14 September 2018
Volume: 6
Issue: 47
The multi-talented Dr Xoliswa Majola graduates with her PhD.

Multi-diversity Spice of Life for PhD Graduate

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An all-rounder is the best way to describe Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) academic and PhD graduate, Dr Xoliswa Majola.

 She started out as a young entrepreneur styling her neighbours' hair after school at the age of 14 in her hometown of Hammarsdale to raise funds for her high school tuition. 

Black Management Forum (BMF) President and Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies graduate, Mr Mncane Mthunzi.

MCom Degree for BMF President

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With his career spanning across various industries including retail, transport, industrial products, telecommunications, broadcasting, information technology and governance, it is without a doubt that Mr Mncane Mthunzi, President of the Black Management Forum (BMF), is growing his leadership portfolio as he recently graduated with a Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies degree from UKZN.

Reverend Collen Bongani Sibiya who graduated with a PhD in Public Administration.

PhD in Public Administration for Reverend

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Balancing his duties as the Director of Human Resource Development at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in KwaZulu-Natal and the leader of Pietermaritzburg’s Rock of Life Movement Church has been quite a juggling act for PhD in Public Administration graduate Reverend Collen Bongani Sibiya.

Ms Nokukhanya Biyela graduates with a Master’s degree at the UKZN Spring Graduation ceremonies.

Thesis Explores Virginity Testing as Women Empowerment

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Ms Nokukhanya Biyela’s Master’s thesis in Child Care and Protection explored virginity testing as a tool for women empowerment.

Master of Commerce in Economics cum laude graduate, Mr Blessing Sakupwanya.

Cum Laude pass for Zimbabwe's Economist

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Mr Blessing Sakupwanya graduated cum laude with his Master of Commerce in Economics during the UKZN Spring Graduation ceremonies.

Dr Thulani Dube graduates with his PhD in Management.

Graduate Pushes Through Own Boundaries to Emerge with PhD

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As his home country of Zimbabwe is currently facing various socio-economic challenges such as a lack of financial access by the rural communities to cash crisis and liquidity, PhD in Management graduate, Dr Thulani Dube, is hopeful that his research can be used to positively influence policy formulation and direction especially to monetary authorities and the Zimbabwean government at large.

Ms Thobeka Radebe who graduated with a Masters in Administration.

Passion for Climate Change Mitigation Leads to Masters

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September is a notable month for Human Sciences Research Council’s Junior Researcher, Ms Thobeka Radebe, as not only did she graduate with her Master of Administration degree, she is also travelling to London and Belgium to represent the Council’s Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Unit at the Climate Change Conference hosted by the European Social Survey.

School of Accounting Economics and Finance academics (from left) Ms Hlengiwe Ndlela, Ms Shazia Essa, Ms Kerry-Lee Gurr and Ms Salma Vanker.

Masters in Accountancy Degrees for UKZN Lecturers

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Teaching students to grasp how the theory they are learning in class is practically applied in the real world is a vocation that School of Accounting, Economics and Finance academics and Master in Accountancy graduates, Ms Hlengiwe Ndlela, Ms Kerry-Lee Gurr, Ms Shazia Essa and Ms Salma Vanker, remain passionate about.

Master of Commerce in Entrepreneurship cum laude graduate, Mrs Abiola Abatan.

Entrepreneurship Student Graduates Cum Laude

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Mrs Abiola Abatan graduated with a Master of Commerce cum laude in Entrepreneurship at UKZN’s 2018 Spring Graduation.

Clockwise from top: Dr Edson Vengesai, Dr Wilfred Akinola and Dr Magret Olarewaju.

Supportive Research Community Helps PhD Graduates Succeed

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PhD graduates, Dr Edson Vengesai, Dr Wilfred Akinola and Dr Magret Olarewaju, are indebted to the Macroeconomics Working Group (MWG), a body of economists comprising academic staff and post-graduate students from the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, for enhancing their doctoral journey. MWG aims to advance and develop research in the field of economists.

Maritime expert, Dr Sanele Gumede, graduates with his PhD in Leadership Studies.

PhD Research Zooms in on SA’s Untapped Ocean Economy

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New oceans economy growth areas are a priority for South Africa’s Operation Phakisa, which represents a new spirit of moving faster in meeting government’s targets.

Dr Nomkhosi Luthuli graduates with a PhD.

Aerotropolis Trailblazer Graduates with PhD

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The word Aerotropolis may sound like a tongue twister for many but for PhD graduate, Dr Nomkhosi Luthuli, the term is a niche area that sees her continually breaking new ground.

Dr Shahiem Patel graduates with his PhD in Leadership Studies.

PhD for Banking Industry Expert

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Implementing technological solutions to solve financial problems is what drives PhD in Leadership Studies graduate Dr Shahiem Patel.

Clockwise from top: Ms Amy Ramsamy, Ms Mandisa Mbatani, Ms Nokuthula Ndlovu, Ms Thina Ngubane, Ms Nontobeko Buthelezi and Mr Asif Satar.

CLMS Celebrates Staff Achievement

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In a bid to recognise that staff members are the most valuable asset in an organisation, the College of Law and Management Studies is celebrating six UKZN staff members who graduated with their Master’s degrees across various different disciplines.

PhD in Administration graduate, Dr McBride Nkhalamba, with his supervisor, Dr Fayth Ruffin (third from left), and his family.

PhD Graduate Passionate About Evidence-Based Africanisation of Regional Governance in Southern Africa

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During his studies, PhD in Administration graduate Dr McBride Nkhalamba balanced his doctoral studies involving a three-country case study with a hectic work and family schedule - all while living on two continents.

Ms Hazel Langa, CLMS PR Manager, with her husband Skhumbuzo, eldest son Yandiswa and youngest son, Wandile.

College PR Manager Leads by Example

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A drive for promoting public relations as a mindset that nurtures the positive growth of an organisation’s reputation is the main ingredient behind College of Law and Management Studies Public Relations Manager, Ms Hazel Langa, to not only graduate with her Master’s, but also be the KZN Regional Chair of the Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE).

Dr Michelle Hatch with her partner, Jonathan; son, Brandon; and daughter, Lara.

Research Recommends Policy Interventions to Address Childcare Gender Imbalance

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Who is responsible for childcare in South Africa, what are the indirect economic costs of childcare and what are the non-economic costs and benefits of childcare? These are the questions ...

LLM cum laude graduate, Ms Kirstin Hagglund.

Law Student Graduates Cum Laude

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Durbanite, Ms Kirstin Hagglund graduated with a Master of Laws degree cum laude at UKZN’s Spring Graduation ceremonies.

Mr Abdulbaqi Badru graduates cum laude for his Master of Commerce in Information Systems and Technology.

Staffer Graduates Cum Laude

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UKZN Master’s student, Mr Abdulbaqi Badru, graduated cum laude at the University’s 2018 Spring Graduation.