as emerging technology innovators for solutions
in an evolving local manufacturing system
The Mahlale Innovation Consortium (MIC) is an alliance of five Higher Education Institutions (HEI), formed in response to a request from the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (merSETA) to promote local manufacturing of ventilators to contribute to the National Ventilator Project.
The consortium members are: University of Johannesburg (UJ), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Central University of Technology (CUT), Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and North-West University (NWU).
The programme aims to provide students and industry partners with essential skills for rapid technology innovation in the design, prototyping, testing and certification of Bi-level positive airway pressure (BPAP) ventilators. By implementing product development and systems engineering principles, critical skills are developed through practical work experience and online theoretical training.
Coordinating the programme are Technology Station Network members:
UJ’s Process, Energy and Environmental Technology Station (UJ PEETS), TUT´s Technology Station in Electronics (TSE), CUT’s Product Development Technology Station (PDTS) and Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM), and VUT’s Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Parks.
The Consortium identifies ways to support and sustain South African economic development and growth in manufacturing sectors through sharing of knowledge and skills transfer from its members.
THE GOALS OF THE PARTNERS ARE :
To support the development and production of a functional South African BPAP ventilator unit and delivery system;
To grow critical skills development in advance manufacturing technologies, healthcare technology maintenance strategies as well as developing local capacity through a regional approach;
To encourage innovation that will result in future employment and possible entrepreneurial opportunities;
To empower local institutions of higher learning and encourage locally manufactured medical devices; and
To create synergy between the consortium and external stakeholders, speciﬁcally in BPAP manufacturing.
Mahlale Innovation Consortium is a platform for combined knowledge that values strength, unity and collaboration, to promote the digital age, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and this initiative will serve audiences such as academics, researchers, students, Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Higher Education, Department of Health, Technology and Innovation Agency, Public and Private sector, Government agencies, and local industry partners.