Motsepe Foundation honours top female scientist

9 March 2020

The Motsepe Foundation has honoured Prof Shirley Keolebogile Motaung, Assistant Dean at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of Science for her meaningful contributions and dedicated influence in championing innovation, health and wellness. She received the Shining Light Award at the Foundation’s 4th International Women’s Day Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre on Friday 6 March 2020. 

 Prof Shirley Motaung driving a point at the 4th International Wowen's Day Summit.

Established in 2012, the Motsepe Foundation’s Women’s Unit strives towards empowering women as well as achieving the foundation’s core goal of alleviating poverty and improving the lives of the poor.

Prof Motaung not only received the award, but was also selected as a key discussant in a curated panel with the topic: Leveraging Opportunities: Role of Women and Youth in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Previous panellists included Professor Thuli Madonsela, Former First Lady, Dr Graca Machel as well as Rwandan Ambassador, Vincent Karega.

At the event, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-founder and CEO highlighted that the awards are meant to shine a spotlight on the many unsung heroines and phenomenal women in South Africa, who are leaders in their fields and whose work has resulted in exponential transformation in society. 

Prof Shirley Motaung with Precious Moloi-Motsepe at the 4th International Women's Day Summit.

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