Research is mainly focussed on various aspects of the human/animal(livestock/wildlife)/ecosystem interface which includes disease ecology and emergence, zoonoses, livestock production and trade as well as natural resource utilisation. Research and community engagement activities are conducted within the principle of Research Into Use with strategies and activities ensuring the upliftment and development of this resource-poor community through innovative scientific initiatives and capacity building, a high priority. A close relationship with the Mnisi Traditional Authority and the MCP research coordination team from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria (UP), ensures that research themes are relevant, the community is informed and involved at all times and that important findings are channelled back to the people. Feedback to the community is standard protocol for all research activities within the MCP.
Various governmental institutions and departments as well as faculties and departments within the University of Pretoria forms part of the network of stakeholders involved in the MCP. These include the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences, UP, Mpumalanga Veterinary Services within the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, as well as the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. The MCP is involved in and closely linked with two other exciting research and training initiatives within the same area; the Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station (HHWRS) and the Hluvukani Animal Clinic (HAC). Together with the MCP, these initiatives form a very unique One Health Platform for research, training and community engagement at the wildlife/livestock interface. This platform is key to the University of Pretoria’s objective to initiate innovative research that is relevant, provide quality teaching and learning in which high-impact community engagement activities are embedded that facilitate sustainable community upliftment.