Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Massive conference attendance by Chemistry staff and students at the South African Chemical Institute Convention

The Department of Chemistry sent the largest number of delegates in the biannual South African Chemical Institute (SACI) convention that took place in East London from 1st to 6th December 2013. The convention always host researchers from all the over the country and some international plenary and keynote speakers representing all fields of chemistry including physical, inorganic, organic, applied, industrial, materials, analytical chemistry as well as nanotechnology. There were more than 300 delegates attending the conference and VUT had about 21 delegates supported by both the Research Directorate and Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences. Staff mostly attended in support of the postgraduate students except oral presentations given by Dr. Vusi Pakade, Ms. Thokozani Xaba (DTech student), Dr. Wankasi (Postdoc) and the invited keynote lecture by Prof. Makwena Moloto.


Celebrations at the Annual Research Awards 2013

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club was abuzz with activity on 28 November 2013, and the air was filled with anxiety as recipients and Management gathered to honour those researchers that have made their mark this year in “Research that Matters”. Modern pull-up banners and wall banners, bearing thought provoking messages served as a backdrop in the hallways. The audience gathered around them and appreciated the creativity and messages of hope. Recipients wined and dined and celebrated the evening in style.


Imagine the Possibilities with Soy

The “Imagine the Possibilities with Soy” seminar and workshop took place from 04 to 06 September 2013 at Science Park at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) campus in Sebokeng. The seminar was hosted and organised by the Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods (CSL) at VUT in collaboration with the Eden Social Development Foundation.

The CSL is a postgraduate research centre, incorporating the Soy Research Laboratory (SRL) with a vision to use research as a tool aimed at reducing poverty, household food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa through research, community engagement, technology transfer and innovation, partnerships, as well as through teaching and learning media.

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Congratulations Professor Kholeka Moloi

On behalf of Research and Higher Degrees at the Vaal University of Technology, we congratulate you on your outstanding accomplishment in winning the 2013 Women in Science Award in Social Sciences and Humanities this past Friday evening. We are extremely proud of you!!

Professor Khokela Moloi has an outstanding reputation as a scholar in Education Leadership and Management in South Africa and Internationally. During her short time at Vaal University of Technology she has demonstrated her scholarly leadership through for example, her consistent research publications and continuous supervision of postgraduate students at Vaal University of Technology.


From Coal Dust to Gold Dust

Onica Matsheke, a lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the Logistics Department, Faculty of Management Sciences, recently stumbled across a heap of burning coals that changed her life and won her 1st prize in the Gauteng Innovation Competition.

This is her story of how she scooped 1st prize from the pit of the coal mines to reach the top of the gold mines.

It all began one Sunday morning at her local church when she saw large pots of food cooking on an outside fire over strange-looking coal cubes. Onica was curious to know what they were and where they came from. After making a few enquiries, she met the women who manufactured this innovative product.


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