Unisa staff member appointed as one of three SARIMA VPs
Ayanda Noma, Unisa’s director of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Directorate (DITT), has not only been appointed—as was recently reported—to the South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) Board, but he has gone one step further and is now the vice-president for Innovation and Technology Transfer of the association! In... Read more
UFS receives R10 million in student funding from Absa
In support of building a more equitable and prosperous Africa, and in response to the plight of students who lack financial aid at universities across the country, Absa Bank handed over a cheque of R10 million to the University of the Free State (UFS) at a ceremony held on the Bloemfontein... Read more
Renewable energy systems an economical investment for the UFS
Renewable energy systems are said to be very expensive to implement initially, but in the long run they provide high economic returns. With their decision to install renewable energy, the University of the Free State Department of Facilities Planning has now also adopted this innovative technology. They have chosen... Read more
Gert Sibande TVET College participates in ministerial ‘Decade of the Artisan’ promotion
Gert Sibande TVET College recently accompanied the deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, Honourable Mduduzi Manana, in a roll-out promotion of the Decade of the Artisan advocacy campaign. The two-day promotion held in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga Province was sponsored by the Chemical Industries Education and... Read more
The Minister of Small Business Development, the Honourable Lindiwe Zulu recently launched the ninth of the ten planned new Centres for Entrepreneurship (CfE), at Goldfields TVET College. This is a part of an integrated youth rapid incubation model designed by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA). SEDA is an... Read more
New IT skill set is introduced to fight cybercrime
Cyber security is becoming a challenge worldwide, as attackers are hacking into systems of organisations. Currently, South Africa is reported among the Top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to insecure Internet networks. On Monday, 12 June 2017, the Central University of Technology Innovation Services (CUTis)... Read more
Course in minimal access gynaecological surgery in full swing
Launched in April 2016, the new MPhil degree in Minimal Access Gynaecological Surgery (MAGS) is in full swing. And, according to programme coordinator Dr Viju Thomas, the first fellow is making great progress. This innovative programme is offered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty... Read more
Mining sector employs less people; manganese workers highest earners
The South African Chamber of Mines has released its annual fact book, reporting on the performance of the mining sector in 2016, as well as mine workers salaries. It employed 7.9% of all private sector labour (-4.5% on 2015) and nearly 6% of all people employed in South Africa (5%... Read more
Funding of R8.7 million for skills development in manufacturing and teacher training signed over to UFS
The MerSETA (Skills and Training Authority for Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of the Free State (UFS) for a grant of approximately R8.7million on 14 June 2017, which will be disbursed over a three-year period. UFS seeks to bridge the skills gap... Read more
Certificate backlog rectified
In a joint presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) reported that they have issued all but 655 outstanding certificates, 0,3 percent of the certificates that were outstanding at the beginning of the year. DHET, the State Information... Read more