News Date : 15 September, 2022
On the 15th September, 2022, the Dean of Faculty of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, Professor Madibela led delegation from the faculty on a visit to Botswana Meat Commission in Lobatse. These included Prof Kgwatalala, Head of Animal Sciences, Dr Sehularo, Acting Director of MITI and Dr Mazhani, representing Head of Veterinary Sciences. At Lobatse they were received by BMC management which include Mr Reuben Khumalo, the Executive Manager, Human Capital and his team. The objective of the visit was to explore opportunities for future collaboration between BMC and BUAN and strengthen existing ones. These possibilities include supporting training (students and farmers), supporting livestock research and to foster co-creation of publicity and branding events for mutual benefits of the two institutions.
Within the nexus of training, support for post graduate studies would be a worthy cause for both institutions as it would generate critical mass of future scientists to drive and sustain the livestock industry. Motivating students in the animal and veterinary sciences through recognition of the cream of the crop (Excellence Awards) would be one area of collaboration. Since post graduate training is the centre pivot of innovation, research and development, investing in these areas open up new opportunities in livestock management, product development and animal and public health.
Collaboration with the university would avail to BMC a host of agricultural expertise available at BUAN. Already Dr Mazhani, as part of MITI Research Group, has a research collaboration with BMC on economic implications of carcass bruising. Discussion around these areas stimulated much interest between the two parties, especially on student awards. Arrangement are being made to follow-up on this critical foundation meeting to pave way for a formal working agreement.