African Union Commission Meeting of Heads of States
An event that may have passed unnoticed during the busy month of January is the African Union Commission Meeting of Heads of States recently held in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa on 28 January 2018. Whereas mere mention of a meeting of African heads of state may or may not sound relevant vis a vis the broader scientiﬁc focus of iThemba LABS, the 30th Session of the African Union Heads of States was exceptional in that it featured on its busy agenda a special item to confer the prestigious African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientiﬁc Excellence (AUKNASE).
What was so special about the 2017 edition of the AUKNASE award was not so much its coveted prestige as the gratifying fact that of the two recipients, one was none other than our very own Professor Malik Maaza. We congratulate Professor Malik Maaza and the Nano-Science team at the MRD for ﬂying yet the NRF iThemba LABS ﬂag at so grand the African Continental stage.