NUST Young Inventors Club wins 2nd place at #SANBioLabHack2018

The #SANBioLabHack2018 took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this week with 17 undergraduate students coming together to turn their passion for innovation by addressing afro-centric solutions to common lab issues.

Staff Writer | Nust ZW

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The 2nd place winning team from the Zimbabwe National University of Science and Technology’s (NUST) Young Inventors Club impressed the judges with their low-cost PCR machine, which is also known as a Thermocycler that is commonly used to amplify segments of DNA.

Aimed to bring the ideas and ideology of the open hardware movement to the African education community, LabHack opens up opportunities for equipping labs in novel and sustainable fashions by facilitating the open design of key laboratory equipment.

When asked what inspired their prototype, Team Zimbabwe captain and NUST Electronics Engineering student Clifford Mutsave said the team wanted to live up to their name, Young Inventors.

According to the team, the best centre in Zimbabwe only has two PCR machines mainly because they are very expensive.

The cheapest PCR machines on the market cost in the range of forty thousand US dollars and are thus often unaffordable by the institutions offering science and technology education, resulting in students lacking a practical exposure to how these kinds of equipment are operated.

In high school we were also victims of theoretical lessons on how to operate the lab equipment, resulting in a lack of overall appreciation on how to use these pieces of equipment. As NUST students who have their country at heart – especially young scientists in the high schools – we have come with a design of a low cost and economic yet effective PCR machine,” Mutsave states.

Mutsave’s team also included Applied Chemistry student, Miriam Guni – the only female participant in the group – and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering students Ropafadzo Manyuchi and Nakai Mashamba.

The team were also accompanied by their mentors, Nigel Nyathi, Givemore Kanyemba along with Tafadzwa Banga who is the founder and president of a non-profit organisation Young Inventors from NUST.
Young Inventors was established in 2017 after getting support from the Yali organisation with the idea to give innovative African youths the platform to engage in shaping their communities.
As an organisation, we want to ensure that youths who are innovative get recognition as much as those in the academic sector do. It has been a trend for the past in Africa, Zimbabwe specifically, that a child who excels in academics is considered to be more important than others whilst those who are innovative are not so much appreciated. As of now we have managed to establish a club at NUST and what we seek is to break departmental barriers by allowing students from different departments to work together. Winning this award is just the beginning of more great things to come,” Banga said.

The LabHack model was first piloted in Zimbabwe and conceived by University of Oxford researchers, Dr Louise Bezuidenhout and Helena Webb with the intention to be a competitive and educational event where multidisciplinary teams of students compete around three challenges to build low-cost laboratory equipment.

The South African edition of LabHack was supported and hosted by SANBio / BioFISA II Programme which is a shared biosciences research development and innovation platform for working collaboratively to address some of Southern Africa’s key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas.

Members of the Young Inventors

Scholarship Opportunity for Students from Sub-Saharan Africa (Masters)

THE GLOBAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GHD) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is excited to announce a full tuition scholarship for a master’s-level student from sub-Saharan Africa, made possible through the generous support of the William and Catherine McGurn Family.

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Top 10 Companies for Internship in Zimbabwe?

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2017 Zimbabwe Girl Leadership Summit, Nust Zimbabwe


Date: 8th March 2017, Venue : Nust- ZW

The Cradles of Influence Leadership Institute in partnership with Nust is inviting 50 student girl leaders from the university to participate as delegates and 3 top female student leaders to be facilitators and speakers at the event. More than 2000 girl leaders will converge at Nust-ZW for leadership and training on the day which coincides with International Women’s Day Celebrations.



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Internship on sexual and reproductive health and rights


Internship in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) networking  in Southern Africa

The Hivos Regional Office Southern Africa is offering an opportunity to work on SRHR. The objective of the internship is to enhance the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds through practical work assignments and on-the-job experience in order to expose them to the work being done in the health and development sector.

The position is based in Johannesburg and the intern will work under the guidance of the Project Manager SRHR, who is responsible for managing a Regional Fund on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, which includes a knowledge management function and other related activities such as providing support to the upkeep and promotion of the Sex Rights Africa Network web site as well as developing and implementing projects and programs targeted to SRHR work in Southern Africa.

The work will focus on the following activities:

  • Promote the Regional SRHR Fund and Sex Rights Africa Network by identifying creative social media options to conduct outreach with relevant individuals and organizations
  • Support the convening of meetings of stakeholders working on SRHR using the web site as well as the organization of face-to-face meetings
  • Work with a colleague to identify and support ways to make the web site an active site for networking, knowledge management and convening spaces to collaborate on activities such as advocacy
  • Undertake research aimed at identifying relevant documents to upload to the web site as well as to support the development of proposals for future work on SRHR
  • Provide support to the management of the grant-making process including support to contracting, logistics, liaison and follow-up with grantees
  • Contribute to the drafting of reports and proposals linked to the regional SRHR portfolio
  • Attend meetings on SRHR to gather knowledge of relevance to the SRHR portfolio and establish networks of people and organizations working on SRHR


Undergraduates or postgraduates who intend to study further or to work in area of international development ideally with a focus on health/sexual and reproductive health, communications, human rights or fields connected to the objectives of the RSRHR Fund and Hivos SRHR work in Southern Africa.

Requirements & Degree Fields of Study

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic person with:

  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Experience and ability to use social media and work with web sites
  • Experience working on development project is preferred
  • Ability to work independently and to interact and network with potential stakeholders
  • Degree in International Development, Public Health, Law, Communications, Social Sciences or related fields
  • A reference letter from your university and/or from previous relevant work experience is required.


Six months with the potential for extension.

Please note: the Hivos Internship Programme is in no way connected with appointment to positions at the professional level within the organisation.

Application Address:

If you meet the above mentioned requirements (please look carefully), send a letter explaining your motivation to apply for this position and your CV to:

Hivos e-mail:

or deliver: 20 Phillips Avenue, Belgravia, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Deadline for submission of CV and letter:

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2017. Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Commencement date and duration of the Agreement:

Timeframe: The period of the service will start from January 2017 to June  2017

Work Schedule: Working & Research days are from Monday to Friday from 8:30 – 4:30 PM

Location: We are in the process of identifying new office space in Johannesburg. In the short term, the identified intern will work virtually with regular meetings and communication with the Project Manager.