DUT launches revamped IWWT building
Any university that cannot grow its people to be professors is not worth its name.
This was said by Professor Thandwa Mthembu during the launch of the new state-of-the-art facility, Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology (IWWT), on Thursday.
Addressing the attendees, the Vice-Chancellor of Durban University of Technology (DUT), Prof Mthembu said: “All the skills that have to do with this institution were Prof. Bux’s work, he was not pouched from any University but he is homegrown. That is magnificent because it means many people who are here should one day hope they will get to his position”.
The new building comprises well-equipped laboratories with high-end equipment. It includes dedicated laboratories for the high-end instrumentation. The core research areas at the IWWT are wastewater treatment technology, algal biotechnology and environmental health-related microbiology.
“Water scarcity is one of the biggest issues in an environment where this is a necessity to life, 40% of people globally do have access to clean water.
“We have made very modest investments in this university, 22 million invested to the training development of the wastewater treatment and has been awarded since 2013,” he said.
The Institute offers post-graduate programmes in a wide spectrum of disciplines in science and engineering. These projects have a high applied value, which increases the marketability of students conducting their research.
Thobela Conco, a PhD candidate at the IWWT gratefully acknowledged the impact of the institute in her studies and research.
“The research that is being conducted at this place has such a great impact as it paves the way for the development of risk assessment techniques and methods that can be implemented, because we know once the water is released back to the eco-system there’s an influence that water that is insufficiently treated has on the people,” she said
Pictures: Sibonginkosi Mabika, Durban University of Technology