Gibela Research Chair in manufacturing and skills development
Primary discipline: Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing and Related Skills Development (2016 - 2021)
In the quest of the South African government for national development, job creation, inequality eradication and poverty alleviation through manufacturing skills development growth of large-scale, medium-scale and small-scale businesses, the Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development and DSI-NRF SARCHI in Future Transport Manufacturing Technology project a vision towards 2025 to provide cutting edge solutions through research, innovations and trainings on advanced technologies in manufacturing.
Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is the new factory commissioned to revitalize the commuter rail car network with a modern railcar called the X’trapolis. The vision of the chair is to establish a social compact in the nation to bridge the large skills gap between the transport manufacturing industries and the citizens particularly the youth and university graduates that are both the future employers and the future workforce of the country. Prof Mpofu founded the Rail Manufacturing Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator (RMCERI) in 2018 to be the a platform to take innovations to market creating entrepreneurial paths for young people.