21 May 2022
Volume: 10
Issue: 22
Distinguished Teacher, Professor David Lokhat is congratulated by Acting Chancellor, Professor Albert Modi.

Distinguished Teachers’ Award for Acclaimed Chemical Engineer

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Receiving a Distinguished Teachers’ Award (DTA) from UKZN is a career highlight for Associate Professor and Academic Leader in Chemical Engineering Professor David Lokhat as it acknowledges the years of hard work and dedication he has put into honing his teaching skills.

Dr Ganiyat Salawu with her children, from left: AbdulMalik, Toyeeb, AbdulHazeem and Waliyullahi.

Graduate Aiming for a Career in Building Bridges

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The impact of disruptive technology on the manufacturing process and productivity in an advanced-manufacturing environment was the focus of a study which secured Dr Ganiyat Salawu a PhD in Engineering.

Dr Bonga Ngcobo celebrates with his aunts, Petronella Ngcobo (left) and Tholakele Jili.

Passion for Plant Science Drives PhD Graduate

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Dr Bonga Ngcobo is the proud holder of a PhD in Horticultural Science after developing new combinations of pre- and post-harvest treatments, which he says could form part of a green economy in South Africa and help poor rural households and subsistence farmers achieve greater food security.

Ms Snethemba Helen Ndlovu graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from UKZN.

Graduate’s Research on Smallholder Farms Takes to the Skies!

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Research by Ms Snethemba Ndlovu not only secured her a master’s degree; it also earned her certification as a drone pilot!

Dr Lawrence Malinga with his wife Thobile and son Unathi.

Research Entomologist Proud to Add Title of “Dr” to His Name

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A research entomologist at the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI), Mr Lawrence Malinga, can now add the honorific “Dr” to his name after graduating with a PhD in Plant Pathology.

Mr Thembelani Khumalo with his agricultural engineering final-year project design.

Agricultural Engineering Offers Exciting Career Opportunities - Says Graduate

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‘I am impressed that UKZN caters for candidates like me who want to be engineers in agricultural practices and offers such exciting study opportunities in the field!’

Summa cum laude graduate Mr Bonginkosi Ndwandwe.

Study Investigates Conversion of Meat and Bone Meal into Valuable Fuel Gas

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The use of organic waste such as palm kernel shells, meat and bone meal, and wooden pellets to make valuable fuels which can be used for the production of energy and chemicals was researched for a postgraduate degree.

Dr Victor Chingwara.

Graduate Believes His Research Results Will Help Improve Food Security

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Dr Victor Chingwara, Acting Director of Crops in the Agricultural Research, Innovation and Development Directorate (ARID) of Zimbabwe’s Public Service Commission, graduated with a PhD in plant breeding that he believes will help him answer food security problems.

Twinning and winning together are sisters Bongekile (left) and S’Bongile Dlomo.

Double Dose of Joy for Dlomo Household

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It was Joy x 2 for the Dlomo household when twin sisters Bongekile and S’Bongile Dlomo graduated together with Bachelor of Science degrees in Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

Dr Antonio Blanco-Montero at his graduation (left) and on site with UKZN Engineering students.

African Cities of the Future Explored in Doctoral Research

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Dr Antonio Blanco-Montero - a Spanish national resident in South Africa since 2014 - has been awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from UKZN for his thesis which focused on the development of an integrated model for urban sustainable resilience through smart city projects in the southern African context.

Mr Demian Mukansi graduated with an MSc degree in Agricultural Engineering cum laude.

Method Used by Retail Outlets to Store Amadumbe Focus of Master’s Degree Study

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Research into the conditions under which retailers store amadumbe secured Mr Demian Mukansi an MSc degree in Agricultural Engineering cum laude.

Mechanical engineer, Mr Bevan Naidoo graduated with top honours.

Huawei’s Investment Reaps Rich Dividends

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Summa cum laude BSc Mechanical Engineering graduate Mr Bevan Naidoo chose to study at UKZN despite receiving numerous offers from other universities.

Ms Kiara Brewer with her proud parents, Claudele and Andrew.

Graduate Uses Drones in Research for Master’s Degree in Agrometeorology

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were used by a graduate in her research to determine crop health and water stress in smallholder farms.

Summa cum laude graduate, Mr Mayuren Govender.

E-Waste Guru Graduates Summa Cum Laude

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A study focused on improving electronic waste (e-waste) management at UKZN secured Mr Mayuren Govender a summa cum laude MSc degree in Engineering.

Summa cum laude graduate, Mr Ross Tarr.

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

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Mr Ross Tarr is over the moon about being awarded his BScAgric degree in plant sciences summa cum laude after a challenging start to his tertiary studies which saw him overcome failure to achieve top results in a field he is passionate about.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) summa cum laude graduates (clockwise from top left): Ms Alyssa Murray, Mr Mohammed Mansoor, Ms Sohana Bridgemohan, and Ms Riyantha Moodley.

Four of the Best!

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Four of the 54 students awarded Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) degrees from UKZN graduated summa cum laude.

MSc cum laude Engineering graduate, Mr Ethan Pillay.

Working Towards Helping Keep SA’s Lights On

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‘My love for mathematics and physics put me on the right road to realise my long-held dream of becoming a civil engineer,’ says Mr Ethan Pillay who graduated from UKZN with a cum laude MSc degree in Civil Engineering.