Story of “Man in the Zoo” Discussed in Seminar

Story of “Man in the Zoo” Discussed in Seminar
Highlights from the seminar on the award-winning documentary Ota Benga: Human at the Zoo and (right) Ota Benga on display at the Bronx Zoo in 1906.

The Drama and Performance Studies programme within the School of Arts recently hosted a seminar on the award-winning documentary Ota Benga: Human at the Zoo, the story of a Congolese man who was kidnapped from his homeland and taken to the United States of America (USA) where he was exhibited with monkeys.

The film’s Director, Professor Niyi Coker, a visiting academic from the University of Missouri, USA, discussed the research and making of his film during the seminar which was held at the Howard College campus.

The film narrates the historical phenomenon of American human exhibitions and in particular, the 1904 story of a Congolese Batwa man named Ota Benga, pejoratively referred to by Europeans as a “pygmy” and how he was removed from Central Africa and brought to St Louis for exhibition at the World’s Fair as evidence of an “inferior species”.

At the end of the fair, Benga was sent to New York City’s Bronx Zoo where he was housed with primates and displayed with monkeys as the “missing link” between human and apes.

In the eyes of his colonial captors, he served as living proof of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Dubious Western intellectuals convinced the public, through their application of racist science that on the African continent exists a lower and insignificant mammalian species.

‘About a decade ago, I visited the World’s Fair Pavilion in Saint Louis Missouri where for the first time I learned that Africans were exhibited as part of an anthropological experiment on the earliest stages of human evolution. It was here that I encountered the story of Ota Benga. This was to become the beginning of my journey in the creation of a documentary film that would query the climate that normalised the exhibition of Africans,’ explained Coker.

This open seminar focused on Coker’s research, his encounters and the road leading to the creation of this documentary film.

Coker, during the seminar, even spoke about venturing into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), meeting with the Batwa people, marvelling at their dwelling and lifestyles and ultimately directing them in the film. He described the Batwa people as ‘humble and welcoming.’ Coker screened the film for the Batwa people in their language, cementing the history of their fellow kinsman Ota Benga.

Audiences were treated to snippets of the film with discussions centred on racism, colonialism and language.

Coker is also on a special visit to UKZN’s Drama and Performance Studies discipline where he is guest directing a specially conceptualised production of Lorraine Hansberry’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Raisin in the Sun”. The play represented UKZN at the National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown as part of the prestigious NAF Student Festival.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photographs: Nkululeko Walter Mbatha and Image Source 

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Scientific Fraud Thrust into the Spotlight

Scientific Fraud Thrust into the Spotlight
Professor Lawrence Berliner talks to the School of Health Sciences staff.

‘Scientific fraud has become a major problem,’ said Editor in Chief of Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics and an Associate Editor of the Protein Journal, Professor Lawrence Berliner from the University of Denver.

He was speaking at UKZN’s Westville campus where he delivered a talk titled: Perspectives on Publishing: Peer Review, Impact and Significance to academics and postgraduate students.

‘Scientific fraud is a major problem from certain areas of the globe, but possible and seen everywhere,’ he said.

Berliner said the duplication of data from others is difficult to detect by plagiarism computer programmes. ‘It’s only our expert reviewers who can alert us of this and, obviously, there are cases that were missed or overlooked,’ he explained.

He said in some cultures, copying (plagiarising) another scientist is considered a compliment. He advised those who attended the talk to inform editors in the event that they detected duplication or fraud.

The talk also focused on the purpose of writing a scientific paper.

Berliner is one of the pioneers in protein structural and molecular diagnostic technique. His team was the first to develop thiol specific spin labels which became the basis of Site Directed Spin Labeling (SDSL) for studying membrane protein structure and other proteins that cannot be crystallised. He has been a leader in early detection and prevention of destructive free radical processes. His other research has involved protein-protein interactions in blood coagulation, serine proteases and lactose biosynthesis in the mammary lumen.

He is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Chemical Society. He is also the President of the International EPR Society and has received prestigious awards in his field, including the 2000 Silver Medal for Biology/Medicine of the International EPR Society and the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award in Biological EPR Spectroscopy.

He has edited over 30 books on the subject of magnetic resonance applications to biology and was the founding editor of the Biological Magnetic Resonance series.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini 


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Gearing Up for the Durban International Film Festival

Gearing Up for the Durban International Film Festival
From left: Talents Programme Co-ordinator, Mr Menzi Mhlongo; eThekwini representative, Mr Themba Mchunu; Mr Russel Hlongwane; Ms Chipo Zhou; Head of the Durban Film Office, Ms Toni Monty; CCA’s Mr Sakhile Gumede; Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa and National Film and Video Foundation acting CEO, Mr Shadrack Bokaba.

The full programme for the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) was announced during a media launch at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel recently.

The Festival, hosted by UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) in the College of Humanities, runs from 19 to 29 July 2018 under the theme Evolution: No Filmmaker Left Behind. The Festival offers 180 feature films, documentaries, shorts and the 11th Talents Durban in partnership with Berlinale Talents.

Opening the Festival is the first feature film from South African director, Mr Jerome Pikwane, a horror flick called The Tokoloshe. The LGTBI love-story Rafiki, directed by Kenyan Wanuri Kahiu, will close the Festival.

Acting Dean for the School of ArtsProfessor Nobuhle Hlongwa, said the Best Film and Best Documentary from this year’s Festival will compete in the Oscars. ‘We are proud as UKZN to reach out to the international community,’ she said.

Festival Manager, Ms Chipo Zhou, said, ‘With about 400 film-makers in attendance, the public can look forward to a feast of film and some fascinating insights into the world of cinema.’

Also announced was the launch of the Festival’s Isiphethu - Emerging Filmmakers Hub, an industry programme for emerging and micro budget filmmakers to use as a platform to engage with industry experts through masterclasses, panel discussions and workshops.

‘The programme is conceived as a vehicle to address the skills and knowledge gaps in the province,’ said industry programme curator, Mr Russel Hlongwane.

The programme was named Isiphethu, the isiZulu word for “water spring” as it stands for a new beginning or inspirational source for filmmakers. The programme is free and speaks to the theme of this year’s Festival Leaving No Filmmaker Behind. ‘Isiphethu will have high local relevance whilst introducing a sharp focus on the broader African film industry,’ he said.

The Festival also offers outreach activities that include screenings in townships areas where cinemas are non-existent. Alongside the DIFF is the Durban FilmMart; a co-production market in partnership with eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office.

In 2018, DIFF continues its endeavours to grow cinema audiences and this year, free community-based screenings will take place at Solomon Mahlangu Hall (New Germany/Clermont), KwaMashu Fan Park, Umlazi W Section Library and The Workshop Amphitheatre.

Other screenings take place at Community ZA (formerly Artspace Gallery in Umgeni) and KZNSA Gallery, Musgrave Centre’s Ster Kinekor, Suncoast Cine Centre and Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, as well as Ushaka Marine World where the popular free ocean-focused film festival Wavescapes will take place in the public area.

DIFF opens at The Playhouse on 19 July and runs until 29 July. The closing film is on 28 July.

For more information, visit or any of the DIFF’s social media pages.

Words and photograph: Melissa Mungroo 

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Dialogue on Femicide in Higher Education Institutions

Dialogue on Femicide in Higher Education Institutions
Students engaging on strategies to combat femicide.

Student Dynamics sponsored by the eThekwini Municipality Youth Office recently hosted a dialogue on Femicide in institutions of higher learning.

The dialogue, held at Howard College, sought to promote engagement and to find implementable programmes that can help combat the violation of women’s rights. The event was a major success as it provided a platform for ideas and encouraged positive engagement. The Department of Social Development facilitated the dialogue and guided the participants.

The event was attended by participants from various institutions such as UKZN, Mangosuthu University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology, as well as representatives of NGOs such as loveLife, Isibani Sezwe and DramAidE. An implementation plan was thus drawn up and handed over to the various SRC bodies in order to have constant programmes to address this particular social ill.

Words: Khayelihle Zondi 

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Media and Cultural Studies Students Debut Short Films

Media and Cultural Studies Students Debut Short Films
Media students seen with UKZN staff during their short film screenings.

The 2018 Media and Cultural Studies Honours class recently screened their 7-minute short films at the Westville campus’ television studios.

For the students, this was their first time venturing into film production, working with camera equipment and editing programmes.

The filmmaking module was spearheaded by lecturer, Dr Anusharani Sewchurran, who wanted to ensure that students were equipped with the necessary skills of film production and organisation. She approached Mr Jasper Cecil from the University Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO), Mr Abdullah Shariff from Information and Communications Services (ICS) as well as the Video Production unit to mentor the students.

The students were then exposed to various aspects of putting together a film such as location scouting, lighting, animation, using green screens, recce, copyrighting, budgeting, sound and voice-overs.

There were three teams of five students, with each team tasked to come up with a short film that exhibited drama, creativity and an entertainment element.

Team One took on a reality TV spin with their film titled The Passion Project in which audiences were introduced to three people (a dog walker, musician and real estate photographer) who have developed a passion for their work and serve as a source of inspiration for people to follow their dreams.

‘Putting together this film taught us the value of teamwork but also allowed us to learn new skills. We never realised how much hard work goes into filmmaking. It’s never as simple as picking up a camera and shooting. There’s a lot of planning and preparation,’ said Mr Thando Masiko.

Team Two created a thought-provoking film that focused on domestic violence in which student, Ms Nokubonga Komako, made her acting debut. Much of the film relied heavily on visually stimulating and dramatic footage to drive home a message about the mental and physical scarring caused by domestic violence. The film dispelled the profiling stereotype that only the poor and marginalised suffer abuse.

Team Three produced a hip-hop music video called “The Graduation Speech”featuring well-known Umlazi rapper Razoh. The video was fun and entertaining with Razoh spitting lyrics in isiZulu and English about being a student, pursuing his music goals and ultimately graduating with his degree from UKZN. One of the students on Team Three, Ms Nonhlanhla Mncube, said the experience was enjoyable. ‘We had to come up with a narrative that complemented the lyrics. We shot on campus and had Razoh wear his graduation attire but also had the opportunity to use green screens to create a grad backdrop,’ she said.

Sewchurran plans on implementing a longer film production module next year and will now be screening the short films to first-year Media students.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Albert Hirasen 

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Seeking Solutions to the GBV Scourge

Seeking Solutions to the GBV Scourge
UKZN participated in HEAIDS GBV Imbizo at Coastal College, Umlazi.

UKZN’s HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator, Ms Nomonde Magantolo, accompanied by colleagues and 82 Peer Educators, attended the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Imbizo held at the Coastal College, Umlazi, Durban, where students engaged in an open dialogue with the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Buti Manamela.

The Imbizo was a build-up to the launch of the GBV Policy and Strategy Framework that the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) Health Wellness and Development Centre has been championing on behalf of the University fraternity.

Humanities master’s student, Ms Njabulo Ncwabe, who is a Peer-Educator on the Howard College campus, was one of two students on the panel with Manamela.

The UKZN Peer-Educators were vocal at the event, highlighting realities of GBV and the need for resources to combat the scourge which is apparently also present in residences and on campuses.

Said Manamela, ‘The GBV within the Higher Education system corrupts and erodes constitutional rights to equality, dignity and freedom from all forms of violence.’ He also shared results of a study which found that ‘male dominance is accepted by both male and female students,’ adding that students should be part of finding a solution to this challenge.

UKZN’s HIV/AIDS Programme (CHASU) is committed to advocating for safe spaces on all UKZN campuses as well as raising awareness for the reduction of GBV. As members of the UKZN GBV Task Team under the leadership of the Student Services Division Executive Director, all relevant departments have come together to address this issue by promoting non-discriminatory practices and reducing risky behaviours and all forms of abuse. The team have taken a proactive role in contributing towards the development of a GBV policy and procedure. Through the peer-education and health promotion programmes, the HIV/AIDS Programme has engaged students and staff in dialogue and debate around issues related to GBV and sexual reproductive health and rights.

Words: NdabaOnline

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Commemorating World Refugee Day

Commemorating World Refugee Day
Commemorating World Refugee Day-Reflecting from the Screen.

To commemorate World Refugee Day, the Corporate Relations Division at UKZN invited the University community for a screening of Voetsek! Us/ Brothers, a movie directed by Andy Spitz.

The movie was filmed in Makause, an informal settlement near Germiston, Gauteng, where the violent confrontations between South Africans and foreign nationals started. It showcases the conflict, characterised by mainstream media as xenophobic, that transpired between 2008 and 2015. In the movie, poverty stands out as the main factor that perpetuates violence amongst Africans.

One of the attendees, Mr Sanele Majola, a master’s student at UKZN, said for him, the movie was eye-opening.

‘The movie is emotional and due to socioeconomic pressing issues in South Africa, xenophobic attacks erupt as a means to express anger and dissatisfaction over socio-political concerns. It is unfortunate that fellow Africans become victims in the process of addressing domestic concerns,’ said Majola.

SSDC Acting Manager, Ingrid Potgieter, said while the movie was informative, the last scenes were not a true reflection of the facts. She said the violence in Rosettenville was due to hijacking of houses, drug trafficking and trafficking of girls as young as nine years old. ‘The Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, set up a task team to investigate and at no stage was the uprising attributed to xenophobia’, she said, adding that residents were raising social issues faced by the community and not directing or attacking individuals because of their nationality.

Words: Nokubonga Nomasiko Jele 

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Successful Alumni Events held in the Eastern Cape

Successful Alumni Events held in the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape-based alumni and friends with UKZN representatives.

The UKZN Alumni Relations Office co-ordinated two very successful and well attended events in the Eastern Cape earlier this month.

The events allowed the Alumni Relations Office to meet and renew relationships with a number of Port Elizabeth and East London-based alumni.

At each of the dinners in Port Elizabeth and East London, alumni were provided with the opportunity to network, reminisce about their alma mater and were updated on developments taking place at the University.

The guest speaker, Mr Fanle Sibisi, Convocation President and Chair, provided an informative and comprehensive overview of the developments and projects at UKZN and encouraged graduates to participate in the affairs of the University.

Professor Anesh Singh, UKZN Foundation Executive Director, who attended the Port Elizabeth event requested the attendees to consider “giving back” to their University.

Ms Normah Zondo, Executive Director (acting): Corporate Relations Division, welcomed attendees at each dinner and was on hand to answer questions.

Guests were impressed with the content of each talk and the information contained in the information packs given to each alumnus.

The attendees included graduates from the 1960s to the most current and from the former universities of Salisbury Island, Durban-Westville and Natal as well as the five campuses of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The alumni appreciated the opportunity to receive updates on the University, which reassured them of the international status of their qualifications and their alma mater.

Words: Finn Christensen 

Photographs: Nomcebo Msweli 

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Academics Encouraged to Contribute to The Conversation Africa

Academics Encouraged to Contribute to The Conversation Africa
UKZN academics encouraged to share their insights with The Conversation Africa, an online platform.

A team from The Conversation Africa, a not-for-profit initiative that publishes daily news, comments and analysis on their website which is a collaboration between journalist and academics, recently conducted a writing workshop at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. UKZN partners with The Conversation Africa.

The workshop was aimed at teaching academics how to write for the general public and encourage them to pitch their articles for publication in The Conversation website.

Acting Dean of the School of Arts, Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa welcomed The Conversation team and UKZN academics who attended the writing workshop. Speakers from The Conversation were Pfungwa Nyamukachi, Strategic Partnerships Manager; Charles Leonard, Arts and Culture Content Editor; and Thabo Leshilo, Politics and Society Editor.

The Conversation global network of newsrooms was first launched in Australia in 2011. The online source has since expanded its footprint to Canada, the UK, France, Indonesia and now Africa.

About 33 UKZN academics and researchers have written 60 articles that have cumulatively reached over 486 000 online article reads globally. This excludes the reach of offline media achieved when articles are published in newspapers or when authors are interviewed on radio or television or are invited to speak at conferences, contribute to books, journal articles, or make input to policy as a result of their articles appearing on The Conversation website. The top reading countries for articles by UKZN academics are the US, South Africa, India, Australia, UK, Brazil and Singapore.

The workshop was part of the growing relationship between UKZN and The Conversation. Nyamukachi said The Conversation looks forward to more UKZN academics and researchers sharing their insights and findings with the organisation.

For more information, interested academics can visit

Words: Nokubonga Nomasiko Jele 

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Kuhlonishwe Isakhiwo i-K-RITH Tower KuZwelonke

Kuhlonishwe Isakhiwo i-K-RITH Tower KuZwelonke
(l-r) uDilip Kalyan, UMphithizimali Omkhulu we-AHRI; uMuzi Khumalo, UMqondisi wase-UKZN we-Infrastructure Planning & Projects; u-Jeremy Hathorn ovela kwa-FGG Architects; kanye no Costas Criticos, UMphathi Wezokusebenza Omkhulu we-AHRI, uvula umklomelo wesikhumbuza okwi-K-RITH Tower Building ngoLwesine, 28 kuNhlangula. Click here for English version

Isakhiwo I-K-RITH Tower esiseNyuvesi YakwaZulu-Natal ekhempasini i-Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine ithole umklomelo wokuhlonishwa ku-South African Institute of Architects (i-SAIA) Awards.

Leli bhilidi, elakhiwa yi-FGG Architects, liklonyeliswe nge-Corobrik-SAIA Award of Merit emcimbini wakusihlwa we-SAIA. Lokhu kulandela ukuphumelela kwalelibhilidi esifundeni ngo-2017.

Yaziwa njengesezingeni eliphezulu kakhulu imiklomelo yokwenza kahle ekhishwa i-SAIA kwezokwakha futhi yahlulelwa yithimba lamajaji kazwelonke. Phakathi kwabaphumelela esifundeni abangenela lo mncintiswano kazwelonke abangama-61, abahlanu bathola izincomo, abangama-24 bathola imiklomelo yokwenza kahle, kanti abayisithupha bathola imiklomelo yokwenza kahle kakhulu.

I-African Health Research Institute (i-AHRI) iyona ezinze e-K-RITH Tower Building. Lesi sikhungo sinamalebhu asezingeni eliphezulu ezwenikazi lase Africa, lapho ososayensi besebenzela ukwazi kangcono, baphathe baphinde bathole ikhambi le-HIV, isifo sofuba kanye nezifo ezihambisana nalezi. Ilebhu esezingeni eliphezulu ye-AHRI ifaka 600m² ye-biosafety izinga lesi-3 (i-BSL-3) isikhala esivumela abacwaningi ukuba basebenze ngokuphepha uma mesebenza ngezifo ezitholakala emoyeni njenge-TB. Leli bhilidi elinezitezi eziyisishagalombili liphinde lifake ezinye izikhungo zocwaningo lohlobo lwe-biomedical.

Indawo yangaphansi kulelibhilidi inezikhala ezenza imisebenzi eminingi ehlukahlukene njengamagumbi okufunda kanye nesitolo sekhofi. Isitezi sesibili sihlala I-CAPRISA kanye ne-AHRI. Amalebhu e-AHRI wona atholakala esitezi sesine kuya kwesesikhombisa. Isitezi esiphezulu esokusebenza. Uphahla oluseceleni lwe-four-storey high atrium owokuhlonipha umbhali wase-US ongumxhasi, u-Howard Hughes (1905-1976), osikolo esibizwa ngaye i-Howard Hughes Medical Institute yaxhasa ukwakhiwa kwebhilidi.

Umdwebi ongusaziwayo eNingizimu Afrika, uNks Jane du Rand, wadweba umdwebo ovelele osodongweni olungaphandle, iphansi le-atrium kanye ne-stairwell lubonakalisa umsebenzi owenzeka ngaphakathi kwibhilidi. Lo mdwebi wakhuthazwa izimpawu zokuphilisa zamasiko ahlukahlukene, wabheka isakhiwo sezifo, ama-blood cells kanye namagciwane. Izitshalo zemvelo ezilaphayo nazo ziyinxenye yalemidwebo.

‘Siyakuqonda okusimele kanye nokuqinisekisa ukuthi indawo yabasebenzi nesisebenzisana nabo iphephile, iyahlonishwa futhi kuyasebenzeka kuyona. Ibhilidi le-KRITH yilapho ucwaningo olusha lwezezempilo lenzelwa khona futhi siyaziqhenya kakhulu ngokuhlonishwa,’ kusho uSolwazi Busisiwe Ncama, Iphini LeSekelashansela Lezifundo ZezeMpilo.

UMphathi Wezabasebenzi Omkhulu we-AHRI, uMnu Costas Criticos, uthe ukuphumelela kwesakhiwo se-K-RITH ye-AHRI kumele kubongwe abakhi abasebenze ngokuzikhandla ngesikhathi sezingxoxo phakathi kwe-AHRI ne-FGG. Ugqozi lokwenza lesakhiwo lathathwa ezakhiweni ezihamba phambili zaphesheya. ‘Kusukela ekuqaleni, umsebenzi we-K-RITH Tower Building wawuhlelwe ngokucophelela kwakhiwa kuhloswe ukuthi ibhilidi likwazi ukumelana nezimo ezifana nokuzamazama komhlaba nokuthi likwazi ukuvikela abacwaningi kanye nomphakathi wasekhempasini ezifweni eziyingozi'. 

UCriticos uphinde wathi nakuba lilihle ibhilidi, konke okukulona kwakucatshangisisiwe futhi nokusebenza kwalo kukwazi ukwenza ucwaningo lwesayensi ye-TB kanye ne-HIV. ‘Ngiyaziqhenya kakhulu ngokusebenza kuleli bhilidi elisezingeni eliphakeme, okuyisakhiwo esihlanganisa ikhempasi kanti futhi siyinike nesithunzi'. 

Umnu Patric Hathorn wase-FGG Architects uthe inkampani iyaziqhenya ngokwakha i-K-RITH Tower Building, waphinde wathi kuyajabulisa ukubongwa. ‘Kuyajabulisa ukwakha isakhiwo esesiguqule isikole sezobudokotela e-UKZN ekade singabukeki, esidala saguqulelwa kulokhu okuyisona manje. Ngaphandle kwezinkinga eziningi ezibangwa ukuntuleka kwendawo engayinhle kahle, leli bhilidi elakhiwe ngobungoti nobuchwepheshe obuyisimanga likwazile ukwakha isikhala esengeziwe ekhempasini, senza indawo kanokusho ezolekelela ukuxazulula izinkinga ezibhekene nabantu,’ usho kanje.

I-SAIS ivulelwe wonke umuntu oyilunga le-SAIA kuzwelonke, imiklomelo yesifunda yethulwa ekuqaleni konyaka bese i-Corobrik-SAIA Awards Excellence and Merit yenzeka ngonyaka olandelayo.

Amagama: uPhumla Ngcobo kanye no Hannah Keal

Isithombe: Supplied by AHRI

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Physiotherapy Lecturer Flies UKZN Flag in Rome

Physiotherapy Lecturer Flies UKZN Flag in Rome
Dr Hamilton Pharaoh with Professor Adenrele Awotona, Organising Committee Member from the University of Massachusetts showcasing the UKZN logo on the conference banner.

UKZN Physiotherapy lecturer, Dr Hamilton Pharaoh, recently presented his post-doctoral work and chaired a session at the 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies in Rome, Italy.

‘I am extremely proud of this accomplishment. Growing up in Paarl, a small town in the Western Cape, I would never have thought that it would be possible to present let alone chair a session at an international conference,’ said Pharaoh who was visibly elated.

He continued, ‘I am humbled by the congratulations and pride from my University and colleagues. I hope that in some small way, I was able to showcase the excellence that is present at UKZN.’

Pharaoh studied at the University of Western Cape where he obtained all his degrees including a PhD. He joined UKZN 14 months ago as a senior lecturer at the Physiotherapy Department. Through his work as an academic, Pharoah he has made a positive impact on many of the young physiotherapist coming through in national teams by sharing his experience with them.

Pharaoh dedicated his presentation to his late grandson, Josh, who died just after he began his studies at UKZN. ‘I am determined to live my life through his example of hope, faith and love. It is my wish that we can all live a life of meaning and the understanding that every possible moment is special. Creating memories is important as it will help sustain you when tragedy comes your way,’ he said.

Titled: The Comprehensive Youth Development Programme to combat health risk behaviour engagement among Grade 8 learners, Dr Pharaoh’s post-doctoral research was implemented in a high school in Paarl.

According to Pharaoh, his programme is designed to cater for each group of learners that it is implemented upon by catering for their specific current needs.

He said all stakeholders; including learners, teachers, life-skill coaches and other community members gave input as to what is needed within the programme in order to attempt to create meaningful change as well as taking of ownership for that change.

His future plans include taking the youth development programme and have it implemented at schools all over South Africa. ‘Through the pilot project implementation, many lessons have been learnt and I hope to use that to impact the lives of learners in the country. I am excited with the prospect that the research that is being done is attempting to create meaning and impact within the communities we serve,’ he said.

Words: Nombuso Dlamin


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Umsebenzi Wase-UKZN Ube Ngomunye Wabaphumelele kwi-Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans Edition

Umsebenzi Wase-UKZN Ube Ngomunye Wabaphumelele kwi-Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans Edition
uDkt Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu, ongomunye wabangama-200 baseNingizimu Afrika abahlonishwe abakwa- Mail & Guardian.

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Uthisha omkhulu kwezokuhlelwa kwamadolobha eSikoleni Sezifundokuhlelwa Womumo Wezakhiwo kanye neNtuthuko, uDkt Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipunu, ufinyelele kuhlu lwezi-2018 Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans.

Lo luhlu lushicilelwe ephephandabeni lekhethelo eliphuma njalo ngonyaka elibonisa intsha eqavile eyakha ikusasa lesizwe.

‘Ukuthola lo mklomelo kungikhuthaza ukuba ngenze okuningi,’ kusho uMagidimisha-Chipungu, oneminyaka engama-33. ‘Kuyohlale kuyisikhumbuzo sokuthi ukusebenza kanzima kunomvuzo futhi lokhu kuzokwenza nabanye besimame abasebasha babe nogqozi futhi bakuthazeke ukuba yizifundiswa, ikakhulukazi kwezokuhlelwa kwendawo namadolobha. Akukaze kwalula ukukhulisa izingane ezintathu ezincane, ube unkosikazi, umholi kwezemfundo kanye nokuba umcwaningi. Kudinga ukwazi ukuhlela isikhathi sakho kanye nokwesekwa ekhaya. Ngiyakubonga ukuba khona komyeni wami okunguyena onginika amandla. Uhlale enami njalo uma ngimudinga. Ungubaba nomyeni oqotho,’ kusho uDkt Magisimisha-Chipungu.

Ukufinyelela ezingeni eliphezulu lomsebenzi wakho usasemncane kuyiphupho labaningi. Kodwa kwabanye, kuyinjongo ekumele ifeziwe. Yikona okwenzeka kuDkt Magidimisha-Chipungu owathi eneminyaka engama-31, wathola iziqu zobudokotela kwezokuHlelwa kwamaDolobha Nezindawo e-KZN. Okuyingqayizivele ngeziqu zakhe ukuthi waba ngowokuqala wesifazane onsundu waseNingizimu Afrika ngokozalo ukuthola iziqu ezifana nalezi kwezemfundo zokuhlelwa kwamadolobha e-UKZN. Lezi ziqu zabonisa ulwazi lwakhe kwezocwaningo kanye nomusebenzi wakhe wokufundisa.

Ekukhuleni kwakhe njengoMcwaningi ongudokotela kuMkhandlu wenhlalosintu nezoCwaningo (i-HSRC), uDkt Magidimisha-Chipungu unerekhodi elibonakalayo lokushicilela okubuyekeziwe (amakhasi asencwadini, izincwadi kanye nezihloko zamaphephandaba), eyokugcina nje incwadi ngokuthutha kwabantu e-Southern Africa yangonyaka wezi-2017. Amandla akhe kwezocwaningo asekwe uxhaso aluthola ku-National Research Foundation (i-NRF).

Ukuba eNyuvesi njengesifundiswa kwamenza kwabonakala kwanda amakhono akhe ngokuthi afundise futhi aluleke abafundi abenza izifundi ze-Master's ne-PhD. Lokhu kwandisa kucwaningo lwakhe lapho athula khona amaphepha akhe kusithangami sesizwe kanye nesamazwe angaphandle.

Ukukwazi ukuphatha kwakhe kwamenza wazibona eseqashwa njengothisha omkhulu kanye nomholi wezemfundo wethimba LezeZindlu NokuHlelwa KwamaDolobha esingaphansi kweSikole Sezifundokuhlelwa koMumo weZakhiwo Kanye Nentuthuko, aphinde abe ilungu le-University Senate ne-Institutional Forum. Lokhu kungaphezu kokuqashwa kwakhe njengelungu lomkhandlu we-SACPLAN, kanye nelungu lekomidi le-KZN Planning Tribunal. Lokhu kumbonakalise emazweni angaphandle, ikakhulukazi i-International Society of City and Regional Planning (i-ISOCARP) kanye nekomidi lendawo lokuhlela elamqasha ukuba aqondise umhlangano wokuqala we-Young Professional Planners (i-YPP) eNingizimu Afrika ngonyaka wezi-2016.

Ephawula ngalenqophamlando futhi ebonga, iDini leSikolo, uSolwazi Ernest Khalema, uthe, ‘Kuyinjabulo futhi kuyangibusisa ukusebenza noDkt Magidimisha-Chipungu. Ukuphumelela kwakhe njengesifundiswa kuyancomeka emncane kangaka. Uyigugu leSikole Kanye neKolishi LezesiNtu.’

Isigaba sokuqala okuhle kodwa kuDkt Magidimisha-Chipungu.

Amagama: Melissa Mungroo 

Isithombe:  i-Colourise Studio

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