On Wednesday, 24 September members of the 2014 EBESC went to the Victoria Mxenge community, in Phillipi to plant a tree. The community was started by a group of women in 1991 who started a joint savings scheme and taught themselves every aspect of building to design and construct their homes as they were sick of living in shacks. For little more than the cost of the very basic RDP home, the women can build three-bedroom homes of around 85 sq metres. So successful has the project been that they now advise other women’s groups around the world how to build homes.
Every year since 2012 Brewing UCT have managed to specialise and win in a new category at the SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing competition held annually at the SAB World of Learning in Johannesburg.
This year on 30 August, the BUCT team who are sponsored by CeBER and comprised of UCT chemical engineering postgraduate students, secured first prize in the Cider Category – an improvement on last year’s second prize in the same grouping.
Joyce Mwangama, a doctoral student from the Communications Research Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering, has won one of the three best paper awards at the 17th annual Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications conference held in early September in Port Elizabeth.
If the disciplines of engineering strive to maximise benefit while minimising risk, what role should chemical engineers play in balancing human development with the creation of an environmentally sustainable society?
It is this question that Professor Harro von Blottnitz – known as an industrial ecologist, and based in the Department of Chemical Engineering – interrogated on 27 August 2014 in an inaugural lecture that exuded both warmth and humour.