| Service on Boards and Committees
Prof. TJ Britz: Food Legislation Advisory Group of the National Department of Health; editorial board of the World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology; editorial board of the Biodegradation Journal; Anaerobic Digestion Scientific Committee of the International Water Association; SAAFoST Membership Grading Committee; Technical Evaluation Committee of the Water Research Commission.
Dr M Manley: Secretary of the Council of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS); editorial advisory board for the Journal of NIR Spectroscopy (JNIRS); editorial board of The NIR Spectrum.
Dr GO Sigge: Member of the National Council of SAAFoST.
Prof RC Witthuhn: Chairperson of the Development Committee: Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University (SU); member of the Academic Programme Committee, Faculty of AgriSciences, SU.
The Department provides support to the South African Food and Dairy Industry on a continuous basis.
The Department, in collaboration with Maties Community Services, trains food entrepreneurs in personal and food hygiene. This training programme forms part of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)-Youth Entrepreneurial Development Programme (YEDP) projects, where grade 8 – 11 learners from the most impoverished communities, in and around Stellenbosch, are empowered by equipping them with the necessary skills to start and maintain their own businesses.
Volunteers, from the staff and student body of the Department, collect and distribute various provisions to impoverished communities, in order to alleviate needs and to promote better living standards.