UKZN Appoints South African Business and Transformation Leader Reuel Khoza as its New Chancellor

UKZN Appoints South African Business and Transformation Leader Reuel Khoza as its New Chancellor
UKZN Chancellor, Dr Reuel Khoza.

UKZN is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza, an experienced business and transformation leader, and acclaimed author, as its new Chancellor.

Dr Khoza is a distinguished thought leader, an astute businessman and a renowned voice at the forefront of transformation in the South African political economy.

As Chancellor, he will serve as the titular head of UKZN - presiding at graduation ceremonies - conferring degrees and awarding diplomas and certificates in the name of the University, among other functions.

Accepting his appointment, Dr Khoza said: ‘I acknowledge with a deep sense of gratitude the appointment as Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal by your esteemed institution of higher learning. I appreciate the profound honour this bestows upon me as well as the attendant responsibilities.’

UKZN has grown and strengthened its position as a university of choice and an excellent academic institution both locally and internationally, and the exemplary leadership of Dr Khoza will be key to sustaining its position on all fronts.

Dr Khoza is President of the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA) and the Chairperson of Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Assupol Insurance Group, among others.

He has previously chaired the boards of a number of corporations and entities, including Globeleq and GlaxoSmithKline South Africa and served as a director of JSE Limited, IBM South Africa, Liberty Life Group, Standard Bank Group, Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc. 

Dr Khoza was involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance in King II, King III and King IV, and served as Mervyn King’s deputy on King III and King IV, respectively.

His qualifications include a BA Hons in Psychology (University of Limpopo, previously University of the North); an MA in Marketing (University of Lancaster, UK); a doctorate in Business Leadership from Warwick University, UK; an LLD honoris causa (Rhodes University) and D Econ. honoris causa (University of the Free State).

Dr Khoza is also a Chartered Director (CD SA) and author whose books include Attuned Leadership, Let Africa Lead, The African in my Dream and The Power of Governance (with Mohamed Adam).

UKZN is honoured to have Dr Khoza, a respected and inspirational leader whose experience in the public and national interest will auger well for our Institution. He is appointed to serve the University for a period of four years.

Words: NdabaOnline

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Milestone Opening Night for 25th Poetry Africa Festival

Milestone Opening Night for 25th Poetry Africa Festival
Ms Siphokazi Jonas (left) and Dr Stella Nyanzi who headlined the opening of the Poetry Africa Festival.Click here for isiZulu version

The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the College of Humanities, in partnership with the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), French Institute of South Africa, and Total, virtually hosted the 25th Poetry Africa International Festival.

The festival was pre-recorded at Phansi Museum in Durban and hosted on the festival’s social media.

The theme for this year’s festival was Unmute: Power to the Poet.

Poetry Africa curator Ms Siphindile Hlongwa welcomed more than 800 viewers to the virtual opening, saying, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic may have shut down our theatres, galleries, music halls and museums, but it has not shut down the voices of our poets. It is the poetry that has held us together through these two dark years. This year’s festival recognises the power of the poet. Behind their masks, the voices of our poets have continued to remain unmuted.’

Opening the festival Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize said, ‘The theme of this festival is significant as it speaks to the power of arts and poetry in combatting oppression and injustices, leading to the emancipation of humankind. Poets are not only living libraries of their people but are also public intellectuals who speak truth to power without fear or favour.’

Dean and Head of the School of Arts Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa added: ‘We are proud to host the 25th anniversary of Poetry Africa and are grateful to the NIHSS for awarding a catalytic research grant to the CCA to host the festival from publications to community engagement. Many of our young staff members from African Languages, and Drama and Performance Studies also form part of the festival.’

Speaking to this year’s Slam Jam, School Competition, and Open Mic Competition, CCA Director Dr Ismail Mahomed said, ‘We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from young people to our public participation programme. We are delighted to offer young people a platform alongside legendary poets. We hope that the cross-over of ideas, rhythms and their voices will be the threads by which we weave a better nation.’

Ambassador of France to South Africa, Mr Aurélien Lechevallier, emphasised the achievement of 25 years of Poetry Africa, highlighting ‘that poetry does not only tell a story but also opens a dialogue.’

South African poet, playwright and producer, Ms Siphokazi Jonas was the featured poet during the festival while another poet Dr Stella Nyanzi, a multiple award-winning medical anthropologist specialising in sexual and reproductive health, sexual rights and human sexualities in Uganda and The Gambia, delivered the keynote speech.

In her address on Unmuting Democracy, Nyanzi stated that ‘it is very empowering to publicly talk about unmuting. For many years in my country Uganda, I have been struggling hard to unmute my poetic voice.’

Nyanzi was arrested in 2017 for insulting the Ugandan president, following which she was suspended from Makerere University. She appealed the decision with Makerere University’s appeal tribunal, which directed that she be reinstated, promoted to the level of a research fellow with immediate effect, and receive back pay.

Makerere University refused to abide by its tribunal’s decision. Nyanzi filed a lawsuit against the university requesting reinstatement and back pay. In December 2018, the university dismissed her, along with 45 other academics, arguing that her contract had expired.

She said: ‘If democracy is to thrive in the different countries and societies that comprise our African continent, then creative thinkers, writers, artists, and performers must be allowed freedom of expression. Poets must be unsilenced, unmuted, the gags torn, and the boots on our Adam’s apples lifted. Unmuting critical, creative voices is mandatory for democracy to thrive. Unmuting democracy indeed necessitates rendering more power to the poets!’

Words: Melissa Mungroo

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Alumnus Appointed Group Head of Data Privacy for Top Bank

Alumnus Appointed Group Head of Data Privacy for Top Bank
Ms Amenda Makhetha.

UKZN Law graduate Ms Amenda Makhetha is the new Group Head of Data Privacy at ABSA. She will lead the bank’s data privacy department, which ensures that the organisation processes personal data belonging to customers, employees and other stakeholders within the ambit of relevant privacy, data protection and other laws, amongst other things.

‘I have been in the compliance space for a while, more particularly in the area of data privacy which is something I am passionate about. Privacy is a constitutionally entrenched right in South Africa and the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act gives effect to this right through mandatory procedures and mechanisms for the handling and processing of personal information,’ said Makhetha.

The attorney who graduated with her LLB in 2009, is well experienced in the field of data privacy as she was previously responsible for group data privacy compliance at MTN Group Ltd and prior to that headed the data privacy and compliance function at MiX Telematics Ltd.

Makhetha said that her decision to pursue a career in law was motivated by her desire to serve as a voice for the voiceless.

‘I completed my articles at Legal Aid South Africa where I was intent on changing the narrative around state-funded legal representation. It gave me a lot of exposure to hard-core criminal matters and highlighted just how pressured the justice system is. I represented clients wholeheartedly and with diligence,’ she said.

After passing her board exams, Makhetha joined a law firm before taking the decision to start her own firm.

‘I soon found my appetite for criminal litigation dwindling. After I passed my board exams I joined a law firm and later started my own practice exercising my entrepreneurial muscle. I enjoyed the autonomy that running your own practice comes with and it was quite demanding. A few years later, I decided to go into corporate after advice from my mentor. I have been in the compliance space since and more particularly in the Data Privacy space, another area I am quite passionate about. It is a growing field and poses many welcomed challenges that propel one to constantly grow themselves,’ said Makhetha.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

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Universities could Technically be Admitting Grade 10s in 2022

Universities could Technically be Admitting Grade 10s in 2022
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This may sound strange, but, technically speaking, universities will essentially be admitting Grade 10s in 2022. Unfortunately, the class of 2021 has had to endure two consecutive turbulent years. On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the first COVID-19 lockdown, designed to curb the rise in infections and since then, we have been wobbling between COVID-19 Levels 5 to 1. At the time of the announcement, the class of 2021 was doing Grade 10, and they were robbed of an opportunity to be taught matric content as has been the tradition in previous years.

The Department of Basic Education encourages schools to teach matric content in Grade 11 to better prepare learners for their final matric exams the following year. Furthermore, their exam papers are ordinarily set three years in advance. Considering this, one can argue that, technically, this group is less prepared and unfit for exams. I argue that, unless there are urgent interventions, the ill-fate that has befallen the class of 2021 will have far reaching implications in their careers and academic growth.

In the South African context, matric (Grade 12) is extremely significant and it is often used as a measure of success or as a gateway to success depending on one’s circumstances. Interestingly, it is also used in politics as a tool to campaign for a better future for citizens. In the run up to elections, it could be used, at the very worst, as a form of service delivery or absence thereof as opposed to a basic human right. It has therefore become the norm that each year, matric results form part of a hotly contested political discourse. It is for this reason that it is necessary to interrogate the implications of this year’s results considering the challenges brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest report by UNICEF, South African learners are almost a year behind in their schooling. The rotational system and sporadic school closures, including days off for specific grades have resulted in children losing 54% of learning time, said UNICEF South African Representative, Ms Christine Muhigana. The worst-affected have been matriculants and public schools. Granted, the sporadic breaks were undesirable, but necessary to save lives. However, the lack of learning and contact time meant that learners were robbed of this significant period in their lives. The impact will be felt for many years to come.

Schools are organic feeders of tertiary institutions. The fact that the class of 2021 last received full tuition back in 2019 in Grade 10 raises the question of whether they will meet the expectations of Higher Education Institutions. Given the well-documented disruptions, are these learners ready to write exams and produce quality results? Time will tell, but I can only draw one conclusion; in 2022 universities will receive glorified Grade 10s as first-year students, an unprecedented occurrence!

The outlook is even more dire when one considers the sad, but lived reality in the South African context that not only do public schools and private schools prepare learners differently for their exams, but learners write different papers for matric. It is clear that learners at under-resourced and less capacitated public schools have been worst affected by the disruptions to learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these learners have applied to public universities. The question is, are these institutions prepared for this calibre of students? What measures are in place to mitigate this situation? Or are universities prepared to lower their standards? What does the future hold for these learners? The situation also speaks to the lack of synergy between the Departments of Basic Education and Higher Education and Training. If they were in sync, discussions around possible interventions and bridging courses would have already started.

Well-crafted interventions could go a long way in helping these learners to fill the gap and traverse Higher Education curriculum demands with ease. They could prevent watering down of curricula, high attrition rates, and possible unemployability. Open debate is required on these issues to identify solutions and avoid lifelong learning deficiencies amongst our youth as well as ensure that our education system remains competitive.

Mr Khumbulani Mngadi is an independent analyst/commentator based at UKZN.

*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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UKZN Hosts Virtual Mafika Gwala Annual Lecture

UKZN Hosts Virtual Mafika Gwala Annual Lecture
Professor Imraan Coovadia who delivered the Mafika Gwala Annual Lecture.Click here for isiZulu version

The 2021 Mafika Gwala Annual Lecture was presented as a live-streamed panel discussion on the opening day of UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) 25th Poetry Africa Festival. The lecture was launched in 2015 as a collaboration between the College of Humanities, South African History Online (SAHO) and the National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).

CCA Director, Dr Ismail Mahomed said, ‘The annual Mafika Gwala Memorial Lecture celebrates and highlights the extraordinary work of the literary legend, public intellectual and social justice defender.’ Dean and Head of the School of Arts Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa added, ‘Gwala has influenced a number of contemporary poets in South Africa.’

Mr Omar Badsha, founder and director of SAHO added, ‘Since the inaugural Mafika Gwala Annual Lecture, activists from the community of Mpumalanga Township near Hammarsdale (where Gwala spent most of his adult life) have annually organised a number of literary projects with schools in the township and in Pietermaritzburg. SAHO has also published Gwala’s collected work.’

This year’s keynote address titled: What the Left forgot about the Left since Mafika Gwala, was delivered by Professor Imraan Coovadia, a writer and scholar who has been Director of the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Creative Writing since 2011.

Coovadia spoke about what was original and necessary in the Left perspective of Gwala and others, why they combined poetry and political activism, and what has disappeared in today’s Left in South Africa with its emphasis on statism and racial quotas and the defence of mob violence.

‘Success as a country, which means reduction of poverty and suffering to a minimum, don’t come from consciousness or pride, but from a posture of learning and improvement, which means openness to new data and openness to the world. No country in the world has a population which is less organised for work than our own, which is the meaning of having the world’s highest unemployment rate,’ he said. ‘Cadre deployment, racial quotas, and crony economic empowerment, as much as they are the unbending demands of political and social factions, are the policies which created this disaster.’

Coovadia posited that South Africa ‘needs to infuse itself with a measure of discipline, a work ethic and responsibility for the actions we undertake. Mobilise one another instead of waiting for Government to clean our streets or for funding allocations to plant trees and tend school yards. Decentralise education to make every home, every shack or rickety structure a centre of learning. Build rather than destroy. I believe that Gwala, who was in touch with the people’s will, would have agreed.’

To commemorate the life of Gwala, author and academic, Dr Betty Govinden composed and recited a poem, In Defence of Poetry that dovetailed into the life of Gwala while imitating the substance of his poetry, but setting it in post-1994 South Africa.

Words: Melissa Mungroo

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Love Your Imposter, Says Expert

Love Your Imposter, Says Expert
Business leader, speaker, writer and brand strategist Ms Rita Clifton CBE presented the latest Imbokodo workshop.

Loving your Imposter - for Women in Higher Education Leadership and Academia was the theme of the latest Imbokodo workshop, an initiative aimed at empowering women to challenge their inner critic and embrace and promote their achievements while using this as a stepping-stone to take up more challenges and senior roles in the male-dominated Higher Education environment.

In line with the challenges posed by COVID-19 and remote work for women, Imbokodo’s 2021 focus is on wellbeing.

The imposter syndrome is defined as doubting one’s abilities and feeling like a fraud, despite evidence of success. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Studies show that 70% of people experience it in their professional lives. The workshop taught women to identify the imposter and capitalise on it to pursue the opportunities available at UKZN while making an impact nationally and internationally. 

In her welcome address, Human Resources (HR) Division Director, Ms Busisiwe Ramabodu said that, while many women at UKZN are accomplished, few avail themselves for promotion, even when those around recognise their potential. ‘Women tend to wait until they meet 100% of the requirements before they put themselves forward, whereas their male counterparts come forward with 60% of the requirements. This could be partially due to the imposter syndrome.’

The workshop was facilitated by Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa, Dean and Head of the School of Arts while the keynote address was presented by business leader, speaker, writer and brand strategist Ms Rita Clifton CBE.

Clifton is a board member of the John Lewis Partnership, Nationwide Building Society and Ascential plc, and a regular columnist and commentator, including for CNN, BBC, Sky and social channels, and was a business mentor and judge on the CNBC award-winning TV series Pop Up Start Up.

Her writing includes the best-selling book: The Future of Brands and two editions of The Economist book Brands and Branding. Her new book: Love Your Imposter is about new types of business leadership and has had some exceptional reviews.

Clifton spoke on three points: (1) Clarity - asking participants if they were clear about their goals; (2) Coherence - encouraging participants to know their skills, talents and ensure they know how to present themselves; and (3) Leadership - for the organisation, it is about setting the agenda and making sure they are constantly developing, while personal leadership development includes staying curious, learning about the digital world and changes in people and technology while refreshing one’s skills.

Clifton encouraged participants to work with the imposter rather than against it. They shared their experiences and the tools they use to overcome it. During the discussions, she also posed various questions to participants while running a poll to receive immediate feedback.

Clifton advised participants that, when leading a team, they should be the change they want to see and be able to create the kind of culture that they want to see in an organisation. She said the imposter syndrome can help a person prepare more, rehearse and work harder than they would have. She offered tips on how to manage one’s imposter and to gain more finance and communication skills as these will improve one’s presentation skills.

Sharing her experience of the syndrome, Professor Sinegugu Duma said when she became a Head of Department in a historically White university, she had to work twice as hard to prove herself, which can lead to burnout. She added that, even now at UKZN, she constantly has to prove herself.

Lecturer, Dr Nokuthula Cele said that her activities outside of academia, which include being a lay minister, preacher and a bass guitarist, have built her emotional strength and confidence in academia.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Professor Mariam Seedat-Khan thanked HR, Corporate Relations and Information and Communication Services team for working hard to put together the last Imbokodo workshop for the year and ensuring the smooth running of the discussions. She said they would love to see more of these in the future. 

Words: Sithembile Shabangu

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School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Hosts Virtual Open Day

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Hosts Virtual Open Day
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Open Day.

Prospective postgraduate students were informed about the Self-Funded Teaching Programmes (SFTPs) offered by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at its Virtual Open Day.

Detailed information was provided on the following academic offerings:

•    Postgraduate Diploma in Finance, Banking and Investment Management

•    Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning (accredited by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI))

•    Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management Accounting (accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) South Africa)

•    Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Accounting (accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA))

•    Master of Taxation

•    Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies

In his welcome address on behalf of the Dean, the School’s Director of SFTPs Dr Bomi Nomlala outlined the School’s strategic vision, which is to be an internationally acclaimed School in the Disciplines of Accounting, Economics and Finance.

‘We review our programmes regularly to ensure that they talk to market needs; you will benefit greatly from them as they have been realigned to talk to the needs of industry. We also have bursaries to assist disadvantaged students. Over the past two-and-a-half years we have raised more than R45 million to ensure that deserving, qualifying students can benefit. I would encourage you to consider UKZN as your institution of choice and challenge you to use the information you have gained from this open day as a knowledge stepping stone,’ he said.

Managers for each programme gave an overview of their respective programmes, highlighting that each is unique, globally recognised and accredited by professional bodies including the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the FPI and the ACCA.

The School is also finalising accreditation with the South African Institute of Taxation and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) as well as a Memorandum of Understanding with companies which will benefit students in terms of graduate recruitment opportunities.

Participants were able to engage with the programme managers and administrators during the Q&A segments and receive further information on programme requirements, bursary opportunities, research and programme starting dates.

Closing the event, Finance lecturer Dr Patricia Shewell said: ‘Our aim is to improve business skills and continue to contribute to the KwaZulu-Natal business environment by educating people for business through our wide range of programmes. We hope that you will share this knowledge widely and that we see all of you with us next year.’

Those considering postgraduate studies are invited to visit www.saef.ukzn.ac.za.

Words:Thandiwe Jumo

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Webinar Examines the Intellectualisation of isiZulu as an African Language

Webinar Examines the Intellectualisation of isiZulu as an African Language
The College of Humanities hosted a symposium on the Intellectualisation of isiZulu as an African Language.Click here for isiZulu version

The College of Humanities in collaboration with the University Language Planning and Development Office hosted a symposium titled Promoting the Intellectualisation of isiZulu as an African Language.

The aim of the symposium was to present an overview of the UKZN Language Policy and for Divisions and Schools to share their experiences of its implementation.

The event was facilitated by Acting Director Professional Services in the College of Humanities, Dr Phumelele Zakwe with the keynote address delivered by Professor Sandile Songca, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.

Presenters included: Dr Phindile Dlamini (School of Arts); Dr Sally Frost (College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science); Ms Tracy Visser (Student Support Services, College of Humanities); Ms Aphelele Xulu (Libraries and Special Collections); Ms Denise O’Reilly (School of Applied Human Sciences); Mrs Melodious Sazise Ndlovu (School of Built Environment and Development Studies); and Mr Bhekani Dlamini (Corporate Relations).

Songca explained that UKZN’s Language Policy aligns with the national imperatives of language promotion at Universities and the promotion of indigenous languages in the country in business and scholarship as well as intellectual discourse.

Songca added that the policy is currently being reviewed as it has gone past its review date.

‘The national and UKZN policy are very close to one another. It is important for us to review our policy and enhance that alignment.’

Dr Dlamini noted that developing terminology is the first step in implementing the Language Policy. This includes introducing bilingual tutorials, developing terminology lists in Disciplines and translating doctoral abstracts, among other things.

‘We have a few students writing their research in isiZulu; unfortunately it is only students in the African Languages discipline and Education. Only one student from the College of Law and Management Studies has registered to write his PhD in isiZulu. We are hopeful that as time goes on, students from other Schools will write their PhDs and MAs in isiZulu.’

Dr Dlamini added that UKZN in collaboration with Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the University of Zululand (UniZulu) received a grant from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) with the main focus of intellectualising isiZulu.

Frost looked at developments within the Science Centre. ‘The current status in terms of correspondence, is that it is received and dispatched in English. In terms of teaching resources, the geology poster is in English and isiZulu. All other resources are currently in English. Signage for exhibits is in English and some is in isiZulu. For school visits, we always make sure that we have at least one isiZulu speaking demonstrator at hand.’

She said that the long-term goal is to translate the open source textbook of Geoscience across the globe and to translate all interactive exhibit signage.

Xulu explained that there are various library activities to support the use of the isiZulu language. ‘Some signs as well as some orientation sessions are in English and isiZulu. With the 2022 budget allocation, this could be extended to self-help videos and library account videos being translated.’

Dlamini noted that, ‘The Corporate Relations Division is constantly and gradually implementing isiZulu translation in its communication activities in terms of the University Language Policy.

‘In collaboration with the Language Planning Office there is a project to translate the University website. It is a very big project that will happen in phases.

‘In terms of our publications, we are planning to produce a full isiZulu version of NdabaOnline. Every week we have five articles in Ndaba translated into isiZulu. The Language Planning Office also provided a term bank which is a useful tool for our external freelance writers and our writers who are using it as a guide in terms of terminology.’

Dlamini added that the Media Liaison Unit also focuses on bilingual media channels for the University’s media relations and marketing. ‘We have established partnerships with IlangaIsolezwe and recently with Inanda FM and Vuma FM.’

Words: Sinoyolo Mahlasela

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Audiology Commemorates Deaf Awareness Week

Audiology Commemorates Deaf Awareness Week
Final-year Audiology students.Click here for isiZulu version

UKZN’s final-year Audiology students hosted a deaf awareness campaign at Palmiet Primary School in Durban to commemorate Deaf Awareness Week.

The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to promote understanding of deafness, and highlight deaf people’s accomplishments and the challenges they confront. It is dedicated to educating the public about hearing loss, deafness, deaf culture and sign language.

Themed: Find Your Sign, the campaign aimed to raise awareness among educators about hearing loss.

This included the definition of hearing loss; the difference between being deaf and hard of hearing; causes, types and symptoms of hearing loss; its impact on a child’s communication, learning, and social interaction or behaviour; what to do when one suspects hearing loss in a child; educational options and settings for a child with hearing loss and how to manage the child in the classroom.

The students prepared a PowerPoint presentation and also handed out pamphlets.

The teachers welcomed the event, saying they learnt a lot.

The students have thus far raised R6 000 towards the purchase of hearing aids.

Student Ms Nolwazi Mthembu said that the event was originally planned as a virtual one due to COVID-19, but this changed at the last minute. On behalf of the student team, she expressed their thanks to UKZN, the School of Health Sciences and their supervisors in Audiology as well as their fellow students who ensured that the campaign was successful.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

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Be the Best Boss!

Be the Best Boss!
Boss’ Day was celebrated on 16 October.

World Boss’ Day is celebrated each year and is an opportunity to acknowledge the individuals that contribute to our professional journeys. The COVID-19 pandemic has confronted leadership with many challenges in leading their teams. Thus, leading through change, being mindful and exhibiting intentional leadership are vital for today’s leaders.

The pandemic has also affected employees personally in many different ways, which could have ripple effects on their performance at work. Leaders thus require understanding of the tools and knowledge to manage these situations. Remote working has caused disconnects in teams and leaders are called on to help employees navigate this new environment.

UKZN Extended Learning’s Management and Leadership programmes cultivate mindful leadership to build high-quality connections in an organisation. Being a present leader creates a safe space for employees to feel secure and appreciated in these uncertain times and to work productively.

To register for any of the Management and Leadership programmes, click here or contact:
T: +27 31 260 1234
E: enquiries.uel@ukzn.ac.za 

Words: Nkosingiphile Ntshangase

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Look out for red flags to prevent human trafficking and call 10111 or 0800 222 777 to report a case.Click here for isiZulu version

Traffickers often recruit victims using false offers of employment. The following are warning signs to look out for regarding criminal intention:

Red flag #1 - Overpromising: No experience necessary but high pay is offered and the job description is vague. Even an entry-level position requires some sort of experience or skills so if you receive a job offer, compare the salary package online with similar jobs.

Red flag #2 - No questions asked and/or very little information given: Legitimate businesses usually want to review your professional experience or CV. If there is no option to apply online or no address to email your resume and would-be employees get upset when you inquire about those missing facilities, it’s not a legitimate opportunity. And if you are offered an interview after you send a brief text message such as: “I’m interested”, something is amiss because that’s not how legitimate businesses operate. It is simply not logistically possible to interview everyone who expresses an interest in a job.

Red flag #3 - The interview is in a suspect or dodgy place or area: Check Google Maps before going to the interview to make sure the location is safe/legitimate. All interviews should be at company’s offices or at least in a very public place.

Red flag #4 - No contract or very unusual contract offered: If after reading the contract you honestly have no idea what you’re signing then don’t sign. If you are told there is no contract or no contract is mentioned ask why not! All jobs require contracts.

Red flag #5 - Money is mentioned in some suspicious offers: Be very wary if you are required to pay money upfront for some reason or told your expenses will be covered and that you can pay them back later.

Red flag #6 - The company is a mystery in terms of identity, reputation etc: Do your homework. Google - look for websites, LinkedIn, search for them on Twitter, Facebook etc.

Red flag #7 - Your gut feel is that the job offer is suspect: Trust your instincts: If you feel a job offer is too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information on trafficking in persons or to report a case contact 10111 / 0800 222 777 or go to:

•    www.0800222777.org.za

•    www.a21.org

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