NWU Mafikeng Campus signs MoU with industrial giant MINTEK

John Nchoe -- Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:39

Industrial Giant MINTEK signs MOU with NWU Mafikeng Campus

MINTEK and North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 9 October 2014 outlining the basis for potential scientific and technical collaborations.

The partnership is for the purpose of research, development, training, the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge, the augmentation of scientific and technical capabilities, and the transfer of technology in the chemical sciences, biological sciences, biotechnological sciences, biomedical sciences, materials sciences, agricultural sciences, nano-sciences, computational sciences, metallurgical, and mineral processing and beneficiation fields.

MINTEK's Dr Makhapa Makhafola General Manager: Research and Development served as the backdrop for the signing of the MOU between MINTEK and Professor Mashudu Dhavhana-Maselesele, Campus Rector of NWU's Mafikeng Campus. The joint collaborative research project will be conducted at the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology.

"Innovative collaborations that advance research in Science, Agriculture and Technology are one of the key components of MINTEK’s overall research and development strategy. We hope that in time this partnership with NWU will produce scientific advances in South Africa and beyond. We salute the South African government for fostering an environment that encourages and rewards investments in innovative research," said Dr Makhapa Makhafola,.

"We are grateful for the company's investment and willingness to partner with the university. We are particularly enthusiastic about the milestones we may be able to reach in the areas of Science, Agriculture and Technology that are so relevant to our South African society," said Professor Maselesele.

This agreement is a testament to the innovative spirit that characterizes both partners. MINTEK believes that deeper and stronger collaborations are key to expediting the translation of Science into breakthrough innovative research. The company's worldwide research and development organization is committed to advancing new models of partnership with creativity, flexibility, and openness to deliver innovation quickly, regardless of where the talent and resources live. This includes working with many historically disadvantaged universities to produce more Science, Agriculture and Technology graduates for the growing South African society.