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TUT wins at the Annual Techno X awards



The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has once again off with an excellence award during the 2014 leg of the annual Sasol Techno X Science, Maths and Technology Exhibition held at the Sasol’s Chem City Eco Industrial Park at Sasolburg, Free State from 11 to 15 August.


Having scooped the first prize for the past four years, TUT this year won a third prize for best exhibition in the University of Technology category. Recognised as the country’s largest career expo, this year’s spectacle was themed “Today’s minds, tomorrow’s future”.


Tate Makgoe, Free State MEC for Education, who officially opened the exhibition quoted late former president Nelson Mandela, by saying “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” He added that there is a gem in every classroom and hopes that through Techno X, more teachers can exposed to mathematics, science and technology. “Together, we can make South Africa a better place,” he concluded.


Represented by the faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Science, The Arts, and Economics and Finance, and coordinated by the Student Recruitment Division, TUT’s exhibition impressed the judges with the modern technological innovations on display.


Students from the Faculty of ICT captivated both the judges and the audience, who ranged from Grade 7-12 learners, teachers and parents from seven provinces, with their scientific creations which included 3D games and cellphone-operated toy cars.


Attracting over 24 000 visitors from 300 schools, the 2014 Sasol Techno X boasted more than 30 exhibitors from public and private organisations displaying their wares. A total of 16 tertiary education institutions provided career information and exposed learners to practical scientific and technological innovations, with a view to create interest in science and technology-related careers.