For the purpose of completing the final project report, with regard to the
USIZO LOMUSA Feeding Scheme business engineering model, the relevant
student had to focus on the development of an economic feasible solution that
can be validated. The criteria for the final project report is primarily linked to
the ECSA one- and ECSA three exit-level outcomes, which involve the
application of problem solving tools and techniques to the project specific
environment. It is of utmost importance that creative-, procedural- and/or
non-procedural engineering designs are incorporated within the final project
report to demonstrate competence.
The USIZO LOMUSA Feeding Scheme business engineering model project
was instigated by three independent volunteers who are currently preparing
two meals per day for a group of specially identified children of Blaauwbosch
Primary School, situated within the Osizweni community that is based in
Northern KwaZulu Natal. The individuals contacted Mr Mntambo, a CSR
(Corporate Social Responsibility) committee member and environmental
manager employed at ArcelorMittal Newcastle works, requesting company
assistance related to a mobile kitchen unit.
The volunteers intend to use the mobile kitchen unit to generate an additional
income in order to subsidize the second meal of each day, since the first is
funded by the Department of Education. In several cases it is the only two
meals that are provided to the children on a daily basis.
The primary objective of the USIZO LOMUSA Feeding Scheme project was to
develop a business engineering model that is related to the requested mobile
kitchen. However, it was recommended that the relevant comprehensive
business engineering model have to be applicable to all schools situated
within the Southern African border in need of a feeding scheme. Thus, a
business engineering model that is applicable to any school environment was
developed and will be validated at the Blaauwbosch Primary School as a first
iteration early next year.
The first iteration of the USIZO LOMUSA Feeding Scheme, which will be
implemented at Blaauwbosch Primary School and the three model specific
secondary schools that were identified, promises to provide food to three
thousand and thirty four (3034) children.
During the execution period of the USIZO LOMUSA Feeding Scheme
business engineering model final project report, thorough research was
conducted, followed by a detailed investigation of the problem. The concept
of the business engineering model was explored and clearly defined before the
student attended to the advanced development, engineering design and
evaluation of the project. In conclusion, the student considered numerous
aspects related to the and post development of the project. The final project
report will be summarised in a user manual format, for the future expansion of
the USIZO LOMUSA Feeding Scheme business engineering model.
When one candle lights another, it will not lose any of its power to produce
light. Although a feeding scheme as proposed will not deliver visible profit
margins as a business enterprise should, the result of this venture lead to a
healthier and better educated work force that will only positively be
experienced in years to come. The potential financial gain the country will
experience at that point in time will be immeasurable. Many candles (feeding
schemes) will undoubtedly enlighten the lives of several children in need and
will eventually lead to a brighter and prosperous future.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2012.