Thursday, October 02, 2014

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.


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.”


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