Prof Nyokong's love for lazer light wins her prestigious AU Kwame Nkrumah Award

Professor Tebelllo Nyokong was awarded the AU Kwame Nkrumah Award for her research called the 'photodynamic therapy', which is intended to be developed as an alternative to chemotherapy.

The distinguished award honours the work of African scientists who have distinguished themselves in the world of science and technology.

702/CapeTalk's Africa Melane, standing in for Redi Tlhabi, on Friday spoke to Nyokong to explore her ideas more.

Listen to the interview below:

I am honoured, it is a big deal and I got to address African heads of state about my philosophy on science and technology on the continent.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

My plea was for countries - no matter how poor they are - to put money aside for the development of science and technology.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

I just love laser light, I love creating laser light and making it stronger... My main focus is the beauty of the different colours of laser light and the application of it.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

Laser light is everywhere. When you scan your products in the supermarket, that's also laser light.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

It can be harmful but it can also be beautiful. It has many applications, you can do open-heart surgery with it.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, AU Kwame Nkrumah Award honouree

This article first appeared on 702 : Prof Nyokong's love for lazer light wins her prestigious AU Kwame Nkrumah Award


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
'Smaller political parties need to be heard'

'Smaller political parties need to be heard'

Eusebius and callers chat about various political parties in the country, big and small, contesting the upcoming 2019 elections.

[LISTEN] Zackie Achmat gets candid about Equal Education scandal

[LISTEN] Zackie Achmat gets candid about Equal Education scandal

Achmat apologies if anyone has felt frightened to come speak to him about Equal Education allegations, wants to make reparations.

Eusebius: 'I think the CEOs of MultiChoice and Supersport were pathetic'

Eusebius: 'I think the CEOs of MultiChoice and Supersport were pathetic'

Eusebius and callers discuss the media briefing by Supersport and MultiChoice CEOs regarding the Ashwin Willemse incident.

'It's not a competition' - How to avoid bad blood in blended families

'It's not a competition' - How to avoid bad blood in blended families

Blended and step families have to manage various personalities and insecurities in order to make things work, a psychologist says.

Tired of general ignorance about Ebola, scientist creates map to contextualise

Tired of general ignorance about Ebola, scientist creates map to contextualise

Ebola has killed over 5000 people so far, but a lot of the fear and precaution around the world is unfounded

Blood tests could predict surgery recovery time.

Blood tests could predict surgery recovery time.

Redi spoke to The Naked Scientist about how blood tests could predict how long patients could take to recover post surgery.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Allon Raiz on “Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind Why Everything You Know about Success Is (Mostly) Wrong”.

CT's desalinated water may have long-term health risks, scientists warn

CT's desalinated water may have long-term health risks, scientists warn

Desalination is not a risk-free solution to the water crisis and could have health implications, local experts have argued.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

Professor William Landman explains what El Nino is and its effects on the coming seasons in the Western Cape.

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

How relevant is Shakespeare in SA's English literature which is written in a manner that no one speaks today?

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

Economist Dawie Roodt says that the petrol price hike is going to boost the cycle of inflation and force interest rates up.