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Physiotherapy students with local clinic users at Madadeni.

Fourth Year Physiotherapy Students Enjoy DCTP at Madadeni

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A group of fourth year Physiotherapy students are over the moon following their experience at the Decentralised Clinical Training in Madadeni, near Newcastle.

Professor Moses Chimbari presenting at the workshop.

College of Health Sciences Holds Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines Workshop

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College of Health Sciences’ Research Dean, Professor Moses Chimbari recently hosted a successful Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines workshop for the College’s postgraduate students and supervisors.

Top prize winners at the EECE Open Day, Mr Joshua Piggott, Ms Saiuree Nayager, and Ms Rivania Maharaj and one of the innovative projects on display.

Students Showcase Innovative Projects at Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE) Open Day

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The Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE) Open Day was recently held on the Howard College campus. Around 100 individual final-year projects were on display, and students were on hand to explain and demonstrate their innovative designs to parents, fellow students, and members of the general public.

UKZN’s Mr Kershen Naicker with the Clariant trophy he won.

PhD Candidate Gets Gold Awards for Best Oral Presentation at High-Level Conference

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PhD candidate in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) Mr Kershen Naicker received the 2017 Clariant gold medal and trophy from the Catalysis Society of South Africa (CATSA) for delivering the best oral presentation by a student at its conference in Pilanesberg.

Twenty-four-year old Miss Shaneece Chanderpaul enjoying snow at the University of Wilfrid Laurier in Canada.

Student tells of an Enriching 2017 Exchange Programme

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Third-year Bachelor of Social Science student, Miss Shaneece Chanderpaul, was one of eight students who participated in UKZN’s Student Exchange Programme in 2017.

Ms Tshegofatso Molefe.

Final year Law Student Represents KZN at Justice Pageant SA

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Exams are not the only nerve-wrecking experience final year Law student Ms Tshegofatso Molefe has had to contend with as she is also currently preparing to participate in the Justice Pageant SA which takes place in Johannesburg later this month.

SRC members and UKZN staff at the Inauguration ceremony at the MH Joosub Hall at UKZN’s Westville campus.

UKZN SRC Inaugurated

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The UKZN SRC was officially inaugurated at a ceremony held on the Westville campus on Saturday, 24 February.

Doctors advancing healthcare access in the township: Dr Siphesihle Dlamini and partner Dr Langelihle Ngubane.

Young Doctors Advance Healthcare Access in Umlazi

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Most young doctors prefer establishing their Medical practices in busy city centres or shopping malls, however, this has not been the case with Dr Siphesihle Dlamini (27) and his business partner Dr Langelihle Ngubane (37).

Dr Pamela Sithole juggled her part-time domestic work duties and her Medical studies at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

Part-Time Domestic Worker Graduates as a Doctor

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As a student Dr Pamela Sithole juggled her part-time domestic work duties and her Medical studies at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

From left: Dr Wafaa El-Sadr, Dr Myron Cohen, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim and Dr Anthony Fauci, at the National Institutes of Health in the US.

UKZN’s Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim Receives the Prestigious 2018 Ward Cates Spirit Award

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The HPCSA accreditation panel with CHS Leadership and UKZN’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld.

UKZN’s Medical Degree Receives Full Accreditation for a Further Five Years

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The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) recently assessed UKZN’s undergraduate Medical degree and recommended full accreditation for the next five years.

UKZN hosted the Conversations for Change debate on the Howard College campus.

Reconciliation Highlighted in Conversations for Change Debate

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The Mandela Rhodes Community and UKZN hosted the 7th annual Conversations for Change debate on the Howard College campus which, held 100 years after Nelson Mandela’s birth, focused on the Promises and Paradoxes of Reconciliation.

Captain of the UKZN Football women’s team, Ms Kholosa Biyana will lead the squad to their first Football Varsity Cup tournament.

UKZN Football Teams in Varsity Cup for the First Time

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UKZN men’s and women’s football teams have qualified to participate in the Football Varsity Cup tournament for the first time.

A research project led by Queen Mary University of London will help tackle asthma in African schoolchildren.

New Project Aims to Tackle Asthma in African Schoolchildren

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A £2 million research project led by Queen Mary University of London will help tackle asthma in African schoolchildren, a condition that is becoming a major health issue in the continent.

Professor Dennis Schauffer.

UKZN Professor Emeritus Presents Paper at Prestigious Conference

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On Saturday, 2 June this year, Professor Dennis Schauffer, Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, presented a paper at the Art, Materiality and Representation Conference.

Dr Cynthia Chiang at the PRIZM telescope located on Marion Island.

Lecturer and Students Trace the Universe’s Origins

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Dr Cynthia Chiang, Senior Astrophysics lecturer at the UKZN Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit, has returned from Marion Island, situated halfway between Antarctica and South Africa, where she upgraded the PRIZM radio telescope.

Keynote speakers at the Phyllis Naidoo Lecture (from left) Ms Elinor Sisulu, Professor Betty Govinden and Dr Annie Devenish.

Role of Women in Fighting Apartheid Highlighted at UKZN Lecture

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In celebration of Women’s Month and in honour of all women who gave up their lives in the fight for liberation, UKZN’s Special Collections Gandhi Luthuli Documentation Centre hosted the 2018 Phyllis Naidoo Memorial Lecture on the Westville campus.

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UKZN Accounting Programmes Get Top Rating

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UKZN’s Accounting Programmes have received a level 1 rating from the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) following an intensive review conducted by the accountancy body’s Academic Review Committee (ARC).

Scenes at the UKZN research flagships official launch.

UKZN Turns Up the Heat on Research through Research Flagships Launch

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In a bid to strengthen its research outputs and become a world-class and cutting-edge institution, the University of KwaZulu-Natal launched its four research flagships on Wednesday, 5 September 2018.

UKZN Foundation Mandela Month Bursary Awards at the Westville campus.

UKZN Foundation Awards Bursaries to 10 Students

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The UKZN Foundation awarded partial bursaries to 10 students as part of the Mandela Month Bursary Awards programme.

Dr Marshall Maposa is the proud recipient of the prestigious Thomas Pringle award for Best Education article.

Education Academic Receives Prestigious Thomas Pringle Award

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Dr Marshall Maposa, a lecturer in History Education, was recently honoured by the English Academy of Southern Africa with the prestigious Thomas Pringle award for the Best Education article published in the 2017 academic year.

Participants of the UKZN Chapter of Amnesty International SA relaunch.

UKZN Chapter of Amnesty International Relaunched

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The School of Law recently hosted the revival and relaunch of the UKZN Chapter of Amnesty International South Africa.

UKZN students at the Mental Health Awareness Evening held on the Medical School campus.

Mental Health Awareness Evening at Medical School

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Winning Against Depression was the theme of a Mental Health Awareness evening held on the Medical School campus.

Highlights from the annual Mafika Gwala lecture.

Mafika Gwala Lecture Hosted at UKZN

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Award-winning author and retired UKZN academic Dr Betty Govinden delivered the fourth annual Mafika Gwala Lecture on the Howard College campus.

Top five finalists from left: Mr Mongezi Dlamini; Ms Shiroma Bennimahadeo; Ms Phumzile Manana; Ms Jacqueline Mccarroll, and Mr Ayanda Magubane.

UKZN Student Wins Engen Pitch and Polish Durban Round

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Entrepreneur and founder of Anonaya Gardens (Pty) Ltd, Mr Mongezi Dlamini recently won the Durban leg of the ninth annual ENGEN Pitch & Polish business competition.

UKZN students and staff debated the traditional practice of Ilobolo at a dialogue on the Howard College campus.

ILobolo/Bride Price Dialogue

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UKZN’s Howard College Men’s Forum hosted a dialogue on Ilobolo/Bride price at the University’s Howard College campus in October.

Professor Fatima Suleman.

R56 Million Injected into Strengthening Africa’s Health Research

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UKZN’s Professor Fatima Suleman, together with colleagues from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda, the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and Stellenbosch University are recipients of a share of a Fogarty grant worth about R56 million for health research.

UKZN’s disability LAN was launched on the Westville campus.

Disability LAN Launched at Westville Campus

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UKZN’s Disability Support Unit unveiled a LAN for students with disabilities on the Westville campus on 29 October.

Professor Fatima Suleman.

College of Health Sciences Professor Gives Inaugural Lecture

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Medicines are a critical component of universal health coverage, especially essential medicines, says Professor Fatima Suleman of UKZN’s College of Health Sciences.

Delivering her inaugural lecture, the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences academic and Drill’s Multiple Principal Investigator spoke on: Affordability and Equitable Access to Medicines for Public Health.

Dr Yvette Ehlers Smith and PhD candidates Ms Mbalenhle Sosibo, Ms Samke Ngcobo and Ms Thobeka Gumede in the field.

Postdoctoral Researcher Inspires Sanitary Towel Project

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While conducting investigations into the movement of southern ground-hornbills in KwaZulu-Natal, a UKZN postdoctoral researcher became aware of the lack of toilet and sanitary provisions in schools and homes in the area, prompting her to launch a project to ease the plight of many young South African women.

Professor Rozena Maart who has been appointed International Research Ambassador to the University of Bremen in Germany.

Academic Appointed International Research Ambassador to German University

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Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Professor Rozena Maart, has been appointed International Research Ambassador to the University of Bremen in Germany

Ms Mbali Vilakazi who is representing South Africa and UKZN at the Golden Key Honour Society Leadership Summit in the United States.

“Golden Girl” Flying UKZN and SA Flags High in the USA!

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PhD candidate, Ms Mbali Vilakazi, recently represented South Africa and UKZN at the Golden Key Honour Society Leadership Summit, which opened in Chicago in the United States on 15 February.

Mr Jude Akinyelu who received a best paper award at an international conference in Cape Town.

Best Paper Award for Biochemistry PhD Student

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Mr Jude Akinyelu, a Biochemistry PhD student at UKZN was recently invited to present a paper at the 10th International Conference on Advances in Science, Engineering, Technology and Healthcare (ASETH18) in Cape Town.

From left, Municipal Manager Dr Tsepang Nakin, Professor Betty Mubangizi, Cllr Matsepiso Setenane and Municipal Mayor Mr Momelezi Mbedla.

DST/NRF SARChI Chair Provides Support in Municipal Strategic Planning

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The first NRF-DST Research Chair in the College of Law and Management Studies Professor Betty Mubangizi recently made a presentation as part of the municipality’s annual strategic planning workshop held recently.

Ms Janine Hicks.

Academic Speaks on Women Participation in Politics

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A strong advocate of women’s human rights issues, School of Law lecturer and UKZN Gender-based Violence Committee Chairperson, Ms Janine Hicks recently participated in a panel discussion and dialogue on women’s political participation and representation.

Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson who co-authored a ground-breaking Nature Review article with renowned researchers.

SNPH Research Academic Leader Co-authors First Nature Review with Renowned researchers

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UKZN’s SNPH Research Academic Leader Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson has co-authored a ground-breaking Nature Review article with renowned researchers from Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI).

University Challenge participants in action with their toilet brushes during the first round.

Triumph for UKZN Students at Human Waste Management Challenge

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Two Pollution Research Group (PRG) postgraduate students were part of teams that were placed first and second at a University Challenge contest during the fifth Faecal Sludge Management (FSM5) conference in Cape Town.

Student artworks on show at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Fine Arts Students Exhibit Works in Progress

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The Centre for Visual Arts (CVA) at UKZN held its Works in Progress exhibit at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, featuring works by Master’s and doctoral students with an emphasis on the creative progress made thus far in the academic year.

Dr Joseph Rudigi Rukema (centre) with members of the “Informal Settlements Builders Association”.

Informal Learning a Means to Brighter End

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Informal learning can be a powerful tool in helping close the skills gap and create jobs.

UKZN Masters student, Mr Bayabonga Zulu, who was one of 200 students from around the world selected to attend the Golden Key Leadership Summit.

Masters Student Selected for Golden Key Leadership Summit

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In recognition of his academic achievements and community service, UKZN Master’s student and Golden Key member, Mr Bayabonga Zulu, was one of 200 students from around the world selected to attend the Golden Key Leadership Summit in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Dr Pamela Pillay, Academic Leader of Teaching and Learning in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences.

From Humble Beginnings to a Leadership Role

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Dr Pamela Pillay has risen from humble beginnings to being appointed Academic Leader of Teaching and Learning in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (LMMS). She also heads up the UKZN Body Donor programme and is a Fellow of the prestigious United States National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) programme.

Mr Lloyd Gordon (middle, seated) demonstrating to students how the his Maths app works.

Graduate Launches Maths App

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UKZN Computer Science graduate, Mr Lloyd Gordon, launched a mathematical learning app, Open Omnia, last week to assist high school learners and university students struggling with Mathematics.

Mr Mohammed Vawda.

UKZN Staffer Leaves Audience in Stitches

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Populations Studies lecturer, Mr Mohammed Vawda was one of the comedians who took to the stage at East Coast Radio’s Kings & Queens of Comedy at the Durban ICC recently.

From left: In the SCP second-year Physics Lab are Mr Luan Lombard, Mr Dauda Sheni, Mr Jehoiakim Pillay, Mr Rucille Ramlal and Ms Nuzhat Amod.

Preparing for Success in International Physics Olympiad

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School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) recently spent a week honing the skills of South Africa’s five-member team of Grade 12 learners that is competing in the 49th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Lisbon, Portugal, from 21 to 29 July.

Dr Mahlubonke (Hlubi) Dlwati, KwaZulu-Natal’s first African Neurologist.

Hearty Congratulations to KZN’s First African Neurologist

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Having completed his registrar training at UKZN, Dr Mahlubonke (Hlubi) Dlwati, is KwaZulu-Natal’s first African Neurologist. Born and raised in All Saints which is in the rural outskirts of Engcobo in the Eastern Cape, Dlwati is currently based in the Neurology Department at Grey’s hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Ms Nkosingphile Ntshangase, Youth Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.

Student becomes Youth Ambassador for UN Population Fund

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Third-year Media and Cultural Studies student Ms Nkosingphile Ntshangase has been chosen as a Youth Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Miss Shongani Dladla, third-year Education student who is the proud recipient of the prestigious UKZN Distinguished Leadership Award.

Education Student Receives Prominent Awards

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Ms Shongani Dladla, a third-year Education student is the proud recipient of the prestigious UKZN Distinguished Leadership Award which rewards and recognises students with outstanding academic achievement together with excellence in community engagement or exceptional university service as reflected in the University’s vision, mission and goals.

Ms Amanda Dube received KwaZulu-Natal’s Top Accounting Learner Award and a Thuthuka bursary.

Top 2018 Matric Achiever Chooses UKZN

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Ms Amanda Dube (17), who matriculated with six distinctions from Siyabonga Secondary School in Umlazi, Durban, has registered at UKZN to study towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree in the College of Law and Management Studies.

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr Navi Pillay, at UKZN.

Corruption the Scourge of the World

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Money stolen through corruption every year is enough to feed the world’s hungry 80 times over, says former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr Navi Pillay.

The power is in our hands.

Students Champion Awareness on Gender-Based Violence

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On 1 August 2018, women of all religions, races and cultures united as one for the total shutdown march against gender based violence. The march began at Curries Fountain Stadium

Performing at the Mandela Day concert is Andile Yenana and Michi Stulz.

Celebrating the Great Mandela Legacy Through Jazz

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UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presents a double bill gig with Mr Andile Yenana Sextet: Umnqgonqgo Wabantu and UKZN lecturer, Mr Burton Naidoo, in Celebration of the Mandela Centenary on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, at 18h00.

Reverend Nhlakanipho Dlamini, rocking a Mandela T-shirt, pictured on his very first day at the University of Denver and exploring the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

University of Denver Hosts UKZN Exchange Student

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Reverend Nhlakanipho Dlamini, a third-year Bachelor of Social Science candidate majoring in Law and History, was an exchange student at the University of Denver in Colorado in the United States last year.

A Drakensberg Crag Lizard (Pseudocordylis subviridis) licking nectar from the “Hidden Flowers” of Guthriea capensis in a terrarium.

Little Dragons with a Sweet Tooth Pollinate the Mysterious “Hidden Flower”

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The majority of the almost 90% of flowering plants that rely on animals such as bees and butterflies for pollination use bright colourful floral displays to attract their pollinators.

Highlights from the “Unsettling Space” exhibition.

Fine Arts Students Construct “Unsettling Space” Installation

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Fine Arts students from the School of Arts recently constructed an installation titled ‘Unsettling Space’ on the Pietermaritzburg campus. This was part of the Andrew Mellon Foundation Supra-institutional Project on the Decolonial Turn (Unsettling paradigms).

UKZN academics at the eighth local government conference.

Future of SA Under Spotlight at Local Government Conference

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The Democracy Development Programme (DDP) in collaboration with Professor Purshottama Reddy of the School of Management, IT and Governance hosted the eighth local government conference at Elangeni Hotel, Durban last week.

Highlights from the Foreign Policy Panel Discussion.

Political Parties Debate Foreign Policy

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The School of Social Sciences (International and Public Affairs Cluster), in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa, hosted a public dialogue titled, South African Political Parties Face the World in an Election Year: A Foreign Policy Panel Discussionat the Garden Court Marine Parade Hotel in Durban.

Attendees at the Traditional Medicine seminar.

CHS Hosts Traditional Medicine Day Seminar

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UKZN’s Traditional Medicine Discipline recently hosted a Traditional Medicine Seminar in celebration of Traditional Medicine Day. The seminar was held at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

Together here during a visit by a German teacher exchange programme are (from left) Ms Sbongimpile Mdabe, Dr Samukelisiwe Mngomezulu, Dr Angela James and Ms Denosha Mungal.

School of Education Hosts German Teacher Exchange Programme Members

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Representatives of the ENSA Teacher Exchange Programme in Berlin on a visit to South Africa to explore issues of sustainable development were co-hosted by UKZN’s School of Education.

UKZN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld hosted sessions on all five campuses to engage with University staff members.

Tea with the VC

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UKZN’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Albert van Jaarsveld hosted Tea with the VC sessions on all five University campuses.

Participants in the MoBreed (left) and ACADEMY (right) at the Kick off meeting in Brussels.

Strengthening African Partnerships Through EU Funded Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme

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UKZN has been awarded two INTRA-AFRICA mobility projects namely MoBreed awarded in 2016 and ACADEMY awarded in 2017.

MLCCP Research Team.

Lung Cancer Research Project Launched

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UKZN’s College of Health Sciences has launched the Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme (MLCCP) aimed at improving public access to early diagnostic services, treatment and care for lung cancer.

Honouring body donors: Families of body donors and UKZN Anatomy staff.

UKZN Anatomy Department Honours Body Donors

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The annual Inspectorate and Reverence Ceremony was held by the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy for 28 bodies donated to UKZN for medical training and research purposes last year.

Partnering for Better Health.

Tackling Wicked Global Health Problems with Duke University

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‘Today the world is faced with wicked problems that a single institution or discipline cannot respond to alone,’ said Duke University’s Professor Gregory Gray at a recently held public lecture hosted by UKZN’s School of Health Sciences.

UKZN InQubate’s elevator pitch competition held on the Westville campus.

UKZN Students Showcase their Entrepreneurial Skills

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UKZN’s Main Hall was transformed into a veritable Dragon’s Den, based on the popular entrepreneurial TV show, complete with judges, contestants and a slew of exciting business pitches.

Mr Thembelani Mazibuko, winner of the DIRCO budget vote essay writing competition. He is seen with Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Humanities Student Wins Budget Vote Writing Competition

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Master’s in Social Sciences (Politics) student, Mr Thembelani Mazibuko, made UKZN proud when he was chosen as one of four winners in the 2018 Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Budget vote essay writing competition.

From left: Mr Doctor Sangweni, Mr Mndeni Mkhize, Ms Malindi Kunene, Mr Lloyd Ngundze (Dolsden Oracle (Pty)Ltd), Mr Leon Katambwe (Urban-Eco).

Youth Participation in the Mainstream Economy

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Recognising that there is a low representation of youth in the mainstream economy either as employees or employers, Dolsden Oracle (Pty) Ltd recently launched the eThekwini Economic Talk.

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Mr Justice Albie Sachs with the School of Law’s Dean, Professor Managay Reddi; staff and students.

Land Expropriation Can Happen Peacefully Judge Albie Sachs

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Retired Judge of the Constitutional Court Mr Justice Albie Sachs says expropriation of land in South Africa can be done peacefully through powerful and meaningful dialogue

Dr Ajay Singh, Dr Tivani Mashmba-Thompson and Dr Kenneth B Christopher at the GCSRT graduation held at Harvard Medical School.

UKZN Academic Excels at Harvard Medical School

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UKZN academic, Dr Tivani P Mashamba-Thompson, has completed Clinical Research Training Scholarship at Harvard Medical School with a commendation for her research.

Mr Prince Ndlovu (left) and the Plastic Artwork at the waste to wealth initiative launch.

Saving the Planet by Turning Waste to Wealth

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br> Waste to Wealth is an exciting initiative between UKZN’s Engineering Hub for the African City of the Future (Afrihub) and recycling company, Planetcare (Pty) Ltd.

From left: Mr Dilip Kalyan, AHRI Chief Financial Officer; Mr Muzi Khumalo, UKZN Director: Infrastructure Planning and Projects; Mr Jeremy Hathorn, FGG Architects; and Mr Costas Criticos unveil the award plaque on the K-RITH Tower Building.

National Honours for UKZN’s K-RITH Tower Building

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The K-RITH Tower Building at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine campus has scooped a national award at the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Awards.

Team UKZN from left: Mr Steffen Wies, Mr Tim Siepman, Ms Camira Govender and Mr Rudi Wies.

Accounting Graduates Make International Competition Top Six

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Team UKZN, comprising of four Accounting graduates, has made it into the semi-finals of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Case Study Competition.

The team members are Ms Camira Govender, Mr Tim Siepman as well as twins, Mr Steffen Wies and Mr Rudi Wies.

Professor Mosa Moshabela.

Health Sciences College Welcomes New Dean

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br> The University of KwaZulu-Natal recently welcomed Professor Mosa Moshabela as the new Dean and Head of the School of Nursing and Public Health housed under the College of Health Sciences (CHS).

UKZN and Habitat for Humanity volunteers during the TB and HIV Screening awareness in Umgababa in July.

Progressive Health Awareness Programme Established by Medical Student

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A third-year Medical student at UKZN’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine has established a progressive TB and HIV awareness programme in Umgababa, south of Durban.

ISEESO representatives, Ms Luyanda Gumede and Ms Sphokazi Sgwebela, speak out against women abuse.

Students Speak Out Against Abuse of Women

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Representatives from the Isibani Educational Empowerment Students Organisation (ISEESO) visited Ean Touch Online Radio to commemorate National Women’s Day.

Twin brothers Luthando and Thando Adam who have opened a restaurant on the Howard College campus.

You’ve Been Served: Twin Brothers Establish Restaurant on Howard College Campus

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Masters students and twin brothers in the College of Humanities, Luthando and Thando Adam, have opened the Xhamela Kitchen restaurant on the Howard College campus.

Dr Aaron Motsolaedi, South Africa’s Health Minister; Dr PN Govender and Professor Mergan Naidoo.

UKZN Alumnus Honoured with Human Rights Award

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Dr Perisamy Neelaphithambaran Govender, affectionately known as PN by his friends, was recently honoured by the South African Medical Association (SAMA) with a Human Rights award in recognition of the significant contribution he made to his profession and community.

UKZN and Umtapo honoured late anti-apartheid activist, Steve Biko, at the University’s Westville campus.

Remembering Steve Biko

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UKZN and the Umtapo Centre co-hosted the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture themed: SA: The Unfinished Revolution on the Westville campus on the 41st anniversary of the lauded anti-apartheid activist’s death.

Dr Brett van Niekerk.

Computer Science Academic Addresses SADC Cyber Security Summit

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An academic in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), Dr Brett van Niekerk, addressed a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Cyber Security Workshop on: Enhancing Cyber Security in the SADC Region.

Dr Helen Malherbe, rare diamond in Advocacy.

UKZN Postdoctoral Fellow Wins Rare Diamond Advocacy Award

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A Postdoctoral Fellow in UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine, Dr Helen Malherbe, is the first ever winner of the Rare Diamond Award for Advocacy of rare diseases in South Africa.

UKZN student, Ms Xolile Kunene, who spoke at an international conference in Italy.

Masters Graduate Delivers Presentation on Violence at Wentworth Schools at Conference in Italy

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Doctoral candidate in the School of Social Sciences at UKZN’s College of Humanities Ms Xolile Kunene delivered a presentation on violence at schools in Wentworth, Durban, during a conference in Italy.

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Dr Brett Van Niekerk.

Academic Gets Award for Contribution to Cyber Security

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Dr Brett van Niekerk, an academic in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), received an award for his work in cyber security from the South African chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Students and staff erect a fence for the Molweni Farming Community.

SHS Students Lend Helping Hand to a Molweni Farming Community

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First-year Speech Therapy student, Ms Jessica Smeeton, recently spearheaded a project to fence a garden for a Molweni farming community. This project formed part of her Community Studies module.

UKZN Engineering Dean, Professor Glen Bright, and Dr Whitfield Green from the Department of Higher Education and Training.

School of Engineering Embarks on Curriculum Transformation

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Newly appointed Dean of UKZN School of Engineering, Professor Glen Bright, started his tenure with a bold initiative by hosting an Engineering Curriculum Transformation workshop. The aim of the workshop, held on 24 October, was to streamline courses across Engineering disciplines and to realign the Engineering curricula for social impact and with changing industry needs.

Scenes at the UKZN Comrades Marathon tester run held in preparation of the annual Comrades Marathon scheduled for June.

UKZN Runners on Course for Successful Comrades Marathon

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The expression ‘there is no rest for the weary’ proved all too true for the UKZN Athletics Club which kicked off 2019 on a high note with its Comrades Marathon tester run which attracted over 200 runners.

UKZN alumnus, Mr Phumelela Msomi, with his father and mentor, Mr Zwe Msomi.

Spotlight on Alumni

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UKZNdabaOnline is running a series titled Spotlight on Alumni in which former UKZN students are interviewed about their lives and achievements.

Miss Sinenhlanhla Zondo who has has been accepted at Cambridge University for a year’s study towards her MPhil in Public Health.

Young Researcher Heads off to Cambridge University

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A junior researcher in the Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme (MLCCP) at UKZN’s College of Health Sciences, Miss Sinenhlanhla Zondo, has been accepted at Cambridge University in England for a year’s study towards her MPhil in Public Health.

Dr Trishan Naidoo who will spend two months doing research at a university in England.

Fellowship Secures Position at University in England for UKZN Scholar

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Being awarded a prestigious fellowship has allowed UKZN postdoctoral scholar in the School of Life Sciences, Dr Trishan Naidoo, to spend two months doing research at a university in England.

Female chemists enjoying the IUPAC talks.

UKZN Celebrates Women in Chemistry

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The School of Chemistry and Physics recently held a Women in Chemistry Breakfast at Westville campus in celebration of 100 years of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), as well as 150 years of the Periodic Table.

UKZN alumnus and dietician, Mrs Penny Kaye (nee Burns), who will be awarded an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II.

UKZN Alumnus Receives Top Honours from Britain

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An alumnus of UKZN, Mrs Penny Kaye (née Burns) has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for dedication to her work with Oncology patients in the field of Dietetics

Dr David Bishop whose research findings have highlighted the need for improved safety during Caesarean section procedures.

Study Highlights Need for Improved Safety During C-sections

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The need for improved safety during Caesarean sections has been highlighted in research findings by an Honorary Clinical Associate in UKZN’s Department of Anaesthetics.

Some of the academics who completed the ACT Blended Learning online course.

An “Incredibly Insane” New Way to Teach

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“Incredibly insane”, “awesome”, “inspirational” - these are words you don’t often find associated with teaching and learning.

Scenes from UKZN’s Student Entrepreneurship Showcase.

Unlocking the Power of Student Entrepreneurship

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The newly-formed Student Entrepreneurship and Innovators Society hosted an event showcasing the thriving culture of student entrepreneurship at UKZN.

The inspiring female team at IALCH, from left: Ms Parasthi Maharaj (seated), Dr Lindiwe Sidali, Dr Leanne Drummond, Dr Kudzai Kanyepi and Sister Nonjabulo Ndlovu.

Female Surgeons Making Inroads in Male-Dominated Operating Rooms

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Under the leadership of its new Head, Dr Rajhmum Madansein, UKZN’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Department is transforming its once male-dominated theatre rooms into diverse environments. Making headlines last year, the Department also produced South Africa’s first African female cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Lindiwe Sidali.

From left: Mr Mfanelo Ndlovu, Professor Brian McArthur, MEC Sihle Zikalala and Dr Nomkhosi Luthuli.

MEC Sihle Zikalala Engages with EDTEA Sponsored Students

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The Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) in the College of Law and Management Studies hosted an engagement between the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), MrSihle Zikalala and students sponsored by the Department.

From left: Mr Kwazini Zulu, Ms Nomqhele Dube, Ms Samkelisiwe Mkhize, Ms Nkosingiphile Ntshangase, Mr Muhle Ndwalane and Mr Mongezi Dlamini.

Enactus Members Recognised for Inspiring Greatness

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Every year, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) recognises 40 students whose contribution goes beyond their academic achievements. This year of these 40 students, five of them are from Enactus UKZN.

Dube Tradeport Corporation and UKZN representatives with some of the beneficiaries to the project.

UKZN InQubate and CAES Acquire Strategic Dube Trade Port Agrizone Bid

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UKZN InQubate and the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) are about to embark on a highly strategic project with the Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC), in association with one of its business zones, the Dube AgriZone, Africa’s first integrated perishables supply chain and the most technologically advanced future farming platform on the continent.

UKZN Jazz lecturer, Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane, who won Best Artiste award at the All Africa Music Awards.

Best Artiste Award for UKZN Lecturer

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UKZN Jazz lecturer, Mr Sibusiso Mashiloane, was named Best Artiste in South African Jazz at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

He was also nominated in the Best Male Artist in Southern Africa category.

Mr Viloshin Govender and Dr Claudia Loggia seen with their research poster at the World Social Science Forum.

Humanities Academics Present Research at World Social Science Forum

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Academics from the School of Built Environment and Development StudiesDr Claudia Loggia and Mr Viloshin Govender recently presented a poster and a paper titled Co-producing Spatial Maps for Risk Management and Disaster Response in Informal Settlements in South Africa, at the World Social Science Forum held in Fukuoka, Japan.

The Research Office’s Mr Mlungisi Zondi with his NRF award.

UKZN Staffer Scoops NRF Award

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Assistant Administrative Officer in the Research Office, Mr Mlungisi Zondi recently received an award for “Best Newcomer NRF Designated Authority” from the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Professor Peter Ajibade with family and well-wishers after his inaugural lecture.

Inaugural Lecture Explores “Magic Bullet” for Drug Resistant Disease

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Inorganic Chemist Professor Peter Ajibade used the occasion of his inaugural lecture to explore the possibilities of metal complexes acting as “magic bullets” against drug resistant diseases and as the precursors for nanomaterials.

UKZN campuses.

UKZN Highly Ranked in Top 100 Universities List

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UKZN is in the top half of a list of 100 best universities in emerging economies recently released by the respected Times Higher Education (THE).

From left: final-year DUT Design student, Mr Katekani Moreku; Professor Cristina Trois; MSc Engineering student models Ms Sean Moodley and Mr Keyuran Govender; and Grade 9 Clifton School pupil Mr Matteo Strachan.

“Waste to Art” Presents Vision for a Sustainable Future

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted a unique cocktail themed fashion show titled “Waste to Art” at the KZNSA Art Gallery in November.

Mr Daniel Munslow from MCC Consulting facilitated a leadership training workshop held for UKZN line managers.

Line Managers Empowered at UKZN Leadership Training

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UKZN’s Corporate Relations Division equipped line managers with tools to improve engagements with their teams during a leadership training workshop held at Westville campus on 27 March.

UKZN SRC President, Mr Sanele Hlongwa.

Meet UKZN’s New SRC President

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Newly-elected Central SRC President Mr Sanele Hlongwa says he will spend his tenure as leader of the student body at the University of KwaZulu-Natal championing the rights of students and embracing diversity at the University’s five campuses.

Authors of a new book, Dermatology Comprehensive Handbook for Africa, Professor Ncoza Dlova and Professor Anisa Mosam.

Dermatology Under the Microscope at UKZN

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The Department of Dermatology hosted a successful UKZN General Practitioner Dermatology Summer Update in partnership with Adcock Ingram on the Medical School campus in Durban.

Professor Bonga Chiliza congratulated by Professor Bernard Janse Rensburg (Immediate Past President of SASOP) at the 19th National Congress of SASOP.

Head Psychiatrist at UKZN Elected President of Influential Society

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UKZN’s Head Psychiatrist Professor Bonga Chiliza has been elected President of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP).

Learners who participated in the GirlCAD initiative; WomEng Booklet and hardhat.

Mechanical Engineering hosts an Uplifting GirlCAD Initiative!

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The GirlCAD initiative by the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) took place at the Mechanical Engineering Building, Howard College.

From left: Ms Sapna Pramjee, Ms Naledi May and DAA members.

Durban Alumni Association holds Successful AGM

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The UKZN Durban Alumni Association held its Annual General Meeting on the Howard College campus on 25 March. The meeting went smoothly, with a report by the Chair, Mr Robin Ralfe and approval of the Financial Report. The existing Committee members were all re-elected.