The MANDELA project has officially launched at UWC and UniZulu, in collaboration with York University, to open nuclear physics laboratories in South Africa.

The construction of two nuclear physics laboratories in South Africa has been completed. The laboratories will now be used to develop nuclear physics detection technologies and to train students. Modern African Nuclear Detector Laboratories (MANDELA) the project is a collaboration between Western Cape University (UWC), at University of Zululand (UniZulu) and York University in the United Kingdom.

The introduction of state-of-the-art facilities is a testament to the tremendous progress that higher institutions such as UWC and UniZulu have made.

Opening of new nuclear physics laboratories in South Africa

These nuclear physics laboratories in South Africa, based at UWC and UniZulu, were funded and supported by the Global Challenge Fund through a partnership of these three universities and the British Council based in South Africa. They were officially launched on March 24, 2022 with delegates both physically and online.

“Congratulations to all those involved in the MANDELA project, especially those from UWC and UniZulu and our friends from York University and the British Council,” said Professor Tyrone Pretorius, Vice-Chancellor of Western Cape University. “I would also like to thank all the professors in the faculties of nuclear and astrophysics, especially Professor Nico Orse.

The MANDELA project will allow physics students to conduct valuable research in their respective fields of science. Professor Nico Orse, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UWC, has developed the capabilities of these laboratories that will allow new research and postgraduate projects that were previously virtually impossible to carry out.

“Each machine and piece of equipment used in the MANDELA project, with 600 financial transactions included in both UWC and UniZulu laboratories, is state-of-the-art and the speed with which data is processed and compiled is among the fastest in the world. Speeds needed to create high-resolution images of cancer, “said Professor Ors during a demonstration on the UWC website.

MANDELA project

The UK Science and Technology Funding Council provided £ 500,000 of its own Global Challenges Research Fund for the project, while South African universities also contributed financially. Part of this partnership between South Africa and the United Kingdom has led some 20 students from South Africa’s two universities to travel to York in 2018 and 2019, working on radiation detectors and conducting computer simulations in Monte Carlo of new detector designs.

The MANDELA project launches nuclear physics laboratories in South Africa

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