NWU Signs MoU with Puregas
A unique memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) and Puregas on 7 September. The MoU opens the doors for collaborative research with a specific focus on the possible use of ammonia gas to improve the quality of fibrous feed materials used in animal diets and explore ways in which the ammonia can be used in crop production.
In attendance at the signing of the MoU was the rector of the campus, Prof Mashudu Dhavana-Maselesele, Willie Coetzee and Wihan Fourie, representatives of Puregas.
As part of the MoU between the two institutions, funding for two students in the field of research will be made available, viz Getrude Chelopo (PhD Animal Science) and Thabo Butane (MSc Animal Science). In addition, Dr Lebo Motsei, Prof Victor Mlambo and Prof Upenyu Marume will be the principal researchers spearheading the partnership.
It is expected that the collaboration between NWU and Puregas will derive mutual benefits particularly with regard to the diversification of the use of ammonia gas by Puregas, and access of research funds by the NWU. Such a linkage may promote greater involvement of NWU in deriving technologies that are useful in the industry.