The Science Stadium now has another R600 000 to add to its coffers, thanks to an ex-Witsie .

The Science Stadium, which hosted its first lectures in 2011, is due to be completed this year, with help from Esorfranki, a local engineering company, and its CEO Bernie Krone.

Bernie Krone, who graduated from Wits in 1975 with a degree in civil engineering, stressed the importance of maths and science for students hoping to pursue a career in engineering “For that reason, the correct and excellent infrastructure is important.”

“We are deeply grateful for the donation from Esorfranki,” said Vice-Chancellor Prof Loyiso Nongxa. “As a civil engineering company, you know the importance of quality infrastructure. At Wits, we firmly believe that the quality of the education we offer depends on the quality of the infrastructure with which our academics and researchers have to work.”

The structure is a renovated version of the former Charles Skeen Stadium, which was once a sporting venue.

The three-storey building is made up of chemistry, physics and biology laboratories. The facility accommodates 3500 students. The building is intended for first year science, physics, mathematics and engineering students

The stadium will be underpinned by a 30% increase in staff over the next five years. The project forms part of the R1,5-billion Wits infrastructure and development plan.