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InnoVenton and The Downstream Chemicals Technology Station

16/08/2017

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, paid a visit to InnoVenton as part of the Annual National Science Week Program at the Nelson Mandela University.

InnoVenton was pleased to receive the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor together with a delegation of distinguished guests and VIP's. 

She was accompanied by the Eastern Cape Premier- Mr Phumulo Masualle, the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology-Dr Phil Mjwara, the Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University-Prof Derrick Swartz, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University for Research and Engagement-Prof Andrew Leitch and the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Nelson Mandela University-Prof Azwinndini Muronga, to name a few. 

Dr Gary Dugmore, our Acting-Director, took the opportunity to demonstrate the developments made by the Microalgae to Energy Project and Research Centre, which is hosted at InnoVenton and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The products, processes and commercial opportunities that have arisen from this research were also highlighted. One example being our infamous product, Coalgae ®, a solid fuel energy source produced from coalmine waste fines and microalgae biomass.

In the photograph above, from left to right, we have the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Nelson Mandela University- Prof Azwinndini Muronga,  InnoVenton's Acting-Director-Dr Gary Dugmore, the Minister of Science and Technology -Naledi Pandor, the Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University -Prof Derrick Swartz, the Eastern Cape Premier- Mr Phumulo Masualle, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University for Research and Engagement-Prof Andrew Leitch and the the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology-Dr Phil Mjwara.