Eastern Cape Business 2021-22

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schools” while Victoria Girls’ High School, Kingswood College and Graeme College are other well-regarded schools for English-speakers. PJ Olivier High School caters to Afrikaans-speakers.

Another NMU body, eNtsa, supports the manufacturing sector through research in areas such as automotive, power generation and petrochemicals. eNtsa is supported by the Technology Innovation Agency. R h o d e s U n i v e r s i t y ’s Centre for Environmental Water Quality, within the Institute for Water Research, is sponsored by Unilever. The NMU Institute of Chemical Technology commercialises research through a body called InnoVenton and has several clients in the private sector. In 2017, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) inaugurated its Ocean Science campus at its Port Elizabeth base. This includes a unit aimed at combating sea fisheries crime (FishFORCE, with support from Norway) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI). The university has four marine sector chairs funded by the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). The Provincial Government of the Eastern Cape is supporting skills training in the maritime sector through the Maritime Youth Development Programme. ■

Research and innovation Among the important work being done at Rhodes University’s new Biotechnology Innovation Centre is research on the basic and applied sides of stem cell biology. Helping pregnant women in rural areas is another focus. A cellphone app will send colour pictures of test strips to diagnostic centres, saving the patient a long and difficult journey to hospital. The university plans to build an Innovation and Nanotechnology Institute to accommodate the exciting work being done by a team of researchers led by Professor Tebello Nyokong. The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building of Rhodes University is also to be upgraded and refurbished. The University of Fort Hare is leading three innovative studies into biogas including a project investigating compressed biogas for public transport. The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is working with Fort Hare on a pilot scheme of biodigesters for households. Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of South Africa (Unisa) offer vocational training (diplomas) and academic programmes (degrees). There are several examples in the Eastern Cape of collaboration between the manufacturing sector and educational institutions. General Motors SA has assigned R3.6-million to a Chair in Mechatronics at NMU, which offers a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, covering electronics, mechanical engineering and computer-aided design. Volkswagen supports the International Chair in Automotive Engineering at NMU. NMU’s Ford Engine Research Unit (FERU) falls under the School of Engineering and centres its activities on new engine research and development trends, new initiatives within the field of engine testing and associated research.

ONLINE RESOURCES Eastern Cape Department of Education: www.ecdoe.gov.za Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre: www.ru.ac.za/biotech/ Technology Innovation Agency: www.tia.org.za