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The loss of Dr Elton Thyse

Dr Elton Thyse

The Department  has lost one of its most trusted, loyal and devoted colleagues with the passing of Dr Elton Thyse on 14th April.

Elton, a graduate of the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, and with industrial experience at De Beers, joined the Department in 2003 to manage the mineral processing facilities used at that time by all the tertiary institutions in the Western Cape. From 2006 he became the department’s facilities manager, with significant responsibility for the management and coordination of the physical infrastructure of the department. In addition he was responsible for occupational health and safety and was the key figure in the management and coordination of all undergraduate experimental programmes in the department. Elton also provided invaluable support to postgraduate students with their experimental work.

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Beneficiation of essential oils in South Africa, using supercritical technology
Mr Tafi Madzimbamuto

Mr Tafi Madzimbamuto

The Cape region of southern Africa is endowed with a variety of plant diversity, unmatched on the planet, representing a unique resource of potentially useful compounds rarely found elsewhere. Many of these compounds are valuable in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and nutraceutical industries. The sub-continent is also rich in indigenous plants known to contain bioactive compounds and essential oils that have been used for thousands of years as herbal remedies. Some, like buchu, aloe, hoodia, and rooibos, have been domesticated and industries have flourished for their exploitation.

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Student life at the Department of Process Engineering

ChemEng Cup 2014

Sokker Foto

2014 saw the start of our postgrad soccer. Apart from good exercise, the Tuesday soccer sessions formed new friendships and strengthened old ones. The soccer cultured a team spirit amongst us which carried through to the inter-faculty activities.

We started off with a borrowed ball from Tope and borrowed cones from Vincent, Niel and the workshop. Prof Clarke then organised funding for our very own brand-new equipment. This transformed the soccer from an amateur afternoon ball-kick to a near professional event. 

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