The TUT maths and science project established at Matjiesfontein in 2012, is running at full steam. Speaking after a recent visit to the Matjiesfontein community project, under the guardianship of the Faculty of Science, Prof Prince Ngobeni, executive dean, shared his satisfaction about the way in which the project is being maintained.
“It is imperative that we as a University make sure that we not only create community service initiatives but maintain them as well. The deputy minister of science and technology, honourable Derek Hanekom, officially opened the TUT facilities during the second Space Geodesy Observatory Workshop co-hosted by the Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Science. As part of the Space Geodesy Observatory at Matjiesfontein, a new computer facility at the Matjiesfontein Primary School, as well as a Science Centre and refurbished library were amongst the initiatives launched by the Deputy Minister.”
Prof Ngobeni also commended the community for their ongoing support of the project. “The Matjiesfontein community has been very good to the Faculty with regards to the work being done by the Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Science. In return we must ensure that we do not neglect the legacy we created. Our marketing and IT specialists who came with have ensured that the science centre will now also be accessible to the public as well as tourists who pass through the Karoo town. As far as the school is concerned, we have done a needs assessment and will make further recommendations regarding the needs of the school and community library,” Prof Ngobeni concluded.