The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 3, 1991 — The Zim­babwe Man­power Devel­op­ment Fund has given $2 mil­lion to the Bu­l­awayo Poly­tech­nic Di­vi­sion of Plas­tics and Rub­ber Tech­nol­ogy to en­able it to ac­quire mod­ern equip­ment for its lab­o­ra­to­ries, the head of di­vi­sion, Cde Gra­tian Macharaka, told in­dus­tri­al­ists yes­ter­day.

At a meet­ing with lead­ing plas­tics and rub­ber man­u­fac­tur­ers to ra­tio­nalise the plas­tics and rub­ber tech­nol­ogy course syl­labus, Cde Macharaka said the di­vi­sion would use the grant to ac­quire spe­cial test­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tion con­trol equip­ment.

The di­vi­sion had re­lied on test­ing equip­ment from Matopo Re­search Sta­tion but this was with­drawn in 1987.

Cde Macharaka told the in­dus­tri­al­ists that his di­vi­sion would also move to a new and big­ger lab­o­ra­tory as the present one was not prop­erly ven­ti­lated.

A num­ber of com­pa­nies had given equip­ment to the di­vi­sion to en­able stu­dents to get prac­ti­cal knowl­edge be­fore be­ing sent on at­tach­ment and the di­vi­sion had been promised an ex­truder, a ma­chine used for mould­ing plas­tic prod­ucts and a rheome­ter for mea­sur­ing the prop­er­ties of rub­ber prod­ucts.

Cde Macharaka ap­pealed to the in­dus­tri­al­ists to as­sist the di­vi­sion with books and raw ma­te­ri­als which could not be ob­tained be­cause of the small grant the di­vi­sion re­ceived. He also ap­pealed to com­pa­nies to pro­vide part-time lec­tur­ers as his di­vi­sion faced a crit­i­cal staff short­age.

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