Managing Leopards Subject of PhD Research
Dr Ross Pitman was awarded a PhD in Biology from UKZN for research he conducted on leopard management.
Ms Thalia Naidoo never intended to study Chemistry at tertiary level, imagining herself rather becoming a veterinarian or biological scientist. However, circumstances led her to enroll for a BSc in Applied Chemistry on UKZN’s Westville campus and she has never looked back!
Having matriculated with seven distinctions from Durban’s Danville Park Girls’ High School in 2012, it was really no surprise that Ms Bhavna Harbhajan graduated summa cum laude with a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science.
From the small rural village of eTshisa in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, cum laude MSc in Mathematics graduate Mr Sonwabile Mafunda grew up in a strict environment where he was not allowed to play on the streets instead doing chores in and around his home.
UKZN student Ms Courtney Govender, who graduated with a BSc Honours degree summa cum laude in Statistics, received the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) Award for the top Honours student in Statistics (Westville campus) within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.
Given the diverse socio-economic characteristics of the South African landscape and the impacts of historic discrimination, UKZN lecturer Dr Suveshnee Munien was interested in understanding the various ways in which poverty could be remedied or even escaped by local communities.