THE National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded highly acclaimed Rhodes University academic ProfessorTebello Nyokong a rare A-rating.
The NRF rating is a national indicator of research excellence at universities and, according to the foundation, an A-rating is only awarded to researchers who are "unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field." NRF manager of monitoring and evaluation Joyce Olivier said the rating evaluation was based on the quality and the impact of Nyokong's research outputs.
Nyokong holds the South African Research Chair for Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology at Rhodes.
She is the director of the DST-Mintek and NanotechnologyInnovation Centre for Sensors.
"There are no shortcuts to anything. You just need to do the work and put in the hours," Nyokong said.