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Sod-turning kicks-off infrastructure development

Five new building projects that are set to redress the backlog of facilities and demands of the increasing number of students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) were announced at a significant sod-turning ceremony at the Pretoria Campus recently. The ceremony was held to symbolise the handing over of the site and the commencement of construction of the new dedicated Research, Innovation and SMS building.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Nthabiseng Ogude, DVC: Institutional Support, Mr Isaac Tlhabadira, and DVC: Postgraduate Studies, Research and Innovation (PR&I), Prof Lulama Makhubela, took the lead in turning the sod with other members of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) and a professional team appointed for the project.

Prof Ogude said that the building was in line with the institutional strategy and that it was inspiring to see decisions of the EMC being implemented in a tangible way. “What is very encouraging to me is to see all the discussions we have at a management level turning into reality. It is good to talk about what we intend to do, but when on site, you can actually see all the work happening,” said Prof Ogude.

TUT’s Director of Project Management, Dr Philip Boni, announced that the ceremony marked the first of a series of ceremonies that have been planned - sod-turning ceremonies will take place at five other sites of the university in due course.

According to Dr Boni, the additional five building projects will be constructed at Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve campuses respectively. These include a new residence at the Soshanguve South Campus and one at the Ga-Rankuwa Campus. Four additional buildings will also be constructed at the Ga-Rankuwa Campus. These are a double-story classroom building, a multipurpose hall, a library and student development facilities.

The multipurpose hall will be used for a variety of activities by the Faculty of Economics and Finance, while it will also accommodate various in-house sport facilities, student gatherings and the writing of tests and examinations


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