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MEC Maile and Mayor Ramokgopa launch youth mobile science and innovation projects

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MEC Maile and Mayor Ramokgopa launch youth mobile science and innovation projects

20th June 2014

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The Innovation Hub and the City of Tshwane cordially invite you to join Gauteng’s MEC for the Department of Economic Development Mr Lebogang Maile, and the Executive Mayor of Tshwane Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, at the launch of the Youth FabLab, eKasi LABS and Kusile Mobile Science Labs on Monday 23 June 2014 at 10h00 at The Innovation Hub in Tshwane.

A FabLab is a fabrication laboratory that allows small-scale production of prototypes anddesigns. It gives communities access to equipment that they would not ordinarily have and allows for creative thinking, experimentation, personalexpression and invention.

eKasi LABS will be piloted at the Garankuwa Arts and Crafts Centre in an area that can be easily accessed by the broader community where young people will create tangible solutions that address their community’s problems.

Kusile Mobile Science Labs are an innovative and cost-effective solution to the inadequate science laboratories available in most underprivileged primary and secondary schools.  These mobile labs were designed and manufactured by local entrepreneurs incubated at The Innovation Hub for a fraction of the price of normal laboratories. Sixty mobile laboratories will be distributed at various local disadvantaged schools in Tshwane from 23 - 27 June.

The media will have the opportunity to interview both MEC Maile and Tshwane Executive Mayor  Ramokgopa on their involvement with youth science and innovation projects in Gauteng.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date:           Monday, 23 June 2014

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Time:          Media roundtable, 10h00 – 11h00       
Venue:        The Innovation Hub, Videoconferencing room

                   (Map:http://www.theinnovationhub.com/docs/TIH_Map.pdf)

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RSVP:           Karen Smith Friday, 20 June 2014
                      ksmith@theinnovationhub.com <mailto:ksmith@theinnovationhub.com>
                      Tel: (012) 844 0005

The Innovation Hub, Africa’s first accredited science and technology park, is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), which is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED).

For more details and media enquiries please contact Ms. Phindile Kunene on 082 494 2409, email address Phindile.kunene@gauteng.gov.za


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