Accounting Graduates Crowned 2018 CFO Case Study Global Champs

Accounting Graduates Crowned 2018 CFO Case Study Global Champs
Team UKZN’s Mr Tim Siepman, Mr Steffen Wies, Ms Camira Govender and Mr Rudi Wies celebrating their big win.

Team UKZN, comprising of four Accounting graduates, twins Mr Steffen Wies and Mr Rudi Wies, Ms Camira Govender and Mr Tim Siepman were crowned the 2018 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Case Study Competition winners at the finals which took place at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) recently.
Team UKZN, whose four members are all completing their articles at PwC Durban was one of the initial 450 teams from six continents that entered the global contest.

‘This achievement means a great deal to us. It has shown us that we are able to compete on a global level, and that our grasp on business strategy and management is on par with our international peers. We are incredibly grateful to UKZN for providing the foundation to our success,’ said team leader Steffen. 

The road to victory has been one of growth and development for the team as the competition gives practical context to the theory studied at university through the simulation of real life challenges faced by company directors. This involved team members executing specific roles to critically analyse information and provide solutions to problems faced by the case company. Govender was responsible for performing the team’s quantitative analysis, Siepman’s responsibility was researching into the qualitative aspects of the challenge while Rudi handled the editing of the teams work and Steffen’s role was to co-ordinate the team and ensure its key strategies are highlighted.

This hard work led to the team making the semi-finals which saw them make a video presentation as a summary and key recommendations of the board report based on AB Inbev with specific focus on its merger with SABMiller for the public voting stage which led them to the finals where they faced off against Team UMCC from Germany and Team Fynergy from the University of Pretoria and won!

‘We were able to seal the victory by working together as a team. In this competition, effective teamwork is the cornerstone to success. We are very thankful to The Charterquest Institute for organising this competition, and to ACCA for sponsoring it, as it has given us the opportunity to network with students from all over the world, and interact with executives from top South African companies,’ said Steffen. 

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Dean and Head Professor Mabutho Sibanda congratulated team UKZN on their achievement. ‘Our Accounting students have done us proud - again! Many thanks to their Accounting and Finance mentors. Last year, Team UKZN made it to the top six, and persistency has led to this remarkable achievement,’ he said. 

Words by: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photograph: Supplied


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Uthisha WezeMfundo Uklonyeliswe Ngendondo Yekhethelo i-Thomas Pringle

Uthisha WezeMfundo Uklonyeliswe Ngendondo Yekhethelo i-Thomas Pringle
UDkt Marshall Maposa, onguthisha KwezoMlando WezeMfundo, osanda kuhlonishwa ngendondo yekhethelo i-Thomas Pringle Award. Click here for English version

UDkt Marshall Maposa, onguthisha KwezoMlando WezeMfundo, usanda kuhlonishwa yi-English Academy yaseNingizimu Ne-Afrika ngendondo yekhethelo i-Thomas Pringle Award yePhepha Elihamba phambili Kwezemfundo, phecelezi ‘i-Best Education Article’ eyashicilelwa ngonyaka wezemfundo wezi-2017.

Umklomelo, oqanjwe ngembongi nombhali, u-Thomas Pringle, ungumklomelo waminyaka yonke womsebenzi oshicilelwe emaphephandabeni, amaphepha abhalwa yizifundiswa kanye namajenali.

I-athikili kaMaposa edle umhlanganiso ikhuluma ngokubonakaliswa koMAfrika ezincwadini zomlando waseNingizimu Afrika. Isuselwa ephepheni lakhe locwaningo lweziqu zobudokotela, i-athikhili iveza ukuthi ukubonakaliswa koMAfrika kugcwele amaphuzu aphambene neqiniso ngenxa yezinqubo nomongo wokukhiqizwa kwezincwadi zokufundisa.

Ephepheni lakhe, udingida ukuthi le ncazelo inomthelela othile ekuqondeni uMAfrika, izincwadi zokufundisa ezidweba ngayo isithombe esiya kwabazisebenzisayo bese lo mqondo ubonakala ezenzweni zabo.

'Ucwaningo lolu lwazalwa ngenxa yemizamo yami yokuxhumanisa ucwaningo lwami nokufundisa kwami. Nginentshisekelo enkulu ngomlando wase-Afrika nangendlela ofundiswa ngayo futhi lolu cwaningo luhlobene namamojuli engiwafundisayo ezingeni labafundi abenza iziqu zokuqala nabaqhubekayo nezinye iziqu. Ngase ngivele nginayo intshisekelo ngezocwaningo lwezincwadi zokufundisa ngakho ngaxhuma izintshisekelo zami ezimbili ngaqhamuka nalolu cwaningo. Kule athikhili, nganquma ukugxila kuMAfrika njengoba ngidingida ukuthi ukuqonda kwethu lo mqondo kunomthelela endleleni esicabanga ngayo ngokuba ngaMa-Afrika,' kusho uMaposa.

Wanikezwa indondo nguMongameli we-English Academy yaseNingizimu Ne-Afrika, uSolwazi Mbongeni Malaba, ochaze uMaposa ‘njengomuntu olokhu ephikelela empumelelweni yakhe yocwaningo olushukumisa ugebhezi futhi oluhambisana nezikhathi.'

IDini neNhloko yeSikole sezeMfundo, uSolwazi Thabo Msibi, utuse impumelelo kaMaposa wathi, 'Le ndondo ingeyokubungaza omunye wethu obhale iphepha elingundabizekwayo nelihlobene nesihloko sokuqedwa kokucindezeleka kwezingqondo zethu yizimfundiso zasentshonalanga. Siyaziqhenya ngoDkt Maposa. Uyinxusa eliqavile lokusebenza ngokuncomekayo kwezocwaningo.'

Uthe uMaposa, 'Ngizizwa ngihloniphekile kakhulu ngokuba umsebenzi wami uthole ukwaziswa. Ngazi izifundiswa eziningana ezike zahlomula ngalo mklomelo ngaphambilini ngakho-ke kuyintokozo enkulu kimina ukuthola ukuhlonishwa ngendlela efana neyazo. Futhi kuyintokozo enkulu kimina ukwazi ukuthi umsebenzi engiwukhiqizayo awugcinanga ngokufundwa kuphela, kodwa uphinde wakhethwa njengomsebenzi weqophelo eliphezulu. Lesi yisikhathi sentokozo enkulu kimina nabo bonke abasondelene nami.'

Iseluleko sakhe kwezinye izazi zezemfundo sithi, 'Cwaninga ngalokho onentshisekelo ngakho, yiba nokuqiniseka ngamakhono akho, uziqhenye ngomsebenzi wakho, kodwa futhi ube ngowokuqala ukuwugxeka uma kudingeka. Ngolunye usuku umuntu othile, omkhulu noma omncane, uyoyincoma imizamo yakho kanti lokho kuyoba ngumhlomulo omkhulu.'

 Amagama nesithombe: nguMelissa Mungroo


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KZN Academics and Postgrad Students Contribute to Cybersecurity Handbook

KZN Academics and Postgrad Students Contribute to Cybersecurity Handbook
The cover of the book: Handbook of Research on Information and Cyber Security in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A UKZN academic has produced a book aimed at creating awareness about the threat and danger of cyber information crime.

Titled: Handbook of Research on Information and Cyber Security in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the book by Ziska Fields, an Associate Professor at the Discipline of Management and Entrepreneurship, is a scholarly resource featuring chapters written by other UKZN academics and postgraduate students.

Fields said she hopes the book will become an essential reference source in the field of information technology, information security and the management of technology in the constantly changing and growing cyberspace.

The cybersecurity hand guide explores topics such as social engineering in information security, threats to cloud computing, and cybersecurity resilience during the time of the fourth Industrial Revolution.

‘This book aims to highlight possible risks created by current and future technologies in an effort to create awareness and to encourage new thinking around information and cybersecurity. In 2017, two large cybersecurity attacks occurred, North Korea launched the WannaCry in May and the NotPetya in June. These attacks highlighted that the outcome of geopolitical conflicts will now depend on digital code. As well as that the negative consequences of security breaches and cyberwarfare extend far beyond personal and business breaches, and can affect every system utilising technology with direct and devastating consequences on people and the planet,’ explained Fields.

The book consists of 20 chapters building on existing literature and expertise in the field of information technology and security with the aim of becoming a critical scholarly resource for academicians, educationalists, policy makers, government officials, students, researchers, and business leaders and managers. The following chapters are those contributed by UKZN academics and postgraduate students.

•   Chapter 1:Social Engineering in Information Security Breaches and the Factors That Explain Its Success: An Oganizational Perspectiveco-authored by Mr Jhaharha Lacram and Dr Indira Padayachee which seeks to analyse the role of social engineering attacks, impacts and mitigations

•   Chapter 4: Curtailing the Threats to Cloud Computing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution co-authored by Mr John Gyang Chaka and Ms Mudaray Marimuthu seeks to curtail the effects of these threats by enlightening and educating users on the current ways to mitigate them

•   Chapter 6: A Generic Self-Evolving Multi-Agent Defense Approach Against Cyber Attacks co-authored by Mr Stephen Magisha Akandwanaho and Dr Irene Govender looks at a generic self-evolving multi-agent approach to overcome the threats of cyber-attacks

•   Chapter 12: Developing Cybersecurity Resilience in the Provincial Government co-authored by Mr Harold Patrick, Dr Brett van Niekerk and Professor Ziska Fields explore how the right security strategy of a Computer Security Incident Team (CSIRT) can build better resilience that can protect government operations and control cyber-risks

•   Chapter 13: Government’s Dynamic Approach to Addressing Challenges of Cybersecurity in South Africaauthored by Professor Thokozani Nzimakwe discusses government’s dynamic approach to addressing challenges of cybersecurity

•   Chapter 14: Information Security Management: A South African Public Sector Perspective co-authored by Mr Harold Patrick, Dr Brett van Niekerk and Professor Ziska Fields looks at how a holistic information security management plan is needed to transform an organization’s approach to mitigate the cyber-risks, protect its infrastructure, devices and data

•   Chapter 18: Cyber Security Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Case of South Africa authored by Mr Paul Kariuki seeks to present a comprehensive analysis of the current trends of cyber security education in South Africa

•   Chapter 19: Mobile Device Brand Loyalty of Youth: Perceived Value vs Cybersecurity Choices co-authored by Dr Thea Van der Westhuizen and Mr Thakur Singh aims to ascertain the key factors of brand loyalty and measure what consumers base their decision on whilst selecting a brand

•   Chapter 20: Mobile Security in Low-Income Households’ Businesses: A Measure of Financial Inclusion authored by Dr Bibi Chummun focuses on mobile devices security landscape and unprecedented security breaches by cyber criminals and how those threats can be mitigated in a view to promote financial inclusion in the mobile financial service sector of emerging African markets in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

‘The contemporary and future impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on all facets of human activity, makes a book like this important and beneficial to scholar-practitioners, educationalists, policy makers, government officials, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, executives in various business sectors, business leaders and managers, communities and interested individuals,’ added Fields.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 


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CLMS Celebrates Staff PhD Graduations

CLMS Celebrates Staff PhD Graduations
CLMS staff, PhD graduates and their supervisors as well as the Conference organising committee celebrate staff excellence.

The College of Law and Management Studies recently celebrated staff excellence at a luncheon hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor Nana Poku, and Acting College Dean of Research, Professor Harold Ngalawa.

During the event, the College honoured its staff members who graduated with their PhD’s in 2018 and also acknowledged the important role that supervisors and higher degrees administration staff played in this achievement. The team that worked on the successful 5th Business Management Conference hosted by the College in Durban in August was also acknowledged during the luncheon.

This year, the College awarded a remarkable total of 60 doctorates, 11 of which were awarded to staff members. This is an immense contribution towards the University’s efforts to increase the number of academics with doctorates.

In his address, Poku congratulated the staff on their achievements and assured them that they have the University’s full support on their academic journey.

‘The University is proud of you for embarking on this journey which was challenging and rewarding. I am sure there are times when you look back and wonder how you made it through and then you realise that it was worth it as you have grown and you met people you would have never ordinarily met. As a College, we are committed to supporting you on your academic journey as it is not as easy as just getting a PhD qualification,’ he said.

Ngalawa congratulated the staff members and urged them to share their newly acquired knowledge with their colleagues and contribute to the College’s goal of graduating more PhD candidates next year.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo 

Photograph: Sakhile Fatyi


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Curbing Diabetes Through Awareness

Curbing Diabetes Through Awareness
Scenes at the diabetes awareness event at Ndukwenhle High School.

UKZN’s Endocrinology and Haematology postgraduate students from the Department of Human Physiology in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, recently hosted a diabetes awareness event at Ndukwenhle High School in Umlazi. This event was to raise awareness on the increase in prevalence of this disease which is expected to double in the next 10 years.

Students were involved in the planning and execution of the event as they relate better to high school pupils.

‘By targeting the youth to influence them to make healthy decisions from a young age, we might be able to decrease the prevalence of this disease in the future,’ said Dr Andile Khathi, a lecturer at UKZN.

‘This awareness proved fruitful. Firstly, the teachers and students were so keen to learn more about diabetes. In our glucose exhibition, teachers were testing glucose so that the pupils will observe how glucose is tested using a glucometer,’ said UKZN postgraduate student, Nomusa Christina Mzimela.

UKZN postgraduate student, Asiphaphola Ludidi, said the second intention of this awareness was to share information on healthy but affordable diet with learners.

The two UKZN student groups are involved in diabetes research and wanted to share information of how to prevent the onset of diabetes as well as share knowledge on managing the disease. There was also free testing of blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI and blood pressure. There were also various fun activities to promote healthy diets and exercise.

Words: Lihle Sosibo 


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Ukujezisa Ngokushaya: Ngale Kokuphelelwa Yithemba Nosizo

Ukujezisa Ngokushaya: Ngale Kokuphelelwa Yithemba Nosizo
Amazwibela Ezingxoxo Wezokujezisa Ngokushaya.Click here for English version

ISikole SezeMfundo besibambe umhlangano wokuqala kweyisihlanu emayelana nezikole eziphephile futhi zikawonkewonke, kulo nyaka wezi-2018 kugxilwe ekujeziseni ngokushaya.

Le mihlangano iyingxenye yomsebenzi oyisipesheli weDini yesikole, uSolwazi Thabo Msibi.

Umhlangano wezinsuku ezintathu obudingida ukujezisa ngokushaya obubanjelwe ekhempasini i-Edgewood ubuhlanganise izinkulumo ezihlaziya okubhaliwe kanye nezinkulumo zosuku ukuze kucaciswe ngalokhu futhi kuqhakanjiswe isithombe sezikole njengezindawo eziphephile nezinobuntu.

Izihambeli zale mihlangano bekungabafundi, othisha, abazali, abaholi bezikole, abezinhlangano zabasebenzi, othisha abasaqeqeshwa kanye nezifundiswa abebeshiyelana inkundla bekhuluma ngabakufundile, abakubonile, nezokufunda.

UMsibi uthemba ukuthi lo mhlangano uzoqala izingxoxo mayelana nokujezisa ngokushaya kanye nodlame ezikoleni okuzoholela ezinguqukweni kanye nomthelela omuhle jikelele. Ukhulume ngokubulawa kothisha, abafundi abashaywa othisha, ukuphepha kothisha ezikoleni, udlame lothisha kanye neqhaza lezinkundla zokuxhumana ekusabalaliseni ulwazi.

‘Lokhu kuyinkinga kazwelonke lapho udlame selwamukeleka njengento eyingxenye yempilo nasezikoleni. Kuyinkomba yezinkinga zomphakathi. Akufanele sikhombane ngeminwe kodwa sidinga izisombululo ezisheshayo. Izikhungo zemfundo ephakeme nezakhamizi zaseNingizimu Afrika kumele basebenzisane ukuze kube noguquko,’ kusho uMsibi.

Othisha abasaqeqeshwa, uNksz Phakamile Mazibuko noNksz Viloshni Goolam Mohammed, nabo bakhulume ngabahlangabezane nakho nabakubonile mayelana nokujezisa ngokushaya. UMazibuko ukhulume ngokushaya ekhaya, nokuqaphela ukuqhutshwa kwakho ezikoleni. Lokhu 'kuholele ekubalekeni kwabafundi emakilasini, udlame, ukukhuphuka kwesilinganisozinga sabashiya isikole, ukuzibulala kanye nokhwantalala kubafundi'. ‘Sesiphenduke saba umphakathi onolaka. Sifanele ukwakha ukuthula noxolo, ukulwela uguquko nokuba abalethi boguquko emakhaya ethu nasemiphakathini yethu,’ kusho uMazibuko.

U-Goolam Mohammed uphakamise ukuthi ‘othisha baqeqeshwe ngezindlela zokubhekana nodlame ezikoleni futhi kube nezindlela abakhonjiswa ngazo ukuthi kwenziwa kanjani ngaphandle kokugcina ngokucaphuna kwithiyori kuphela'.

Ethula inkulumo yakhe yosuku, uSolwazi Deevia Bhana ukhulume ngesihloko esithi: Ukuze Kuphele Ukujezisa Ngokushaya, Kumele Kuphele Udlame eNingizimu Afrika: Izinhlaka Ezakhiwe Nezezizukulwane kanye Nokuzabalaza Ezikoleni.

Eminyakeni engama-20 edlule, uBhana ubebambe iqhaza ekucwaningeni nasekusebenzeni ngokuhlukunyezwa ngokobulili, ezobulili, nezingane. Uqaphele ukuthi lonke udlame lunobulili, futhi uma kubhekwana nodlame kumele kubhekwane nobulili nobudlelwano phakathi kwabafana namantombazane. Uphakamise ukuthi okudingekayo kuhlanganisa ukukhuthaza abafundi ukuthi babike ukujeziswa ngokushaya; ukukhuphuka kwezinga lokufinyelela kwezingane ezinkundleni zokuxhumana ukuze zibike; ukusebenzisana nothisha ukuze kutholakale ezinye izindlela zokweseka; ukuqondiswa kwezigwegwe kusebenzisana nezemfundo zothisha abangakaqali ukusebenza; ulwisana nokungalingani okusabalele eNingizimu Afrika yonke; ukulwisana nokudlwengula, udlame lwabesilisa nengcindezelo; ezobubha eziphathelene nezinhlaka zenhlalo ; kanye nokugqugquzelwa kwawo wonke umuntu ukuze kuqedwe ukujezisa ngokushaya.

Amagama nezithombe : nguMelissa Mungroo 


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I-UKZN Izosingatha Umkhosi we-Poetry Africa Wama-22

I-UKZN Izosingatha Umkhosi we-Poetry Africa Wama-22
Isithombe sihlinzekiweClick here for English version

Umkhosi oyintandokazi waminyaka yonke i-Poetry Africa osingethwe yi-Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) eseKolishi Lezesintu uzobanjelwa eThekwinii kusukela ngomhla ziyi-15 kuya kumhla zingama-20 kuMfumfu 2018. 

Njengoba ugubha iminyaka engama-22 kulo nyaka, umkhosi owesekwa ikakhulu ngemali evela kuMasipala waseThekwini, uhlanganisa izimbongi zendawo kanye nezamazwe omhlaba, ezindaweni ezahlukene nasezikoleni ezizungeze iTheku, lapho Ubusuku Bokuvula nemicimbi yasebusuku izobanjelwa e-Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Njengoba izinkondlo zokubongela kuyizo okugxilwe kuzo kulo nyaka, uhlelo olumatasa lweviki luhlanganisa ukwethulwa kwezinkondlo, ukufundwa kwazo kanye nokwethulwa kwezincwadi yizimbongi eziningi ezahlukahlukene njalo kusihlwa. Lo mkhosi uphinde uhlanganise noMncintiswano odumile we-Durban Slam Jam kanye nomcimbi wokuvalwa komkhosi, ohlanganisa zonke izimbongi emkhosini. Uhlelo lwasemini lubandakanya imihlangano, imihlangano yokucobelela ulwazi, imincintiswano yezinkondlo, amathuba avulelekile okuhaya izinkondlo, ubuchungechunge obenziwa emakhempasi kanye nokuvakashela ezikoleni.

'Kulo nyaka sibophele izimbongi zemikhakha ethanda ukuhlukahluka kanjalo namaphimbo amaningi,' kuchaza umsunguli we-CCA, uNksz Siphindile Hlongwa. 'Kuwo wonke umcimbi wezinsuku ezinhlanu asigcini nje kuphela ngokubungaza amaphimbo alabo abakhulumayo nabahayayo kodwa futhi namaphimbo abesifazane. Uma sicabanga indlela umhlaba ogxile ngayo kudlame nokuhlukumeza okubhekiswe kwabobulili obuthile, siqinisekisile ukuletha amaphimbo avela kuzo zonke izinkalo zomhlaba akwazi kahle ukulandisa ngosizi lwabahlukumezekile.'

Izimbongi ezingamashumi amabili nanye ezivela kuyo yonke le ngabadi zizohlanganyela emkhosini walonyaka. Izihambeli zamazwe ngamazwe zibandakanya uMiriam Cano, umbhali wolimi lwesi-Catalan, intatheli kanye nomshicileli wase-Barcelona, e-Spain; Umlandisi wezindaba waseMalawi nombhali wamaqoqo amabili ezinkondlo u-Upile Chisala; Imbongi yoMtswana engumculi nomqondisi wezobuciko u-TJ Dema; Umbhali wase-Antigua-naseCanada, umsunguli, umlingisi, uthisha wezobuciko nomqondisi we-The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, uTanya Evanson; UPhilip Meersman wase-Belgium oyimbongi ekhuluma izilimi eziningi nongumculi; UDaniel Summerhill imbongi yaseMelika futhi engumculi; URafeef Ziadah imbongi yasePalestina kanye nesishoshovu samalungelo esintu, noDaucourt Severine wase-France osebenza emikhakheni eyahlukahlukene efana nokuhumusha, umculo kanye nezeshashalazi.

Kwabavela e-Ukraine kukhona u-Myroslav Laiuk imbongi nombhali wamanoveli omsebenzi wakhe uhunyushelwe kusiJalimani, isiNgisi, iSpanishi, isiBulgaria, isiCzech, isiPolish, isi-Azerbaijani, isiRashiya, isiLithuaniya nezilimi zaseMelika; kanye noTaras Malkovych imbongi nomhumushi osehumushe futhi washicilela iqoqo lezinkondlo zesimanje zesi-Irish ngolimi lwakhe.

AbaseNingizimu Afrika abazobe bekhona sibala umbhali osehlomule ngendondo, umethuli wezinhlelo kumabonakude, umlingisi nesishoshovu, uLebo Mashile; Imbongi yeSilo Samabandla u-Goodwill uZwelithini, u-BM Mdletshe; umbhali odumile nothandwa kakhulu, imbongi, umdlali wemidlalo, umqondisi, umculi nomlandisi wezindaba, uDkt Gcina Mhlophe; intatheli ezimele, umbhali wemidlalo, uchwepheshe wezokuxhumana kanye nomhlaziyi wemibhalo, uSandile Ngidi; umbhali owazifundisa uPhelelani Makhanya oneqoqo lezinkondlo ezishicilelwe; iciko elilandisayo, umbhali wemidlalo nomlingisi oyimbongi enezinkondlo ezishicilelwe, uVuyelwa Maluleke; UMak Manaka oneziqu zeMastazi Kwezobuciko Bokubhala eNyuvesi yase-Rhodes futhi oseqophe icwecwe lomsebenzi wakhe; UNkateko Masinga umbhali, umshicileli, iciko lomsebenzi okhulunywayo nomlingisi kwezeshashalazi; UMphutlane Wa Bofelo imbongi, umbhali wezindaba, osebenza ngezamasiko kanye nomhlaziyi wezomphakathi; UMatete Motsoaledi umbhali, umthwebuli wezithombe, umhleli kanye nomqondisi no-Emmah Mabye owethula iqoqo lakhe lokuqala lezinkondlo eMkhosini We-Poetry Africa Wama-21.

Njengomzamo wokugqugquzela nokukhuthaza izinkondlo zokubonga, lo mkhosi uzokwethula umhlangano wokucobelela ulwazi weviki lonke ozoholwa inxusa lomlando wakwaZulu nembongi yeSilo Samabandla u-Goodwill Zwelithini, u-BM Mdletshe kusukela mhla ziyisi-8 kuya kumhla ziyi-12 kuMfumfu. 'Sethemba ukuthi lo mhlangano uzoba yisiqalo seminye eminingi imihlangano yokucobelela ulwazi ebungaza amagugu ethu esizwe hhayi nje samaZulu kuphela, kodwa e-Afrika yonke,' kuchaza uHlongwa. ‘Injongo okuphokophelwe kuyona ukuba ekugcineni lokhu kuphendlele indlela nezinye izilimi eziningi zase-Afrika kulo lonke leli zwekazi.’

Uhlelo oluphelele lwe-Poetry Africa ungalubheka kuwebhusayithi ethi www.cca.ukzn.ac.za.

Amathikithi angama-R60 kubantu abadala kanye nama-R40 kwabahola impesheni nezitshudeni futhi angathengwa e-Computicket.

Amagama: nguMelissa Mungroo

 


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Creating a Sanctuary at the Medical Campus

Creating a Sanctuary at the Medical Campus
The opening of the Investec Lounge.

UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine (SCM) recently opened it’s doors to its new Investec Lounge against the background music of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, in the halls of Level 4 of the main building. The project came to fruition through a joint partnership between UKZN’s College of Health Sciences and the banking group, Investec. Situated on the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine campus, the new lounge is an initiative of the Dean of the SCM, Professor Ncoza Dlova.

Dlova, upon being seconded into the Deanship, was determined to revamp the main building to provide compatible social spaces for staff and students. The Investec Lounge is the first project which kick-started earlier this year and has resulted in a serene environment built to cater for the needs of CHS academics and doctors visiting from partner hospitals.

‘We needed a space for our doctors and CHS academics to come to relax and de-stress. The lounge is fitted with a few computers so staff can work here, relax on the lounge suite, have their meals in the dining area or use the “quiet” room to rest,’ Dlova said at the opening ceremony. She thanked Investec for the funding that brought her vision into reality. ‘We are truly grateful to Investec for thinking about our doctors and ensuring that a space is dedicated to their well-being.’

Built in a contemporary design, the lounge features a small LAN facility, a lounge, a dining area, a fully fitted kitchen and a quiet room that can be used for private consultations or by nursing women who may need to cater for their babies by breastfeeding or expressing breastmilk whilst they are at work. The furniture and warm tones, including a water feature, were specifically chosen to bring serenity to an otherwise stressful, busy environment. Entrance to the lounge is access controlled and limited to medical doctors, CHS academics and Investec staff.

Mr Stanley Sekhula, a fourth-year Medical student, recited a poem titled, These Doctor’s Craft at the opening which he dedicated to all doctors. His poem spoke to the need for doctors to take care of their own well-being, especially in light of the serious mental health challenges they face. Mr Senzeni Tshuma, a final-year Medical student wrote the lyrics to a song that he dedicated to all doctors in the College of Health Sciences (CHS), entitled Bleeding. The emotional rendition reminded the audience of medical Heads of Departments, visiting medical managers, CHS management and SCM management of the importance of “taking time out” to improve one’s mental health and well-being.

Ms Julia Taylor, of Investec Medical Banking, said. ‘As a specialist bank, we understand the needs of busy specialist medical professionals. The lounge is designed to be a sanctuary, for doctors to get much needed time-out of their intense work schedules. We know that time is the one commodity medical specialists can’t buy and the one thing they wish they had more of, which is why we bring banking to our medical clients. We do this through our dedicated Private Bankers and sophisticated digital channels. Doctors don’t live “9 to 5” lives, which is why our graduate professionals in our global Client Support Centre are available 24/7/356. Everything we do centres on simplicity and exceptional service.’

Words: MaryAnn Francis 


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Dissecting SA’s Management Studies’ Broad and Data Driven Narrative

Dissecting SA’s Management Studies’ Broad and Data Driven Narrative
The book: Management Studies in South Africa: Exploring the Trajectory in the Apartheid Era and Beyond, co-authored by UKZN academics.

Management Studies in South Africa: Exploring the Trajectory in the Apartheid Era and Beyond is the title of the book co-authored by Human Resources Management expert Professor Shaun Ruggunan and School of Social Science’s Acting Dean and Head Professor Radhamany Sooryamoorthy.

The book examines how Apartheid has configured the Discipline of Management Studies to reflect certain racial, institutional and gendered trends. It further analyses the extent to which these trends have adapted or changed in post-Apartheid times.

‘Management education is a very lucrative business globally and in South Africa and we felt that little is known about what actual scholarship is being produced in the discipline,’ explained Ruggunan.

‘As a management studies scholar, I wanted to know the trajectory of management studies in South Africa from apartheid to our current post-apartheid period. We were also inspired by the calls to decolonise Higher Education. One way to engage with decolonisation debates is to map the patterns of knowledge production in a discipline,’ he added.

Research for this book involved Ruggunan and Sooryamoorthy conducting a bibliometric analysis of over 1 553 scientific articles published by South Africans in the field of management studies from 1966 to 2015. These articles were sourced from the Web of Science database, substituted with additional information of the gender and race of the authors.

‘We show that very little has changed in the discipline in terms of White male dominance of management studies scholarship. Former Afrikaans universities continue to dominate scholarship in the discipline as well. The politics of who is producing scholarship influences what topics management studies considers worthy of being studied. This then means that if the discipline is to experience renewal it needs serious policy interventions to open up the discipline in terms of race, gender and collaboration patterns,’ added Ruggunan.

The hardworking researchers are not resting easy after this book publication as Ruggunan who is on sabbatical is currently working on a project on management education in South Africa while Sooryamoorthy is working on production of science in Africa.

For more information on the book visit: https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319996561

 Words: Thandiwe Jumo 


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LiDAR Network Growing in KZN with UKZN Support

LiDAR Network Growing in KZN with UKZN Support
Pictured with UNIZULU’s LiDAR system are (from left) Mr Henk van Wyk, Dr Nkanyiso Mbatha, Mr Ameeth Sharma, Mr Bafana Moya and Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman.

An article in Business Day recently detailed the launch of a laser spotlight installed at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) to glean data about the quality of air above the uMhlathuze region and Richards Bay, one of the country’s largest industrial cities characterised by its deep-water harbour, coal terminal and industries processing minerals, paper, fertilisers, aluminium and more.

Researchers at UNIZULU will use the apparatus, built by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC) as part of its efforts to lend equipment and technical support to local universities, to gather new data on aerosol particles, chemicals, water vapour and ice crystals in the clouds. The Department of Science and Technology-funded CSIR NLC also supports postgraduate research projects.

UNIZULU’s Dr Nkanyiso Mbatha, a UKZN alumnus, and the School of Chemistry and Physics’ (SCP) Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman, will lead this work.

The mobile R2.5m atmospheric Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system is utilised to assess parameters related to air pollution, weather and the potential for human-induced climatic change. LiDAR ranges vary, but the present system can extend up to 25 kilometres into the atmosphere. It emits thousands of laser pulses per second to map cloud structure, moisture content and other almost invisible particles, and is similar to technology used by NASA astronomers and traffic police conducting speed trapping. Backscattered signals are then received by telescopes and data is acquired through the use of optical fibre combiners.

The UNIZULU-UKZN team hopes to assess the changes in air quality influenced by the high industrial activity in the region, which could in turn aid local government in monitoring air quality and establishing what environmental impacts these changes could have.

Studies of this nature are important, since South Africa is a large source of human-generated aerosols in the southern hemisphere, yet data is lacking concerning how these aerosols affect the region, particularly with regard to climate. Data in other parts of the world indicate that aerosol emissions influence climate change effects.

The CSIR NLC noted the importance of the addition of this ground-based LiDAR system in Richards Bay as part of an existing network of these systems, which includes fixed and portable LiDARs at UKZN. Based on discussions with Venkataraman, who experienced success with the LiDAR system while working at the CSIR-NLC before joining UKZN, it was decided to deploy the system at UNIZULU.

Its measurements will contribute to efforts of monitoring air pollutant levels in Richards Bay, where concerned residents have noted the negative effects of air pollution. Joint observations between UNIZULU and UKZN will also address the aerosol/pollution transport between their two regions.

UKZN’s LiDAR has been measuring vertical aerosol profiles from three to 25 kilometres in the atmosphere since 2015, having previously operated from 1999-2004 and provided aerosol profiles from three to 35 km, and temperature measurements from 30 to 80 km. The fixed LiDAR system at UKZN is one of three in South Africa, and conducts daily observations for understanding the aerosol and cloud structure over Durban. Aerosol measurements indicate atmospheric pollution levels.

Words: Christine Cuénod 

Photograph: Supplied by CSIR-NLC


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UKZN Entrepreneurs Venture to Hydroponic Farming

UKZN Entrepreneurs Venture to Hydroponic Farming
UKZN students ventures into Hydroponic farming.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal ENSPIRE programme is proud to introduce another ground-breaking and innovative project that is set to make a difference in the lives of South Africans. The ENSPIRE programme is a UKZN InQubate instigated developmental programme, whose aim is to support entrepreneurial ideas and skills, personal growth and most importantly to solve the socio-economic issues faced by South Africa, which include unemployment and poor nutrition.

UKZN students Mongezi Dlamini and Sihlosokuhle Mfeka founded the Anonaya Gardens (PTY) Ltd, a garden that uses the Hydroponic system to grow crops. A hydroponic system is a method of growing crops in water-based and nutrient-rich solution.

One of the reasons that these young entrepreneurs ventured into this type of farming is that it uses less water, something which is important when considering water scarcity and droughts experienced in South Africa in recent months.

According to Dlamini and Mfeka, this type of system uses 80 % less water compared to growing crops on soil. They also like the fact that this method of farming does not involve any use of chemicals as these may have a negative effect on the environment, the crops and also on humans who consume these crops. This type of farming guarantees that regardless of the season, there will always be crops to be harvested to ensure food security in South Africa.

According to these entrepreneurs, the journey does not end here. They are already looking at upscaling their operation in a bid to continue solving problems faced by the agriculture industry.

Words: Sbusiso Lungani Hlongwa 


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I-CHS Ibambe Umhlangano Wezokwelapha KwezeNdabuko

I-CHS Ibambe Umhlangano Wezokwelapha KwezeNdabuko
Abebehambele Umhlangano Wezokwelapha KwezeNdabuko.Click here for English version

Umkhakha wase-UKZN WezokweLapha KwezeNdabuko ububambe umhlangano wezokwelapha kwezendabuko ukubungaza usuku LwezokweLapha KwezeNdabuko.

Umhlangano bewubanjelwe e-Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

IDini eyiNhloko YeSikole SezobuHlengikazi NezeMpilo Yomphakathi, uSolwazi Mosa Moshabela, ugcizelele ukubaluleka Kwabelaphi beNdabuko(ama-THP) emphakathini, ikakhulukazi KwaZulu-Natal, lapho kunama-THP amaningi okudlula imtholampilo. ‘Ukusebenzisana phakathi kwalezi zinhlelo ezimbili kungaholela ekunakekelweni kwezempilo okungcono kweziguli,’ usho kanje.

Lo mhlangano, obuhanjelwe abelaphi, izifundiswa nabasebenza emkhakheni wezempilo baseThekwini namaphethelo, ubugubha futhi uhlonipha umsebenzi owenziwe abelaphi bezendabuko eminyakeni eminingi edlule. ‘Umsebenzi wabo uhlanganisa ngokugcwele amakhambi emvelo, nezomoya zobu-Afrika ukuze kutholakale ukwelapheka komzimba, kwengqondo nokomoya kubantu,’ kunezezela uMoshabela.

Abantu abaningi baseNingizimu Afrika basebenzisa abelaphi bendabuko njengendlela yokuzinakekela ngokwezempilo futhi kuwumthombo wempilo kwabanye.

Abafundi abenza iziqu ze-PhD nezeMastazi bethule abakuthole ocwaningweni lwabo kanye/noma iziphakamiso zabo zocwaningo lapho bebekhangisa khona ngomsebenzi abebewenza eminyakeni edlule bebambisene nama-THPs. Abanye balabafundi benza ucwaningo lwaselebhu oluhlola ukusebenza kwemithi yendabuko ekulashweni /ekulawuleni umdlavuza kanye ne-HIV kanye nokunye ukulwisana nanagciwane kwale mithi. Abanye bekungabafundi abenza iziFundo Ngenhlalo Yomphakathi abasebenza kakhulu nama-THP kanye nabahlengikazi abahlenga iziguli zabo.

Omunye wabafundi beziqu ze-PhD nongumbhali ohlanganyele incwadi: Traditional Medicine at the Cross-Roads in South Africa: challenges faced by its institutionalisation, wethule umsebenzi wakhe ngolimi lwesiZulu, ulimi oluqondwa abelaphi abaningi.

‘Ukuqala kokusebenzisana kwabelaphi kanye neNyuvesi kuyinto eqale kancane ngoba bekunezinselelo kusukela ekuqaleni kwalo msebenzi,’ kusho onguMholi KwezoCwaningo, uSolwazi Nceba Gqaleni. ‘Kodwa sakwazi ukubhekana nazo futhi angingabazi ngomthelela womsebenzi owenziwa yilebhu yemithi yendabuko eminyakeni edlule ukuze kuthuthukiswe, kuhlonyiswe futhi kulondolozwe ulwazi lwendabuko,’ kunezelela uGqaleni. Ubonge bonke abebemenyiwe, ikakhulukazi abelaphi bendabuko abavule izinhliziyo zabo futhi bakhombisa umusa ngokusebenzisana nomkhakha ukuze abafundi baqhubeke nemisebenzi yabo.

Phakathi kwabebemenyiwe bekukhona noNksz Nana Ngobese, uSihlalo we-Eim-Hetep Institute; uMnu Thandonjani Hlongwane, uSihlalo we-eThekwini THP; Mnu Nathi Buthelezi, uSihlalo we-KZN THP Forum; uMnu Vukani Khoza, uMphathi Wezokwelapha KweNdabuko Emnyangweni WezeMpilo WaKwaZulu-Natal; Mnu Bruce Mbedzi, uMqondisi WezoKwelapha KweNdabuko eMnyangweni WezeMpilo KaZwelonke; kanye noDkt Aunkh Chabalala, uMqondisi we-IK-Based Innovations eMnyangweni WezeSayensi NobuChwepheshe.

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All Set for 13th Annual African Cultural Calabash and African Cuisine Concert

All Set for 13th Annual African Cultural Calabash and African Cuisine Concert
The African Music and Dance programme will be hosting the 13th Annual African Cultural Calabash and African Cuisine.

The African Music and Dance third-year students under the directorship of Dr Patricia Opondo, will be hosting the 13th Annual African Cultural Calabash and African Cuisine event, which is one of the biggest concerts within UKZN’s School of Arts. The concert will be held on Friday 12 October 2018 at the Howard College Theatre at 19h30.

The theme for this year is Our Culture, Our Pride. Ms Dinono Mdlanzi of the Calabash Organising Team says, ‘This year’s theme celebrates pride taken by celebrating and promoting African cultural heritage, which cultivates a spirit of becoming greater human beings by maintaining traditions and customs especially through music and dance. Come celebrate with us and experience rich culture aligned with an enthralling breath-taking concert and flavoursome tasty cuisine that will leave you rejuvenated and eager for more.’

The concert features a line-up of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) born artists performing music and dance traditions showcasing African creativity. UKZN alumnus from the African Music and Dance (AMD) programme Ms Thabile Buthelezi is this year’s keynote speaker. UKZN AMD Ensemble students will open the concert with vibrant percussion while Eshowe born griot Mbuso Khoza, will perform a Kiswahili prayer chant to connect audiences with African spirits followed by Amahubo repertoire with the KZN Heritage Ensemble.

Other artists include KZN’s Maskandi maestro Mfiliseni Magubane, contemporary S’cathamiya outfit Thee Legacy, a group that rose to stardom through Sing Off South Africa! and male only hostel group from KwaMashu called Amaphikankani, performing Isishameni .

Delicious African cuisine (Kenyan Pilau Sukuma wiki, samp, tripe, isigwaqane, nhloko, steamed bread, breyani and a variety of vegetarian dishes and salads amongst others) will be available after the show.

Said Opondo, ‘The Annual African Cultural Calabash is a main cultural event of the UKZN African Music Project and provides a platform to celebrate various cultural traditions, and for exiting students to have hands on experience in producing and hosting a large-scale cultural event as part of the training in my module African Music Outreach: Community Development. I thank the National Arts Council of South Africa, SAMRO Foundation and Concerts SA for sponsoring the 13th edition of the African Cultural Calabash.’

Tickets priced at R80 (Adults) and R50 (Students) are available at UKZN Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Howard College campus. 

Words: Melissa Mungroo ; Dinono Mdlanzi

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UKZN Gears Up for “Singing for 67 Blankets” Concert

UKZN Gears Up for “Singing for 67 Blankets” Concert
UKZN Music students with squares and blankets they are currently knitting in preparation for the concert.

The School of Arts within the College of Humanities will host an exciting “Singing for 67 Blankets” concert which is a vocal showcase featuring singers from the Music Discipline. The concert will be held at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on Wednesday 10 October at 18h00. 

The evening of song includes a varied programme of opera, classical voice, popular music, jazz, isicathamiya, solo and ensemble singing.

‘This concert not only provides a platform to showcase talented and diverse musicians in the School, it also provides an opportunity to make a contribution to the national charity 67 Blankets,’ said Mrs Debbie Mari, a Jazz lecturer. ‘Singers in the Music Discipline have contributed in various ways including knitting squares or whole blankets and of course their performances, for the 67 Blankets campaign. The blankets will be presented to the charity representatives at the concert before being distributed to people and communities in need across the city.’ 

The concert will include the close-harmony jazz vocal group UKZN Voices under the direction of Mari; the Pop Voice Ensemble led by Durban Theatre personality Anthony Stonier; opera soloists Wayne Mkhize, Khulekani Miya, Margaret Mfayela and Bulelwa Msane; jazz vocalists Menzi Cele, Lwazi Khuzwayo, Nolwazi Dlamini, Nomfundo Cele and Josie Matabola; pop singers Nobuhle Khuzwayo, Tony Hlangu, Nhlanhla Mthethwa, Nomcebo Luthuli and Minenhle Skhosana; the UKZN Opera Ensemble directed by Lionel Mkhwanazi and the UKZN AMD Isicathamiya Ensemble directed by Nu Luthuli.

You can expect to hear Jazz standards such as I Could Write A Book, In a Mellow Tone and Doxy; Pop favourites I’ll Rise Up and Have You Ever; Opera classics including Habanera and Giuseppe Verdi’s Bella Figlia Dell ’Amore alongside South African compositions Mme le ntate and eThekwini by the late Andile Mseleku.

There will be CD giveaways, Popup Society restaurant vouchers up for grabs and music for everyone. 

The concert will be held at the Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building on Howard College campus. Doors open at 17h30, show starts at 18h00.

R80 general admission // R50 pensioners // R25 students.

Please contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Debbie Mari 


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Netherlands Gets a Taste of Rich African Culture

Netherlands Gets a Taste of Rich African Culture
Mr Ebenezer Fimpong, Pharmacy PhD student.

During the 25th annual International Student Congress of (bio) Medical Sciences (ISCOMS 2018) cultural day event held in Groningen, The Netherlands, PhD Pharmacy student Mr Ebenezer Fimpong displayed our rich African culture when he wore a Ghanaian traditional attire (batakari) and a Zulu head scarf (umqhele).

Cultural day is one of the most important events on ISCOMS calendar whereby participants from different countries are given the opportunity to exhibit their rich cultural heritage through clothes, music and dance. To him, it is significant to keep our identity as Africans ‘because mother Africa lives in us.’ 

He encouraged students to make it a point to showcase our African culture when attending conferences outside the continent. Moreover students should endeavor to make it to ISCOMS 2019 which is the biggest scientific event for students in Europe, he said. At the congress, participants are given the opportunity to witness live surgery sessions in the theatre. Moreover, students are taken through the latest technology used in science practicals.

Words: Ndabaonline 

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CHS Shows Appreciation to its Students

CHS Shows Appreciation to its Students
CHS students at the thanksgiving ceremony.

UKZN’s College of Health Sciences recently held a thanksgiving celebration for its students who have been assisting the College with the recruitment of undergraduate students.

Attended by students from all disciplines, the celebration was a token of appreciation to the awesome students that have assisted the CHS’ Public Relations Office to market UKZN to Quintile 1 and 2 schools. The students had also helped to market the University during the UKZN Open Days in 2017 and 2018.

The College’s PR Manager, Maryann Francis thanked the students for their participation saying, ‘Thank you for flying the UKZN flag high. Your continuous support in marketing the College has been incredible, continue with the good work.’

The students were awarded certificates of appreciation by the PR team and were also treated to a braai.

Words: Nombuso Dlamin

Photographs: Lihle Sosibo


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UKZN Imbokodo Rally Together to Share Experiences

UKZN Imbokodo Rally Together to Share Experiences
Attendees at the Imbokodo breakfast on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

UKZN’s Imbokodo initiative, launched in 2016 and taking its name from the isiZulu word for “rock”, recently hosted a breakfast event for women in academia at UKZN.

The event held at the Pietermaritzburg campus was aimed at enabling women to learn from one another through sharing experiences.

Professor Colleen Downs, the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, delivered a presentation in which she shared some of her academic and personal experiences as a woman in academia.

The event was organised by the Imbokodo Task Team, and was indicative of the University’s commitment to women’s empowerment and advancement.

Mrs Busisiwe Ramabodu, the Director of Human Resources Development at UKZN, welcomed the attendees who included guests from across the University’s campuses and Colleges.

‘We are excited to host this event, and plan for it to be the first of many,’ said Ramabodu. ‘This is a valuable opportunity for networking and for strengthening women operating in academia and management.’

In her address, Downs expressed her hope that the event would give women on campus the chance to get to know one another so that they could support and encourage one another. She proceeded to speak about the phases of an academic career, emphasising that there is no one generic approach. She gave examples from her own experience of studying, and working and travelling overseas after obtaining her PhD, before entering the University system.

Downs detailed the phases of research productivity and teaching in her career, highlighting factors such as family responsibilities and heavy teaching loads that add pressure to research endeavours. She also drew attention to the fact that few women make it through the academic pipeline to professorship, and emphasised the importance of persistence and strength in this journey.

She gave examples of women in science, including Hildegard von Bingen, Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin, who exemplified innovation, multidisciplinarity and hard work.

Downs encouraged her colleagues to pursue balance in their academic and personal lives, challenging them to answer questions about their current and future desires. She provided tips from her own experience about how to produce quality research, achieve targets, prioritise different tasks and particularly how to develop and support postgraduate students. She also implored attendees to encourage one another, pursue collaborations, and make the voice of Africa heard in their research.

‘Each day we make a difference, especially in teaching and being there for our students,’ said Downs.

She acknowledged the importance of the support of family and colleagues, as well as of postgraduate students and funders.

The presentation was followed by group sessions that enabled guests to discuss what they enjoyed about their jobs in academia, what they desired to allow them to thrive and how they believed they could enable others to thrive. The event was concluded with a breakfast in the Life Sciences Botanical Gardens on campus, where guests continued their discussions.

Response to the event was positive, with women relishing the opportunity to meet one another and share experiences.

Words: Christine Cuénod 

Photograph: Sally Frost


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Academic Ecstatic About Daughter’s Achievement

Academic Ecstatic About Daughter’s Achievement
Dr Sonill Maharaj, Vianka, and her mother, Mrs Ruby Maharaj.

UKZN’s Physiotherapy senior lecturer, Dr Sonill Maharaj, is overjoyed after his daughter, Vianka graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree and obtained a merit certificate for her undergraduate research project.

Supervised by Ms Janine Hicks, Vianka conducted a review of child custody decisions following divorce proceedings to determine whether courts are gender biased. She noted that the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which aims to ensure that both parents have common responsibilities for the upbringing of their children, is questionable.

Her research showed that despite the increased recognition of the beneficial role fathers can play in the lives of their children by allowing automatic parental responsibilities and rights, the new Children’s Act ‘has retained the status quo to the extent that it still does not confer automatic, inherent parental rights on biological fathers as it does with mothers.’

After reviewing a few cases in the awarding of custody, against existing legal framework, she noted that almost all rulings were made in favour of the mother as the primary caregiver.

According to Vianka, one needs to question whether the unfair treatment regarding allocation of parental responsibilities and rights to fathers, can be justified in view of international trends, which emphasise the important role of both parents in the upbringing of their child.

‘The biological father supposedly has rights under the law, but realistically only a few rights are implemented. This is evident in the cases that I reviewed and researched, where the mother was given custodial rights over the father, despite overwhelming evidence in some cases that the father proved to be a better caregiver,’ she explained.

She said if courts are still perceived to be biased and the mothers get custody, fathers can challenge these decisions. If they have a nurturing, loving relationship with their child and feel that they have been discriminated against by the courts, on the basis of gender they can consider the following factors to guide them in their legal battle.

They must ensure that they are financially secure, as a custody battle can be financially exhausting. Fathers should prepare all necessary documentation regarding visitation schedules and maintenance payments prior to court hearings and remain calm during courtroom procedures as outbursts and signs of anger can adversely affect the case.

‘Since the court always considers the best interests of the child, a father seeking custody should have solid proof explaining why sharing custody with the mother will not be in the best interests of the child,’ she said.

Vianka said they could seek the expertise of the Family Advocate who will promote and protect the best interests of the child in parental responsibilities and rights disputes.

‘Judges are leaders of the judicial system thus playing a key role in eliminating bias. There should be a guide to assist judges, attorneys and court staff in creating a bias free environment that promotes fairness and diversity in the court’s system, thus fostering a justice system that enables gender equality and non- discrimination when awarding child custody,’ Vianka said.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini 

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Students Offer Training on Dysphagia Management

Students Offer Training on Dysphagia Management
“Train the trainer” workshop.

UKZN’s fourth-year Speech-Language Pathology students in Collaboration with the University of Zululand’s final-year Consumer Science students recently presented a workshop to about 80 Zululand Community Care Givers (CCG).

The half-day workshop dubbed “train the trainer” was held at the University of Zululand.

The workshop was on the management of dysphagia and it aimed to impart specific skills and knowledge on the CCGs which they will then take to the household level. It gave them a guide on what to do and how to do it.

Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder which happens in three stages; oral, pharyngeal and oesophageal phase. Students believe most patients are affected by this condition, ‘In order to tackle this issue we decided to provide a clinical and outreach service to CCGs under the auspices of Ngwelezane hospital,’ said UKZN student, Ms Nje Hadebe.

The programme displayed inter-professional education and inter-professional practice in action, as the students from both institutions worked together to develop and present their workshop as part of their clinical training.

‘As students we got a chance to experience the world through the CCG’s view and them though ours. People are often unaware of the things caregivers do to help individuals with disabilities,’ said Hadebe.

‘They give life to the community, they are the backbone of the community, it is therefore vital for them to gain as much information as possible. We, on the other hand, need the community in order to deliver adequate and effective intervention thus creating change one patient at a time,’ she continued.

UKZN students trained the CCGs on how to care for people with eating disorders caused by disability, especially stroke patients. They were trained on how to make sure what they feed patients can be swallowed with ease and has all the health nutrients.

Meanwhile UNIZULU students shared a self-developed menu of easily accessible foods that the CCGs can use to make foods and drinks like; ice tea, amasi, beetroot and amadumbe.

Students also encouraged participants to advise patients’ families to grow their own vegetables.

The caregivers were given an opportunity to try out the methods taught and to also ask questions if they needed clarity.

Words and photographs: Nombuso Dlamini 


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ISEESO Holds Inaugural Heritage Celebrations

ISEESO Holds Inaugural Heritage Celebrations
From left: Ms Samke Ndlovu, Ms Sbusi Xulu, Ms Samkelisiwe Nzimande, and Ms Kwanele Ndlovu.

To celebrate heritage month in September, the Isibani Educational Empowerment Students Organisation (ISEESO) held its inaugural annual heritage celebration event.

The guest speakers at this event were Mr Sbonelo “Shaka” Ndlovu (Buya Africa Students Cultural Organisation), Ndiphiwe Cetywayo (UKZN student), and Ms Samkelisiwe Pretty Nzimande (Indoni Miss Cultural SA 2018). The motive of the event was to portray cultural diversity and assist students to realise the essence of life through arts and culture.

Cetywayo argued that some Africans have abandoned their cultural customs and practices due to how these are portrayed and perceived.

‘When a baby is born there is a ceremony called imbeleko. This ceremony is conducted to introduce a child to the ancestors, but we no longer conduct such ceremonies because Christianity and media taught us that it is demonic, that is why we are a lost generation because we are not introduced to our ancestors’ said Cetywayo.

Ndlovu reminded those attending the event of the origins of Heritage Day in South Africa. ‘The 24th September was called King Shaka’s Day in honour of the great Zulu King who used his spear to embroider together a diverse collection of tribes and clans into one mighty cultural quilt, but now it is called Heritage Day whereby all tribes in South Africa celebrate their heritage. During this day, we would eat, dance and be merry, proud of the legacy, such as it was, that had been bestowed upon us by Shaka,’ he said.

Nzimande said African culture has been stigmatised and those who practice it labelled uncivilised. She said the time to change this has come.

Umemulo is one of the paramount ceremonies that parents do for their girls when they enter into womanhood especially in the Zulu tribe. This ceremony was strictly done for a young woman who had respected her body until the age of 21, but times have changed. These changes have caused a division within our culture. Modern society, media and environment has caused more girls to shy away from the beauty of such ceremony because it is considered uncool and embarrassing to young girls. It is very hard to believe that as the years go by more girls will not have the privilege to experience ceremonies such as umemulo due to media and the negative impact of institutions of higher learning, concluded Nzimande.

ISEESO is a student organisation, operating within UKZN campuses. It is well known for running career guidance programmes.

Words: Kwanda Ndlovu 

Photograph: Baxolele Mabhuda


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UKZN Air Quality Specialist Serves on UN Environmental Assessment Panel

UKZN Air Quality Specialist Serves on UN Environmental Assessment Panel
Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman (front row, third from left) with other EEAP review panel members in Vermont, USA.

Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman of the Atmospheric Research Group (ATMRES) in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) at UKZN has recently returned from serving on the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) in Vermont, United States of America.

Venkataraman, who leads the ATMRES on UKZN’s Westville campus, is known for his leadership in research related to atmospheric sciences. He is driving the establishment of networks using various remote sensing technologies such as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems to measure vertical aerosol profiles in the atmosphere above South Africa. This is done to assess air pollution, weather and the potential for human-induced climatic change.

The EEAP is a review meeting held every four or five years to review the status of ozone depletion and revisit the Montreal protocol for protection of the ozone and prevention of destruction in the stratosphere. The ozone forms an important barrier protecting living beings on earth from ultraviolet (UV) and other harmful radiation.

The EEAP assesses the various effects of ozone layer depletion, and its members from more than 16 countries worldwide are scientists working in photobiology and photochemistry. The Panel members contribute chapters to a report, occasionally with input from co-authors for special topics. The chapter authors review each other’s chapters, and the Panel takes responsibility for the entire assessment. A draft assessment is sent out to external scientific reviewers all over the world. Between the major assessments, the Panel meets at least once a year and informs the parties about new developments.

This major meeting, held in September, involved the consideration of seven chapters of the 2018 Quadrennial Report on Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and Interactions with Climate Change. Venkataraman contributed to the first chapter on the topic of Ozone-climate interactions and effects on solar ultraviolet radiation, and gave comments on the sixth chapter concerning interactive effects of changing stratospheric ozone and climate on air quality and composition of the troposphere.

The report deals with issues which include the consequences of stratospheric ozone depletion for human health and well-being, including interactions with global climate change, and the implications of UV radiation and climate change on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, among other topics.

The review meeting consolidated and addressed the comments to revise the report’s seven chapters; the revised and final version of the report is expected to be made available to the public in December.

Venkataraman was one of two contributors from South Africa, joining Dr Pieter Aucamp. Other sub-Saharan countries like Botswana and Ethiopia were also represented. The participation of diverse countries contributes to the quality of science contained in the EEAP’s communications with the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The report will be presented to the United Nations Environment Programme in December, and submitted for publication in Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences for publication in early 2019.

Venkataraman’s participation on the Panel has resulted in prospective international research collaborations with scientists he met at the review.

Words: Christine Cuénod 

Photograph supplied by: Sivakumar Venkataraman


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Promoting Community Health

Promoting Community Health
Ms Naledi Ngubane addressing the Mariannridge Clinic service users.

Fourth-year Occupational Therapy students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal are running a health promotion project at the Mariannridge Clinic to help community members increase their knowledge on health topics.

The project - which has been running since 4 September - was incepted after the students saw a gap in health promotion in the community. The project will continue until the end of the students’ fieldwork block on 18 October 2018.

The group, made up of Mrs Hawa Khan, Ms Jessica James, Ms Mandisa Khanyase, Ms Mendy Hlongwane and Ms Naledi Ngubane, decided to run the project through which clinic visitors waiting to be assisted are educated about important health topics.

The health promotion project seeks to increase health and wellness knowledge in the Mariannridge community through education on relevant topics affecting its members such as mental health, diabetes, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, development of children through play as well as the negative effects of drug and alcohol addiction.

One topic is presented to the clinic service users a day by one of the Occupational Therapy students with the aim of educating the community to make healthier life choices. ‘The community members respond really well to the topic, with some residents coming up to us afterwards with further questions or assistance,’ said Hlongwane, Occupational Therapy student.

With 27October 2018 being World Occupational Therapy Day, the Occupational Therapy Discipline will educate people about the work of Occupational Therapists. To coincide with this day, the Occupational Therapy students at Mariannridge have added Occupational Therapy as a topic on their health promotion project.

Khan said, ‘One of the roles of Occupational Therapy is to promote independence in everyday life, so creating awareness is crucial to understanding health.’

The Occupational Therapy students are confident that their health promotion project will have a positive effect on the healthy life choices of Mariannridge community.

Words: Jessica James 

Photograph: Mendy Hlongwane


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