outstanding contributions and services to chemistry.  We encourage all members to identify and nominate worthy candidates for consideration for this membership category in 2018.

The nominee must be a current full SACI Member in good standing with the Institute and have been a member of the Institute for at least ten years.  In addition, candidates must have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the areas of both: (a) the profession, education and/or management of chemistry, and (b) volunteer service to the chemical community. 

The nominee completes the online application form available on the SACI website and uploads a comprehensive CV.  The proposer and seconder are required to submit their motivations for the nomination via the online nomination system.  All of these requirements must be completed before 31 March 2018 to be considered.
Link to the online application: fellowmembership.html (your member login details will be required).



The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2018 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2018 WISA is leveraging science, technology and innovation to enhance inclusive growth and development.This theme is adapted from the 2018 priority theme for the 6th BRICS science technology and innovation (STI) Ministerial meeting, which will be hosted by South Africa in July 2018.

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme in the fields of Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Astronomy.  However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

Awards will also be made to a category on Research and Innovation (R&I) leading to a demonstrable contribution in enhancing inclusive growth and development.

The 2018 WISA will be presented on 16 August 2018 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month. The awards will be made in the following categories:


  • 1. Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers

  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Astronomy

  • 2. Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers

  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Astronomy

  • 3. Awards for Research and Innovation

  • Distinguished Woman Researcher

  • Distinguished Young Woman Researcher

  • 4. DST Fellowships

  • Five current master's students: 2 in natural and engineering sciences, 1 in human and social sciences (HSS), 1 in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) and 1 in Astronomy.

  • Five current doctoral students: 2 in natural and engineering sciences, 1 in HSS, 1 in IKS and 1 in Astronomy.

  • 5. TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Three master's students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.

  • Three doctoral students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.

1.    Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DST.
2.    All applicants /nominees are required to submit a short profile.
3     Shortlisted finalists will be required to submit three high-resolution photographs to be used for publicity.


Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 18 May 2018.  No late submissions will be accepted.

Nominations and applications should clearly indicate the category and should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To ensure that you have met all the requirements, please complete and submit the attached checklist.

Nominations and applications clearly indicating the category, should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to

NB: Please note that further correspondence will be only entered into with shortlisted finalists.

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or

Download nominationapplication form

2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science – Call for applications

The L’Oréal Foundation launches the 9th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships to support young women scientists.

·        Having obtained a PhD degree in Life or Physical science or pursuing studies leading to PhD degree
·        Having the nationality of a Sub-Saharan African country
·        Working in a Research Laboratory or Institution in one of the region’s counties or being enrolled in a Doctoral progamme at a University in Sub-Saharan Africa
·        Candidates must be no more than 40 years old by the end of the application period for PhD and not more than 45 years for post-doctoral.

Closing date for applications: 30 April 2018
For more information on and to apply, visit
For enquiries email:

RSC News

1.     The Pan Africa Chemistry Network exists to support African science; events, training, access to resources and a strong community; full details are here:

2.     There are a few ways that you access Royal Society of Chemistry journals and books – our entire archive is available free of charge across Africa, and to all RSC members.  Simply register online:

3.     Our Funding Options are here:

4.     I welcome you to the community:
    a.     Join the LinkedIn Group:

    b.     Sign up to our newsletter for updates and opportunities:

    c.     On twitter, please look up @hvdriver or #PanAfricaChem to find out more.

5.     All our events in Africa are listed here: including conferences and our programme of GCMS and LCMS training across the continent.

6.     We are holding our annual Congress in Ghana in November discussing sustainable agriculture, and we would welcome you to the event.  Registration will open next Thursday

Helen Driver



For the latest news see:

Of interest to members:

Matric results – certain misconceptions?  (

Climate and other changes  (

What to do about poverty?  (

Developing a strong network of economic infrastructure – transport, energy, water resources, and ICT  (


  • IUPAC is now seeking nominations for the 2018 CHEMRAWN VII Prize for Green Chemistry

The CHEMRAWN VII Prize was first announced in August 2008 and since, has been awarded every two years at the IUPAC International Conference on Green Chemistry.  The Prize of USD 5000 is granted to a young investigator (less than 45 years of age) from an emerging region who is actively contributing to research in Green Chemistry.  The Prize has been awarded to Noureddine Yassaa (Algeria) in 2010, Rashimi Sanghi (India) in 2012, Vania G. Zuin (Brazil) in 2014, and Ali Maleki (Iran) in 2016.

Nominations for the 2018 Prize must be submitted by 31 March 2018.

Please help share this amongst your networks and ensure green chemistry in Africa is recognized and celebrated.

The Post-graduate Summer School on Green Chemistry will be held from the 7th to 14th of July 2018 in Venice.  This Summer School will ideally follow the 10 previous editions held in Venice from 1998 to 2008, but this will be the first one under the International Union of Pure and      Applied Chemistry IUPAC sponsorship (
Green Chemistry is one of the key sciences of a sustainable development on earth and required for reaching the 17 UN-Goals: IUPAC and ICGCSD are fully aware of their responsibility in working in the direction of Sustainable Development through Green Chemistry.

The School will be hosted in the magnificent Palazzo Ducale, the Doge’s Palace, in St. Mark’s Square, and about 60 post-graduate students and 20 teachers coming from all over the world are expected to attend.  Scholarships will be offered to young talented chemists especially from developing countries.

The choice of Venice, this extraordinary but delicate architectural masterpiece between land and sea, as Host city for the Summer School has offered the opportunity to highlight the emerging connection of Green Chemistry with cultural heritage restoration and conservation field.

Main topics will be:
Chemistry beyond chlorine
New reaction pathways
Exploitation of renewable resources
For the first time: Green Chemistry for cultural heritage restoration
Applications are now open!  You can find more information about the School at the  following website link:           
Elena Griguol   
The Organizing Committee       
IUPAC Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry         

The 2019 summer school is further special in being held during the 100th Anniversary of IUPAC.  As local organizers (University of Dar es Salaam,Tanzania Bureau of Standards,Tanzania Chemical Society, etc.) we have planned the event to be held in Dar es Salaam from 12th to 19th May 2019.  The event will provide the participants (mainly post graduate students) with an understanding of the latest developments of the concepts and management of green and sustainable chemistry.

We, therefore,would like this event to have an all African face and would like to invite you and your institution to be part of the event in planning, organization and participation.  You can circulate this information to other peers, organizations and institutions in the continent so that they also may join us in making this summer school a success.

The topics for the summer school will be, but not limited to:
1. Exploitation of Natural Resources
2. Green Methodologies
3. Green Analysis
4. Green Synthesis of Nanoparticles
5. Other green chemistry topics are welcome!

More information will be posted on a website which will be launched soon.

South African Journal of Chemistry

The South Journal of Chemistry is turning 100 years. As part of the 100th celebration of the journal, we are inviting special reviews that can be published later this year.  Interested authors can get in touch with the chief editors Prof Luke Chimuka and Prof Tricia Naicker on the journal website,  Already a special issue from electrochemistry division from their 2018 symposium is planned.  The analytical division is also planning a special paper on the status of analytical chemistry in South Africa.  More review papers are still needed in various areas of chemistry. Journal submission details can be found at

On another matter, Prof Hlanganani Tutu left the editorial team due to other commitments and has since been replaced by Prof Vernon Somerset. The editorial team is looking forward to work with Prof Prof Vernon Somerset.


Chief Editors: Prof Luke Chimuka (L) and Prof Tricia Naicker (R).

Details of the journal and the editors can be seen at

All manuscripts since 1918 are electronically available online at

There will be one special (additional) issue this year on “South African Marine Natural Products” under the leadership of Dr Denzil Beukus.  This will be announced on the journal website in due course.

This Journal is published electronically.  The webpage is:  The South African Journal of Chemistry, published by the South African Chemical Institute, has been publishing high quality papers, in all fields of Chemistry for 100 years.  The Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online (  It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents.  It is also part of the Scielo group.  It has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

We encourage South African chemists to publish in the journal especially in this centenary year!

African Journals of Chemistry

  • African Corrosion Journal (online).  Commenced in 2015 – a peer reviewed corrosion journal. This journal may be of interest to the “practical” chemists amongst the SACI membership.

  • African Journal of Chemical Education       
    Enquiries and manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief: email, PO Box 2305, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AJCE, 2016, 6(1) ISSN 2227-5835 The online version appears in the FASC website ( and in the AJOL website (

  • Nanonews in South Africa   
    SAASTA newsletter.
    Prof Janice Limon, NPEP Nano News Editor

CAIA Newsletter

The latest issue of CAIA news is available. Go to:
 or e-mail: for pdf files of news and information.

SACI and SACI related Conference events

  • 43rd National Convention of the South African Chemical Institute

  • SANi 7th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Africa

  • Analitika 2018, Legend Golf and Safari Resort - Mookgophong, Limpopo 22 – 26 July 2018 Submissions can be done online - please follow the links from


    The detailed programme will be made available on the conference website in due course.  The general outline is as follows:

    Sunday 22 July 2018
    10:00 – 17:00  ICP Course
    14:00 – 18:00  Exhibition build-up
    14:00 – 17:00  Conference Registration opens
    15:00 – 18:00  Game drives (not included, book separately on the system)
                             Golf (not included, book separately with LGSR)
    18:30 – 21:30  Welcome function, sponsored by ALS; TA Instruments

    Monday 23 July 2018
    07:30 onwards Registration opens
    08:30 – 17:00  Full day conference programme
                             SAAMS AGM
    18:30 – 22:00  Braai, sponsored by Perkin Elmer

    Tuesday 24 July 2018
    08:03 – 17:00  Full day conference programme
                             ChromSA AGM
                             ThermSA AGM
    18:30 – late      Conference Dinner, sponsored by Microsep

    Wednesday 25 July 2018
    09:00 – 14:00  Conference programme
    15:00                Game drives (not included, book separately on the system)

    Post-Conference Workshop, Pretoria
    Monday 30 July 2018
    08:30 – 17:00  Post-Conference Workshop
    Eric Reiner, Pretoria venue tbc

    Tuesday 31 July 2018
    08:30 – 17:00  Post-Conference Workshop, Pretoria
    Eric Reiner, Pretoria venue tbc

    • 4th International Symposium on Electrochemistry “Pure and Applied Electrochemistry



      • Syngas 3 Convention



      • Nanosmat-Africa 2018

        You are invited to participate with your postgraduate students.  Each participant is entitled to publish two ISI publications in Applied Surface science (IF=4).

        19-23 November 2018
        Cape Town I South Africa
        Click here for more details & to know how to submit abstracts
        Abstract submission deadline - 5 June 2018

      • Indaba 9


      • ICOMC 2018



      • ISMEC 2018


    • CATSA2018

    • CATSA  holds an annual national catalysis conference with the aim of promoting widespread interaction among practitioners in the field and this event is rotated around the country. The 29th annual conference is being hosted by the North-West University and will take place at Legend Golf & Safari Resort from the 11 - 14 November 2018. The 2018 Eminent Visitor is Professor Gregory Jerkiewicz from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

    • ACRICE-3 Algeria October. The website is The conference is under the aegis of IUPAC and FASC.

    • Post-graduate Summer School on Green Chemistry,  7th to 14th of July 2018 in Venice

    • The 23rd International Workshop on Quantum Systems in Chemistry, Physics and Biology (QSCP-XXIII) will be held in the Kruger park are, South Africa, on September 23-29, 2018.  It will be hosted by the University of Venda.  QSCP is a prominent conference series that covers a wide range of topics, bringing together researchers from around the world with cutting-edge contributions to the description of a broad range of quantum systems and phenomena.  For further details, please visit the web page: (under construction).  If you have any queries, please contact the local organisers at

    • Equipment

      Anton Paar’s new Cora Raman spectrometers





      UCT Principal Scientific Officer 5 year contract x 2


      UCT Chief Scientific Officer x 2


      Postdoctoral Fellow in Analytical Chemistry