03 September 2014
Volume: 2
Issue: 46
The Vuyani Dance Theatre performs on the opening night of Jomba!

Lack of Government Funding for the Arts Lamented at Jomba! Opening

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Lack of funding for the Arts was slated by the Artistic Director of the 16th Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience, Ms Lliane Loots, at the Festival’s highly successful opening night at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban.

School of Law academic Professor Karthy Govender facilitating question and answer time with Madam Justice Dhaya Pillay.

Mindset Shift Needed to Boost Women Leadership, Says Judge

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A mindset shift is needed to encourage women to take up positions of leadership, according to Judge of the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court, Madam Justice Dhaya Pillay.

Masters student, Mr Faheem Suliman.

Masters Students Research Recognised

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UKZN masters student, Mr Faheem Suliman, was the co-recipient of the Young Linguist Award at the 2014 Linguistics Society of Southern Africa Conference.

CAPRISA Statistician Nonhlanhla Yendi-Zuma.

SA Women in Science Awards 2014

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Statistician Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma received a TATA Africa Scholarship valued at R60 000 which will sponsor her PhD studies.

Professor Benn Sartorius.

UKZN Academic Part of Research Team Tackling Obesity

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A study which suggests that a 20% tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) could reduce obesity in 220 000 adults in South Africa, has been co-authored by UKZN’s College of Health Sciences’ Associate Professor Benn Sartorius.

UKZN students (from left) Mr Riyaz Vawda, Mr Michael Mthethwa and Ms Racqual Ramharuk.

Leisure Science Students Participate in Global Youth Project

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Three UKZN students are contributing authors to a book which is the first of its kind in the leisure profession globally.

At the 16th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC 2014), in Japan are (from left) UKZN’s Dr Muhammad Bala, Dr Vincent Nyamori and Dr Bernard Owaga.

UKZN Chemistry Lecturers Present Papers at International Conference in Japan

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UKZN Chemistry Lecturers on the Westville campus - Dr Muhammad Bala, Dr Vincent Nyamori and Dr Bernard Owaga - presented their research at the 26th biennial International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC) in Sapporo, Japan.

Ms Diana Marcela Valentin Cardenas (centre) welcomed by Medical School staff, Professor Ted Sommerville and Dr Margaret Matthews.

Colombian Medical Student Following her Dream through UKZN

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A Columbian Medical student’s dream to study overseas to help her become one of her country’s best doctors is slowly becoming a reality, thanks in part to a three-month experience at UKZN’s Medical School.

X Factor star BA student, Ms Snehlanhla Mbonambi.

Humanities Student in X Factor Reality TV Show

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Partially sighted Bachelor of Arts student, Ms Snehlanhla Mbonambi, has made it into the X Factor reality TV show after gruelling audition and call-back sessions.

Participants at a workshop on graduate competencies.

Graduate Competencies Discussed at Workshop

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A workshop on the development of core competencies for undergraduate students in the College of Health Sciences was held at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

Delegates at a workshop on dissertation research, writing and supervision presented by Mr Erik Hofstee of EXACTICA Thesis and Dissertation Solutions.

Researchers and Supervisors hear about how to Improve their Skills

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‘Brilliant!’ This was the overall assessment of a workshop on PhD dissertation research and writing, and supervisory skills development held on the Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses.

From left: Mr Marc Thom of Investec Bank; Director of Student Academic Administration at UKZN, Mr Baatile Poo; Mr Craig Starchan of Investec Bank, and Deputy Chair of UKZN’s Council, Mr Karl Schmidt.

UKZN’s Golf Day Just Keeps on Getting Better!

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UKZN’S annual Golf Day is a significant event on the Institution’s calendar, bringing together the business sector, donors, alumni, friends and members of the University’s internal community.

The School of Clinical Medicine’s new satellite office at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

New Satellite Office Benefits Pietermaritzburg-based Medical Students

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A satellite office has been set up by UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine (SCM) at the Parkhome of Greys Hospital to assist undergraduate and postgraduate Medical students with professional services that would otherwise be offered at the Medical School in Durban.

Moot finalists: Front from left: Mr Phinda Dube, Ms Reesha Seegobin, Mr Simon Pennefather and Ms Emily West with Mr Justice Piet Koen and Mr Justice Jerome Mnguni.

Pietermaritzburg Moot Finalists Attribute Their Success to Friendship

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Rivalry can be a negative element in a friendship but for the finalists in this year’s annual Pietermaritzburg Moot Court competition it was the glue that saw them through.

From left: Dr Mvume Dandala, Professor Simangaliso Kumalo; Mrs Elna Boesak; Professor Cheryl Potgieter; Professor Allan Boesak; Professor Gerald West; Professor Johannes Smit and Professor Roderick Hewitt.

Activist Allan Boesak Delivers Annual Mzwandile Memorial Lecture

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Anti-apartheid activist Allan Boesak highlighted similarities in the parable of love in the Bible’s Gospel of Luke to paths walked by ANC veterans Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela, in an address he made at UKZN.

Ms Heather Prince.

Cosmology Masters Student Wins Award at National Physics Conference

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Masters student at UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU), Ms Heather Prince, has won an award for best Masters of Science Oral Presentation in the Astrophysics track at the annual SA Institute of Physics conference in Johannesburg.

Liege University academics, Mr Bernard Deffet and Ms Courtejoie Fabienne (centre), and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter (left), with Architecture Discipline academics and representatives from the UKZN International Office.

Belgian Academics Visit Architecture Discipline at UKZN

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Two academics from Liege University in Belgium recently visited the School of Built Environment and Development Studies in the Architecture discipline at the College of Humanities.

Dr Bo Du and Professor Salim Abdool Karim formalise the relationship between CAPRISA and the CDC Sichuan Province.

CDC-Sichuan Agreement Formalised

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Senior officials from the Centres for Disease Control in Sichuan, a province in south west China, visited CAPRISA in August to gain insights into CAPRISA’s AIDS research and to sign a co-operation agreement

PhD candidates after presenting their proposals to peers and College academics.

Research Proposed by PhD Students Assessed by Peers and Academics

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Students who plan to start PhD studies next year presented their proposals at a session held at UKZN’s School of Nursing and Public Health before which they attended an...

Mr Desmond Golding (left) and Professor Kriben Pillay.

UKZN Academic Delivers Lecture to Poverty Education Lab Participants

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As part of his research and community outreach initiatives, UKZN’s Professor Kriben Pillay delivered a lecture to the participants of the Poverty Eradication Lab, a pilot project of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism spear-headed by its HOD, Mr Desmond Golding.

Dr Maheshvari Naidu (second row, third right) with UKZN’s Dr Sibusiso Chalufu (back row, left), University staff, students and external stakeholders.

Right to Respect Awareness Campaign at UKZN

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A Right to Respect awareness campaign at UKZN, which aimed to create greater awareness of sexual rights, was hosted by the University’s HIV/AIDS programme at the Howard College Theatre.

Grade 11 learners from Thembuzulu Secondary School in Umzinto visited UKZN’s Life Sciences laboratories.

Learners Get Glimpse of UKZN Laboratories

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The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem, says Life Sciences Lecturer, Dr Taro Mwabvu, quoting esteemed Austrian psychiatrist, neurologist and Holocaust survivor, Viktor E. Frankl.

The Break Silence Walk on the Howard College campus.

Break the Silence Walk

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The Break Silence Walk, held to raise public awareness about gender-based violence and encourage victims to speak out, took place on the Howard College campus in Durban.

School of Nursing Public Health bids Shannie Maharaj farewell.

Farewell to Long Serving Staff Member

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UKZN’s School of Nursing and Public Health employees bid farewell to their Dean and Head of School’s Administrator, Mrs Shannie Maharaj, who is moving to Pretoria after being at the Institution for the past 17 years.