27 September 2022 Volume :10 Issue :44

UKZN Lecturer Graduates with PhD Despite Hiccups Along the Way

UKZN Lecturer Graduates with PhD Despite Hiccups Along the Way
Dr Zamadonda Xulu-Kasaba (right) is congratulated by her close friend, Dr Winnie Cele.

This qualification marks a significant point in my life as it begins a process of growth in my career, opening the way to success, personal development and overall advancement...I’m truly grateful to the Lord for standing by me.

These are the words of UKZN lecturer and Optometry PhD graduate Dr Zamadonda Xulu-Kasaba, who had to cope with delays on her road to academic success.

‘I had some differences with my first supervisors and ended the association and my doctoral studies for that year,’ said Xulu-Kasaba.  ‘In 2019, I found new supervision and planned to start again in 2020 but was halted by the Coronavirus which brought most of the world to a standstill forcing me to teach my children at home in addition to working on my PhD and learning how to deliver lectures online and supervise students virtually! Once again, the doctorate had to take the back seat and I had to wait for the following year to register,’ she said.

Xulu-Kasaba’s study aimed to evaluate eye health within the region under the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health against the background of National Health Insurance to ensure accessible health care for all.

In her study, she developed a framework to assist policymakers to ensure eye healthcare for all through adequate staffing. Her publications will be forwarded to the Department of Health for their possible use.

Originally from King Dinuzulu Township in Eshowe, Xulu-Kasaba, says she draws her strength from prayer and is grateful for a family that supported her in reaching her dreams.

Xulu-Kasaba graduated with a student Ms Thembile Zikhali who she supervised for a master’s degree.

Words: Mandisa Shozi

Photograph: Supplied

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