AN EFFORT WELL DESERVED….
The Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences (MSUAS) Boost Enactus won the 2023 Delta- Boost Make a Difference Innovation Challenges which was held on the 29th of November 2023 in Harare at Golden Conifer
The team emerged as champion in a prominent innovation challenge ahead of eight universities namely Bindura State University of Science Education, Lupane State University, Univesity of Zimbabwe, Women’s University in Africa, Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University, Chinhoyi University of Technology and National University of Science and Technology, showcasing their brilliant flair, inventiveness and problem solving capabilities.
Team MSUAS was represented by Mawanga Jane, Takudzwa Ausley, Tadiwa Kanyemba, Joash T Guchutu, Pleasant Masukutwa, Tadiwanashe, Maposa, Kudzai Chavingira from the department of Mining and Mineral Processing as well as Metallurgy department.
Their presentation focused on issues to do with deforestation, plastic waste, cost of energy and uncontrolled sawdust decomposition through the utilization of saw dust waste and Delta PET plastics to form high energy eco briquettes, gas fuel and lubrication oil through a breakdown process called Pyrolysis.
Additionally, their idea to innovation also addressed the fundamental issues through the provision of accessible and sustainable solutions that potentially revolutionize Zimbabwean industry.
Speaking about the award, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Albert Chawanda said;
“The award is a true reflection of hard work, determination and resilience that comes with our students.
“I believe that the main thrust of innovation platforms such as that of Boost Enactus is to create entrepreneurial projects that promote socio-economic transformation in communities thereby impacting on people’s lives.
“On behalf of MSUAS community, I commend the participation of our students as crucial since it helps them to realize significant ideas that bring change to the society we live in.
“Such innovative projects can also help to eradicate cases of alcohol, drug and substance abuse which have skyrocketed in youths”.
Moreover, the team walked away with a cash price of $2420.