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.
Transport Minister Dr. Bonginkosi Blade Nzimande briefing members of the media on the preliminary festive season road safety campaign status at Tshedimosetso House in Pretoria. The status report covers the period from the launch of the 2018 Festive Season Road Safety campaign. Minister Nzimande is joined by the MECs of Transport and Community Safety, the CEOs of all our road entities responsible for road safety, and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) which is a lead entity on road safety. South Africa. 20/12/2018. Siyabulela Duda
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