Three new Research Chairs have been added at Sefako Makgatho University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and The University of the Witwatersrand, thanks to funding generated through a public-private partnership between Nedbank, the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology.
Nedbank's R26-million support will take place over the next 10 years, to fund the three Chairs: Prof KE Mokwena - chair in Substance abuse and population mental health at Sefako Makgatho University; Prof TE Matsha - chair in Cardiometabolic Health at the Cape Peninsula University; and Prof N Moloto - chair in Energy Materials at University of the Witwatersrand. These new inclusions form part of a concerted drive by national government to prioritise certain vital elements of the National Development Plan (NDP). Under this NDP Priority Areas initiative, a total of 18 Chairs have been implemented at education institutions across the country.
Pinky Moholi, chairperson of the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust, says the fact that the three Nedbank-funded Research Chairs are all women is as a significant indicator of the commitment to gender equality by all stakeholders in the country’s research and education spheres.