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Research and Postgraduate Bulletin

Research Bulletin Issue 4 May/June 20092
2009 – A busy year ahead for the GMRDC
HE year got of to an auspicious start with It’s approaching time for the institutional phase of
a number of graduations, Vice-Chancellor’s the annual National Innovation Competition (NIC). TAwards to researchers, new staf members This is a prestigious event and we encourage all
and a new home for the Postgraduate Student our innovators and scientists out there to enter
Association (PGSA) on the Alice Campus. with their creative business plans. See page 13 for
more details and dates for forthcoming internal
While the Govan Mbeki Research and Fort Hare workshops.
Development Centre (GMRDC) welcomes new
staf members in a separate article (see page 6), The UFH/GMRDC Fee Waiver process is underway
we would like frstly, to extend congratulations to with many postgraduate students having received
the two recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s awards, their Fee Waivers. Processing is still underway and
Professor Roland Ndip and Dr Werner Nel, who every efort is being made to communicate with
received the Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research these students.
Medal and the VC Emerging Researcher Award
respectively in early May. The new PGSA was established and recognised by
Vice Chancellor, Dr Mvuyo Tom, during a function
Professor Ndip was promoted to full Professor in October last year. Although the Association
in January this year and he has conducted operates on all three campuses, it now has a new
groundbreaking work into human pathogens. He home/ofce in the GMRDC building in Alice, in
has supervised 10 Honours, 29 Masters of Science Room 3 on the second foor. The acting president,
(MSc) and one Doctorate (PhD) students. Dr Nel, a Chenai Murata outlines what the PGSA stands for
Dean of Research, Prof Gideon de WetGeomorphologist in the Geography department, on page 10 and readers can fnd contact details in
was awarded the VC’s Emerging Researcher the article.
Medal at Graduation this year. He has conducted
important work on Marion Island and is currently supervising a The GMRDC is also assisting with the facilitation of meetings
number of up-and-coming young scientists. between the deputy registrar’s ofce and the PGSA to discuss how
the Association can assist with the marketing of the University’s new
This year we also bid farewell to Clint Ramoo, who was Chief Postal Registration Process to postgraduate students. It is felt that
Financial Ofcer of the University. Together with Professor Andy this process is one that can greatly assist students and save on costs
Gilbert, Clint played an enormously signifcant role in elevating and time for both students and registration staf.
Fort Hare research to the heights it is reaching today as a result
of new research incentives such as the researcher-linked bursary The University’s Graduation ceremonies held in May this year
scheme and incentive funding for researchers who publish articles showed continued year-on-year improvements in Doctoral and
in accredited journals. Interestingly, both of these models are now Master’s candidates, with a dramatic increase indicated since 2004.
being introduced at other universities around the country. Clint was The GMRDC would like to commend colleagues and candidates for
well respected and we wish him well in his new endeavours. See their commitment.
page 4 for some comments from staf members who worked closely
with Clint. The GMRDC looks forward to welcoming Professor Leslie Bank on
his return from his Fulbright Scholarship stay at Emory University in
The GMRDC is continuing to support skills training, having held Atlanta in August. In his absence, Dr Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, assisted
four three-day workshops on Constructing and WritingWinning by the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Gary Minkley,
Dissertations under Dr Erik Hofstee and another workshop on have been holding the fort at the Fort Hare Institute of Social and
Proposal Writing and Research Management under Ferdi van Economic Research (FHISER).
der Walt. These are incredibly enriching initiatives with positive
feedback coming from participants on all campuses. See the
notices on page 16 for future dates for these important initiatives.
All postgraduates and supervisors are encouraged to attend these
workshops, which demystify the dissertation construction and
writing process. (Continued on page 3)
Welcome to the fourth issue 10 Social scientist wins trip to Austria inside bulletin 4of the GMRDC Research 10 PGSA fnds a home on Alice Campus3 Staf pay tribute to Clint RamooBulletin. Should you like to contribute
11 FHIT Zero-energy house measures up 4 VC Research Awardsnews and events to future
12 Students excel at Ugandan conference
editions, please contact William Awusi 5 New staf members 12 Obituary: Shamoney Naidu
on wawusi@ufh.ac.za 5 Checking DoE’s accredited journal list 13 5th EGU Climate Change Conference ON THE COVER: EL campus PGSA
6 Meet the dedicated Projects Ofce team 14 Prestigious NIC rolling into action representatives (L-R): Pamela Makati,
7 NRF-rated scientist: Professor ChimonyoVongai Madubeko, Yvonne Gwenhure 15 NRF calls for applications
and Tsitsi Mutandwa. (Picture: William 8 PG Geology studies on upward swing 16 General notices and announcements
Staf pay tribute to former Fort Hare CFO – Clint Ramoo
Ramoo, who was the Chief Financial Ofcer of the University, will be relocating to New Zealand. He made a huge impact on all those who worked
with him. Here are a few tributes from staf members who worked closely with him
THE Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) and I salute him for that. He also understood and was sympathetic
pays tribute to the previous Chief Financial Ofcer (CFO), Mr Clint towards funding teaching and learning initiatives to support
Ramoo. We found Clint to be an intelligent, strong and wise man academic staf and under-prepared students at UFH and as a result,
with a humble demeanor, soft hand and mature sense of humour, as the Teaching and Learning Centre was able to implement a number
well as a sense of strategic vision that may not be seen to be typical of interventions to support both academic staf and students over
of accountants. He understood the importance of investing in the the past fve years. I wish him everything of the very best in his new
growth of research at Fort Hare and strongly supported GMRDC in job and God’s richest blessings. – Christine Woods
allocating sufcient funds for really innovative initiatives like the
post-graduate fee waivers, incentives for research publications and Clint Ramoo is a man who showed great commitment and had the
Supervisor-linked bursaries. He was always very interested in the energy of a superhero. He is a man who lived and breathed Fort
activities of GMRDC, associated well with everybody involved and Hare. He never walked out the door and left work behind. Somehow
showed solidarity with our challenges. He will be truly missed in the he balanced his life at Fort Hare with his wonderful family. He is
UFH research and postgraduate context. Hamba kakuhle, Clint! – an amazing mentor, someone whom I could count on for support
Petrus Strijdom and someone whom I could engage with in having
interesting debates. I will miss our conversations about
How does one condense the impact a person has on UFH, children and God. I have learnt a lot from him and
one’s life, and in this institution, in a couple of lines? I he defnitely added great value to my lifelong learning
was fortunate to work with Clint, a man of integrity experience. He left behind large shoes to fll and I am
and of high principles. Ups and downs there were, really sad to see him go. He made tough decisions,
but I reckon we understood one another and worked which did not always sit well with everyone, but
very well together. Clint “got” me and knew exactly let’s face it, working in Finance will never earn you a
who I was and accepted me for that very reason. Clint popularity award especially when you are operating in
always only wanted what was best for UFH. – Diane an underfunded situation. I want to thank him and his
Olivier family (who really supported and sacrifced time with
him) for everything they have done for Fort Hare and
I worked closely with Clint over the past fve years and for all the lives he touched. – Tracey Hill
found him to be diligent in carrying out his mandate
as chief fnancial ofcer. He is a person of absolute Former CFO, Clint Ramoo pictured at his UFH farewell
integrity who stood by what he believed to be right
(Continued from page 2) commended on their continued commitment to improve the UFH
research output.
On the research front, the repositioning of the University’s research
However, there is a concern that many papers had to be discarded mission has been going on since late 2008 as an integral part of the
development of the institutional Strategic Plan (SP2009-2016). It is due to their publication in journals which are not accredited. Not
an open process and invaluable contributions have been received only does this mean a loss of income for the university and the
from both internal and external stakeholders. researcher but it has a negative efect on the academic standing
of all concerned. Workshops to address this will be held in all
Faculties as soon as possible. See page 5 in which we outline the The draft SP2009-2016 was submitted to the University Council
towards the end of March 2009 for their comments and suggestions background around this issue, which appears to be a concern faced
after which the process should be fnalised and implementation by Universities country wide.
planning, including action plans, should start.
Finally, the University’s policy on Post Doctoral Research Fellowship’s
has been drafted and is currently under discussion and fnalisation. The accredited research outputs results for UFH for 2007
submissions, recently received from the Department of Education Comments on the Plagiarism Policy have also been received from
(DoE), show an increase of 17% on the University’s 2006 faculties and the policy and completion of the process is expected , which is quite signifcant. Colleagues need to be soon.
Congratulations to GMRDC student assistants Leocadia Zhou
(far left) and Fortunate Jacqueline Runyarano Mahuni who
both graduated in May this year. Zhou obtained her Doctor-
ate in Geography and Environmental Studies and her thesis
was entitled: Tourism Policy, Biodiversity Conservation and
Management: A case study of the Kruger National Park,
South Africa.
Mahuni graduated with a Masters of Commerce in Econom-
ics on the efciency of the ECPG in the provision of social
services. The GMRDC is proud of you both.4
Vice- Chancellor’s Research Medal Awards
The 2009 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards were awarded to the following two academics at the University of Fort Hare
graduation ceremony. Both prestigious prizes carry substantial monetary awards. The following is an edited extract from their
award citations.
UFH Vice-Chancellor, Dr Mvuyo Tom, presents Dr Werner Nel with the UFH Vice-Chancellor, Dr Mvuyo Tom, presents Professor Roland Ndip
Emerging Researcher Medal Award at Graduation 2009.with the Senior Research Medal at Graduation 2009.
PROFESSOR Roland Ndip, 44, was born in Tiko, South West as member of the interim Senate Committee on Ethics and the
Cameroon. He gained his BSc and MSc in Microbiology at the VC’s Teaching Excellence Award Cee, respectively. He has
University of Lagos, in 1990 and 1991 respectively. He then done much towards promoting the University internationally and
nationally.proceeded to Edo State University Ekpoma, Nigeria and graduated
with a PhD in Medical Microbiology in 1994.
DR Werner Nel, 33, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of
Prof Ndip started his academic career in Edo State University, Geography and Environmental Science at the University of
Nigeria as an Assistant Lecturer in 1993 while studying towards Fort Hare.
his PhD and was promoted to Lecturer in 1994 after obtaining his
He completed his PhD in 2007 at the University of Pretoria entitled: doctorate. He moved to the University of Buea, Cameroon in 1995
On the climate of the Drakensberg: rainfall and surface-temperature and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004.
attributes, and associated geomorphic efects.
He joined the University of Fort Hare in 2007 and was promoted
This research thesis yielded eight peer-reviewed articles in to full Professor in January 2009. During his 16 year academic
national and international journals. Dr Nel is a physical geographer career, Prof Ndip has won numerous scholarships, fellowships
with his research interest in mountain and polar environments and research grants, allowing him to travel widely to international
specifcally ground/climate interactions and climate change.conferences, lectures, workshops and to conduct research visits.
He is currently and will remain involved in a number of national Prof Ndip’s research has focused on human pathogens such as
and international projects, notably as Co-Investigator on a SANAP/Plesiomonas shigelloides, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella
NRF funded project on sub-Antarctic Marion Island and Dronning typhi, Candida albicans, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and
Maud Land, Antarctica, and as participant on a NRF/SIDA funded Helicobacter pylori, to name a few. He has graduated 10 Honours,
project in the sub-Antarctic and the Swedish Arctic. 29 MSc and one PhD students and is currently supervising two
Honours, three MSc and three PhD students at UFH. He is a member of a number of national and international
scientifc bodies and is the current president of the South African
He has published prolifcally, 58 research articles in peer-reviewed
Association of Geomorphologists.
international journals with many being well cited (2-3 citations
per year). He has also been invited to review articles in several In a relative short career he has presented 20 papers at national
international journals and has served on numerous grant review and international conferences and his research outputs stand at 16
panels. He has successfully raised about R 945 000 since joining published works with one paper accepted and a further two frst-
the UFH, including two NRF research grants of R 828 000. This author papers currently being reviewed.
has enabled him to establish the Microbial Pathogenicity and
His research works has so far yielded 43 local and international Molecular Epidemiology Research Group within the Department
scholarly citations and he is the most cited young of Biochemistry and Microbiology, and provides supervision for
geomorphologist in South Africa. post-graduate students and mentorship for developing staf.
The GMRDC would like to extend sincere congratulations to both Prof Ndip has continued to provide leadership in the academic
Professor Ndip and Dr Nel on their scholarly achievements.and research arena at Fort Hare, for which he currently serves 5
Welcome to new staff members (L-R) Michelle Flanegan, Yvonne Koert, William Awusi and Zimkhitha Tsotso
GMRDC welcomes new staf members
THE Dean of Research, Professor Gideon de the grant-holders are timeously processed The East London Campus
Wet, would like to welcome the following and paid. At the beginning of 2009, William Awusi
new members of staf at the Govan was promoted to the position of Research Please Contact Michelle on 040-602 2319
Mbeki Research and Development Centre Manager in the East London GMRDC ofce. or mfanegan@ufh.ac.za
(GMRDC): William, who hails from Ghana but has lived
in South Africa most of his life, is familiar to Fort Hare Foundation
On the Alice campus: many postgraduates as he was previously The second NRF position has been taken up
Two new NRF positions were approved the project co-ordinator in the ofce. The by Yvonne Koert who is based at the Fort
at the end of 2008. One has been flled GMRDC would like to congratulate William Hare Foundation in East London and who
by Michelle Flanegan, who is the new NRF on his new position with best wishes for the is responsible for the administration of all
Administrator. Her job is to assist NRF grant- future. NRF monies and disbursement of funds to
holders to make sure the administration of project leaders and researchers.
research funds runs smoothly and to ensure Please contact William on 043-704 7509
that reports and student nominations or wawusi@ufh.ac.zaHaving both Michelle and Yvonne on board
are submitted timeously, which in turn should certainly make for smooth and
reduces delays in the release of funds into Zimkhitha Tsotso has taken over the efcient dealing with NRF-related funding.
researchers’ accounts by the NRF. position of project co-ordinator and the
GMRDC would like to extend a warm The GMRDC would like to take the
Michelle will gladly deal with any queries welcome to Zimkhitha, who has the biggest opportunity to welcome them both to the
and/or problems in this regard and also smile this side of the Kei River. team.
works closely with the NRF Financial
Administrator, Yvonne Koert at the Fort Hare Zimkhitha may be contacted on 043-704 Please Contact Yvonne on 043-726 3478
Foundation, to make sure the requisitions of 7508 or ztsotso@ufh.ac.zaor ykoert@ufh.ac.za
Don’t forget to check DoE’s accredited journals
PROFESSOR Gideon de Wet, Ms Rina in order to qualify for a subsidy. requirements.
Flanegan and Ms Michelle Flanegan Researchers should also remember This matter has also been an important
of the GMRDC recently attended a to inform their research ofce about part of the workshops on Faculty strategic
workshop organised by the Department accredited publications. research plans.
of Education on “Policy and Procedures for
Measurement or Research Outputs”. • Publishing units such as books, Contact Rina Flanegan for more
information on 040-602 2319 or chapters in books and monographs
Colleagues shared their experiences with rfanegan@ufh.ac.za OR see continue to be problematic due to a
delegates from other Universities around www.education.gov.za, click on DoE number of reasons. These include that
the country and a number of important divisions in the menu on the left, click the book is a textbook and does not
matters were discussed regarding on Higher Education and then the qualify for subsidy; the book does not
publishing accreditation. Some common Policy and Management directorate. add to new knowledge and is as such,
issues of concern were highlighted, which not a research output; there was no
need to be brought to the attention of the PDFs of accredited journal lists, both peer review prior to publication and an
academic community at Fort Hare. These national and international, are available ISBN number should be obtained.
include: for download to your hard drive for
your information. Please note that the On this issue, the GMRDC staf will continue
• Researchers must remember to lists are regularly updated and it is to meet with the University faculties to
credit/acknowledge their host- inform colleagues about these matters important to keep yourself abrest of
together with e.mailed updates and detailed universities when they publish any updates or changes to these lists.6
Meet the dedicated UFH Project Ofce team
What the PO does
The Project Ofce (PO) is a division of the fnance department
of the University. The team collectively play an invaluable role
in assisting the GMRDC in improving research at UFH. The PO
manages and administers all “external” funding to the University
for projects, which include research and consulting projects
together with development and improvement projects.
A project can be a new programme or research efort at a
University faculty, school or department or it can be a consulting
efort by an academic/s. The Project Ofce must comply with
the donor specifc requirements including fnancial reporting,
auditing and budgeting.
Setting up a project The dedicated team at the Projects Offce based at the Fort Hare Foundation,
(Back row L-R) Yvonne Koert, Petro Muller, Dez Zokufa, Angela Kumm.1. Write a proposal outlining what you want to achieve,
(Front row L-R) Sheena Mentz, Amanda Kelly. The team collectively play an how you will achieve it, a detailed budget and why it’s
invaluable role in assisting the GMRDC in improving research at UFH.important. Always include a business plan.
2. Send proposal to Dean/Director for approval and
signing of. The designated ofcials must sign the requisition as per the required
authority level indicated see table. Use the PO Payment Requisition
If project proposal is accepted – setting up which is available online.
Submit copy of fully authorised (VC and or Executive Dean’s PAYMENT will be made within fve (5) working days.
authorisation for undertaking the project) and signed project
proposal with fnal budget to Projects Ofce. Authorisation for payments:
The PO will provide tax clearance certifcates, audited fnancial R0-R 20 000= Manager
statements of the University and can assist with budget Up to R 50 000=General manager
development. Up to R 100 000=Deans, Planner, Deputy Registrar, CIO
Person responsible at the Projects Ofce is Sheena Mentz or Ange Up to R 200 000=Registrar, CFO, CHRO, DVC
Kumm R 200 000+= Vice-Chancellor
Once funding is granted Payment process requires:
Send a copy of the Memo of Understanding (MOU), service level  Require a valid invoice, which is:
agreement (SLA) and/or contract to the PO. If a new project,  an original (proforma) invoice.
include a new project form, available online at ufh.ac.za  Invoice made out to University of Fort Hare.
The PO will open a new project account (cost centre) on ITS  have the supplier’s VAT registration number.
system and will issue invoices to invoice/s to donor/grantor. The  has Fort Hare University’s VAT registration
PO will administer expenditure claims against the budget and  have the words TAX INVOICE in a prominent place.
the University’s procurement policy.  identify Name, Address of both supplier and UFH.
 show Invoice number and date of issue.
What you need to bear in mind  show Description of goods and/ or services supplied.
The PO has to comply with the University’s supply chain  show Quantity/Volume of goods/ servic.
management policy, the HR policies together with the salaries  show total Price and VAT
and S&T requisitions process. SARS and tax regulations also need  Project number and name must be on requisition.
to be followed. The PO can advise you on these.  Payment must be made to the person/company who issues the
Spending project funds  Banking details must be completed
Goods and Services: Obtain quotes according to the following  Budget item must be inserted eg, S&T, Equipment, Bursaries etc
guidelines:  Description of payment must be same as the invoice
R0-R500 = no quote Person Responsible: Petru Muller/Dez Zokufa
R501-R 5 000 = 2 written quotes
R 5 001-R 100 000 = 3 written quotes Contact details
R 100 000+ = Bid Sheena Mentz 043-704 7550, smentz@ufh.ac.za
R 200 000+= Tender Angela Kumm 043-704 7558, akumm@ufh.ac.za
Select, authorise, order and pay. Petru Muller 043-704 7555, pmuller@ufh.ac.za
Do remember PURCO can assist with obtaining quotes. Please Dez (Ntomboxolo) Zokufa 043-704 7557, dzokufa@ufh.ac.za
contact Mr Swanepoel at PURCO at UNISA on swanewm@unisa Amanda Kelly 043-704 7556, akelly@ufh.ac.za
ac za Yvonne Koert 043-704 7559, ykoert@ufh.ac.za
SELECT the best value quote or MOTIVATE in writing why
you need a particular service provider. For authorisation of In the next bulletin, we will outline HR and travel procedures.
requisitions all quotes and proforma invoices are to be attached Information for this article was compiled from a PowerPoint
to the requisition. presentation prepared by Sheena Mentz 7
Professor Michael Chimonyo aims high
PROFESSOR Michael Chimonyo is an associate Professor of Animal Science and holds a PhD in animal breeding. He
currently heads the Department of Livestock and Pasture Science at the University of Fort Hare.
PROF Chimonyo’s mission is to make the
Department one of the best in South Africa Another project is aimed at
in the next fve years. combating the high prevalence
of parasites, particularly ticks and
Departmental research activities are gastro-intestinal parasites in cattle
aimed at characterising and improving production in rural areas.
agricultural productivity in order to reduce
poverty in rural areas, not only in the “We have a project that is aimed at
Eastern Cape, but also the whole Southern identifying individual animals and
Africa region. breeds that are resistant to these
The research area falls under the National
Research Foundation’s (NRF) niche area “We now have evidence that Nguni
of Sustainable Agriculture and Land cattle are less susceptible to such
Strategies. parasites and we plan to identify
the genes responsible for such
Prof Chimonyo said besides working in resistance and market them for
the laboratories, the Department also commercial livestock production.
works closely with farmers, the intended
Professor Michael Chimonyo pictured in his offce in the benefciaries of the technologies being “As science has struggled to
Livestock and Pasture Science department of UFH.developed. understand these adaptability
characteristics of animals, the study
Prof Chimonyo describes the following and evaluation of Nguni animals (cattle, said funding levels were limited and there
example of their work: goats and chickens) could make us was an urgent need to attract further
“One of our successful projects is the pioneers and leaders in the feld. sustainable resources for this vital research.
evaluation of technologies to increase
organic meat production using indigenous “For example we are currently running The Department has also made important
livestock breeds and locally available trials to evaluate the potential of strides in Postgraduate studies since 2006,
organic feed resources. Organic meat is indigenous goats to tolerate/resist and a number of postgraduate degrees
increasingly sought after for being safe common parasites such as Haemonchus have been conferred to students including
and healthy as it does not lead to the contortus, also known as wire worm or two Doctorates, six Masters’ degrees and
accumulation of chemical residues in large stomach worm.” seven Honours degrees.
human bodies, which can be toxic and can
increase human resistance to antibiotics. In Southern Africa there is a real threat of “The Department is continuing this
the disappearance of indigenous breeds excellent Postgraduate record and
Organic meat can be produced from due to indiscriminate crossbreeding and currently has six PhD candidates at
cattle breeds that require little if any disease outbreaks, he added. various stages of completion of their
chemicals and inorganic feed resources dissertations, in addition to three MSc
that may contain harmful chemicals and/or “To conserve such animals, concerted
students and several Honours students.
genetically modifed substances. eforts must be made, starting with
The postgraduate students are fnancially
establishing their market and non-market
supported by the GMRDC, the NRF and the
“As such, indigenous breeds like the values, defning the characteristics that
Canon Collins Trust.
Nguni, which also efciently utilise locally could be of value in the future, and
available fbrous feeding materials, can eventually the costs of conservation.
“The Department also boasts a post-
produce organic meat.
doctoral fellow and over the past three
“Our research group is working on these
years our research group has produced
“Indigenous Nguni cattle easily meet aspects, including developing sustainable
over 40 research articles published in
organic meat production standards and models for restocking pigs that beneft
internationally-recognised journals such interestingly, Nguni cattle also produce the rural poor in the Eastern Cape,” Prof
as Animal, Meat Science, Livestock Science, quality beef which contains the desired Chimonyo said.
Tropical Animal Health and Production, fatty acid profles that can help reduce
The Veterinary Journal, Food Chemistry hypertension and heart problems. In Such research is actively supported by the
and the Journal of Muscle Foods,” said Prof
addition to organic meat, we are also Agricultural Research Council (ARC), the
Chimonyo proudly. evaluating their potential to produce Universities of the Free State, Stellenbosch
organic milk. and Pretoria together with the Eastern
Prof Chimonyo currently holds a Y2 Cape Department of Agriculture.
National Research Foundation (NRF) Our current eforts are aimed at identifying
scientist rating and expects to apply for niche markets for such meat, for example, While the NRF and the University support
during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.” the Department’s research, Prof Chimonyo re-rating in 2010. 8
Staff pictured with the 2009 BSc Honours class from the Geology department. (Not all staff nor students are present in the photograph).
Fort Hare postgraduate Geology
studies on upward swing
By Wendy Koll, Baojin Zhao and Eric Madi
Student registration
2009 has got of to a busy start with a total
of 233 students (201 under-graduate and
32 post-graduate students). Registration
has shown a continued growth during the
past nine years as illustrated in the adjoining
The BSc Honours registration has increased
to 21, one third of whom are from other
universities and countries such as UKZN, UJ,
UWC, NMMU, Malawi, Zimbabwe to name
a few. There are also three PhD and 10 MSc
students registered this year.
The department would like to welcome all
new and returning students and may 2009
be a successful year all-round.
Postgraduate news
All of our 32 post-graduate students who
graduated last year have been employed by
the mining industry, science councils and
consulting companies such as Harmony,
Implats, Exarro, PetroSA, Council for
Geoscience, Mintek.
Increase in student registration at Fort Hare graphically illustrated.(Continued overleaf) 9
(Continued from previous page) their generous donations to our School occupied an outstanding position with fve
At the 2009 graduation, 13 Honours of Science and Technology (Physical publications, the highest number again
students, six Masters’ of Science (MSc) and and Computational Science under the for all of South Africa. Four papers were
one PhD candidate graduated with degrees leadership of Professor B Zhao) under the presented by two MSc students and one
in geology. School of Mines and Energy umbrella. paper by a PhD student:
These entities include PetroSA, Angloplats, K. Madi and B. Zhao (2008): Neotectonics
Staf Lafarge, Petroleum Agency South Africa, and its applications for the exploration
This year, we welcome two new junior Lonmin, Implats, AfriSam, MQA, the Council of groundwater in the fractured Karoo
lecturers to our teaching staf – Mrs Vuvu for Geoscience, Mintek, Upstream Education aquifers in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mazomba (BSc Hons, UFH) and Mr Soso Trust and the Central Energy Fund (CEF). In: Africa Uncovered: Mineral Resources for
Rasmeni (BS, UFH) who have been the Future. SEG-GSSA 2008 Conference,
generously sponsored through the Social We would specifcally like to thank the Johannesburg, South Africa.
and Capacity Development Programme former Minister of Minerals and Energy, K. Madi, D. Katemaunzanga and B.Zhao
of the SETA, the Mining Qualifcations Ms B Sonjica, and the department for their (2008): Contribution to the mineralogical
Authority (MQA). generous support, efort and commitment study of the mantle xenoliths and the
to the development of scarce skills in the kimberlites of Kundelungu, Katanga,
We have also appointed Dr Oswald Gwavava mining and energy sectors at the University Democratic Republic of the Congo. In:
as our geophysicist for the PetroSA Chair of Fort Hare. Africa Uncovered: Mineral Resources for
and he is currently developing our new the Future. SEG-GSSA 2008 Conference,
petroleum programme. We have 3 staf Student Geoconference 2008 Johannesburg, South Africa.
vacancies to fll which will bring the total The UFH Geology has a local branch of Katemaunzanga D., Madi K., Maponga
staf compliment to 11 – including the the Geological Society of South Africa OJ., Munyaradzi J., Musanhu R. and
Petroleum Agency SA chair in Petroleum with about 120 student and full members, Mabvira SE. (2008): Coal Quality Prediction
Geology. the biggest branch in all of South Africa’s and Market Adaptability at Hwange Colliery
universities. It aims to promote geology and Company Limited in Zimbabwe – Low
Currently, we have fve staf members full geological education at Fort Hare, within Phosphorus Challenge. In: Africa Uncovered:
time who can supervise higher degree the local community and in the country as Mineral Resources for the Future. SEG-GSSA
students including Professors Baojin whole. 2008 Conference, Johannesburg, South
Zhao (Economic/Mining/Exploration Africa.
Geology, Geochemistry/Geochemical Ten (10) Honours and higher degree Katemaunzanga D., Love D. and Shoko D.
Modelling, Groundwater and Environmental students, sponsored by the Geological (2008). Geology of the Ndepa Inlier and the
Management), Professor Stephanie de Society of South Africa (GSSA) attended surrounding Karoo Sequences - Implications
Villiers (Environmental/Marine Geology), Drs the student and main geoconference on the tectonic-evolution of the Mid-Zambezi
Oswald Gwavava (Geophysics/Petroleum in Johannesburg in 2008. It was jointly Basin. In: Africa Uncovered: Mineral
Geology), Haili Jia (Hydrogeology) and Mr CJ organized by the Geological Society of Resources for the Future. SEG-GSSA 2008
Gunter (Karoo Geology and Field Mapping). South Africa (GSSA) and the worldwide Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa
Professors Walton Kelly (The Illinois Water Society of Economic Geology (SEG) under Tunhuma, N.M. & Zhao, B. (2008). A
Survey, groundwater geochemistry, the theme: “Africa Uncovered: Mineral tentative exploration model for the
water quality and thermodynamics) and Resources for the Future”. Pilanesberg west prospecting project, South
Dr Jay Barton (Consultant) (economic Africa. In SEG-GSSA 2008 Conference
geology, radiometric dating, high-degree The Fort Hare Geology Department (Student Conference), Johannesburg.
metamorphism) are also in a position to
supervise some higher degree students.
Equipment & facilities:
We have equipped a new thin-sectioning
laboratory at a total cost of R1 million,
thanks to a donation from Anglo Platinum
and Lonmin. A computer lab is being
refurbished and equipped with 50 new
computers, thanks to Implats.
A new Fort Hare Geoscience Education
Museum was opened in geology in March
this year. The Museum hosts a signifcant
number of geological collections including
minerals, rocks, ore deposits and precious
stones. It is located on the side of NE11/12
auditorium, opposite the department. The
Museum is proudly sponsored by AngloPlats
and Lonmin and interested parties should
contact Mrs Vuvu Mazomba on vmazomba@
ufh.ac.za to arrange museum visits.
Students visit the new Fort Hare Geoscience Education Museum which holds various geological
We would like to thank various donors for collections. The museum is sponsored by AngloPlats and Lonmin.10
Budding Fort Hare social scientist
wins award to visit Austria
implemented in collaboration with national science organisations in Africa,
Asia, Europe and North America. Mr Umejesi and a student from Gabon and
nased at Stellenbosch will travel to Austria. There are only two participants
selected from Africa this year. Mr Umejesi is funded directly by IIASA.
According to the programme’s organisers, IIASA annually selects “talented
young researchers whose interests correspond with [the Institute’s] ongoing
research on global environmental, economic and social change”. In 2009,
they are camped in Austria from June to August to take part in a wide range
of research-related and networking activities. Mr Umejesi will take part in all
planned activities and also continue with his thesis write-up.
Mr Umejesi has been selected on the basis of the progress he has made on
his doctoral thesis, which is a socio-historical examination of the concept of
compensational and environmental justice in community contexts where there
are difering ideas of both “nature” and compensation.
Doctoral student, Ikechukwa Umejesi, has
won a place in the Young Scientists’ Summer
Using selected oil and mining communities as empirical cases, his research Programme from June to August 2009.
reveals both the analytical strengths and hidden fallacies in a dominant strand
of the compensational justice discourse, which holds that the deepening
Dr Wilson Akpan* reports on doctoral resistance and community violence in Nigeria’s mineral-rich communities
candidate, Ikechukwu Umejesi, who is rooted in the “unfair compensation regimes” governing the sector. The
has been chosen to participate in a research draws attention to the limitations of neo-liberal notions of “nature”
three-month Young Scientists’ Summer and compensation. The research forms part of the Department of Sociology’s
Programme (YSP) in Austria beginning African Resources and Comparative Sustainability Research Initiative. The
in June 2009. Sociology Department is justly proud of Mr Umejesi’s achievements and
of the association with the YSP, and to be directly represented at this year’s
THE Young Scientists Summer programme.
Programme is an initiative of the
International Institute for Applied * Dr Wilson Akpan is a Ford Foundation Scholar and heads up the Sociology
Systems Analysis (IIASA) and is Department at the University of Fort Hare
Post-graduate Students Association fnds a home
THE Post-Graduate Students’ Association (PGSA), established late last year, has found a
new home in Room 3 on the second foor of the GMRDC building on the Alice Campus.
The PGSA’s acting president, Chenai Murata explained what the association stands for,
its main mandate seeks to promote the best interests of postgraduate students by use of
dialogue, advisory, interactive or any other means deemed appropriate to settle matters
between the postgraduate student body and University management. It also seeks to
fnd negotiated solutions to problems that one way or the other, may compromise and
impede the study interests and conditions of the postgraduate students.
The PGSA subscribes to equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, nationality,
religious, political, philosophical and study feld in this university.
The organisation is represented at all three campuses of the university: Alice, East
London and Bhisho. You can contact the PGSA on Mr Murata’s cell on 079 426 4855 or PGSA representatives from the Alice Campus (L-R)
email him on muratacc@yahoo.com while the new PGSA ofce obtains a dedicated e.mail Reverend Mmeli Sulo, Shingirirai Muzondo, Naison
Dzinavatonga, Chenai Murata, Lushian T. Mupondi.address.

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