13 August 2014
Volume: 2
Issue: 42
Together here are (from left) Centre for Rural Health (CRH) Director, Dr Bernhard Gaede; Associate Professor: Paediatrics and Child Health at UKZN, Professor Anna Coutsoudis; CRH Deputy-Director, Dr Christiane Horwood; Director for Nutrition: KZN Department of Health Ms Lenore Spies, and CRH Researcher, Miss Ntokozo Mntambo.

R32 Million Injection to Support and Encourage Breastfeeding in KZN

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UKZN’s Centre for Rural Health and Department of Paediatrics in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has embarked on a three-year project to support and encourage exclusive breastfeeding in KZN.

The Phoenix – 1A Hybrid Rocket was unveiled by UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Group.

UKZN Aerospace Systems Research Group unveils Phoenix -1A Hybrid Rocket

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UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Group unveiled the Phoenix-1A Hybrid Rocket recently in front of excited onlookers who heard project leader Mr Jean Pitot outline the history of the projectile.

Third-year Social Sciences student Ms Zinhle Madela.

Humanities Student part of Champion Choir

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Third-year Social Sciences student Ms Zinhle Madela recently featured in the televised reality talent contest Clash of the Choirs SA as a member of the victorious KwaZulu-Natal team - Team Robbie (Robbie Malinga).

Discussing strategy are (from left) UKZN’s Dr Kwasi Sackey Yobo (Plant Pathology), Dr Rose Mboya (Food Security) and Dr Unathi Kolanisi (Food Security).

Agricultural Innovators build Problem-Solving Skills and Strategies for Africa

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Despite strong economic growth over the past years, food insecurity plagues more than 20% of South Africa’s population and threatens development gains.

UKZN’s Student Law Review committee.

UKZN Student Law Review hosts Training Workshop for its Editors

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The UKZN Student Law Review (SLR) hosted a highly successful training workshop for its editors and reviewers from both the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses as well as members of the SLR Academic Advisory Board.

UKZN staff and industrial partners at the Green Oliver Tambo Building Energy Efficiency Pilot Project.

Energy Efficiency Pilot Project Achieves Healthy Results

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Encouraging results - including a 20% energy costs saving - have been achieved by a commercial building energy efficiency pilot project initiated at UKZN’s Oliver Tambo building in May last year, industrial sponsors of the project heard at a recent workshop.

Photographs from UKZN’s Gandhi-Luthuli Documentation Centre were included in an exhibition of Durban’s “shameful past”.

Airing Durban’s “Dirty Linen”

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Historic photographs from UKZN’s Gandhi-Luthuli Documentation Centre were featured in an exhibition highlighting Durban’s ‘Dirty Linen’.

SAICA Leadership Summit participants Mr Pratish Hansjee, Mr Christian Ishimwe and Mr Ujir Soni.

BCOM Accounting Students Excel at Student Leadership Summit

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Proving their ability to think critically and analyse global commercial trends, five UKZN BCom Accounting students made it into the Top 30 in the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Student Leadership Summit essay competition.

Award winners, Mr Sibonele Gumede (left) and Ms Charanee Marimuthu (right) with UNASA-UKZN Chairperson, Mr Perminus Moinogu.

UKZN Students in Model United Nations Debate

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Students under the auspices of the United Nations Association of South Africa - UKZN Chapter (UNASA-UKZN) assisted the South African Institute of International Affairs representatives with the organisation of a model United Nations Conference.

info4africa staff with their new 2014 Series 7 Support Services Directory.

info4africa Launches KZN Series 7 Support Services Directory

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info4africa, a self-funded Centre of the School of Applied Human Sciences, recently launched their 2014 KwaZulu-Natal info4africa Series 7 support services directory.

Professor Sarojini Nadar (second right) with her family at her Inaugural Lecture.

F-Words Explored in Inaugural Lecture

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Negotiating the “F-words” in Academia: “Faith” and “Feminism” within Contexts of Gender-Based Violence, was the title of the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Sarojini Nadar of UKZN’s Gender and Religion Studies.

Professor Ziegler (middle back) and attendants at the Seminar.

Genetic Study Indicates two Novel Resistance Loci for Severe Malaria in Africa

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With malaria causing around one million fatalities per year among African children, it is important to understand how the disease is influenced by the environment, anti-malarial drugs and human genetics. However, the full impact of human genetics on resistance to the disease remains largely unexplored.

From left: Dr J Philpott, Dr A Beaton, Mr G Cele, Ms VR Moodley, Dr B Hall and Dr G Albieri.

Scope Expansion Training for Optometrists to be Offered at UKZN soon

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The Department of Optometry at UKZN’s Westville Campus, in collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY), will soon offer a course for scope expansion training for optometrists in South Africa.

UKZN Academic Development Officer, Ms Benina Mkhonto (second from right) with conference participants.

UKZN Academic Represents SA at Conference in Ireland

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The Academic Development Officer for the Discipline of Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences, Ms Benina Mkhonto, was at the University of Maynooth in Ireland for a week representing South Africa at the Alternative to Violence Project International (AVPI).

UKZN Engineering staff and students on site at Pfisterer.

Engineering Research Centres link with Industry

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UKZN’s Vibration Research and Testing Centre (VRTC) and High Voltage Direct Current Centre (HVDC), which form part of the Eskom Centre of Excellence in HVDC Engineering on the Westville campus, recently linked up for visits to Pfisterer, Aberdare and Preformed Line Products (PLP), all situated in Pietermaritzburg.

Staff at UKZN’s Wellness Day on the Westville campus.

Promoting Employee Wellness at UKZN

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UKZN hosted a series of Wellness Days in August aimed at improving the health of staff on all five campuses and at the Africa Centre in Mtubatuba.

Students discuss their future careers with employers at the exhibition.

College of Law and Management Studies hosts Successful Careers’ Exhibition

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Some of South Africa’s top employers interacted with students on career prospects at an exhibition hosted by the College of Law and Management Studies, Student Support Services on

Mr Tyrique Byroo, a Grade 9 pupil from Star College, presented a project on Energy Innovations at the FFS Expo for Young Scientists titled: “It’s a Berry Bright Future”.

Scores of Projects Featured at Science Expo at UKZN

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About 250 youngsters from KwaZulu-Natal schools displayed more than 180 projects at the recent FFS Science Expo for Young Scientists.