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Two talented CPUT teams have qualified for the national round of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO).
The teams recently earned the second and third place respectively in the Advanced Robotics Challenge (ARC) category during the Western Cape leg of the WRO.

“The task for the 2019 ARC was for the students to design and program an autonomous robot with cameras and other sensors to perform QR code decoding, localisation, mapping and relocation of certain cubes randomly placed in the playfield. After performing the task the robot is expected to navigate autonomously back to its home position, said Inyeni Showers, the team’s robotics coach.

CPUT was represented by six students from the Mechatronics Department who formed two competing teams, Team Alpha and Team Sigma.
Team Alpha consisted of Hans Werner Tschohl, Ayabonga Pokwana and Adam Mbombole while Laila Kahn, Mikhail Solomons and Kandolo Christian were the members of Team Sigma.

Showers, a Master Student in the Adaptronics AMTL, said the team expanded their knowledge in programming because of the training they received before the competition and learnt from interacting with students from other universities.

The Adaptronics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory (AMTL), one of 19 Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Technology Stations, established a Robotics Programme towards the end of 2018. This was to heed the call for capacity building for the 4th Industrial Revolution with a focus on Robotics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The Adaptronics AMTL provided the training, resources and facilities for the students to prepare for the competition.

The World Robot Olympiad aims to bring together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through organising challenging and educational robotics competitions.

CPUT PR student Zozibini Tunzi was in “absolute disbelief” when she was crowned Miss South Africa on Women’s Day.

Thursday, 08 August 2019

PR student in Miss SA finals

Zozibini Tunzi, a 25-year-old beauty completing her BTech degree in Public Relations (PR) Management, is one of 16 finalists vying for the coveted Miss South Africa crown.

A group of second-year Emergency Medical Sciences students recently provided HIV prevention and management training to members of Cape Town’s immigrant and refugee communities.

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) awarded De Goede Hoop Student Residence ten laptops and R3 000 for coming up with the best safety idea of a start-up App.

A CPUT student has won the Green Ambassador of the Year award during the national Green Campuses Conference held at the University of the Western Cape recently.

The five-day conference, which explored the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on higher education, recognized Xolani Ntshinga for his outstanding contributions to the Green Campus Initiative (GCI) at CPUT as a Green Ambassador. GCI is a student development initiative which is coordinated through Student Development and Student Housing.

Xolani, also CPUT’s Green Campus Initiative (GCI) chairperson, says the award motivates him to do more green work and brings him more responsibilities to attend to.

Student Development Officer Melani-Ann Hara says he has been a member of the GCI since 2017, and has over the years shown great dedication and commitment to the initiative’s mission and vision. “His innovative idea of turning abandoned refrigerators into food gardens at student residences is one of the initiative’s flagship projects,” said Hara.

He has ensured the success of the project and tends the gardens. The fresh produce is utilised to supply students in need who cannot keep up with supermarket prices.

Xolani graduated with a ND: Civil Engineering in 2018 and is currently pursuing a BTech degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Urban Engineering Studies. His academic research focuses on developing sustainable building material using renewable resources for low cost housing.

“It’s our responsibility as engineers to make sure that we create more sustainable environments using innovative ideas,” he says.

He adds that the food garden project, which GCI started at Freedom Square Residence, has expanded to Sacco Residence and that plans to start other gardens on the Wellington Campus and in the Bellville Campus Student Centre are in the pipeline.

GCI is now focussing efforts on how they as students can contribute and positively influence CPUTs waste management policy ensuring that CPUT promotes sustainability and is a Green University.

Team CPUT bagged six awards including the Most Outstanding Growth during the recent Enactus South Africa National Competition.