Engineering and the Built Environment
Postgraduate Students funded by Gibela for 2017/2018
About Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development
Gibela was formed as a consortium to replace South Africa's outdated rolling stock and will deliver 600 state-of-the art passenger trains into the South African rail network over the next 10 years. Fully empowered, Gibela is conscious of its role as a catalyst for economic development and the creation of new skills through its majority shareholder, Alstom. In a contract signed in 2013, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) assigned Gibela the task of replacing its rolling stock with new trains.
The Gibela Research Chair was established in 2016 where
parties agreed on an MOU to fund a Research Chair in manufacturing and skills development.
The founding steering committee members consist of the Director of the Gibela Economic Development, Gibela Manufacturing Director, Gibela Training Manager, Tshwane University of Technology Dean of Engineering and the Built Environment, Tshwane University of Technology, Curriculum Development Practitioner, Tshwane University of Technology, Industrial Engineering Head of Department (2015-2016), and a Train Expert from France.
The vision of the Research Chair is to pioneer cutting edge research in manufacturing technology development and manufacturing value chain skills development geared for the revitalisation of the South African railway manufacturing sector.
The Research Chair focuses on manufacturing in rail specific learning programmes, research and development on rail.