22 September 2022
Volume: 10
Issue: 41
UKZN Fellow, Professor David Spurrett.

Humanities Academic Becomes UKZN Fellow

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Professor David Spurrett of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) was awarded a UKZN Fellowship during the University’s Spring Graduation Ceremony in recognition of his distinguished achievement as an academic and contribution to his field of philosophy.

Master of Arts degree holder Ms Nonjabulo Ximba.

IsiZulu Master’s Research Analyses Storytelling Tactics Used by Legendary Musician Vusi Ximba

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Ms Nonjabulo Ximba was ecstatic to graduate from UKZN with her Master of Arts degree which she wrote in isiZulu. She is also the daughter of the late legendary musician, Vusi Ximba.

PhD in Gender and Religion studies graduate, Dr Zama Dlamini.

Doctoral Graduate Unmasks Gender Inequality and GBV in the Faith Context

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From high school teacher, school counsellor, and education specialist to lay minister, Dr Zama Dlamini graduates with a PhD in Gender and Religion. She made a disciplinary shift from Media and Cultural Studies to Gender and Religion and completed her PhD in three years despite many family responsibilities.

PhD graduate and lecturer in the School of Education, Dr Vusi Msiza.

Masculinity and Care in Foundation Phase Teaching Explored in PhD Study

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Dr Vusi Msiza, a lecturer within UKZN’s School of Education, graduated with a PhD in Education for his research which explored ways in which men who are teaching in the foundation phase construct and perform care.

Master’s graduate, Mr Nkosiyakhe Shabalala.

Master’s Research Critically Investigates Foster Care Grants as a Poverty Alleviation Strategy

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Mr Nkosiyakhe Shabalala, a social worker at the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Social Development (DSD), was thrilled to graduate with his Master’s in Development Studies.

PhD graduate, Dr Diloshini Govender.

PhD Research Examines the Construction of Masculinities

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Dr Diloshini Govender, a primary school teacher, graduated with a PhD in Education for her research which examined the construction of masculinities among eight to nine-year-old primary school boys.

Master’s graduate, Mr Mlamuli Tabhu.

Education Master’s Graduate Investigates a Decolonised Philosophy of African History

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Mr Mlamuli Tabhu graduated with a Master’s in Education for his research entitled, Towards a Decolonised Philosophy of African History: Theoretical Reflections of History Academics in South Africa.

Dr Nozipho Dlodlo graduates with a PhD in Biblical Studies.

PhD Research Uses Biblical Character to Enable Conversations About Masculinity Construction

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Dr Nozipho Dlodlo was thrilled to receive her PhD in Biblical Studies in which she engaged the character of David in the Old Testament as a possible reflective surface to enable conversations about masculinity construction and coming of age in the contemporary faith context.

Ms Noliwe Gwiza, Master’s in Development Studies graduate.

Perceptions of Social Support Among Individuals with Cancer in eThekwini

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Ms Noliwe Gwiza was thrilled to graduate from UKZN with her Master’s in Development Studies for her research that explored the perceptions of social support among individuals living with cancer in eThekwini.

Graduate Mr Marlon Lazarus with his wife, Gabrielle (left) and mother, Mary.

Momentous Achievement for UKZN Staffer who Earns First Social Sciences Degree

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Administrator within UKZN’s College of Humanities Student Academic Services Division, Mr Marlon Lazarus recently graduated with his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree majoring in Industrial Psychology and Management.

Master’s graduate, Ms Navisha Sewnath.

Primary School Teachers’ Perceptions of Sex, Gender and Diverse Sexualities

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An excited Ms Navisha Sewnath graduated with a Master of Education degree for her research that investigated the perceptions that a selected group of intermediate phase teachers in a primary school have of sex, gender and diverse sexualities.

UKZN staffer and master’s graduate, Mr Nkonzo Mkhize.

Creating Opportunities of Change and Eradicating Queerphobic Violence

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‘Despite the fact that the rights of South African queer persons are enshrined in the Constitution, queer youth continue to experience marginalisation and queerphobic violence in communities and schools,’ said UKZN staffer and master’s graduate, Mr Nkonzo Mkhize.

Education graduates seen with their supervisors.

Interesting Research Earns Education Students PhDs

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Six excited Education students supervised by Professor Simon Bheki Khoza recently graduated from UKZN with their PhDs in Education. The graduates are Drs Boy Bongani Dlamini, Vusumuzi Ndlovu, Nonhlanhla Nduku, Petty Silitshena, Lerato Sokhulu and Dongwa Tshabalala.

Dr Naresa Govender received her doctoral degree in Education.

Spotlight on Young Femininities, Sexuality and Violence in Primary Schools

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Dr Naresa Govender graduated with her PhD in Education for her research that focused on young femininities, sexuality and violence in primary school - dedicating her degree to her late mother.

Master’s in Education graduate, Ms Phakamile Mazibuko.

Unmasking Gendered Experiences of Women in Higher Education Spaces

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‘Receiving this degree serves as a testimony that dreams do come true and hard work works! The dream may be delayed but when the time is right, it will happen. I am so grateful to God for answering my prayers,’ said UKZN graduate, Ms Phakamile Mazibuko who received her Master’s in Education.

Dr Sfiso Mahlaba received his doctoral degree in Mathematics Education.

Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers’ Experiences as they Solve Euclidean Geometry Problems

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Lecturer at the North West University, Dr Sfiso Mahlaba loves Mathematics and Euclidean geometry. This passion led him to graduate from UKZN with a PhD in Mathematics Education.

PhD graduate and lecturer in the School of Education, Dr Lulama Mbatha.

Staffer Graduates with a PhD in Honour of her Late Father

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To fulfil her late father’s wish, Dr Lulama Mbatha, a lecturer in the School of Education, recently graduated with a PhD in Education.

Dr Jennifer Sheokarah.

Study Investigates How an English Language Club can Enhance English Acquisition

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Dr Jennifer Sheokarah was overjoyed to finally graduate with her PhD in Education (Language and Media Studies) in which she focuses on how using an English Language Club (particularly entertaining, unconventional activities) can enhance the learning of English while empowering learners and encouraging them to take responsibility for their learning.

PhD graduate in Education studies, Dr Ashkelon Govender.

Research Explores SA Expatriate Teachers and Their Leadership in the Gulf Countries

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Dr Ashkelon Govender, who lives and works in Ras-al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, was inspired by his late grandmother to pursue his studies, finally graduating with his PhD in Education from UKZN.

PhD graduate, Dr Bolanle Susan Olaniyan.

A Teary PhD Victory

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An excited Dr Bolanle Susan Olaniyan graduated with her PhD in Education for her research that explored the role of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in root and tuber farmers’ responses to climate change in Nigeria.

UKZN staffer, Mr Skhumbuzo Mtolo graduates with his Master’s in Population Studies.

UKZN Staffer Explores BSS4 Students’ Experiences in Master’s Research

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Academic and Administrative Coordinator of the BSS4 programme in the College of Humanities, Mr Skhumbuzo Mtolo, graduated with his Master’s in Population Studies for his research that explored the academic, social, and psychological experiences, as well as challenges faced by students within the programme.

Dr Jayanthi Siva Kumaree Maharaj.

Grade 12 Learners’ Understandings and Problem-Solving Approaches to Work-Energy-Power

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An excited Dr Jayanthi Siva Kumaree Maharaj graduated with her PhD in Education for research that explored Grade 12 learners’ understandings of, and problem-solving approaches to Work-Energy-Power in Physical Sciences in high schools.