Strengthening ties through Research collaboration
Eskom, one of South Africa’s largest consumer of water, is guaranteed water supply from the government, however problem is that the water is not ready for use. The water still has to undergo vigorous forms of treatment before it is fit for industrial consumption and use. As an institution of higher learning, leading in cutting edge technology, Eskom then approached the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) with the intention of bringing synergy between applied and fundamental research into finding ways of collaborating in specific projects. This offered VUT the opportunity to showcase our research strengths as several niche research areas were identified such as Water Purification, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Waste Management and Energy. Large posters detailing more information on the various niche research areas were erected in the foyer that added to the subject matter.
The Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods implemented a household soy milk project in Qwa-Qwa
This study is a follow-up to the soy and vegetable gardening project implemented in rural Qwa-Qwa, Free State as reported in the previous newsletter.
The focus of this part of the study (Phase 3) was to address household food insecurity and the resultant malnutrition in children and their caregivers by means of food provision through soy milk processing. The first phase of this project was to develop affordable and manual household soy milk extraction apparatus for processing soy beans into soy milk. The second phase was to teach the project participants on soy milk production and use in the daily diet.
Vaal University of Technology leads in Research That Matters
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has made significant strides and is aggressively researching avenues for green energy. To this end our academics from the Technology Station has also been privileged to have been part of the Climate Talks at the COP17 Summit with exhibits on the latest wind turbines technology.
VUT is committed to research and development resulting in several approved research focus areas that are currently underway. This has led to international collaboration agreements for staff and student exchange programmes to advance research, innovation and partnerships. VUT is working at a pace that sets us apart from other institutions of higher learning.
VUT, Department of Chemistry to host an international conference on Nanotechnology in Africa
The participation of VUT chemistry research group in the NanoAfrica 2012 conference that took place at the University of Free State, Bloemfontein gave rise to awarding of South African Nanotechnology Initiative (SANI) committee to VUT as the host of the next and 5th international conference in Africa in the year 2014. The conference had good attendance from scientists who gave presentations on nanotechnology from all over the world. VUT had six participants, two staff members (M.J Moloto and T. Xaba) and four MTech students (T.Thema, S.B Sibokoza, D.S More and M.H Chiloane) under Prof. Moloto’s leadership, who gave a talk on some of the research outcomes from his projects in nanotechnology.
Prof Surujlal shares his experiences of the 5th Shafallah Forum in Doha, Qatar
There are an estimated 1 billion persons with disability living throughout the world today and many of those live in extreme poverty, experience hunger, lack of basic healthcare education. These issues are compounded by discrimination and stigma, as well as harsh physical environments and poor infrastructure which hinder persons with disabilities in gaining access to fundamental services. At-risk women, children and minorities with disabilities, whether displaced by natural disaster, war or conflict, compete with other victims for goods and services and as a consequence, suffer two-fold.
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