WSU BREAKS NEW GROUND
Brand new spades tasted new ground in Mthatha as WSU turned the sod to signal the commencement of construction of a R85 million state-of-the-art health sciences facility.
The new facility, funded by the Department of Higher Education’s Infrastructure and Efficiency Fund, and the Clinical Fund, aims to improve and increase research and academic output.
Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital where the facility is currently being built, DHET Director-General Gwebinkundla Qonde said he expects ground-breaking research and excellent teaching to characterise the faculty following this cash injection.
“The Faculty must be the hub of intellectual activity, producing health experts who continue to deal with the problems of this province, and beyond. The new facility must host health experts from other parts of the country and from outside our borders to share knowledge and expertise with us,” said Qonde.
Interim Vice Chancellor Prof Khaya Mfenyana, whose efforts have seen the faculty grow in leaps and bounds, said he was encouraged and heartened by the project.
“This will be a great boost for the University and the province in increasing the intake of students studying towards health sciences qualifications. It will help us play a bigger role in producing the scarce skills possessed by doctors, health promoters, nurses and clinical associates to aid in prevention, treatment and cure of diseases amongst our communities,” said Mfenyana.
He said the facility would help the University double, and in some cases triple intake in some programmes that currently have a low intake.
Qonde said the faculty must find area of synergy with other universities, whilst also finding common threads with other institutions in the post school sector such as the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions that offer basic health related programmes like first aid skills.