Creating a vibrant future for the South African Plastics Industry

In October 2019 we proudly launched Tshwane University of Technology’s new qualification: the Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Materials Engineering in Polymer Technology.  Find out more about this qualification and its structure.

This new qualification addresses the critical shortage of qualified plastics technicians and engineers facing South Africa, as the global competition and technical skills gaps in the industry, increase.

In July 2020, the Academic Advisory Committee of TUT’s Polymer Technology Section (consisting of Industry and Academia) registered a fund administered by TUT – the Bokamoso Polymer Fund.

The Bokamoso Polymer Fund intends to:

  1. Offer incentives to students on the programme, for excellent academic performance, in the form of contributions towards their TUT academic tuition fees (paid directly into TUT account).
  2. Contribute towards the general upkeep and maintenance of equipment used by the students within the Polymer Technology Department.
  3. Contribute to the purchase of new equipment to be used by students on the programme.

Administration of these funds will be strictly controlled by the Department’s Academic Advisory Committee.

Industry is invited to adopt and own this fund, ensuring that we leave a legacy that continues to enrich the lives of young people in our country. At the same time, we will be improving the skills pool and strengthening the plastics industry with young, vibrant and talented successors who will build on the legacy of their predecessors.

Members of the Academic Advisory Committee

Mr Gert Claasen (Safripol) –Chairperson

Ms Elaine Relling (TUT) – Vice chairperson

Ms Kirtida Bhana (Plastics|SA)

Prof C Khoathane (TUT) -Assistant Dean: Teaching and Learning; Polymer Technology Division

Dr V Khumalo (PISA representative)

Dr N Luruli (Sasol)

Mr P Makhubela  (Sasol)

Dr W Mhike  (TUT)- Researcher and lecturer in Polymer Technology Division)

Dr V Ojijo (CSIR)

Prof ER Sadiku (TUT) – Researcher and lecturer in Polymer Technology Division)

Mr K Sekwele (TUT) Polymer Technology student representative

Ms M Thulo  (Denel Aeronautic)

Dr H Van der Watt (TUT) Curriculum Development Practitioner

We look forward to your keen interest and contributions.

For further information and contributions kindly contact:
Ms Elaine Relling (TUT) Acting Section Head: Materials Engineering
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Telephone: 012 382 3609