In September last year, Prof Naftali Mollel wrote a blog for the DRUSSA website about the successes achieved in the Nguni Cattle Project at the University of Limpopo in South Africa. This project is, in fact, part of a larger one taking place in seven provinces, whereby a university in each of the provinces collaborates with the department of agriculture and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to work with emerging farmers to grow Nguni herds. Farmer communities are given a number of pregnant heifers and one or two bulls on loan and, over a period of five years, have to return the same number of heifers and bulls. Meanwhile, their own herds continue to grow.
The Department of Economics, with the Honours in Financial Markets Learners of the UFH-BANKSETA Centre of Excellence collaborative project donned in their best, held a very successful launch at the Miriam Makeba Audio Visual Centre. The launch held on 29 May was attended by the CEO of Bank SETA, Mr. Max Makhubalo and representatives from the BANKSETA Board, Reserve Bank and Banks, the Vice Chancellor, Dr Mvuyo Tom, and a number of University staff. The launch was an effort to formally recognise the UFH-(BANKSETA) Centre of Excellence project, which provides Funding support, mainly through bursaries granted by the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA), the learners pursuing the Financial Markets Programme at Hours level.