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Welcome to the Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at the Nelson Mandela University provides comprehensive programmmes in physics at undergraduate and BSc Honours level, as well as post-graduate research opportunities at Masters and Doctoral level.

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Optical Fibre Research

Prof Andrew Leitch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Engagement
Tel: +27 41 5042017


Electron Microscopy

Prof Jan Neethling
Tel: +27 41 504 2143

Photovoltaics and Energy Research

Prof Ernest van Dyk
Professor and Director: CER
Tel: +27 41 5042259

Semiconductor Materials and Nanostructures

Professor Reinhardt A Botha
Professor of Information Technology
Tel: 27 41 504 3179

Undergraduate Students

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Prof André Venter
Associate Professor and Head of Department
Tel: +27 41 504 2579/4584

Organic & Natural Food Systems – Imperative for Climate Change

17 January 2019

Uganda has two million organic farmers, 200 000 of whom are certified as organic producers, which qualifies them to sell and export their products as organic, and gain higher revenue. There is no reason why South Africa cannot achieve the same, according to Nelson Mandela University's Professor Raymond Auerbach, whose research over the past 45 years on organic farming and sustainable food systems, has established him as an international authority. He has doctoral students working in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

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