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Engagement Office


Engagement Entities at NMMU:

Centre for Law in Action (CLA)

Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre(AMTC)

Centre for Community School (CCS)

Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET)

Southern Africa Cisco Academy Support Centre (SACASC)

University Psychology Clinic (UCLIN)

Govan Mbeki Maths Development Unit (GMMDU)

Spatial Technologies Unit (STU)

Unit for Biokinetics and Sport Science (UBSS)

Unit for Statistical Consultation (USC)


Engagement projects funded by NMMU:

Recipients of Engagement Advancement Funding grants in 2016:

Project Title Title Name Surname Dept Faculty/Division
NMMU Arts & Culture Drama Programme Mr  Michael Barry Arts & Culture Communication & Stakeholder Liaison
Shell Eco Car Marathon Mr Clive Hands Mechanical Engineering EBEIT
Heritage and Cultural Centre: NMMU George Campus Mr Martin Loubser George Campus Operations George Campus
Science to Schools Outreach  Dr Gletwyn Rubidge Chemistry Science
NMMU Baja Bug Mr Trevor Stroud Mechanical Engineering EBEIT
Pay-it-Forward Community Outreach Initiative Dr Amanda Werner Human Resource Management Business & Economic Sciences
The Alodia Afrika Design Office Mr Nii Botchway Art & Design Arts
HIV Adolescent Empowerment Project Dr Rosemary Chimbala-Kalenga HIV/AIDS Unit DVC: Research & Engagement
Monitoring Peer Helper Engagement Through Innovative Technology Ms & Ms Marina & Fareedah De Jager & Sauls Student Counselling HEADS
Hope In The Heart UK-SA North-South Collaboration Compassion-based project Dr Belinda Du Plooy Engagement Office  DVC: Research & Engagement
67 Hours Volunteer Service Ms Kim-Marie Elliott Student Affairs  Student Governance
Mobilizing Stakeholders for Collaborative Management of Invasive Alien Plants in the Garden Route  Prof Christo Fabricius Sustainability Research Unit Science
Ubomi Obutsha Growth Monitoring Site Ms Phumeza Mkontwana Lifestyle Sciences Health
 Masikulisane Reading Project  Dr Eileen Scheckle SITE Education
e-Skills Development in Low Income Areas Prof  Darelle Van Greunen Information Technology EBEIT
Rape Crisis Intervention Project Mr Kempie Van Rooyen Psychology Health
Sound of Learning (SOUL) Project Mr Gareth Williams Music Arts


Recipients of Engagement Advancement Funding grants in 2015:

Project Title

Project Leader



NMMU Arts & Culture Drama Programme

Mr Michael Barry

Arts & Culture

Communication & Stakeholder Liaison

NMMU George Campus Open Day Sport Clinics/Competitions

Mr Petrus Boukes

Madibaz Sport

Student Affairs

Art Meets Science Meets Place

Prof Richard Cowling & Ms Mary Duker

Botany & Arts

Science & Arts

Shell Eco Car Marathon

Mr Karl Du Preez

Mechanical Engineering


Polymer Science and Technology Engagement Outreach: Linking Industry and Learners

Mr Fanus Gerber



NMMU Grysbok Environmental Education Trail

Prof Graham Kerley

Zoology CACE


Lego Robotics

Mr Ronald Leppan



Heritage and Cultural Centre: NMMU George Campus

Mr Martin Loubser

Operations George Campus

George Campus

Drive To Success Interactive Game

Dr Ann Lourens

Industrial Engineering


NMMU Racing: DIbaE Electric Race Car

Mr Bryndan Roberts

Mechanical Engineering


Science to Schools Outreach 

Dr Gletwyn Rubidge



Alternatives to Violence National Network

Prof Lyn Snodgrass

Politics & Conflict Management


NMMU Baja Bug

Mr Trevor Stroud

Mechanical Engineering


Online Continuing Education Programme for Mental Health Professionals

Prof Louise Stroud



Cyber Safety Calendar Competition 

Prof Johan Van Niekerk



Pay-it-Forward Community Outreach Initiative

Dr Amanda Werner

Human Resources Management

Business & Economic Sciences 

Recipients of Engagement Advancement Funding grants in 2014:




Bambanani Mental Health Project



Ms Lisa Currin

Shell Eco Car Marathon

Mechanical Engineering


Mr Karl du Preez

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists



Ms Marilyn Gibbs

Mobile Clinical Laboratory

Clinical Care Studies


Prof Esmeralda Ricks

Science to Schools Outreach



Dr Gletwyn Rubidge

NMMU Racing Project

NMMU Racing


Mr Trevor Stroud

Mobile Community Health Learning Space



Prof Darelle van Greunen

Cyber Safety Calendar Competition



Prof Johan van Niekerk

Science Discovery Week

Dean's Office


Prof Andrew Leitch


Women in Engineering Leadership Association (wela):

From: NMMU-Communique Sent: 04 November 2016 12:23 PM To: * ALL NMMU STUDENTS; * ALL NMMU STAFF Subject: Reasons to be Proud

Congratulations to Dr Ann Lourens, Head of Department of Industrial Engineering and Women in Engineering Leadership Association (WELA) Programme Manager who was recently shortlisted in the Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council Awards. Applications were received from all over the world and Dr Lourens was the only South African short listed candidate.

This award promotes diversity in engineering and recognises the people and projects worldwide which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

WELA was launched in 2011 by the School of Engineering and the merSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority) chair in Engineering Development to provide academic, personal and development support to women engineering students and working women engineers. Its goal is the academic, professional and personal development of women in engineering thereby contributing to attracting and retaining women in the field of engineering. 

Well done to Ann and the WELA team.

If you want to read more about the awards, you can do so at


Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre:

AMTC Verneukpan solar project:


Shell Eco Car Marathon 2016

From: NMMU-Communique Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 1:32 PM To: * ALL NMMU STUDENTS; * ALL NMMU STAFF Subject: Reasons to be Proud

Congratulations to our NMMU Eco-Car team who won the gasoline category in the recent Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa held at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria 

The competition saw participants from the African continent competing across three categories: gasoline, battery electric and hydrogen power to establish the furthest distance a custom-designed vehicle could travel on an effective 1 litre of standard pump-available petrol.

With a distance of 127.86 km per litre of fuel used, this was nearly 2.5 times the distance achieved by their nearest competitor, a team from Nigeria.  This distance capability is an event record in the gasoline class for the Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa so far.

Team members come from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Logistics disciplines, which makes the project a truly cross-disciplinary effort.

Well done guys!


School of Natural Resource Management:


NMMU Psychology Department collaboration with Port Elizabeth Rape Crisis Center

NMMU’s Psychology department has managed to secure three funding schemes in collaboration with the Port Elizabeth Rape Crisis Centre. The NMMU Psychology Department has had a long standing relationship with the PERCC. This collaboration revolves around a number of local activities such as student placements, research and consultation.

The NMMU Psychology department has had a long standing relationship with the Port Elizabeth Rape Crisis Centre. Members of this partnership have also been involved in regional planning and national policy formulation in terms of gender based violence. The reciprocal relationship is firmly based on a shared advocacy vision that would see South Africa a safer, more gender equal society. There has been continual mutual benefit from the relationship; many moments of learning and growth for staff from both organizations and especially for students involved in conjoint projects. Some of the successes of the collaboration have been celebrated with awards previously, but 2016 has brought a different kind of recognition. This year has marked a definite step up in the profile and financial commitments attached to the partnership via a number of conjoint funding opportunities that have materialized.

The conjointly funded project consists of the Motherwell Research Project (JGF), TCC Psychosocial Services (Sophisa and Philips) and TCC Psychosocial Services (NACOSA).  The Motherwell funding is worth R480 000 and is specifically for research into the impact of a community based programme in Motherwell. Secondly, an amount of R560 000 has been awarded to the partnership in terms of providing psychosocial services to rape survivors at the Dora Nginza Thuthuzela Care Centre (TTC). NACOSA is already an existing funding project to PERCC but this year they have introduced an additional opportunity to the scheme. NACOSA has accessed bridging funding to supplement the gap in services nationally.

Mr. Van Rooyen, Psychology lecturer says; “To my knowledge we are the only major university psychology department that plays this kind of engagement role in the country”.

For more information about this great initiative kindly contact Mr. Van Rooyen at or read more about the initiative on the NMMU Psychology’s website.


Development Studies Projects:


Centre for Expertise in Forecasting:


NMMU Racing:


Helping Teachers:


Gelvandale projects:


Centre for Community Technologies:


Eskom Expo for Young Scientists:


Cyber Security for Children - Free downloadable curriculum:


Student projects: Beyond the Classroom


Phelophepa Health Train


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