10 May 2022
Volume: 10
Issue: 16
Ms Ntandokazi Buthelezi who championed UKZN Enactus’ COVID-19 projects as the organisation’s Operations Vice-President.

Rising Above the Odds

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COVID-19 dealt a heavy blow to Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems and Technology graduate Ms Ntandokazi Buthelezi who lost her mother, grandmother and grandfather in 2020.

Summa cum laude graduate, Mr Sherwyn Stalls celebrating with his wife, Martine (left), and mother, Shaunell.

Student Overcomes COVID-19 to Graduate Summa Cum Laude

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Contracting COVID-19 during the last semester of his studies did not hinder Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) graduate Mr Sherwyn Stalls from not only obtaining his degree, but graduating summa cum laude.

From left: Ms Jaina Bhana, Mr Mohamed Aish, Mr Mandla Mbuyisa and Ms Nickayla Rambaran.

Cum Laude Pass for Bachelor of Commerce Honours Graduates

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Management and Marketing’s Ms Nickayla Rambaran and Ms Jaina Bhana, Mr Mohamed Aish from Information Systems and Technology and Industrial Relations’ Mr Mandla Mbuyisa graduated with their Bachelor of Commerce Honours degrees cum laude.

From left: Professor Thokozani Nzimakwe, Dr Sibongile Nhari, Dr Cyprian Cele, Dr Tsietsi Raleting, and Dr Douglas Ngcobo.

Public Governance Expert Produces Four PhDs

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Professor Thokozani Nzimakwe supervised four doctoral students who graduated at UKZN’s autumn ceremonies.

MBA graduate, Dr Nkosiyephana Mabaso.

MBA Explores Nazarites Church of God’s COVID-19 Response

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Nazarites Church of God (NCG) worshiper and Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate Dr Nkosiyephana Mabaso’s research study explores how the church responded to the COVID-19 pandemic from a strategic management point of view.

Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies graduates Ms Nokuthula Dlamini and Mr Thegen Govender.

Transnet Marine Navigators Graduate

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Colleagues at Transnet Dredging Services, Ms Nokuthula Dlamini (28) and Mr Thegen Govender (42) were among the 10 students who graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies at UKZN in May.

Summa cum laude Bachelor of Commerce Accounting graduate, Mr Nathan Lutchmanan.

Summa Cum Laude Graduate Celebrates Success

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Mr Nathan Lutchmanan described graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting summa cum laude as the reward for his hard work and dedication.

Master of Commerce in Human Resources Management graduate, Ms Lucia Jali.

MCom for Staff Member

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Work-life balance experiences during COVID-19: A Case of Academics at a South African University was the title of UKZN staff member and Master of Commerce in Human Resources Management graduate, Ms Lucia Jali’s research.

PhD graduate, Dr Joseph Khengere.

Research Explores Technology-Based Healthcare Model for Botswana

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The deteriorating state of patient care in Botswana’s public healthcare centres motivated PhD graduate, Dr Joseph Khengere to explore the development of an innovative technology-based healthcare-monitoring model.

Ms Slindile Ntshangase from eThekwini Municipality graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership.

UKZN Leadership Programme Sharpens Business Acumen

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A firm believer in continuous professional development, Ms Slindile Ntshangase added the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership to her list of academic qualifications when she graduated at UKZN in May.

From left: Drs Anthony Mbuki Maina, Samkele Konyana, Estelle David, Sfiso Myeni, Tabitha Zinyama, and George Kasumba.

Culmination of a Journey for PhD Graduates

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School of Management, Information Technology and Governance PhD graduates, Drs Samkele Konyana, Estelle David, Sfiso Myeni, George Kasumba, Tabitha Zinyama and Anthony Mbuki Maina celebrated the culmination of their PhD journey at UKZN’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony.

PhD in Accounting graduates, Drs Nyanine Fonou Dombeu (left) and Jean Damascene Mvunabandi.

PhDs in Accounting for Two Researchers

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Dean and Head of UKZN’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Professor Mabutho Sibanda congratulated researchers, Drs Nyanine Fonou Dombeu and Jean Damascene Mvunabandi on graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting during the Autumn Graduation season.

PhD in Entrepreneurship and Marketing graduate, Dr Lindiwe “Malindi” Kunene.

Entrepreneurship Close to PhD Graduate’s Heart

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Inspiring and cultivating the entrepreneurship mind-set among her students is what drives UKZN academic and PhD graduate Dr Lindiwe “Malindi” Kunene.

Dr Lindokuhle Mkhize celebrates her PhD achievement with her mom, Ms Lindele Khumalo (left), her husband Mr Peter Mkhize (right), and her son, Mr Sethembile Mkhize.

HR 4IR Readiness Focus of Doctoral Study

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With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) blurring the lines between people and technology, fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, Human Resources (HR) Director and commercial farmer, Dr Lindokuhle Mkhize was motivated to embark on a doctoral journey which culminated in her being awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resources by UKZN in May.

Warrant Officer Ms Bathabile Ngubane made her parents, Nonhlangano (left) and Bhekinkosi, proud when she graduated with a Master’s in Child Care and Protection.

Study Investigates Protection of Child Victims During the Criminal Justice Process

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The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states that every child has the right to be protected from abuse. However, in her work in law enforcement and social work, Ms Bathabile Ngubane (42) has witnessed child victims failed by the criminal justice system.

TNPA’s Chief Harbour Master Mr Rufus Lekala graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies.

Transnet National Port Authority’s Chief Harbour Master Graduates at UKZN

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The head of the Maritime Service for the Transnet National Port Authority, Mr Rufus Lekala graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies during one of UKZN’s Graduation ceremonies in May.

PhD graduate, Dr Augustine Kihiko.

PhD Study Aims to Promote Universal Health Coverage in Kenya

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Dr Augustine Kihiko’s PhD in Information Systems and Technology explored the challenges of technology adoption and the extent of technology use in the Kenyan health sector.

From left: Ms Dhirja Singh, Ms Yasoda Rambally, Ms Snethemba Jali, Ms Saranya Govender and Ms Yonela Mdyodyo.

BCom Honours Students Graduate Cum Laude

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Six Bachelor of Commerce Honours students in Human Resources Management graduated cum laude.

Master of Accountancy cum laude graduate, Mr Masibulele Phesa.

Eastern Cape Academic Masters Accountancy Cum Laude

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Lecturer at Walter Sisulu University, Mr Masibulele Phesa has added a Master of Accountancy to his list of qualifications.

Ms Langa Ntuli celebrating her graduation with daughter, Hleloluhle.

Distinction for Nedbank Staff Member

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While the COVID-19 pandemic created uncertainty in the lives of many, for Ms Langa Ntuli of Umlazi township south of Durban, it meant working harder to remain relevant in the financial services sector.

BCom graduate, Ms Nitasha Pillay.

Hard Work and Perseverance Pays Off for BCom Graduate

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Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Information Systems and Technology graduate Ms Nitasha Pillay who was appointed as a Women in Tech South Africa Youth Ambassador during the final-year of her undergraduate studies hopes to inspire young people to upskill in technology.