UKZN Appoints Campus Directors

UKZN Appoints Campus Directors
Professor Nana Poku, Professor Bala Pillay, Professor Busi Ncama, Professor Stephen Mutula, and Professor Albert Modi.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has appointed Campus Directors to manage activities on all its campuses.

Their responsibilities include liaising with local communities, mitigating risk and instilling pride in the respective campuses.

Professor Nana Poku, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Law and Management Studies will serve as Campus Director for the Westville campus. Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Professor Bala Pillay, will manage the Howard College campus. Professor Busi Ncama, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Health Sciences, will look after the Medical School campus while Edgewood campus will be served by Professor Stephen Mutula, the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Humanities. Professor Albert Modi, the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science will serve as Campus Director for the Pietermaritzburg campus.

Executive Director for Human Resources, Dr Siphelele Zulu, said the appointments will assist in ‘addressing all pertinent operational campus issues’. He congratulated the appointees, saying the University community will provide them with the necessary support to ensure that they succeed.

Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer 


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Prestigious Music Bursaries for Humanities Students

Prestigious Music Bursaries for Humanities Students
SAMRO Bursary recipients from left: Ms Lihle James, Ms Nothando Maphumulo, Ms Nomfundo Zuma and Ms Slindile Dlamini.

Nine students from the College of Humanities are proud recipients of the 2018 Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Bursaries for study in music performance.

The students: Ms Lihle James, Ms Nomfundo Zuma, Mr Nhlakanipho Ngcobo, Ms Gugu Shange, Ms Slindile Dlamini, Ms Yolokazi Maroyana, Ms Nothando Maphumulo, Ms Nosihe Zulu and Ms Nothando Mashaba each received R12 000 which will go towards university fees for undergraduate students while postgraduate students will use the funding for their research projects.

The bursaries are available annually to students who specialise in music performance in the African Indigenous, Jazz and Western Art/Classical genres. Candidates are nominated by the Heads and relevant staff members of music departments at South African Higher Education Institutions.

The candidates are required to show merit in the field of performance in one or more of these genres. The winners are chosen by the Artistic Committee of the SAMRO Foundation which takes into consideration the standard of performance, year of study and perceived financial need.

Dlamini expressed gratitude for the bursary, calling it ‘meaningful and an honour’. ‘I am sincerely honoured to have been selected as the winner of SAMRO Bursary. Bursaries of this nature are important because they allow students to give the best in their craft without financial worries while simultaneously working hard to get good marks,’ she said.

Maphumulo also expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the SAMRO Foundation for believing in her and understanding that the bursary will help towards her academic costs. ‘It is an honour to be recognised for my hard work. Receiving this bursary encourages me to continue to strive for excellence,’ she said. 

Postgraduate student Zuma added, ‘I am highly honored to be one of the students who received the bursary. It is appreciated that SAMRO recognises the best African music and dance students for their hard work.’

Words and photograph: Melissa Mungroo 


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“Hearing Africa Speak Again”

“Hearing Africa Speak Again”
Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political Sciences Department Head and Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs acting Head at the University of Pretoria.

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) at UKZN’s School of Built Environment and Development Studies recently hosted Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political Sciences Department Head and Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs acting Head at the University of Pretoria.

Zondi’s work is focused on African Political thought and agency, radical global south agency and international relations.

A collaboration with International RelationsSchool of Social Sciences focused on Amilcar Cabral’s Seven Theses on the African Predicament and was entitled ‘Hearing Africa Speak Again’.

In his address, Zondi discussed Cabral’s use of theory as a weapon, an instrument in the struggle for liberation in Guinea with general application through the South. The central principles of this idea of theory as a weapon were outlined and analysed with the hope that they can then be applied to predicaments in Africa and beyond.

Professor Zondi argued that as the vast amount of work on the state of Africa borrows from Eurocentric assumptions about the state, power, development and being, the African predicament is misdiagnosed and mistreated.

‘Understand that ancient African wisdom in the idiom: “borrowed water may fill your stomach, but it will not quench your thirst”, Cabral forces us to reverse extraversion with endogenously thought ideas that have global application in similar circumstances. It is part of that orientation where actors in the struggle are not just activists galvanizing people onto the streets in peaceful resistance or to the trenches in armed struggle, but they are also theorists, at the same time challenging the conceptual basis of the enemy or the phenomenon,’ he said.

Seminar participants discussed the idea of theory as a weapon, decolonisation and seeking to ask questions aimed at understanding fundamental rather than superficial causes of social ills.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Shauna Mottiar 


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International Museum Day Puts Treasured Specimens on Show

International Museum Day Puts Treasured Specimens on Show
Event co-ordinator, Ms Preshnee Singh, showcasing specimen displays at the Frank Bush Zoological Museum.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus commemorated the 41st International Museum Day at the Frank Bush Zoological Museum.

Since 1977, International Museum Day has been celebrated worldwide on or around 18 May.

While the Frank Bush Museum is not open to the public, it has been used to educate University students about Zoology through the displays of valuable specimens that are over a century old. The collections at the museum date back to 1903 under the first Professor of Zoology at the University, Dr Ernest Warren. 

Museums are an important source of cultural enrichment and exchange and they also foster the development of mutual understanding and peace among all. Hence, the event was aimed at raising awareness about the importance of museums in the development of society and to promote awareness of the existence of the collections in the Frank Bush Zoological Museum. Moreover, the event also sought to highlight the current challenges the museum faces. These include pressure for space and the deterioration of some of the collections to name but a few.

The event was attended by a number of UKZN postgraduate students and staff members. Among them were pupils from Grace College who were on a school tour to the University.

‘We host regular school tours when schools approach us and show them the facilities we have; the museum being one of them. It was nice that this school group coincidently visited the university on International Museum Day,’ said Ms Preshnee Singh who co-ordinated the event.

Words: Zolile Duma 

Photograph: Nomasiko Nokubonga Jele


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SHEFS Puts Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems on the Menu

SHEFS Puts Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems on the Menu
Attendees at the SHEFS annual meeting in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal.

A team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) recently hosted the annual meeting of the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) programme, an interdisciplinary research partnership driven by nine international partners.

The Wellcome Trust’s Our Planet, Our Health Programme funds the four-year project.

Around 60 people participated in the presentations and workshops in Kloof and Westville over five days. Institutions present included UKZN’s Colleges of Health SciencesHumanities and Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES); University College LondonUniversity of London (UoL); City UoL; the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at UoL; Royal Veterinary CollegeUniversity of AberdeenFood Foundation as well as the Public Health Foundation of India.

Representatives from the governmental departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health, KZN Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the eThekwini Municipality were also present, alongside representatives of private and public organisations.

The large, inter-institutional programme features work in South Africa, India and the United Kingdom. Researchers who are part of the programme are investigating food systems under significant pressure from demographic changes, shifts in dietary patterns, land use changes and urbanisation. Poor nourishment leads to a rise in non-communicable diseases, and incorrect food production and food systems lead to challenges of social and economic development while also threatening environmental sustainability.

‘The aim of SHEFS is to provide policymakers with novel, inter-disciplinary research evidence to define future food system policies that deliver nutritious and healthy foods in a sustainable and equitable manner,’ said Professor Alan Dangour, Principal Investigator from LSHTM.

Dangour outlined the objectives of the meeting as face-to-face interaction, transdisciplinary collaborations, extension of thinking and worldviews in terms of science and research as well as partnerships and planning.

Researchers work at the critical intersection of agriculture, the environment, food systems, nutrition and health; an important nexus for policy creation and implementation.

Co-investigator Professor Rob Slotow of UKZN said the purpose of the presentations and workshop was to contribute towards the development of policy-relevant research.

Researchers presented their research outcomes thus far, detailed future research plans and spent time exploring integration of research synergies. The agenda included a workshop to identify policy opportunities and the need for sustainable food systems as well as technical workshops and site visits.

Words and photograph: Christine Cuénod 


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Akukho Okuvimba Ukuphumelela kuka Dkt Bargate wase UKZN

Akukho Okuvimba Ukuphumelela kuka Dkt Bargate wase UKZN
uDkt Karen Bargate (ongaphambili) ekupheleni komjaho wakhe.Click here for English version

Ababaningi abantu abanomfutho wokwenza i-surf swim ye-1.9Km, ama-90.1km okushova ibhayisikili kanye nama- 21.1km okugijima. UDkt Karen Bargate weSikole Sokuhlelwa kwamaBhuku Ezimali, Ezomnotho neZezimali akazange nje akwenze konke kokuthathu kuphele, kodwa waphinde waphuma phambili esigabeni sabaneminyaka yakhe (60-64) kumjaho osanda kwenzeka we-Durban Ironman 70.3 triathlon. UBargate ukleliswe waba owesithupha esigabeni sabaneminyaka yakhe emhlabeni jikelele.

I-Durban Ironman 70.3 triathlon series iyingxenye yenhlangano ye-Ironman emhlabeni jikelele ebamba imicimbi engaphezu kwama-260 emazweni angama-44. Lo mjaho, obubanjwe kulenyanga (Nhlangulana), uqale ngombhukudo eShaka Beach kwalandela umjaho wamabhayisikili ohamba eBlue Lagoon uze uyophumela emgwaqeni omkhulu u-M4, kugcine umgijimo ozungeza endlelini ehamba abantu.

Ukuze alungiselele lo mjaho okhathazayo ngokwenyama nangokomoya, uBargate uqeqesha neqembu i-Team TriLab kanye nomqeqeshi. Uphinde ashove amabhayisikili nomyeni wakhe, uGrahame ngempelasonto.

Uthe ‘Ngaqala ukubamba iqhaza ku-70.3 Ironman eThekwini ngonyaka wezi-2016. Kusukela lapho ngenza umjaho eThekwini ngonyaka wezi-2017 kanye nase-Vichy, e-France. Ngonyaka wezi-2018, ngenza i-70.3 Ironman Buffalo City, e-East London, kanye nomjaho wase Thekwini. Ngajabula kakhulu ngokuphuma phambili njengoba sengike ngabaphuma indawo yesithathu kabili e-Vichy kanye nase East London, kwabamnandi kakhulu ukuphuma phambili. Kwangisiza ukuvuka ngovivi njengoba ngivuka ngehora lesine ekuseni izinsuku ezine ngesonto ngiziqeqesha.

Emuva kokubamba iqhaza emncintiswaneni walolu hlobo, bekulindeleke ukuthi uBargate ehlise kancane. Kodwa, lo msubathi osebenza kanzima wathatha ikhefu lesonto elilodwa vo emva komjaho kanti futhi usezilungiselela olandelayo.

Uthe ‘umjaho wami olandelayo yi-South African duathlon championship ezobanjelwa e-Midmar Dam mhla zizinye kuNtulikazi, ngizowusebenzisela ukulungiselela umncintiswano womhlaba jikelele. Ngizoqhubeka nokuqeqesha kuze kufike umncintiswano we-70.3 womhlaba jikelele ozoba zizinye kanye zimbili KuMandulo e-Port Elizabeth. Ngijabule kakhulu ngoba indodakazi yami, u-Erin, owayengumfundi wase-UKZN, uzokwazi ukungenela umncintiswano womhlaba jikelele okusho ukuthi sizobe siqhudelana’

Amagama: Thandiwe Jumo 

Izithombe: Grahame Bargate


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UKZN Law Alumna Now a Harvard Graduate

UKZN Law Alumna Now a Harvard Graduate
Ms Priyanka Naidoo

When summa cum laude graduate Ms Priyanka Naidoo was awarded the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship at the 2016 UKZN Scholarship Awards ceremony, she was already pursuing a Master’s in International Criminal Law.

She then planned to use the scholarship to pursue a second Master’s degree at either Harvard University in the United States or at the University of Cambridge in England. Fast-forward to 2018, the top achiever is celebrating graduating with her LLM degree from Harvard.

‘Students in my LLM year came from over 70 countries around the world. Being with this richly diverse group allowed me to understand my own culture, country and its place in the world. It also taught me a lot about people and their cultures and how that shapes them, their interactions with others and their experiences,’ said Naidoo.

While exploring her academic focus on cyberlaw, she also worked as a Student Attorney for Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic.

‘I had no experience in cyberlaw but had a keen interest. It is an area ripe for development and exploration in South Africa. During my time at Harvard, I was the Secretary for the Harvard African Law Association and the Interview Editor for the Africa Policy Journal (APJ). My role as Interview Editor for the APJ was immensely exciting as I got to interview profound African leaders, including the likes of South Africa’s own (Professor) Thuli Madonsela. I also co-founded the Global South Dialogue (GSD), a student organisation whose aim is to facilitate a conversation on topics affecting countries from the Global South. Harvard needs a platform for Global South voices to be heard and I am proud that the GSD will provide this platform for years to come,’ she said.

While nine months might seem like a short time to complete a master’s degree, Naidoo was determined to benefit and grow from this experience in every way possible. She took on principal roles at two of Harvard’s student organisations and co-founded another student organisation. Not only that, but Naidoo also participated in a Trial Advocacy Workshop; a three-week workshop involving simulated exercises which is led and supervised by experienced trial lawyers and judges. ‘I learned so much during this workshop and picked up trial related skills and techniques,’ she said.

Working at Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic has not only opened Naidoo’s eyes to the importance of data privacy but has convinced her to choose cyberlaw as a career.

‘The Clinic challenged and pushed me, providing me with the opportunity to explore some of the many nuances of cyberlaw and how to practice as a lawyer in this field. During my time at the Clinic, I acted for international NGOs having an interest in data privacy. I am particularly interested in data privacy and security and the repercussions that breaches of data privacy and security have on users, tech companies and the state in general. My aim is to penetrate these spaces and contribute to the growth and development of cyberlaw in South Africa,’ she said.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 


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Law Student Experiences Law in Action

Law Student Experiences Law in Action
Mr Bonginkosi Shozi (right) and Dr Donrich Thaldar, on the steps of the Palace of Justice in Pretoria.

Mr Bonginkosi Shozi, a Master’s student at UKZN’s Law School, got to experience the world of legal practice up close as he accompanied his dissertation supervisor, Dr Donrich Thaldar, to the Pretoria High Court.

Dr Thaldar, a UKZN academic and experienced advocate, was arguing a ground-breaking constitutional case before the Pretoria High Court. Speaking on his experience at the court, Shozi described it as ‘awe inspiring’.

The case concerned three people who were wrongfully convicted of murder, and as a result were incarcerated for eleven years before their convictions and sentences were eventually overturned on appeal. The reason they spent such a long time in jail is that the state took years to provide them with a record of the trial court proceedings which is essential in formulating an appeal. Can these wrongfully convicted people hold the state liable for wrongful incarceration? Dr Thaldar sought to establish a new precedent in South African law that the state can be held directly liable based on the state’s constitutional duty to ensure a fair trial.

Given that Shozi is currently studying towards an LLM in Constitutional Law, this case was highly relevant to his studies. ‘It is one thing to know the theory of how constitutional law works, but experiencing real constitutional litigation gave me a much deeper appreciation and understanding of how constitutional law works. The most special part for me was knowing that one day I will read about this case and know that I was present when history was made,’ he said.

Shozi has ambitions of becoming an advocate and working on iconic human rights such as the one that he attended. Therefore, the experience was potentially a glimpse of his own future.

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Fun at Oceans 8 Screening for UKZN Alumni

Fun at Oceans 8 Screening for UKZN Alumni
UKZN alumni, friends and staff at the Oceans 8 movie evening.

Fun was had by 120 alumni who attended the special preview screening of the much anticipated Oceans 8 movie at Musgrave Centre in Durban on 14 June 2018.

The packed to capacity event highlighted the many diverse professions of the UKZN alumni. Each graduate received an information pack of University materials and participated in a lucky-draw of UKZN mementos. These movie evenings are extremely popular and are an annual feature on the UKZN alumni calendar.

Words: Finn Christensen 

Photographs: Andile Ndlovu


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New Student Residence Handover

New Student Residence Handover
From left: Ms Rosanta Padayachee, Pro Group; Miss Ntando Luthuli, UKZN; Mr Lindo Mzolo, UKZN; Mr Jeeva Govender, PRO Group; Mrs Siphiwe Mathonsi, UKZN; Professor Fanie Botha, UKZN, and Dr Ben Bilenge, Greys Hospital.

‘Thank you for your professionalism and delivering on time,’ UKZN’s College of Health Sciences Director: College Professional Services, Professor Fanie Botha, was heard saying whilst accepting keys to the College’s newly refurbished student residence at Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

The building was given to the College by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health (KZN-DoH) to help alleviate the problem of insufficient accommodation in Pietermaritzburg. UKZN and the KZN-DoH, together with Department of Public Works, entered into an agreement to have some of the government facilities leased to the University for student accommodation.

The Grey's Hospital Doctors’ Quarters and Nurses’ Home was amongst the buildings identified and given to the University on condition that it will refurbish the facilities and use them for an agreed period.

A building and maintenance company, PRO Group’s Director, Mr Jeeva Govender, handed over the keys to the facility that has a capacity to accommodate 160 students. The renovations have been completed and the expected date of occupation is the beginning of second semester.

Accepting the keys, Botha commended the relationship the Department has with the University, ‘It took a few years to come to this agreement but we are happy to see that we are a team with the same purpose to help our students. We started this project two months ago. Botha gave us two weeks to complete it. We had over 100 staff, four sub-contractors to refurbish three floors and 160 rooms,’ explained Govender. He thanked UKZN and Botha for the opportunity, inspiration, understanding and support.

‘We didn’t think it was possible, thank you for the co-operation and support. Especially to the project managers Mr Lindo Mzolo and Miss Ntando Luthuli,’ added Govender.

DoH’s Infrastructure Real Estate Deputy Director, Mr Bongani Mthembu, said he was happy with what has been done to the building. Mthembu had been liaising with UKZN and DoH departments to make sure that the MOA is signed for the project to progress.

Decentralized Clinical Training Programme (DCTP) Manager, Mrs Siphiwe Mathonsi said, ‘I am happy with the work that has been done. This is the first, we have more to come at Addington Hospital, RK Khan and Strelitzia in Empangeni.’ Mathonsi revealed that the next building to be renovated is RK Khan Hospital which will be home to medical students returning from Cuba.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini 


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Umkhankaso Wokwethula Izinhlelo zeHhovisi

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Umnyango wokuHlelwa nokuThuthukiswa koLimi uhlele umkhankaso wokuhambela zonke izikhungo zeNyuvesi yaKwaZulu-Natali. 

Inhloso yalomkhankaso ukwethula izinhlelo ezitholakala kuleli Hhovisi, ikakhulukazi ukwazisa umphakathi waseNyuvesi ngokusebenza nokusetshenziswa kwenqubomgomo yeNyuvesi ebulimimbili. Leli Hhovisi linezinhlelo ezahlukahlukene, singabala kuzo:

1. Ukwakhiwa nokugunyazwa kwamatemu esiZulu

2. Ukutholakala nokusetshenziswa kwesizinda samatemu esiZulu agunyaziwe

3. Izinhlelo zokuhumusha

4. Ukusebenza kwama HLT’s (Zulu Lexicon, IsiZulu National Corpus, kanye neSpellchecker)

5. Ukufundiswa kwabafundi ukukhuluma isiSuthu (Bua Le Nna)

6. Ucwaningo olwenziwayo ukuthuthukisa ulimi lwesiZulu

Lo mkhankaso uqale esikhungweni i-Westville mhla ziyi-18 KuNhlaba 2018 wadlulela e-Howard College zingama-25 KuNhlaba 2018. Kuzo zombili lezi zikhungo lo mkhankaso ube nesasasa elikhulu. Ukuba impumelelo kwalo mkhankaso kulezi zikhungo zombili kusinikeze isithombe esihle kakhulu ngendlela abafundi kanye nabasebenzi abawujabulele ngayo umsebenzi waleli Hhovisi. Indlela abazithakasele ngayo izinhlelo zaleli Hhovisi kubuyisele abasebenzi baleli Hhovisi ithemba kanye nogqozi lokuqhubeka nokwenza umsebenzi ngokuzimisela. Kafushane nje abafundi kanye nabasebenzi beNyuvesi bazijabulele kakhulu lezinhlelo, iningi labo lihambe selihlomule ngama HLT’s eHhovisi, ikakhulukazi i-ZuluLexicon.

'Uma lo mkhankaso ubeyimpumelelo nakwezinye izikhungo esisazozihambela, kuzosiza ukuthi inqubomgomo yolimi yaseNyuvesi nohlelo lwayo lusebenze kahle ngokungenazihibe,' kusho Umnyango wokuHlelwa nokuThuthukiswa koLimi.

LoMkhankaso uzoqhubekela kwezinye izikhungo (i-Medical School, i-PMB kanye ne Edgewood) uma iNyuvesi isivulile ngenyanga kaNtulikazi ku 2018.

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Postgraduate School of Life Science Research Day a Success

Postgraduate School of Life Science Research Day a Success
Participants at the School of Life Science Research Day.

The School of Life Science hosted their annual Research Day at the Pietermaritzburg campus which proved successful.

The programme was opened by Dr Timotheus Van Der Niet, Senior Lecturer at the School of Life Sciences at PMB Campus, who acknowledged and expressed appreciation to all organising members and sponsors for their role in supporting the event.

The event provided postgraduate students with a grandstand to showcase their research as well as an opportunity to engage and network with academics, colleagues and external visitors. 

‘The main aim is to give postgraduate students an opportunity to showcase their research, the second aim being to provide students with a constructive environment to practice what it is like to present in such conferences,’ said Van Der Niet.

More than 150 participants attended the event which comprised of both postgraduate students and staff from the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

A total of 39 postgraduate students delivered their oral presentations in three sessions. In between each session were six external plenary speakers who discussed their research and how it has helped them broaden their profession.

The event attracted a number of external exhibitors and sponsors such as AEC-Amersham; Analytical Solutions; APEX Scientific; Celtic Molecular Diagnostics; Chemetrix; ESCO; LABOTEC; LICHRO; Prestige Laboratory Supplies; Sep Sci; Separations; Trilab Support; United Scientific SA; VACUTEC; White Scientific; WIRSAM Scientific; and Zeiss. The students and participants found the exhibitor’s research displays and interactions informative and enlightening.

After an intensive day of presenting and networking, the function concluded with a prize giving ceremony.

The prize winners were announced as follows:

Microbiology/Biochemistry

First Prize: Saffiya Habib

Second Prize: Zainab Baig

Terrestrial Biology

First Prize: Ruth Cozien

Second Prize: Stuart Demmer

Aquatic Biology

First Prize: Christopher Waspe

Second Prize: Thembeka Radebe

Poster Session

First Prize: Olieve Fynn

Second Prize: Nokulunga Goqo

Ms Saffiya Habib, first prize winner in the Microbiology/Biochemistry category, said she was pleasantly surprised to have been awarded the prize. Her presentation was on Anti-Cancer Potential Of Novel C-Myc-Specific Lipoplexes: An In Vitro Study. ‘It was a great opportunity for us postgrads to showcase our research. The event provided good preparation/practice for many of us who’d like to speak at conferences elsewhere. All-in-all, a well put-together event. I look forward to many more in the future,’ she said.

Words: Zolile Duma 

Photograph: Bheki Mthembu


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UKZN hosts International Colloquium on IKS and the Global Knowledge Economy

UKZN hosts International Colloquium on IKS and the Global Knowledge Economy
Attendees at the international colloquium on Creating Space for Local Solutions in the Global Knowledge Economy recently hosted by UKZN.

The Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) recently hosted an international colloquium on Creating Space for Local Solutions in the Global Knowledge Economy. 

Attending the event held on 25 May 2018 were international students who are part of the USA-based International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP).

The ISLP is an educator-led initiative founded over 25 years ago to give scholars from different countries the lifelong advantage of an international career perspective. This year, the international scholars came from various Higher Education Institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia and India.

Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Research, provided the visitors with a comprehensive presentation of the institutional, national and continental prospects as well as challenges within the global context, including the role of IKS as local community-based knowledge systems in meeting these issues. Ramjugernath said it was important to find ‘African perspectives and solutions so we can be role players in the fourth industrial revolution’. The DVC also shared an overview of the UKZN Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

The highlight of the colloquium was the keynote presentation on Indigenous Languages and Higher Education Transformation by Dr Langa Khumalo, Director of Language Planning at UKZN. He also shared the UKZN institutional language policy, especially the role of isiZulu as an important cultural tool of institutional teaching, research and community engagement at the Institution. ‘Language is central in organising and transmitting knowledge. It’s disempowering for most African language speakers to learn in a language that is not their mother tongue,’ he said, also outlining UKZN’s language policy and the innovations developed by the University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO), including the ‘biggest African language corpus in the world.’

There were also presentations on African Mathematics and by IKS postgraduate students on various IKS research topics such as IKS and Climate Change Adaptation; IKS and Reproductive Healthcare; Neglected Diseases and Traditional Medicine as well as Neglected Tropical Diseases and Chemistry of Indigenous Medicinal Plants.

Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer 

Photograph by Albert Hirasen 


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GSB&L Hosts Local Economic Development Winter School

GSB&L Hosts Local Economic Development Winter School
RLEDI Winter School participants.

Effective Local Government for Radical Economic Transformation was the theme of the recently held Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative (RLEDI) Winter School.

The two-day event, held at the Royal Hotel in Durban, was hosted by the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Department (EDTEA).

The event created a platform for Local Economic Development (LED) practitioners and stakeholders from the private, public and civil sectors to share best practices of enhancing local economic development (LED).

During his opening address, EDTEA’s Deputy Director of Building Capacity, Mr Patrick Mbokazi, said over the years, the winter school has trained over 500 local economic development practitioners based in key LED institutions in KZN.

‘This programme is not only about you learning from national and international industry experts but creates a platform for robust engagement and sharing of ideas and networking from each other for collaboration opportunities. We would also like to hear from you about what you would like us to include in this programme so that when we run it in future, it responds to your challenges and ensures that the knowledge you have gained capacitates you to make a difference in people’s lives,’ said Mbokazi.

The programme was divided into two sub-themes. The first was Small Town Revitalisation for Radical Economic Transformation and was facilitated by the Director of the Centre for Small Towns Regeneration, Ms Phila Xuza. The second was Concepts and Tools for Local Economic Development and was facilitated by GSB&L academics, Professor Anna Martins, Professor Shahida Cassim as well as UKZN’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Dean, Professor Mabutho Sibanda.

As a leading strategist, scholar and practitioner of spatial economic development in African small towns, Xuza shared insights on how small towns play an important role in South Africa’s development and how their regeneration works. The Concepts and Tools for Local Economic Development workshop aimed to provide participants with the opportunity to discover the dimensions of responsible leadership and their adjacent skills as well as the value of programmes designed by business schools to initiate a mindset of ethical leading in graduates.

Speaking from a participant’s perspective, AF Lead’s Managing Director, Dr Emil Nothnagel, said his main reason for attending the event was to understand how economic development is conducted in KZN.

‘We have just completed a 13-part TV series for KykNET on the development of small towns and working with the people and the municipalities and we will go back again in 12 months to see how far along they have progressed. It is important for us to share practical and academic knowledge in the LED sector to that we can improve the livelihoods of our communities.

Words and photograph: Thandiwe Jumo 


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Isifundiswa Sase UKZN Senza Ezibukwayo eSikoleni SezobuDokotela e-Havard

Isifundiswa Sase UKZN Senza Ezibukwayo eSikoleni SezobuDokotela e-Havard
uDkt Ajay Singh, uDkt Tivani Mashmba-Thompson kanye no Dkt Kenneth B Christopher emcimbini wokuthweswa iziqu ze-GCSRT obubanjelwe eSikoleni SezobuDokotela e-Harvard.Click here for English version

Isifundiswa sase UKZN, uDkt Tivani P Mashamba-Thompson, useqede izifundo ngocwaningo kwezokwelapha eSikoleni sezobuDokotela e-Havard waphinda wathola ukunconywa ngocwaningo lwakhe.

Isikhathi esilindeleke ukuba umuntu aqede lolu hlelo iminyaka emibili, kodwa isifundiswa esingumholi kwezocwaningo eSikoleni Sezobuhlengikazi kanye Nezempilo yoMphakathi siqede lolu hlelo ngonyaka owodwa.

Ngonyaka wezi-2017, uDkt Mashamba-Thompson wajoyina uhlelo lwe-Harvard Medical School’s Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (i-GCSRT) oluqeqesha abezempilo nososayensi bezempilo ekwenzeni ucwaningo kwezempilo luphinde lubanikeze amakhono obuholi kwezocwaningo.

Ubengomunye wabafundi abane abanomsebenzi oqhakanjiswe ngokukhethekile emcimbini wokwethweswa iziqu nguDkt Kenneth B Christopher, ongomunye wabaqondisi bohlelo lwe-GCSRT kanye noSolwazi Ongumsizi eSikoleni Sezobudokotela e-Harvard.

Ucwaningo luka Dkt Mashaba-Thompson lugxile ekutholeni imithi nezindlela ezintsha zokwelapha izifo ngokusebenzisa indlela yokusebenza emikhakhaminingi futhi enokusebenza ngokubambisana okukhulu lapho kuthathwa khona okutholakala elebhu kudluliselwe esigululini.

‘Sengiyilungu elisimthethweni lababefunda e-Harvard kanti futhi lokhu kuza nenzuzo enkulu,’ kusho uDkt Mashamba-Thompson ejabule kakhulu.

Useqale ubudlelwano obuhle nabaqondisi bohlelo lwe-GCSRT kanti futhi makhulu amathuba okuthi abe umfundisi wesikhashana eSikoleni Sezobudokotela e-Harvard afundise ngokubuyekezwa kokuhlola. Ukubuyekezwa kokuhlola indlela yokuthola ubufakazi obuningi ocwaningweni oluhlose ukubheka imibhalo ezobonisa okushodayo ukuze kwenziwe ucwaningo lwangomuso.

Uthe, ‘Ngifisa ukubonga kakhulu kwababengabaphathi bami, uSolwazi Busisiwe Ncama kanye noSolwazi Slotow ngokuqinisekisa njalo ukuthi uguquko lwenzeka ngokuhambisana nobunyoninco e-UKZN nokungiseka ngaze ngaphothula izifundo zami eSikoleni SezobuDokotela esisezingeni eliphezulu emhlabeni jikelele.’

UDkt Mashamba-Thompson uphinde wabonga iDini ye-GCSRT, uDkt Ajay K Singh kanye noDkt Kenneth B Christopher, ngohlelo lwezifundo olwakhiwe kahle kanye nabaxhumanisi bohlelo lwe-DCSRT, u-Lauren Rocha no-Emily Pope ngokubekezela futhi nangokuzimisela. Okokugcina, ubonge ozakwabo ayefunda nabo.

Amagama: Nombuso Dlamini 


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Humanities Student Bags Gold at SA Senior National Swimming Championships

Humanities Student Bags Gold at SA Senior National Swimming Championships
Scholarships Committee Chair, Professor Bala Pillay (right), congratulates Mr Matthew Bedderson, a Sports Scholarship recipient, on his swimming achievements.

First-year Social Sciences student, Mr Matthew Bedderson, scooped two gold medals and one silver at the South African Senior National Swimming Championships held in Port Elizabeth recently.

He won the gold medals in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke events and a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke in the SA Youth Category which is for swimmers who are not older than 18 years and have the requisite youth qualifying times.

‘The feeling of winning is one of extreme elation. It means that the sacrifice made in the long hours spent training has finally yielded positive results and encourages one to achieve even further,’ said Bedderson.

Ironically, his interest in swimming came about at age six, after he nearly drowned in a pool. His parents then sent him for swimming lessons. ‘Once my confidence grew in the water, I did not want to stop swimming. I started competing at the age of 11,’ he said.

From there on, Bedderson went on to win the Senior Victor Ludorum at Northwood Boys High in 2016 and 2017. His other swimming achievements include three Gold medals at Level 2 in the SA National Swimming Championships for 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke and Honours for swimming at Northwood Boys High.

For Bedderson, swimming has instilled a sense of discipline, which not only has yielded results in competitive sport, but also in his academic achievements. 

His future plans are to qualify for and compete at the 2021 World Championships, the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2024 Olympic Games.

Offering advice to other students and sport enthusiasts, he said, ‘Dedication, discipline and hard work does pay off, and if you believe in yourself, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.’

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Abdulbaqi Badru 


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UKZN Students Jet Off to India on Leadership Programme

UKZN Students Jet Off to India on Leadership Programme
From left: Dr Sally Frost, University Relations Director (Acting), Mr Zamokuhle Manqele, Ms Zoleka Shangase and Ms Nombuso Mtshali, Head: International Student Office.

Two UKZN postgraduate students recently jetted off to India where they will represent UKZN in a youth leadership programme that will broaden their horizons.

Zoleka Shangase, BA Honours student, and Zamokuhle Manqele, former UKZN SRC president at Howard campus who is currently registered for a Master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies, are currently at the Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, India, where they will participate in a youth leadership programme from 18 June 2018 to 07 July 2018.

The programme brings together an eclectic mix of students from all over the world, providing them a forum for the meaningful exchange of culture and ideas. Through networking and community-building activities, students attending the programme experience meaningful interactions with student leaders from a variety of different colleges and universities. Students not only gain understanding of leadership techniques, teamwork and effective communication, but also experience Indian culture.

For Shangase, this is an exciting opportunity and huge responsibility as she will be representing UKZN amongst many students from influential universities. ‘I feel honoured and look forward to the cultural experience of visiting India for the very first-time’, she said just before her trip. In the same light, Manqele said it meant a lot for him to be given the opportunity but mostly, it brought a sense of confidence and responsibility to him as a student and representative of UKZN. He also wanted to take the opportunity to put UKZN on the map and create as many networks as he can possible for his career in leadership.

Miss Nombuso Mtshali from the UKZN International Student Office said she has confidence in both the students and was sure that they will fly the UKZN flag high in India.

Words: Nokubonga Nomasiko Jele 


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