12 September 2013 Volume :1 Issue :1

Trees planted in celebration of new Research Centre and Arbour Week

Trees planted in celebration of new Research Centre and Arbour Week
The Mayor of the uMgungundlovu Municipal District, Councillor Yusuf Bhamjee, and UKZN Law academic, Professor Michael Kidd, plant a tree.

Representatives from the School of Law planted several trees in celebration of Arbour Week at their newly acquired Postgraduate Research Centre.

Environmental Law researcher and Lecturer in the School of Law, Professor Michael Kidd, said the new centre would provide the best possible research facilities for the growing number of postgraduate students in the School.

Well-known and renowned members of the local legal community attended as did the Mayor of uMgungundlovu Municipal District, Councillor Yusuf Bhamjee. ‘Planting trees provides long-term sustainability and we trust that this Postgraduate Centre becomes a leading and sought-after centre for training South African legal graduates,’ said Bhamjee.  

Several distinguished guests took part in planting the trees around the Centre, symbolic of the long-term goal to develop and grow the Postgraduate Centre.

Director and Master Mariner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Mr Malcolm Hartwell, acknowledged his company’s long-running association with the University. ‘We have been closely associated with the University for many years and whenever there’s an activity such as this we like to extend our full support to what we believe is one of the strongest legal training institutions in the country,’ he said.

The tree planting ceremony proved to be an excellent initiative in bringing the Pietermaritzburg law community together. ‘This has been a wonderful and auspicious occasion, and to have our own Postgraduate Centre can only bode something positive for the legal community, as well for the students of UKZN. It’s something I’m quite happy about,’ said Chairperson of the Pietermaritzburg Attorney’s Association, Ms Ashika Singh.

Postgraduate students in attendance expressed delight at having a centre dedicated solely to the furthering of their academic research endeavours.

‘The tree planting definitely serves as a good omen hinting at great things to come and the start of new things for not only the postgraduate students, but also the School of Law,’ said Environmental Law postgraduate student, Ms Chantelle Moyo.  

The School of Law Postgraduate Centre opens officially next month.

author : Barrington Marais
author email : maraisb@ukzn.ac.za