Dr Nzimande to launch an innovative science facility in the Eastern Cape

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, and the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane, will officially open a state-of-the-art science centre equipped with advanced green technologies in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday, 6 October.


A project for the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and its partners, the centre offers not only science awareness activities and exhibits on various themes including space science and astronomy, but also a teacher training programme.


Describing the science centre as unique, the Minister said, that it was designed and constructed as an environmentally friendly building. “The science centre has an off-grid power supply comprising four renewable energy sources – photovoltaic panels, small-scale wind turbine, hydrogen fuel cells and batteries. Eskom power is available as a back-up.”


In addition, the building relies on a hybrid water supply, reducing its dependence on the grid by harvesting rainwater and recycling grey water for toilet use. Built using a light steel frame and insulated concrete composite, the structure is also HVAC‑free, depending on solar chimneys for its heating and cooling.


The land for the centre was donated by the Intsika Yethu Local Municipality donated the land on which the centre was built.


The media is invited as follows:

Time:              13:00 - 16:00

Venue:           Cofimvaba Centre (Opposite Cofimvaba High School)






Zoom ID: 563 521 0404 Passcode: Innovative



Issued by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation


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