Training and Mr Abide Ncube: Entrepreneur & Ms Siphokazi Zondi: Technician: Art Design
During the first two-weeks of March, the Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park was represented in India.
Mr Hendrich van der Merwe: Operations Manager, Ms Siphokazi Zondi: Technician: Art Design & Training and Mr Abide Ncube: Entrepreneur held the VUT Science Park flag high in the district of Panipat.
The purpose of the visit was to facilitate learning in dismantling and handling electronic waste in a safe manner as electronic waste poses a threat to our surrounding communities and South Africa as a whole.
Ms Zondi said VUT is one of the universities that will be part of the e-waste project which will be launched in April. She will be training employees who will be working in that department on how to dismantle electronic elements to be recycled.
“It is important as citizens to look after our environment as some of the components will have a bad impact on the ozone layer if they are left lying in the dumping areas. I learnt that things that are useless by some society members can be useful for entrepreneurs who are into recycling as a business,” she said.
Mr Abide Ncube, who formed part of this programme through his ability to manage and drive the programme from an entrepreneurial perspective, mentioned that he appreciated meeting individuals and entrepreneurs who were like-minded and who offered different perspectives.
He further elaborated that he is going to use the knowledge he has gained to benefit the Science Park as he will take charge and the necessary action and engage with the necessary stakeholders to stimulate growth and add to the sustainability of the Science Park.
“I am thankful for the opportunity; this will go a long way in my entrepreneurial journey. The trip was well planned and coordinated, I congratulate and honour the back office and support teams. I couldn’t have asked for better partners and stakeholders. The exposure will benefit many young entrepreneurs and the general community,” said Mr Ncube.
This trip was funded by The South African Technology Network (SATN) and the team was assisted by The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) to join up with the Exigo Company in India for E- waste recycling.