15 November 2018 Volume :6 Issue :59

UKZN Academic Completes Demanding Amashova Cycle Race

UKZN Academic Completes Demanding Amashova Cycle Race
Dr Pfano Mashau during the Amashova Cycle Race.

Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) lecturer, Dr Pfano Mashau, put his cycling endurance powers to the test in the 2018 Amashova Durban Classic event and excelled!

Mashau, who took on the annual 106 km race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban for the second time, said he felt better prepared on this occasion.

‘This year I finished in four hours,’ said Mashau. ‘That was 30 minutes quicker than last year but I was disappointed because I was aiming for three hours. I had stamina and was pacing myself well but mother nature was against me as it was very windy,’ he said.

Inspired by what Mashau achieved, two colleagues have committed to train with him and take part in next year’s event.

His goal, however, is to be at the start of the 109 km Cape Town Cycle Tour next year.

‘I have always enjoyed cycling with other people and exploring different routes,’ said Mashau. ‘Cycling is fun and provides good relaxation, similar to jogging, which is what us academics need to relieve stress.’

Mashau, a dedicated academic, recently presented a paper titled: A Review of the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on the South African Labour Market during the 2nd International Conference on Business and Information Management (ICBIM 2018) in Spain. The paper is part of Mashau’s research using the lens of the fourth industrial evolution to explore what is happening in South Africa’s labour market with the aim of suggesting possible strategies universities can use to address and prepare for these changes.

Mashau goes to Amsterdam this month to attend a workshop on Business Research Methods and Innovations.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga 

Photograph: Supplied

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