UKZN Academic Involved in International Global Burden of Disease Study

UKZN Academic Involved in International Global Burden of Disease Study
Professor Ben Sartorious.

UKZN academic Professor Ben Sartorious contributed to a global study which found that despite a “triad of troubles” in areas of obesity, violence, and mental illness, more lives had been saved throughout the world in the past decade than in the previous comparable period.

Sartorious of the College of Health Sciences was a co-author in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project which produced six articles in a special series in The Lancet journal this year.

As a member of the GBD 30-person scientific council he was intimately involved in the annual project - the world’s largest scientific collaboration study on population health - which revealed new trends in illnesses, deaths, and risk factors leading to poor health.

The study found that countries have saved more lives over the past decade than previously, especially among children under the age of five, but persistent health problems, such as obesity, conflict, and mental illness, comprised a “triad of troubles”, preventing people from living long, healthy lives.

‘Death is a powerful motivator, both for individuals and for countries, to address diseases that have been killing us at high rates,’ said Dr Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

‘But we have been much less motivated to address issues leading to illnesses with obesity, conflict, mental illness and substance use disorders all posing a stubborn and persistent barrier to active and vigorous lifestyles,’ said Murray.

The study found that since 2006, substantial progress had been made in driving down death rates from some of the world’s most pernicious diseases and conditions. Leading drivers of the overall disease burden such as lower respiratory infections, diarrhoea, neonatal preterm birth, HIV/AIDS, and malaria, had all declined by 30% or more, in just one decade.

Researchers attributed this to improvements in the educational levels of mothers, rising per capita incomes, declining levels of fertility, increased vaccination programmes, mass distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets, improved water and sanitation, and a wide variety of other health programmes.

The global initiative used data from more than 190 countries.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Rob Slotow, congratulated Sartorious on his involvement in the GBD, ‘Brilliant, well done on flying the flag of quality high.’

Dean and Head of school of Nursing and Public Health, Professor Busi Ncama commended Sartorious saying: ‘Congratulations, you are really flying the UKZN flag high.’

Words by: Nombuso Dlamini

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Economics Researcher makes UKZN Top 10 Published Students List

Economics Researcher makes UKZN Top 10 Published Students List
SAEF top researcher Mr Adebayo Kutu.

Mr Adebayo Kutu of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) has been named among the Top 10 student researchers at UKZN for 2016.

The list is made up of students who have performed consistently with their research papers published over the past few years in journals recognised and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Kutu, appointed recently as an Economics lecturer at UKZN, completed a PhD study titled: Monetary Policy Shocks and Industrial Production in BRICS Countries. It investigates emerging market economies (EMEs) in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa which aim to help boost the economic growth of those countries.

His passion for researching monetary economics, macroeconomics and econometrics assists him in solving societal problems that involve money spending.

‘I want to come up with solutions that aim to avoid money mistakes that you can’t afford to make as a human being and help develop the country’s economy in such a way that the society will maximise its utility,’ he said.

Kutu has published papers in the Journal of Economics and Behavioural Studies, and the International Journal of Economics and Finance. He also had the opportunity of presenting a research paper in the USA and will do so again in the United Kingdom.

‘In 2016 I had an opportunity to present a paper at Harvard University and I will also present a paper at Cambridge University in England titled: Monetary Policy and Industrial Output in BRICS: A Markov-Switching Model,’ he said.

Kutu’s achievements also include: SAEF Macroeconomics Working Group, First Runner-Up Research Writing Competition Award; UKZN PhD student award; Second best student at Honours level in the School of Economics, University of Limpopo, sponsored by Economics Research Southern Africa (ERSA), ERSA Conference Travel Grants Award and the Falling Walls Top 20 Young Researchers in South Africa International Competition Grants Award. 

‘I would like to thank my supervisor, role model and mentor Professor Harold Ngalawa. As a student if you see your supervisor working long hours you can’t be lazy and work any less. My motivation came from him as he inspired me to work hard,’ said Kutu.

Kutu wants to progress to be a professional economist relevant in academia and industry as well.

Words by: Sibonelo Shinga

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Professor Colleen Aldous Among UKZN’s Top Published Researchers

Professor Colleen Aldous Among UKZN’s Top Published Researchers
Professor Colleen Aldous.

Academic Leader for Research in the School of Clinical Medicine Professor Colleen Aldous is among UKZN’s Top 30 Published Researchers for 2016.

Aldous, one of four College of Health Sciences academics on the list, said: ‘While I do not use the acknowledgement as a gauge of my worth as an academic, the acknowledgement it brings is gratifying.’

The Top 30 published researchers are determined each year by the number of peer-reviewed journal author units published in Department of Higher Education and Training-recognised and accredited journals.

Aldous says the accomplishment entrenched a sense of responsibility. ‘I see being on the list as an acknowledgement rather than accomplishment. I see this attention as encouragement to continue. Two years ago I was on the list and last year I fell back down in the 50s without much change in effort and outputs. Although I personally feel I work constantly at a consistent pace, the list can change with other achievements.’

Her research interest was originally in the field of genetics, but she has become involved in a broader range of clinical disciplines. ‘There is a common thread that goes through all of them - that of highlighting a clinical need that needs to be addressed. I have coined the term “activism research” for what I do now. My activism is in the area of medicine where the ultimate aim is to show where resources are required in healthcare,’ she said.

‘I know that what I do is at least an attempt, whether successful or not, to improve healthcare for those who don’t know what they should be getting.’

She had this advice for other researchers: ‘If you have chosen a career as a researcher you have taken on the mantle of responsibility to increase the pool of knowledge that exists and make it useful. Do not allow yourself to be hobbled by conventional thought.’

Aldous says there are three kinds of people in the world - those who do nothing, those who are obstructionists and those who are facilitators.

‘Those who do nothing are harmless and ineffectual. Obstructionists obstruct progress and are the bane of a researcher’s life. It is very sad that the obstructionists so often tie the hands of the facilitators. Remember the responsibility of a researcher is to move forward!’

Aldous says she is a mother and a daughter before an academic, ‘I don’t make a fuss of work things with my family. They all have their own achievements that are beyond what I have achieved.’

She describes herself as an ordinary woman who enjoys knitting, crocheting and baking for her family.

Words by: Nombuso Dlamini

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Biochemistry PhD Candidate Presents Research at International Gatherings

Biochemistry PhD Candidate Presents Research at International Gatherings
Mr Ochuko Erukainure presenting at the Worldwide Meeting of National Young Academies in Johannesburg.

Biochemistry PhD candidate at UKZN, Mr Ochuko Erukainure, recently travelled to two meetings of young scientists to present his research.

The first was the Worldwide Meeting of National Young Academies held in Johannesburg, and the other was the Nigerian Young Academy of Science Conference in Nigeria.

A full grant from the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) enabled Erukainure to attend the Johannesburg event while a Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) travel grant from the National Research Foundation (NRF) got him to the other meeting.

His presentations centred on his PhD research concerning the toxicological effects of some commonly used African medicinal plants in the treatment of type two diabetes. He is aiming at not only scientifically validating the folkloric antidiabetic claims of the medicinal plants, but also identifying the toxicological effects associated with their use.

According to Erukainure, the meeting hosted by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and co-organised by the Global Young Academy (GYA), offered representatives of National Young Academies (NYAs) from more than 45 countries the opportunity to exchange experiences and activities, network and plan future collaborations.

‘Key factors affecting research were highlighted, especially for scientists in developing countries,’ said Erukainure. ‘The profiled solutions will be communicated to representative NYAs by delegates during their annual general assembly this year.’

He says attending the meetings brought fulfilment and a sense that his research is appreciated, as well as motivating him to work harder.

Erukainure’s supervisor, Professor Shahidul Islam, lauded his student for his achievements. Erukainure has been part of Islam’s laboratory for just over a year and already has four research papers under review.

In his home country of Nigeria, Erukainure has produced more than 80 publications based on extensive investigation conducted over his eight-year career in research and development in medicinal chemistry, toxicology, oncology and functional foods development. He is ranked among the top 500 scientists in Nigerian institutions, received an Award of Excellence in Research and Development from the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), and was selected by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) as a Member–Ambassador.

Erukainure chose to pursue his PhD at UKZN after conversations with colleagues at UKZN, and was attracted by the research interests and achievements of his supervisor. He received his Bachelor of Science, Honours and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry from Babcock University and the University of Ibadan. He hopes to progress to postdoctoral research following graduation and continue his career in research and development.

Erukainure credited his parents for instilling a belief of hard work in him and his siblings. He also thanked Islam for his supervision and sound advice, and his wife, Isoken, and daughter, Zoe, for their support and understanding.

He acknowledged his mentors Dr Gloria Elemo of FIIRO, Professor Osaretin Ebuehi of the University of Lagos, and Dr Barbara Doonan of the New York Medical College and NYAS. He also thanked fellow members of the Biomedical Research Laboratory at UKZN for their support.

Words by: Christine Cuénod

Photograph supplied by: Ochuko Erukainure

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UKZN’s School of Social Sciences and ACCORD host Model African Union Conference

UKZN’s School of Social Sciences and ACCORD host Model African Union Conference
UKZN students who participated in a simulated African Union Conference, and ACCORD staff members who put the simulation together.

The School of Social Sciences in collaboration with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted a simulated African Union (AU) Conference.

The aim of the Model AU conference was to familiarise students with the ideals and working principles of the AU through interaction on issues of migration and free movement of people, goods, services and the right of residency in Africa.

Students were tasked with conducting research on the following countries currently on the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC): Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Congo Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.

Representing the 15 PSC member states, students spoke on the divergent positions and challenges to their ratification of the AU Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons in Africa - as envisioned in the 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights - and the 1991 Treaty establishing the African Economic Community (Abuja Treaty)

Students were given an opportunity to engage in intense debate in the simulated arena of the Peace and Security Council of the AU, with the session Chaired by ACCORD Adviser, Mr Kwezi Mngqibisa.

The Conference was the idea of ACCORD’s research intern, Ms Nonjabulo Buhle Mazibuko, who approached staff members at the School of Social Sciences to partner with ACCORD in organising the deliberations.

Political Science and International Relations lecturer Dr Lubna Nadvi said: ‘Participating students got a feel of what it is like to serve as an ambassador of an African state and present their nation’s position on a particular issue, such as migration.’

Dr Candice Moore of the School of Social Sciences chaired the feedback session; and ACCORD’s Senior Researcher Mr Charles Nyuykonge said the objective of the event was to expose students to continental issues in general and showcase the challenges which member states, their representatives and all stakeholders face in trying to reach common ground.

It is hoped the conference will become an annual event.

Words and photograph by: Nomcebo Mncube

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UKZN Law Students visit High Court

UKZN Law Students visit High Court
UKZN Law students with legal professionals of the High Court.

Female students from the School of Law who visited the High Court in Pietermaritzburg recently described it as an eye-opening and very enjoyable experience.

The visit was organised by High Court researcher, Ms Helga Schultz in celebration of Women’s month and Take a Girl Child to Work campaign where the students met with female judges and other female professionals within the field of Law.

‘It is unusual for any person to meet the judges on a personal level, especially of the High Court. Being among their role models must have surely inspired the young students to work hard and reach their goals’, said School of Law academic, Professor Anne Strode.

The students said they were very grateful for the experience as they had the opportunity to meet amazing women in the field of Law who are doing an amazing job. They also had the opportunity to learn and discover new careers in the field they did not know about and are now more determined to succeed in their studies and follow these exciting career paths.

‘We sat in on a civil matter presided over by Judge Masipa whom we later had the opportunity to have an interesting chat to in her chambers. We also met the second in command in the National Prosecuting Authorities Department which was more interesting because it is a different position from the Attorney and Advocate that most Law students want to follow’ said fourth-year student, Ms Elaine Langa.

Another fourth-year student Ms Nomonde Mbanjwa said that the visit opened her eyes to the various opportunities available to Law students.

‘The encouraging aspect about the visit was that everyone we interacted with were women, illustrating vividly that there are a lot of opportunities for females in the Law profession’, she said.

Words by: Reatlehile Moeti

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UKZN Tutoring Initiative at High Schools

UKZN Tutoring Initiative at High Schools
Tutoring at Haythorne Secondary school.

UKZN’s Community Development Association on the Pietermaritzburg campus is engaged in tutoring programmes at a variety of schools in their area.

Members of the association are currently tutoring on Saturdays at Haythorne Secondary School and Laduma High School.  

The aim is to prepare Grade 12 youngsters for their matric examinations and to try and improve the pass rate this year. 

Tutoring takes place in core subjects such as Maths, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Physics, Life Sciences and Accounting.

For more information telephone the Director of Tutoring Mr Andile Sulelo on 061 975 2447.

Words by: Knowledge Mqadi

Photograph: Philasande Mkhafane

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Christian Students Visit 1000 Hills Care Centre

Christian Students Visit 1000 Hills Care Centre
Christian Students assist at a Healthcare Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

UKZN’s Student Christian Fellowship (SCF) organisation visited the 1000 Hills Community Helpers headquarters in the Nstanga district of KwaZulu-Natal to help counsel and give care to those in need. 

Known as Umbhokodo (Ikhaya Lo Thando), it is a non-profit organisation which works to improve the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS as well as providing general care for the community.

Established in 1989 by Dawn Leppan and Alan Paton, it has expanded and now consists of health and wellness clinics, feeding schemes, children’s infirmaries, and educational and developmental facilities.

The clinic, open Monday to Friday, dedicates different days to children and the elderly, with counselling sessions provided for those who need extra support.

SCF President Mr Sandile Shange; Deputy-President Ms Zinhle Simelane; General Secretary Ms Zinhle Msane, and Ministry Officer Mr Mlungisi Nstakala made the visit an eventful day for everyone.

Coming from disadvantaged backgrounds themselves the students said they knew what it meant to suffer and therefore giving back to the community was something they saw as their responsibility.

The students said the highlight of their visit was the priceless look on the children’s faces.

Words by: Ziphezinhle Silindile Biyela

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Bringing the World to Africa

Bringing the World to Africa
Speakers and participants at the Global Shaper’s seminar on unlocking intra-Africa trade held on UKZN’s Westville campus.

The Global Shapers Community - Durban hub hosted a seminar on UKZN’s Westville campus about unlocking intra-Africa trade.

The Global Shapers Community, a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change, boasts 6 666 Global Shapers, in 378 hubs, in 155 countries, all looking to impact lives on a global scale.

Billed as an Open Africa Initiative, the seminar included a presentation by the Chairman of Oakbrook Holdings, Mr Terry Rosenberg, who is a non-executive director of 10 companies, including the Sharks rugby franchise.

Rosenberg outlined his business dealings in Africa which include facility site services providing food and housing for massive projects such as oil refineries.

He emphasised the importance of ‘building the community where we find ourselves’, citing a project they are working on in Pemba, Mozambique, where local people are employed as well as skilled professionals. Locals are taught farming techniques to ensure they become self-sufficient, even when the project ends.

Extolling the importance of upskilling and training people, he said: ‘Make sure that you don’t set people up to fail.’ He underscored the importance of attitude and skills when employing people: ‘You can’t do it all on your own, you need people around you with the right skills.’

Rosenberg spoke out strongly on corruption: ‘If someone wants a brown envelope, they are not going to get it from us!’

Dr Richard Cookson, with more than 30 years of business experience, spoke on the concept of Geographic Economic Windows (GEW), examining South Africa’s potential to become a conduit into Africa.

Explaining the GEW concept, Cookson cited Cape Town which previously served as a springboard for the Dutch to access Asia. He explored GEW throughout history, including Finland, which is an economic bridge to Russia; and Hong Kong which has facilitated access to China.

He said features crucial to the success of GEW included the ability to adapt, good international banking systems, free capital flows (no exchange control) and a solid performance in the indices.

Professor Mabutho Sibanda of the School of Accounting, Economic and Finance said the Open Africa initiative was an ‘opportune time to discuss problems of mutual interest with the aim of providing solutions to some of the problems relating to trade, economic, cultural and regional integration Africa is facing’.

Sibanda said the initiative fitted well into the broader mandate of the University in ‘Inspiring Greatness’, especially among the next generation of leaders.

The Curator for the Durban Global Shapers, Mr Nkululeko Mthembu, said they see themselves as the ‘next great leaders,’ looking to challenge the ‘idea of Africa being a brand.’

Mthembu said they decided to ‘bring the brightest minds of Africa’ together to discuss the Open Africa Initiative.

Global Shapers’ Mr Sibonelo Gumede served as programme director at the event which was co-hosted by the Durban Global Shapers and the College of Law and Management Studies.

For information on Global Shapers, visit:

 Words and photograph by: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

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Siyanqoba UKZN Maths Stars Shine

Siyanqoba UKZN Maths Stars Shine
UKZN Siyanqoba Maths team member Aaron Naidu with Emeritus Professor Poobhalan Pillay.

Three junior and one senior UKZN Siyanqoba Maths teams competed in the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) annual mathematics competition which attracted top pupils from around the country. Forty Junior and 40 Senior teams participated in the competition.

UKZN finished in 6th position in the junior section and 10th in the senior division.

Since 2011, the Siyanqoba programme, which is the brainchild of UKZN Emeritus Professor Poobhalan Pillay, has assisted high school students to do well in the South African Mathematics Olympiads. ‘Hundreds of learners have benefited from the programme,’ said Pillay. 

This year, Grade 10 Eden College pupil Aaron Naidu finished in the top 10 nationally in the final round of the South African Senior Mathematics Olympiad and represented the country at the International Mathematics Olympiad in Brazil in July, where he received a special award for outstanding performance. 

Naidu won the South African Junior Mathematics Olympiad in 2015 and 2016.

Pillay thanked various people involved in making the SAMF event a success, including the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, the Actuarial Society of South Africa, Casio, the SAMF and lecturers and coaches from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

Former Head of School, Professor Kesh Govinder was the guest speaker on the day.  He was joined by Professor Dharmanand Baboolal, also an Emeritus Professor in the School, who commended Pillay for his passion in promoting Mathematics among school goers.

 Words and photograph by: Sally Frost

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Student Chosen for Corporate Consultancy Firm’s Elite Programme

Student Chosen for Corporate Consultancy Firm’s Elite Programme
Masters student Mr Jonathan Brady.

A Masters student in Population Studies in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Mr Jonathan Brady, was one of 20 successful applicants out of a total of 1 000 nationally selected for international consultancy corporation BAIN & Company’s Strategy Unlocked Programme. 

The programme provided an opportunity to work with BAIN consultants in skills-building workshops and interactive case studies to experience strategy consulting.

Brady was flown to Cape Town where he got intense exposure to the world of management consultancy and the BAIN way of approaching and solving client problems.

Four teams of five were created and tasked with solving a hypothetical case. Students from various study backgrounds - including actuarial science, finance, accounting and management - from universities across the country formed part of the select group.

‘Being one of the top three consultancy firms in the league of the McKinsey and Boston Consultancy Group I was both shocked and honoured when I got the invite from their Johannesburg office,’ said Brady, the only candidate from UKZN. 

‘I felt I was representing Durban.  The selection process is very strict as applicants have to demonstrate a wide variety of skills, including general knowledge, history of team work and depth of research both in scholarly and personal work.’

Brady, who said he was grateful his supervisor Dr Gerard Boyce had encouraged him to apply, is completing his thesis examining the efficacy of online education for unemployed youth in the central Durban area.

Words by: Melissa Mungroo

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College of Humanities Staff Revamp Children’s Library

College of Humanities Staff Revamp Children’s Library
College of Humanities staff refurbished the library at the St Martins Diocesan Home for Children in Durban.

College of Humanities staff refurbished the library at St Martins Diocesan Home for Children in Glenwood, Durban, as a contribution towards Mandela Month.

The home was chosen as a community engagement project as it provides a safe haven for 80 abused, abandoned or neglected children.

The College called for staff members to volunteer their time to refurbish the Home’s library and to donate books.

Activities on the day included painting, cataloguing library books, cleaning, and establishing a bright and colourful reading corner.

Staff members produced a fun learning and reading environment for the children and also contributed groceries.

College Director of Professional Services Mr Kishore Gobardan said, ‘This was an important initiative aimed at keeping Madiba’s legacy alive. As a College, we are proud to have contributed to the educational needs of the children.’

Expressing her gratitude, St Martins Principal Mrs Ishara Poodhun said: ‘UKZN has made a huge difference to the lives of our children who now have a five star facility where they can enhance their knowledge.’

Poodhun said the youngsters were excited about the library and using it to the full.

‘The UKZN team gave of their best to provide a wonderful facility.  We are all very grateful,’ she said.

Staff who were involved in the project described the initiative as an opportunity to give back to the community.

‘Well done to the College for driving the library project – the hard work paid off and it was wonderful to be part of the team,’ said Dr Bridget Campbell of the School of Education.

The College, which hopes to tackle similar community engagement projects in the future, thanked the following people and organisations for their contributions and support:

•   Information and Communication Systems at UKZN: three  computers

•   Campus Management Services (CMS) at UKZN: painting and flooring 

•   UKZN’s School of Education: 20 chairs

•   The Gravy Bowl: meals

•   Mr Prasham Gopichand of Simply Signs

•   Mr Joey Konan of Stevlec Sales

•   Mr Logan Vandeyar and Mr Sagie Naidoo of CMS

•   Mr Balwan Singh of VSR Construction  

Although there were many people involved in the project, Mr Gobardan specifically wanted to thank the core team that drove this project namely; Professor Busisiwe Alant, Melissa Mungroo, Dane Arumugam, Calvin Thomas, Sibongiseni Msomi, and Minenhle Dlamini.

To volunteer your time or to make a donation phone the Home at: 031-201 1261.

Words by: Melissa Mungroo; Nomcebo Mncube and Ziphezinhle Biyela

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Young Achievers Award Recipient Showcasing Opportunities for Graduates

Young Achievers Award Recipient Showcasing Opportunities for Graduates
Young people being equipped for greatness.

A Life after Graduation Seminar is being held at UKZN’s Howard College campus on 27 September 2017 from 9h00 to 16h00.

It is being organised by UKZN graduate Mr Sanele Gamede who is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Cultural and Media Studies after being awarded a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Media and Management and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree in Cultural and Media Studies from the University.

Gamede, who was the recipient of the 2016 KwaZulu-Natal Young Achievers Award, has his own business, Ilada Holdings, a personal development and training company offering a variety of courses and programmes, including learner development programmes for high schools in KwaZulu-Natal   ‘A lot of young people expect the government to do things for them instead of asking themselves how they can contribute to making a difference in South Africa,’ said Gamede.

Gamede is the author of a practical guide for job seekers titled The Graduate Pack, which will be on sale at the seminar. ‘I realised that many graduates sometimes don’t get employed because either their personal branding is poor, they are not ready for an interview, their CV is not written well or they don’t know where they can apply for jobs.  My book provides answers to those problems.'

For more information email: or phone 072-8069092 or 074-8646422.

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Ithimba LaseNyuvesi I-Great University of Zimbabwe Livakashele iSikole Sezokwelapha Sase-UKZN

Ithimba LaseNyuvesi I-Great University of Zimbabwe Livakashele iSikole Sezokwelapha Sase-UKZN
Ithimba lezihambeli lase-Great University of Zimbabwe nabasebenzi base-UKZN.Click here for the English version

IKolishi LezeZempilo licobelelane ngolwazi futhi lwakhangisa ngezinhlelo zalo kwabebeyithimba ebelibavakashele lase-Great University of Zimbabwe (GUZ).

Leli thimba beliholwa uSolwazi Godfrey Muguti, oyilungu loMkhandlu e-GUZ, lihlale izinsuku ezinhlanu eKolishi becobelelana ngolwazi mayelana nohlelo zifundo, ukuthuthukiswa kwabasebenzi, nengqalasizinda yesikole ngenhloso yokusungula iKolishi Lezefundo ZezeMpilo e-GUZ.

Ithimba libambe umhlangano noyiDini eyibamba uSolwazi Ncoza Dlova, othisha bomkhakha, nabezolawulo, amaDini ezoCwaningo eKolishi, abezokufunda nokufundisa, abomtapo wolwazi wezokwelapha, abasebenzi basemalebhu, nothisha bezokwelapha.

Baphinde bavakashela iminyango, amalebhu nezizinda zokusebenzela kanye nohambo losuku ekhempasini yase-Pietermaritzburg.

UMuguti nethima lakhe: iSekelashansela lase-GUZ, uDkt Andrew Chindanya, noMabhalane Omkhulu wase-GUZ, uNkk Sinikiwe Gwatidzo, bakuthokozele kakhulu ukwamukelwa ngemfudumalo abakuthole kubasebenzi baseKolishi.

‘Siyabonga kakhulu kuwo wonke amadini, othisha, abaphathi nabasebenzi abasekela ukufundisa ngegalelo labo lokuqinisekisa ukuthi uhambo lwethu lube yimpumelelo kakhulu ngokucobelela ngolwazi abanalo njengoba benesikhathi eside besebenza eKolishi LezeMpilo,' kusho Muguti.

‘Kube yithuba lokufunda elikhulu esikholwa ukuthi lizosicabela indlela uma sesihlela noma sesisuthuthukisa iKolishi Lezifundo ZezeMpilo e-GUZ,’ kunezelela u-Gwatidzo.  ‘Sithemba ukuthi loluhambo oluyingqophamlando luyisiqalo sobudlelwane besikhathi eside phakathi kwamanyuvesi womabili.’

U-Chindanya ubonge uSolwazi Thandinkosi Madiba nomholi wezokufunda : kwezokufunda nokufundisa, uDKT Serela Ramklass, ngokuhlanganisa lolu hlelo olunohlonze.

Ithimba lixhumane neKolishi ngenxa yobudlelwane obudala obuphakathi kuka-Muguti noMadiba. Uhlelo lwesonto lonke beluhlelwe u-Ramlakass ebambisene noDkt Margaret Matthews.

 Amagama: nguNombuso Dlamini

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