03 February 2022
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Ms Maryam Mahomed is the SAMSA President for 2022.

UKZN Student Elected 2022 SA Medical Students Association President

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Third-year Medical student, Ms Maryam Mahomed has been elected President of the South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) for 2022.

Cyclone Idai in 2019 was among the most recent intense tropical cyclones to make landfall along southern Africa.

Geologists Warn Tropical Cyclones Could Hit KZN

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An international study led out of UKZN and published in the journal Nature Geoscience has used state-of-the-art techniques to investigate seabed sediments, revealing that severe tropical cyclones made landfall along the eastern coast of South Africa in the past and that under projected climate change conditions, these damaging phenomena could arise in the future.

Co-authors of this novel study were Professor Sabiha Essack and Mr Daniel Berman.

Increasing Reliance on Last Resort Antibiotics Reveals “Worrying” Superbug Trend - Study Finding

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A study co-conducted by a UKZN academic has revealed a “worrying” five-year trend in South Africa of rapidly increasing reliance on last resort antibiotics as bacteria continue at an increasing rate to develop resistance to the most common “access” and “watch” antibiotics - the first and second line of defence against bacterial infections.

Hlosiwe Mthalane aka DJ Hlo.

UKZN Alumnus DJ Hlo is Ukhozi FM’s 2021 Song of the Year Winner

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UKZN Social Sciences graduate Hlosiwe Mthalane aka DJ Hlo, is the winner of Ukhozi FM’s 2021 Song of the Year.

Ms Nozibusiso Vezi, UKZN Music graduate.

UKZN Alumnus to Perform at Concert in Margate

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UKZN Music graduate and vocalist Ms Nozibusiso Vezi is set to perform with a band at a concert at the Margate Art Museum on Saturday, 5 February.

Professor Donal McCracken with his new book and on the right one of the threatening letters.

New Book on History of “Threatening Letters” in Victorian Ireland

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Author and veteran UKZN academic Professor Donal McCracken has written a most unusual book! It’s about the history of ‘threatening letters’ in 19th century rural Ireland, titled: You will dye at midnight: Threatening letters in Victorian Ireland. (Eastwood Books, Dublin).

The dust cover for a new book co-edited by UKZN academics.

Law and Management Studies Academics Co-Edit Research-Based Book

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Discipline of Information Systems and Technology academics Dr Upasana Singh and Dr Craig Blewett have co-edited a new book, with Professor Sid Nair, from Australia, and an Honorary Professor in the School of MIG, and Dr Timothy Shea from the USA, titled: Academic Voices: A Conversation on New Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the post-COVID World.

The lecture series co-presented by UKZN gave insight into various aspects of civil engineering.

Lecture Series Builds Knowledge on Engineering Infrastructure

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UKZN’s Discipline of Civil Engineering teamed up with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and SANLAM Life to present a series of lectures on engineering infrastructure that featured a line-up of top speakers who covered a range of topics over 10 weeks.

The Edgewood Campus Residence Life Team 2022.

Edgewood Campus Resident Assistants Ready for 2022 Academic Year

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Every academic year residence students on UKZN’s Edgewood campus are invited to apply for a one-year performance-based contract position as Residence Assistants (RAs) in the Department of Student Residence Affairs.


Matric Results Euphoria is Both Educationally and Politically Misplaced

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Matric results excitement veils bigger problems in our schooling system that we should be worried about. I believe this situation has been left unattended for the last 27 years and it is thus high time we confront the elephant in the room!

Co-author of the study, UKZN’s Professor Refiloe Masekela.

Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Dying of COVID-19 at a Higher Rate than Counterparts Elsewhere

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An international multi-centre study has found that children in sub-Saharan Africa who are hospitalised with COVID-19 are dying at a rate far higher than children in the United States and Europe.

Winners of the best oral presentations across the five Schools in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Symposium Showcases Top UKZN Research and a “View on the Universe”

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A UKZN online symposium gave participants insight into the mysteries of dark energy, and dark matter that assists galaxy formation as well as details about particles and forces in physics.

Professor Deevia Bhana who has been awarded a B1 rating from the NRF.

Education Academic Awarded Prestigious B1 rating from NRF

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Professor Deevia Bhana of the School of Education has been awarded a B1 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Professor Purshottama Reddy (left) and Professor Henry Wissink.

UKZN Professors Co-Edit New Book on Subnational Governance and Development in SA

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Two senior academics in UKZN’s School of Management, IT and Governance have co-edited a new book titled: Subnational Governance and Development in South Africa Post 1994: Prospects and Challenges.

Msizi Chatbot is now available on WhatsApp.

Msizi Chatbot Goes Up a Notch!

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Msizi Chatbot - a computer programme designed to mimic human conversations and provide predetermined answers by interpreting words given to it in the chat interface - has just got even more advanced!

Ms Aisha Gambo and Professor Nceba Gqaleni.

Study Reveals Benefits of Moringa Oleifera Leaf Supplementation for HIV Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy

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PhD student in the Discipline of Public Health, Ms Aisha Gambo, and her supervisor Professor Nceba Gqaleni, have published a research article evaluating the effects of the Moringa oleifera leaf supplementation on the CD4 count, viral load and anthropometric of HIV positive adults on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Nigeria.

UKZN lecturer Dr Ntokozo Mkhize-Mthembu with book character Tippie the elephant and her children’s books.

Humanities Academic Co-Authors isiZulu Children’s Books

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Lecturer in the School of Education Dr Ntokozo Mkhize-Mthembu has co-authored a series of children’s isiZulu books titled Funda Ukufunda noTippie iZinga R with colleagues Ms Reinette Lombard and Ms Jose’ Palmer.