UKZN Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Freedom Charter
The 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter and the valuable documents archived at the University were the focus of UKZN’s Special Collections Open Day on the Westville campus.
UKZN Masters student Ms Kholosa Magudu was recently awarded the prestigious World Wildlife Fund’s Prince Bernhard Scholarship for Nature Conservation, one of only two South Africans to have received the international honour.
The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) President Mr Malcom Pautz addressed Civil Engineering students and staff on the Howard College campus as part of his presidential tour of the 20 branches of the institution in South Africa.
Curriculum transformation in the age of globalisation was the focus of a public lecture hosted by the UKZN Teaching & Learning Office (UTLO) and presented by academic and author Professor Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, Professor in English and Comparative Literature at North Carolina University in the United States.
Researchers from UKZN’s Schools of Chemical Engineering and Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) travelled to the University College London (UCL) for a visit made possible by the Royal Society Newton Grant which has been awarded for a two-year period to researchers from both institutions.
UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme commemorated Mandela Day this year by visiting the Outspan Retirement Centre in Umbilo in Durban where peer educators from the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine provided edutainment and a talk on Wellness and Aging to residents.
Clinical Sociologist and UKZN academic Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan delivered a keynote address at the Boys2Men Leadership Initiative Conference hosted in Durban by the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA).
The College of Law and Management Studies recently held a Women’s Day celebration for its female staff. The event which was held in partnership with Old Mutual saw over a 130 support and academic women staff members being empowered to make sound financial, personal, lifestyle and wellness decisions for the future.
Keyan G Tomaselli
‘The territorial imperative.’ These words penned by pop sociobiologist Robert Ardrey came to mind when I recently read a headline of the good King Goodwill lodging a land claim for the whole of KZN, while also demanding reparations from the British for the destruction of Ondine in 1879.
Over the years and especially during Women’s Month in South Africa I have often been asked this question by interviewers: ‘If you had the opportunity to host two or three women “icons” at a Woman’s Day lunch at your home who would they be and what would the conversation revolve around?’
KwaZulu-Natal has the country’s highest number of health professionals being trained as ‘Master Trainers’ in the management of pregnancy related emergencies - a programme funded by UKZN’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) hosted the second Siyacabanga (isiZulu for ‘we think’) two-day workshop on the topic of ticks and tick-borne diseases, attracting a diverse group of participants who learned about and participated in mathematical modelling in relation to ticks and tick-borne diseases.
Graduate School of Business and Leadership Studies (GSB&L) academic, Dr Jennifer Houghton and her Masters student Mr Thabang Mofokeng represented UKZN at the East3Route Investment Seminar, a multi-country economic development initiative including South Africa (KZN), Mozambique, Swaziland, and Seychelles.
A student at UKZN’s African Centre for Food Security (ACFS) in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), Ms Feyisayo Odunitan-Wayas, presented her work done on the literature review of her PhD at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) annual World Conference in the United States.
UKZN student in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM), Mr Bhekisisa Nxumalo, attended the 49th annual conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension (SASAE) held in Mpumalanga.
A two-day inception workshop was hosted by UKZN’s South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) on Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS).
UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme hosted a fashion show on the Medical School campus to raise awareness about the growing number of unplanned pregnancies among students and to encourage them to use various contraceptive methods provided by clinics across all campuses.