The Potchefstroom Campus unveiled its Pharmacy and Biological Sciences building in July 2016.


Fast facts about pharmacy building


• The Pharmacy and Biological Sciences building has been planned since 2011 and after negotiations to consolidate 10 plots on campus to make approximately 9 400 m² available, the demolishing of the houses started in 2013.


• The building was erected with 1,2 million bricks (enough for 26 medium-sized houses) and 670 tons of steel reinforcement in the concrete.


• The one wing in which Biological Sciences (Faculty of Natural Sciences) will be housed has not yet been completed. Tenders for the installation of offices and laboratories have only recently been requested. This installation cost will amount to approximately R50 million.


Building the future,

brick by brick

During 2016, the NWU unveiled two cutting-edge facilities on its Potchefstroom Campus.


One was an existing building refurbished for the North-West University School of Business and Governance (NWU-SBG), and the other a brand-new building designed for Pharmacy and Biological Sciences.

The one wing of the Pharmacy and Biological Sciences building currently houses the School of Pharmacy, taking up four floors.

On the first floor are a Clinical Pharmacy group and a simulation laboratory. The second floor houses Pharmacy Practice, as well as four smaller lecture rooms, while the third floor houses Pharmacology and another laboratory.

Ready for business


The new facilities of the NWU-SBG are housed in the original Standard Bank building in Potchefstroom next to the President Pretorius Museum.


The building houses two lecture rooms, a conference room, reception hall, modern kitchen and various administrative offices. It is fully equipped to take the newly formed NWU-SBG further into the realm of open distance learning while also providing excellent contact learning of international standards.


The new lecturing facilities also meet the accreditation criteria of the Association of MBAs. This refers to the aesthetic “look and feel” of the facilities, as well as the technological advancement of equipment such as Wi-Fi and video-conferencing.


The North-West University School of Business and Governance (NWU-SBG) unveiled its new state-of-the-art facilities on 18 August in Potchefstroom.

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Winners of the NWU's Alumni Awards are from left Karen Meiring (Business Leadership Award), Dr Tanya Robinson (Research Award), Yvonne Mfolo (Community Involvement Award), Dr Theuns Eloff (Lifetime Achievement Award), Judge Frans Kgomo (Public Service Award) and Kobie van Rensburg (Arts and Culture Award). Due to urgent commitments elsewhere, the other two winners, Shanté Bukes (Sport Award) and Prof Llewellyn van Zyl (Young Alumnus Award) were not able to attend the event. Their representatives received the awards on their behalf.