The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. SAASTA is business Unit of the National Research Foundation.

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Congratulations to this year’s winner Mr Kevindran Govender for using innovative and exciting media and mobilising South African science communicators to demonstrate that astronomy is a powerful tool for science education, communication and development in particular as it relates to the SKA bid.

The SAASTA/NSTF Award (Category K) is made annually to South African journalists, researchers, writers, educators, academics, specialist science communicators or science centres, who have made an outstanding contribution to Science Engineering and Technology (SET) through a substantial impact on public awareness. The award aims to:

 - Raise public awareness of SET issues;
 - Raise public awareness of how the quality of people’s daily lives are affected by such issues;
 - Raise public awareness of the opportunities for getting involved in SET issues;
 - Raise public awareness of career opportunities in SET; and
 - Engage the public in SET in innovative ways.

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