08 August 2018
Volume: 6
Issue: 36
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UKZN Employee Engagement Survey a Success

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal recently held its Employee Engagement Survey in a bid to get the views of its employees on the working climate at the University.

Professor Albert Modi, newly-appointed UKZN Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Meet UKZN’s New Deputy Vice-Chancellor & College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Head

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Professor Albert Modi has been appointed as UKZN’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with effect from 1 August 2018.

UKZN comic, Kwanda Radebe, is up for the Savanna Comics’ Audience Choice Award.

UKZN Student in Line for Prestigious National Comedy Award

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UKZN student Kwanda Radebe (24) is in the running for the South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Award in the “ Audience Choice Award” category in which members of the public vote for their favourite comedian.

uDkt Cynthia Chiang kumabonisakude i-PRIZM etholakala e-Marion Island.

Uthisha kanye Nabafundi Balandelela Umsuka Womhlaba

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UDkt Cynthia Chiang, uthisha osemkantshubomvu we-Astrophysics Ehhovisi Lezocwaningo lwe-Astrophysics kanye ne Cosmology e-UKZN, usebuyile eMarion Island, etholakala phakathi kwe Antarctica kanye neNingizimu Afrika, lapho athuthukisa khona umabonisakude wemisebe yerediyo i- PRIZM.

From left: Professor Maxwell Phiri, Dr Mfazo Cliford Madondo and Professor Brian McArthur.

UKZN Academics Present Research at Italian Conference

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Several School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academics presented papers at the recent 17th European Conference on Research Methodology (ECRM) for Business and Management Studies.

From left: Dr Jaclyn Lotter, Mrs Shelly Ottino, Professor Monique Marks, Dr Kalpesh Narsi, Professor Bonga Chiliza, Mr Suntosh Pillay and Dr Suvira Ramlall.

Tackling the Serious Issue of Mental Health

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Thuma Mina, Send Me, was the theme of the 4th Annual Durban Mental Health Symposium held on UKZN’s Howard College campus.

UKZN Street Law ProBono Outreach team and Law student volunteers assisting the Inanda community with free legal advice.

UKZN Gives Inanda Communities Free Legal Advice and Domestic Violence Education

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Final year LLB students, Mr Siphephelo Sithole, Mr Gift Luthuli and Ms Saadiyah Kader, joined the UKZN Street Law-Plus ProBono Outreach Team’s drive to provide free legal advice and domestic violence education in Ohlange, Inanda, as part of the Mandela Day celebrations.

Winners and participants at the SLMMS/SNPH fun run/walk.

Encouraging a Healthy Lifestyle

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The College of Health Sciences’ Schools of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (SLMMS) as well as Nursing and Public Health (SNPH) recently participated in a 6km fun run/walk on Durban’s beachfront.

Participants at the Democracy Education Workshop.

Democracy Education Workshop for IEC and Basic Education Officials

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Trainers and administrators from the KwaZulu-Natal office of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Basic Education attended a three-day UKZN Democracy Education Workshop run by the University’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies academics Professor David McQuoid-Mason and Ms Phumzile Xulu.

UKZN staff at the recent Wellness Days held on all University campuses.

Free Health and Wellness Screenings for UKZN Staff

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The Human Resources Department, in partnership with the UKZN Medical Aid Scheme, offered University staff health and wellness screenings on all campuses during a two-week campaign. 

Scenes from the 2018 School of Engineering Sports Day.

Having Fun While Pursuing Good Health

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Fun, games and exercise were enjoyed by everyone at the 2018 School of Engineering Sports Day.

Finding inner peace with yoga.

Connecting with One’s Inner Being Through Yoga

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UKZN recently hosted a yoga class led by Yunnie Khor Tien Tien and Dr Ashish Kanhed in support of team members Atal Gill and Jerusha Ramdeo who are students in University. This session was open to the entire University community. 

Usolwazi Mosa Moshabela.

Ikolishi Yesayensi Yezempilo Yamukela IDini Entsha

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INyuvesi YaKwaZulu-Natal yamukele uSolwazi Mosa Moshabela njengeDini Eyinhloko YeSikole Sezobuhlengikazi Nezempilo YoMphakathi engaphansi kweKolishi Yesayensi Yezempilo (i-CHS).

The jubilant medical students and medical staff at Stanger Hospital.

Bienvenido a casa to our Medical Students

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Ninety-six South African students who spent the past six years studying Medicine in Cuba as part of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro programme were recently welcomed back home by UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health (DoH).

Tafadzwa and Nancy Dhlakama celebrating their wedding day with loved ones.

Long Standing University Romance Culminates in Nuptials

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A romance which started six years ago between two students at UKZN recently culminated in a joyous wedding in Harare, Zimbabwe, which was attended by former classmates and University staff members.

Visiting students and participants at the UKZN Colloquium on Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

US Students Visit UKZN for Colloquium on Indigenous Knowledge Systems

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UKZN was recently home to students from the United States of America who were attending a colloquium on the role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Transformative Sustainable Development.

High Schools Mini-Moot Court Competition Overall Winner, Ms Ayanda Dlamini, with Professor Managay Reddi.

High School Learners Compete in Mini-Moot Court

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Law, in partnership with the Luthuli Museum, recently hosted a Mini-Moot Court Competition for Grade 11 high school learners.

UKZN Student Representative Council members visit Zibonele Secondary School.

SRC Group Visits KZN Rural School in Honour of Mandela

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UKZN Student Representative Council members honoured this year’s Mandela Day celebrations by visiting Zibonele Secondary School in Nomakhanzana, Umthwalume District.

UKZN KRISP postdoctoral and postgraduate students with high school students who participated in the training.

Exposing Young Minds to Advanced Science

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The KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and Thermo Fisher Scientific are collaboratively engaged in building skills in specialised molecular biology techniques; DNA amplification, sequencing and bioinformatics. 

Mr Sifundokuhle Kweyama.

Aspiring Chartered Accountant’s Novel Explores the Dark World of Ukuthwala

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Final-year Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting student, Mr Sifundokuhle Kweyama’s novel Ubumnyama Bemisebe Yelanga (the darkness of the sun’s rays) aims to warn communities, especially women, about the practice of ukuthwala for riches.

Mr Kreesan Palan (right) receives his award from GSSA Chairman, Dr Craig Smith.

GSSA Award for Best MSc Thesis for Geology Masters Graduate

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Mr Kreesan Palan has received the Geological Society of South Africa’s (GSSA) John Handley Award for his master’s research involving the analysis of submarine canyon system morphologies off the west coast of South Africa.

Guests at the launch of the Statistics Education Research Group (SERG).

UKZN Working Overtime to Advance Statistics Education

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Building strength and capacity in statistics education has been an ongoing priority for the Discipline of Statistics in UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences (SMSCS) and events planned by the Discipline for the remainder of 2018 will continue along this line.

UKZN students who are CDA members during their clean-up operations.

Ridding the Environment of Grime and Pollution

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The Community Development Association (CDA) on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus went on the offensive in Pietermaritzburg against litter and trash in honour of Mandela Month.