for campus in Vanderbijlpark

Present at the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new gate were, from left, Herman Steyn, Lelani van Zyl, Motlokwe Thobejane, Prof Linda du Plessis and Clement Manoko. Eagi, the NWU mascot, also took part in the ceremony.

Another 250 beds and 1 150 additional lecture room seats are some of the benefits of the R200 million investment in infrastructure development projects on the campus in Vanderbijlpark.

These sketches show the new administration building (above) and the new building for Psycho-Social Health Sciences (below).


A number of new buildings are being constructed, such as a new administration hub, an on-campus residence and an academic building for Psycho-Social Health Sciences, along with several new lecture facilities.


Building the future


The current administrative office building will be remodelled to house a multi-purpose auditorium and break-away venues. In future, the auditorium will be used for events such as graduation ceremonies and first-year reception events.


Owing to new residential developments and a new school in Hendrik van Eck Boulevard, the campus has had to move its entrance gate to another location in the street. The envisaged administration building will be situated near the new gate, which was officially opened on 7 August.


The infrastructure developments are being funded by an infrastructure efficiency grant from the Department of Higher Education and Training and will be completed by the end of 2021.


Constructing excellence


“I am very excited about this new phase of development on the campus,” says Prof Linda du Plessis, deputy vice-chancellor for planning and for campus operations in Vanderbijlpark.


“By investing in our infrastructure footprint, the NWU is continually striving to provide state-of-the-art facilities to meet the high demands set for providing a conducive teaching and learning environment, delivering excellent research and facilitating knowledge transfer and industry links,” says Linda.