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In tandem with the mission of the University of Venda, we aim to reach out to the rural people and to contribute significantly to the development of the rural community through specific services at the Vuwani Science Resource Centre. The centre is strategically located in a rural area in the Limpopo Province and was built from the funds donated by Zenex Foundation. The main aim was to bring Science, Mathematics and Technology education closer to the rural community. The centre was officially opened in May 2000 as a science resource centre by Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa. In 2004 the National Department of Science and Technology identified Vuwani Science Resource Centre as a potential site to develop as a rural science centre and approved a grant of R1, 5 million to build an additional building for exhibits and other related activities. This building was officially opened by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. M. Mangena in 2006.

The centre has four laboratories, one for each of the following disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology and computer literacy. Learners from the schools in the region use these facilities to acquire hands-on experience. When professional expertise is required, the staff members from the university extend their services. Since its inception, the centre is committed to the empowerment of rural communities in the field of science and technology and attempts to address the needs of the pupils from the surrounding secondary schools.

  • Basic computer training
  • Computer literacy programme
  • School visits to the centre
    • Laboratory Instruction
    • Content Teaching/Revision
    • Career Guidance
    • Visits to School (Mobile Laboratory)
  • Viewing of educational video
  • Saturday classes
  • Winter school and spring school
  • Mathematics and science teachers upgrading programme
  • Health education programme
  • Legal aid clinic
  • Use of venues
  • Secretarial services (for the community)
  • National Science Week(NSW)
  • Other activities

Facilities

The Vuwani Centre is currently running the following projects:

Below pictures from The Vuwani Centre

The following is a list of staff members and their contact details in the Department of Public Health:

Designation Name Contacts
Co-ordinator/Head, Vuwani Science Resource Centre
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Prof. V. Sankaran

Tel: -
Email: -
Assistant to the co-ordinator, Vuwani Science Resource Centre
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Mr. K Magwede

Tel: -
Email: -

Laboratory Technician, Vuwani Science Resource Centre
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

In addtion to the above, the volunteers from NSTF/DST, the interns from NRF/DST,a JICA Volunteer and some satff from the school of Mathematical and Natural Sciences render their services in the running of some actvities.

Please contact us on:

Postal address:
Vuwani Science Resource Centre
University of Venda
P/Bag X5050
Thohoyandou
0950Limpopo Province

Physical Address:
University of Venda
University Road, Unit C
Thohoyandou

Phone: +27 15 961 4891 / +27 15 962 8369 / +27 15 962 8007
Fax: +27 962 4749 / +27 962 8648
Mobile: +27 82 552 0897 / +27 84 811 3841
Email: vaith@univen.ac.za