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The first week of August marks important times in South Africa’s future and past. National Science Week (first week in August) is an initiative that promotes careers in Science, Engineering and Technology to students. National Women’s Day (9 August) marks the anniversary of the 1956 march of 20 000 women, who petitioned against the country’s pass laws.

Both events shed light on important issues: a skills shortage in Science, Engineering and Technology; and the limited female presence in these fields.

UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science showcases its support for both causes through the Wonder Women In Science campaign. These are passionate, pioneering and persistent heroines who are making waves in fields of science and stand as shining examples for all.

These are the 2020 candidates are:

  • Dr Hloniphile Sithole Mthethwa: A Mathematician and recent PhD graduate
  • Dr Lorika Beukes: A Microscopist and Microbiologist
  • Dr Bongiwe Mshengu: A Chemist and Lecturer
  • Professor Suna Kassier: A Dietician and Associate Professor
  • Dr Joy Adu: A Civil Engineer and expert in water quality processes/ modelling

Discover their stories: