A total of sixty (60) third year students from UNIVEN’s Department of Food Science and Technology attended the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) Student Day which was held at the University of Pretoria (UP) on Friday, 25 October 2019. 

UNIVEN staff members and students posing for a group photo at the University of Pretoria

Students from University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of Venda (UNIVEN), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and University of Pretoria (UP) exhibited their new food products (NFPs) development under the theme ‘South African’s Future Food Technologists and Scientists’. UNIVEN had seven (7) groups that produced different NFPs such as Gluten-free flat bread (Sorghum-legume flours), Nut-free energy bar (lentil seeds), Pumpkin (indigenous) seed and raisins, Mofii biscuits (Mopane worms and finger millet flours), Papaya-kiwi jam, Oats-pawpaw biscuits and Sorghum mini loaf. These students were promoting the use of indigenous, underutilized and smart food crops that are available in Vhembe District. These product packaging materials were designed by students. Each university was awarded R4000.00. 

The following products won awards for UNIVEN: Gluten-free flat bread won the Best Product and Awarded R1700.00; second winner was Mofii Biscuits and third winning product was Oats-pawpaw biscuits and was awarded R1000.00. 

The student food product development project is coordinated by Dr Shonisani Ramashia (Lecturer), Ms Thembi Malaza, assisted by Ms Tabea Mokhele (Sensory Evaluation Technician), Mr Ndivhuwo Matodzi (Pilot Plant Technician), Ms Bono Nethathe (Food Microbiologist) and Ms Babra Moyo (Food Chemistry Technician). 

Below are some of the pictures that were taken during the exhibition 

Seven (7) different new food products produced by UNIVEN

Judges and Dr. E. Kayitesi (Snr Lecturer) from UJ during the awards presentation 

Oats-pawpaw biscuits 3rd prize winners

Mofii biscuits 2nd prize winners


Oats-pawpaw(left) and mofii biscuits (right) 

Ms Mokhele

Mr. Matodzi (Centre) and Dr. Ramashia (left) holding the products

Issued by: 

Department of Communications & Marketing 

University of Venda 
Tel: (015) 962 8525 

Date: 08 November 2019 

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