Minister Pandor to address UCT students

This evening, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will address a seminar organised to increase the number of black South African students doing postgraduate studies in engineering and the built environment.


The objective of the seminar, dubbed L.E.A.D. (Learn, Engage, Activate, Develop), is for undergraduate students to consider a career in research. The seminar also aims to equip young researchers with the required skills to build careers in academia, helping them to direct the research process themselves and thereby transforming the academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).


Media are invited as follows:


Venue:           Leslie Social Science Building, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Lecture Theatre 2D, UCT

Date:              Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Time:              19:00




18:45–19:00 Entertainment – One Heart Drummers

Master of Ceremonies – Mr Michael Odidi (mater's chemical engineering student)

19:05–19:10 Welcome by Dean – Professor Alison Lewis

19:10–19:15 Introduction of the L.E.A.D. seminar – Ms Avela Kuene (2017 EBE postgraduate student council member with the Transformation Portfolio)

19:15–19:30 How do we grow our local academic capacity to transform the EBE Faculty and ensure growth, especially in terms of women and black professors – Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

19:30–19:50 Guest speaker – Minister Naledi Pandor

19:50–20:00 Thanks and wrap-up – Ms Bonolo Skee (2018 EBE postgraduate student council member with the Transformation Portfolio)

20:00–20:45 Refreshments and networking


Issued by the Department of Science and Technology.




Lunga Ngqengelele

Media Liaison Officer

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