Trade Fair gets a taste of UNIZULU innovation

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Hydrology Department’s Professor Jean Simonis making a demonstration to some curious young minds at the Trade Fair

Hydrology Department’s Professor Jean Simonis making a demonstration to some curious young minds at the Trade Fair

Chemistry PhD student Sixbert Mlowe (left) and Zamani Ncanana, a Chemistry Masters’ student  prepare their stand ahead of a busy second day at the Zululand Trade Fair in Richards Bay

Chemistry PhD student Sixbert Mlowe (left) and Zamani Ncanana, a Chemistry Masters’ student prepare their stand ahead of a busy second day at the Zululand Trade Fair in Richards Bay

 

Various departments from the University of Zululand put on a colourful display at the recently held Zululand Trade Fair. The university was one of the main exhibitors at the two-day event held in Richards Bay two weeks ago. On display at the UNIZULU stands were various innovations by students and academics from the University. The innovations on display included the Smart Home App – a cellphone application developed by UNIZULU student. The application allows a user to remotely control his or her home’s light switches and alarm system. The UNIZULU stands attracted a cross section of visitors, some of whom showed interests in the academic offerings from the University.

UNIZULU departments that took part in the trade fair were Zoology, Mathematical Sciences, Accounting and Auditing, Biokinetics and Sport Science, Botany, Business Management, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Hydrology, Psychology, Public Administration, Consumer Science and Physics and Engineering. The fair, held on 26 and 27 September,  provided a platform not only in which the departments could showcase their innovations but also one in which partnerships can be formed or cemented with local community members and industry. Despite the inclement weather thousands of locals flocked into the event to witness the various displays which ranged from simulated army attacks to drifting car shows.