Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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.


Exciting times ahead for VUT/India Collaboration

In November 2011, Professor Louw: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Research, Professor Deon de Beer: Executive Director; Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI) and Mr Jay Irkhede: Director Footwear and Leather; Department of Trade and Industry - South Africa, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and the Footwear Development Institute of India (FDDI).

According to Mr Irkhede from the DTI, VUT has demonstrated great potential and indicated willingness in partnering with the FDDI to design skills, innovation and research with the capacity to undertake incubation throughout the process. This was made possible through the reputation of VUT and our sound track record of being sector-specific and well-resourced to become a partner of choice for the FDDI’s expansion programme in Southern Africa.


Socially relevant research
- The VUT/Eskom Colloquium

On the 3 November 2012, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) hosted a VUT/Eskom Partnership Colloquium on ‘Applicable Research: Opportunities and Possibilities’. There were three focus areas: water and environment, engineering (in particular additive manufacturing) and health security. Presenters came from VUT, Eskom and international institutions .

“Eskom is one of the many industries in the area and a partnership makes sense on multiple levels,” says Dr Bernadette Johnson, Director: Research at VUT. “It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. A number of Eskom staff have been trained at VUT or are currently doing Master’s and Doctoral studies, and there are numerous correlations in terms of research areas. It also fits directly into applicable research, the theme of the colloquium.”


2011 Annual Research Report - E Book

VUT’s Annual Research Report provides an overview of the University's research outputs and centres of excellence activities for the year in review. It provides a record of each faculty's activities,publishing, conference proceedings, capacity and expertise.


Grand celebrations at the Annual Research Awards 2012 

The Riviera Conference on the Vaal River was abuzz with activity on 22 November 2012, 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.


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