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SACI News May 2016


Details of the SAQA registration and points collection process have now been established. This information is contained in this newsletter and the information can also be found on the Web. It is important to note that SAQA registration requires becoming a SACI member as SACI will administer the process. Also included in is Newsletter are a range of opportunities for research support sent to us by the RSC. Finally – to note theta there are three SACI conferences on the horizon –ChromSAAMS2016, Frank Warren 2016 and the North Gauteng Section Young Chemists event.

Neil Coville


  • SACI office address

  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter

  • SAQA – details of registration etc.

  • FINALISTS announced for the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards in partnership with South32

  • Section and Division news


  • African Journals of Chemistry

  • CAIA Newsletter

  • RSC

  • Newton Funds

    Catalysis for Fuels: Faraday Discussion

    Royal Society - Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award

  • SACI and SACI related conference events

  • Frank Warren 2016

    1st SACI Gauteng North Young Chemists event

    ChromSAAMS 2016


  • Workshops

  • Design and analysis of experiments

    X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry - Wirsam Scientific and Precision Equipment (Pty) Ltd

    Anrton Paar - Advanced Mechanical Surface Testing - Free

  •    Employment:

    Rhodes University – Biotechnology Innovation Centre – range of possibilities

SACI office address

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:

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.


Register as a Professional Chemist with SACI
(Thanks to Ian Bratt for writing this document)

SACI is inviting its members to register as Professional Chemists.  The short abbreviation for the designation will be PrChemSA.  A member registered with SACI as a Professional Chemist can use the letters PrChemSA after their name e.g. George Brown PrChemSA

Chemistry a basic physical science which is a basis for many scientific and technological disciplines. This results in its graduates working in every sector imaginable.  We must therefore cater for a wide range of industries and economic sectors.  Any chemist who graduated with a four-year Honours Degree in Chemistry working in industry, commerce, government, academia, research, theoretical chemistry, experimental chemistry, and uses chemistry skills and thought processes in their job/career, is eligible to apply. 

However, a person first has to qualify to be an Ordinary member of SACI before they can be registered as a Professional Chemist. Check the SACI constitution regarding the criteria.
The PrChemSA designation will represent the highest standard of professionalism, competence and commitment to keep pace with advancing knowledge in the field of chemistry.  It is hoped that this designation will give a professional standing and recognition of chemistry by South African society.

Academic qualifications are only the beginning of a career in chemistry and its applications. The need for continuing professional development is widely recognised to be the mechanism by which professionals maintain their knowledge after the formal education process has been completed. PrChemSA demonstrates a commitment to maintaining competence, continuing your professional development and abiding by an acceptable code of conduct.

Benefits to chemists
The certification as a Professional Chemist will be an important addition to a chemist’s personal credentials.  When competing for a job, the designation will distinguish one from other applicants with similar qualifications but no professional designation.

Benefits for employers
Supporting the recruitment process, many recruiters these days want to know if one has a professional designation.  The designation can be used as a criterion for promotion, skills and salary benchmarking. It demonstrates that someone who possesses this designation believes in professionalism, continuous skills development, belongs to a professional body and accepts ethical standards.

Continuing Professional Development
Once a member has registered as a Professional Chemist, they will be required to follow and record a programme of Continual Professional Development (CPD) in order to maintain their Professional Chemist Status.  Over a five-year period they must accumulate enough CPD points in at least two out of three categories.  In addition, members must obtain a minimum of three credits per year.
The three categories are:

  • Developmental activities – examples are conferences, large group workshops, lectures, seminars, refresher courses, colloquiums and industry in-house skills training programmes (e.g. specialized equipment training, technical courses).  Generally, one point is awarded for every day spent on the above activities.  A maximum of four points per year can be gained in this category.
  • Work-based activities - by performing their day-to-day natural scientific responsibilities, a weighting of one credit for every 400 hours per year for natural scientific related work (including management) is awarded for this category. A maximum of 2 credits for 800 hours per year may be earned in respect of this activity.

In addition, the mentoring of candidate persons in the workplace will be recognised as CPD with a maximum of 1 credit for 50 hours of mentoring per year.

  • Individual activities - Membership of SACI will result in 1 credit per annum. 

Other activities include and will be credited as follows: 

Part-time lecturing to undergraduate and postgraduate students: one credit for every 10 hours of lecturing. Supervision of students undertaking postgraduate studies: 2 credits per year.
Oral examinations of final year and postgraduate students: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Evaluation of M dissertations and PhD theses by external examiners: 2 credits per year.
Evaluation of final year students by external examiners: 1 credit per year
Publication of research in peer reviewed journals: a single author: 2 credits per publication. Where paper has a number of authors: 1 credit per publication per author.
Papers presented at conferences or congresses / poster presentations: 1 credit each.
Participation in statutory, professional, institutional, technical or non-technical committees or task groups: one credit for every 10 hours of active participation.
Evaluation of educational programmes at Universities and Universities of Technology for accreditation purposes: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Evaluation of educational qualifications for SACI’s Standards Committee: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Evaluation of competence and applications for registration for SACI’s Registration Committees and Professional Advisory Committees: 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement.
Supporting non-technical skills to enable the Chemist to function more effectively in terms of complementary skills (e.g. Safety, Ethics and Competition Law training): 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement
Activities where a Chemist is contributing to the community (e.g. Science and Chemistry-related community outreach programmes): 1 credit for every 10 hours of active involvement
Publication of technical articles: 1 credit per article published.
Relevant additional qualifications (these are exceptional allocations): A completed postgraduate qualification: 5 credits.
Self-study which includes, but is not restricted to studying of journals or electronic or computerised material: 1 credit for every 10 hours of study. All activities under this item must be verified.
A maximum of 3 credits (30 hours) may be accumulated under this portion of this category, with the exception stated above for postgraduate studies.

Members will be required to register their points at least annually with SACI.  No details need be provided.  However, SACI will carry out an audit on 10% of registrants per year, during which members would have to provide proof of their CPD activities.

Full details of the CPD guidelines are available the SACI website and upon request

Registration open on 1 July 2016

Finalists announced for the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards in partnership with South32

Congratulations to the chemists who are finalists for NSTF awards in 2016.

Lifetime Award (for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual over a period of 15 years or more)

  • Iwuoha, Prof Emmanuel - DST/NRF SARChi Chair: Nanoelectrochemistry and Sensor Technology, Senior Professor in Chemistry, UWC
  • Klumperman, Prof Bert - Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University (SU)

TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Research and its outputs ((for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation by an individual over a period of up to 15 years after award of a PhD or equivalent, predominantly in South Africa)

  • Mishra, Prof. Ajay Kumar - Professor, Group leader research area Nanomaterials, Composites and Nanocomposites and Water, UNISA

Research or Engineering Capacity Development (contribution by an individual over the last 5-10 years - Eskom sponsors two awards for a male and a female for contributions in Engineering and the NSTF will make an award for a contribution in other disciplines)

  • Klumperman, Prof Bert - Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science, SU
  • Ray, Dr Suprakas Sinha - Chief Researcher and Director: DST-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR
  • Iwuoha, Prof. Emmanuel - DST/NRF SARChi Chair: Nanoelectrochemistry and Sensor Technology, Senior Professor in Chemistry, University of the Western Cape

Management and related activities (for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation over the last 5-10 years by an individual)

  • Ray, Dr Suprakas Sinha - Chief Researcher and Director: Department of Science and Technology-Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, CSIR

Section and Division news

See information on the upcoming Frank Warren 2016 event and the Gauteng North Section Young Chemists event under the upcoming conferences


The 2016 Sector Skills Plan of the CHIETA can be found at:

African Journals of Chemistry

  • South African Journal of Chemistry
  • 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 over 50 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 has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.
    The South African Journal of Chemistry is one of the few FREE open access journals.  We are using the latest technology to make your research more accessible and visible.  We have introduced DOI numbers in 2015 as well as smartphone OCR code.  When you scan this with your smart phone (Google scanner or other OCR application), the paper will be opened on your smartphone.  An example is included below to test.

    The journal welcomes the following people to new editorial roles:  Prof. Luke Chimera form WITS (second Editor-in-Chief), Prof. Dimitri Katskov from TUT (Analytical Chemistry editor) and Dr Marc Humphries from WITS (Analytical Chemistry editor).  The details of all the editors can be seen at

    Prof. Luke Chimuka was appointed as a second Editor-in-Chief beside Prof. Gert Kruger.  He will be responsible for the final editing of papers before publishing.  Prof. Kruger will now only be responsible for initial screening of papers after submission.  The idea is that Editors-in-Chief will serve two years on a rotational basis in future, so that more of the subject editors are getting exposed to these editorial tasks as well.

    The editors have drastically improve the turnaround time of papers, as well as the time to publish.  

    Stats for 2015: 
    Total Papers Submitted – 189
    Currently In Progress – 5
    Currently Revised – 2
    Currently in Proofs Stage – 5
    Currently Published – 26
    Currently rejected – 151 (about 80% rejection)
    Fastest time for a paper to be accepted – 43 days (38 days in 2014 and 42 days in 2016)
    Average time for papers to be accepted – 128 days (158 days in 2015 and 42 days in 2016!)  
    Submissions rejected within the first two weeks: 100 
    Average time for papers to get rejected (excluding those that were rejected within two weeks) - 67 days (126 days in 2014 and 33 days so far in 2016)

    The impact factor for the journal is about 0.6 and we call on our South-African academics to support our journal to increase the impact of our journal.
    Gert Kruger

  • 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 Pure and Applied Chemistry
    Submit manuscripts:; Editorial office:

  • 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 Limson, NPEP NanoNews Editor

  • South African Journal of Science

  • Journal of the Chemical Society of Nigeria;;

  • Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia

  • South African Journal of Chemical Engineering
    A fully open access journal in 2016, all authors can publish their papers on an open access basis in the South African Journal of Chemical Engineering at the reduced rate of $400 (USD).
  • CAIA Newsletter

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


    • Newton Funds

    There is an opportunity for funding for UK-South Africa workshops as part of the British Council Researcher Links scheme:
    For UK-based researchers who are ‘early-career’ (e.g. hold a PhD) to come to SA for 3 to 6 months.  This call is for 26 places as follows:

    “The research may be undertaken in all the disciplines covered by the academies namely the physical, natural, social sciences and the humanities as well as clinical and patient oriented research.
    …For this particular call twenty six (26) grants are available to be awarded as follows:
     Eight (8) fellowships in the Natural Sciences and Engineering;
     Ten (10) fellowships in patient-oriented research; and
     Eight (8) fellowships in the Social Sciences and Humanities
    …The minimum amount per fellowship is R165 000 all inclusive, and the maximum amount per fellowship is R330 000 all inclusive. The value of each fellowship will be calculated on a pro-rata basis for living expenses and ground transport, based on the duration of the research stay in South Africa.”

    Newton Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research.
    Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend.

    These grants are funded under the Newton Fund, a UK Government initiative funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, together with partner funders from around the world. The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

    Priority areas: Partner countries may specify priority areas and will only accept applications within these. Priority areas are listed in the Guidelines document (Downloads section). ODA requirement: All applications must meet the required relevance to economic development or social welfare (see Guidelines for further information) of the partner country.  Bilateral workshops can be proposed between the UK and Brazil, Egypt, India, Turkey, South Africa (joined 21/04) and Vietnam (joined 26/04). Mexico and is likely to join the call in due course, please check this page periodically for updates and announcements Catalysis for Fuels: Faraday Discussion

    The upcoming Catalysis for Fuels: Faraday Discussion will be held in Cape Town in January 2017. SACI members can receive a reduced rate to attend this event.
    Please enter the code FDCATFUELS when prompted with the question ‘Are you a member of an organisation which is supporting this event?’
    Details: 24 - 26 January 2017, Cape Town.
    Contact me if there any queries relating to the registration (Neil Coville)

    • Royal Society - Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award

    The ‘Royal Society - Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award’ is now open for applications.
    The scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between researchers in the UK and those in Sub-Saharan Africa working on projects in the field of Chemistry.
    Up to £12,000 is available for 2-year projects for travel and subsistence, including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses.
    Full details of the scheme and how to apply, can be found here on the Royal Society website.
    Deadline: 7th June 2016

    • 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference

    Following the success of the 2014 Commonwealth Science Conference, the Royal Society and National Research Foundation, Singapore, are working together to organise the next Commonwealth Science Conference in Singapore on 13-16 June 2017. 
    The conference will bring together leading scientists to showcase the best science from across the Commonwealth, celebrate excellence in science, and provide opportunities for cooperation between researchers in different Commonwealth countries. Find further information about the conference:

    The conference will be attended by approximately 400 scientists from across the Commonwealth, from a range of career stages. Those scientists who are selected to attend will receive financial support from the Royal Society to cover international travel costs to the conference. Accommodation and conference delegate fees will also be met thanks to the generous financial support of the National Research Foundation, Singapore. Early career and established scientists who are nationals of a Commonwealth country are invited to apply.  The closing date is the 7th June 2016.
    Dr Helen Driver (nee Bailey) MRSC

    SACI and SACI related Conference events

  • Frank Warren 2016 conference

  • 1st SACI Gauteng North Section Young Chemists event

    19th October, 2016 at the University of Limpopo


  • ChromSAAMS 2016
  • 11-14 Sept 2016, Riverside Sun, Vanderbijl Park.



    • The Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (CorrISA) biennial corrosion congress (AfriCORR) 25-29 July 2016 at the Midrand Conference Centre.  website and for more info.
    • SEANAC-2016 Conference, Innovative & Sustainable Solutions for Water, Energy and Food Security”. Venue: Chobe Marina Lodge, Kasane, Botswana, 19th - 22nd June 2016. Further announcements will be made on the website: . E-mail: and
    • IUPAC 2017 - July 6-14, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil
    • 28th IUPAP International Conference on Computational Physics (CCP2016) 10 to 14 July 2016 at St George’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Irene, Gauteng, South Africa.
    • 6th IUPAC Green Chemistry conference. 4th - 8th September, 2016 - Venice (Italy)  Registration opens: December 1st, 2015 Early-bird registration deadline: May 30th, 2016 Online registration deadline: August 19th, 2016
    • Society of Cosmetic Chemists South Africa Annual Scientific Conference & Gala Dinner Frugal Innovations    14-15 September 2016 Fax: 086 686-9674 or; 27 11 792-4531
    • Test and Measurement International conference 2016 26th - 28th September 2016; Saint George Hotel and Convention Centre Rietvleidam, Centurion, Gauteng Tel: +27(0)12 349 1500 ;; Fax: +27(0)12 349 1501 • E-mail:
    • The First International Conference on “SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS PROCESSING. Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa | January 23-25, 2017.  Email:; Tel: +27 11 559-4208 Conference website:


    • Design and analysis of experiments; 3-6 August 2016

    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Please register online
    at; Tel: +27 11 717 9025

    • Wirsam Scientific and Precision (Equipment Pty) Ltd will be hosting another XRF Vendor Neutral Course in Johannesburg from 5 – 9 of September 2016.  If you would like to attend the course, please send an e-mail message to Jenny Smith or Mariana Wirsam at Wirsam Scientific at email addresses: or
      Download announcement and registration

    • Anton Paar Road Show - Advanced Mechanical Surface Testing. attending is free of charge. Each Workshop will run from 09h00 to 16h00 with Tea Breaks and Lunch included. CT- 11 July 2016, PE – 12 July 2016 , DBN – 13 July 2016 and JHB – 14 July 2016
       Email: Web:

    Positions available

    • Rhodes University – Biotechnology Innovation Centre – range of possibilities


      Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor: Biotechnology

      (5 Year Contract)


      The Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre invites applications for an academic position at the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to provide support for the SARChi Chair: Biotechnology Innovation & Engagement. Furthermore the incumbent should be able to demonstrate engagement with technology transfer and innovation as it relates to translating research in Biotechnology. This may be in the form of funded research aimed at product development, prototypes or patents developed, policy or training in technology entrepreneurship.

      Depending on experience and level of appointment the incumbent will be expected to take on a leadership role in various aspects of RUBIC with respect to the three core pillars: Educate (Teaching & Learning and Research), Innovate, and Communicate (Science Engagement).


      The incumbent is required to have a PhD in Biotechnology or an associated field for appointment at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor levels (experience dependent). Experience and a career stage appropriate track record in any of the following research areas is desirable:

      a) Biosensor Development
      b) Alternative Energy Technologies (BioFuel Cell Technology and Associated Bioprospecting)

      The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and provide intellectual leadership in RUBIC and the broader Faculty of Science.

      To Apply

      Application forms and further details can be found at:

      Closing Date: Monday, 6 June 2016 at 12:00pm

      About RUBIC

      The vision of the Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre is to create an enabling environment for the translation of Biotechnology related research into products or processes with socio-economic value and to serve as the academic home for the discipline of Biotechnology through targeted programmes in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and research and in science communication. The aforementioned form the core pillars of the RUBIC i.e. Educate, Innovate, Communicate. The RUBIC currently houses the research and students of 4 fulltime faculty including the SARCHi Chair: Biotechnology Innovation & Engagement. Postgraduate studies at Honours, Masters & Doctoral levels are offered

      About Rhodes University

      Rhodes University offers academics a collegial environment where its small size contributes to the quality of work life experienced by staff. A nationally recognised Centre of Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (previously the Academic Development Centre), headed by the Dean of Teaching and Learning, supports academics in their professional development as teachers. A highly efficient Research and Development Office, headed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Development, seeks to assist academics actively pursuing research interests. A well-functioning and committed administration seeks to support the academic endeavour of the University.

      New staff are offered the following benefits:

       payment of reasonable relocation expenses by the institution (further details are provided with an offer of employment);
       transit accommodation for at least six months, possibly up to one year, at reasonable market-related prices, subject to availability of such accommodation;
       possible transferral of academic leave credits (further details are provided with an offer of employment);
       competitive medical aid benefits (Rhodes University runs its own in-house medical aid scheme which has resulted in it being able to offer benefits that compare favourably with other service providers at a lower cost price) and an employer contribution of 50% of medical aid costs;
       competitive pension/provident fund options with an employer contribution of 15%;
       payment of a thirteenth cheque (further details are provided with an offer of employment); and
       housing allowance (further details are provided with an offer of employment).

      The University’s current remuneration strategy is to pay academics at the 50th percentile (in the middle of the market compared to other HE employers) of the Higher Education market. An offer made to a prospective staff member will seek to ensure parity with current staff members. A measure of flexibility is provided in the final negotiated salary package, which will be agreed upon between the candidate and the Director: Human Resources.

      Living in Grahamstown and working at Rhodes University offers a number of additional benefits:

       small classes of motivated and in some cases exceptionally talented students;
       supportive environment within the academic department;
       reduced fuel bills;
       proximity to good schools where children can attend as day scholars, see:
       proximity to some of the best beaches in the world;
       nearby nature reserves and wilderness areas;
       clean fresh air and a healthy lifestyle;
       a small city with big cultural and academic possibilities;
       generous parental leave benefits, see:


      (a) For all applicants applying:
       The submission of a standard university application form.
       A letter of motivation. Candidates are asked to outline their research, teaching as well as community engagement interests, and to explain how they see these in terms complementing existing departmental expertise.
       Full Curriculum Vitae.
      (b) On the basis of the above information, candidates will be short-listed.
      Candidates will be advised of the outcome of this short-listing within 3 working days of the Selection Committee having met.
      (c) All short-listed candidates will undergo the following processes:
       Referee reports will be solicited. This will be done shortly after the short-listing meeting. Referee reports will be due 3 working days before the Committee meets and sent out to all Committee members electronically at least one working day before the interview. Candidates will be asked to please advise referees of this time-frame.
       The candidate will be expected to give a 20-minute presentation, on their current and future research interests, to an audience comprising the selection committee and interested staff and students. This will be followed by a question and answer session of up to 10 minutes.
       Panel interview process. Each interview is likely to last up to one hour.
       An employment check (checking of qualifications, checking of research record, checking of past employment record) is undertaken on final candidate recommended for appointment

      The University reserves the right to check qualifications and the accuracy of any information supplied. Should it become apparent that information provided has been fabricated or deliberately altered; the applicant will forfeit their application.

      The Selection Committee reserves the right to confirm your publication and research records and, if necessary, access such documentation. Information so gained may be used to assess your suitability for short-listing.

      If you have any further queries about the selection process, please do not hesitate to contact the HR Division at .

      Our best wishes to you in your application.