Prof Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Science as well as Tissue Engineering and regenerative medicine expert, has once again scooped the Innovative Women of the year award at the Gauteng Women of Excellence award ceremony that took place at the state theatre on 8 March 2018.

“I was greatly honored to receive this award from a community that acknowledges women and their significant contributions to research, innovation and community engagement. Our Premier in Gauteng is a step ahead in such initiatives and this one goes to my students especially Maepa, Mapula
Razwinani and TUT for all the support given to me,” said Prof Motaung.

Reflecting on her career to date and when receiving her award, Prof Motaung said that there have been many personal highlights. She is looking forward to future academic collaborations and making further advancements within her field of research. According to the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, the awards were launched as a platform dedicated to recognising outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation in organizations and individuals that have stepped up and shaped women’s roles within the private and public sectors.

“We are proud of Prof Motaung. She continues to be a role model for young women in South Africa and the world at large. We anticipate our visit to TUT to see some of her amazing work and innovations coming from the institution.

Article by Phaphama Tshisikhawe from Tshwane University of Technology