23 September 2022
Volume: 10
Issue: 42
CFO of eThekwini Municipality, Dr Sandile Mnguni with his supervisor, Professor Mogie Subban.

eThekwini Municipality’s Chief Financial Officer Awarded Doctoral Degree

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Chief Financial Officer of eThekwini Municipality Dr Sandile Mnguni has been awarded a Doctor of Administration degree with a thesis titled: An Analysis of Best Practices for Achieving and Sustaining Clean Audit Outcomes in Selected SA Metropolitan Municipalities.

Dr Tamlyn McKenzie whose research was fuelled by her passion for children and adults with disabilities.

No Holding Back This Young Doctoral Graduate!

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For UKZN School of Accounting, Economics and Finance academic Dr Tamlyn McKenzie completing her PhD as a mom with a new-born son as well as a young daughter was not easy but definitely worth it!

Dr Delani Mthembu whose research explored the challenges and impact of school leadership.

65-Year-Old Graduate Believes in Life-Long Learning

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I can proudly say, it’s done…accomplished at the age of 65! These were the words of PhD graduate, educationist and leadership expert Dr Delani Mthembu at the culmination of his doctoral journey.

A proud moment for Dr Zahir Sayed.

Design Thinking will Help Boost KZN Tourism Sector - Finds Research

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Tourism was one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization - and the South African industry was not spared the hardships! This motivated Dr Zahir Sayed to embark on a research journey which earned him a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Student Support Service Administrative Officer, Ms Nomathemba Makhathini.

Love for Maritime Studies the Driving Force for Master’s Graduate

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College of Law and Management Studies Student Support Service Administrative Officer Ms Nomathemba Makhathini’s love for maritime studies helped her weather all storms and get her master’s degree.

Seasoned entrepreneur, qualified mariner and seafarer, Dr Clive Zulu.

Researcher Aims to Contribute to Maritime SMME Knowledge Chest

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A lack of maritime research focusing on ocean economy Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) motivated seasoned entrepreneur, qualified mariner and seafarer, Dr Clive Zulu to contribute to the field.

Master of Laws in Labour Studies graduate, Ms Nqobile Nkosi with PhD in Law graduate, Dr Simphiwe Phungula and Master of Laws in Business Law graduate, Ms Lusanda Mthembu.

Research by UKZN Law Graduates Contributing Useful Knowledge for Businesses

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With many South African businesses considering or undergoing business rescue due to tough economic times - especially during and in the wake of COVID-19 - UKZN’s Law graduates are playing a role to assist those in need by contributing knowledge for business rescue statutory regimes and labour relations processes.

UKZN academic, Dr Malibongwe Nyathi.

Economics Lecturer Graduates with PhD

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The difficulties Dr Malibongwe Nyathi experienced trying to get a supervisor for his master’s degree motivated him to pursue doctoral studies to launch his career as an economics lecturer…and possibly a student supervisor!

PhD in Management graduate, Dr Brian Mabaso.

PhD Study Explores Factors behind SA’s Slow Adoption of Digital Terrestrial TV

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The continual long delays of South Africa’s transition from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television set to have concluded across all nine provinces by the end of January motivated PhD in Management graduate Dr Brian Mabaso to examine possible reasons for the slow adoption of digital terrestrial television (DTT) and the intention to adopt DTT in eThekwini Municipality.

Master of Laws graduate, Ms Pamella Mlonzi.

Support Employees Suffering from Depression in the Workplace - Researcher Advocates

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As a former social worker turned lawyer, Master of Laws graduate, Ms Pamella Mlonzi is using both her expertise and experience in these areas to focus on the prevalence of depression as a mental health issue affecting employees in the workplace.

Dynamic Durban businesswoman, Dr Thandi Ngxongo appreciating a special moment with her husband, Mr Menzisi Ngxongo.

Doctoral Study Explores Challenges Faced by Women in the Petroleum Sector

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Frustrated by gender-based inequalities and injustices in the South African petroleum sector, dynamic Durban businesswoman Dr Thandi Ngxongo delved into the ‘skewed situation’ doing research which secured her a Doctor of Business Administration degree from UKZN.

MISA Regional Secretariat Director and Executive Director of its Zimbabwe region, Dr Tabani Moyo.

Doctoral Study Examines Effect of Twitter on Corporate Reputation Management

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The effect of Twitter - as a social blog - on corporate reputation management in the telecommunication industry in Zimbabwe, was the focus of research completed by the Regional Secretariat Director of the Media Institute of South Africa (MISA) and Executive Director of the Institute’s Zimbabwe region, Dr Tabani Moyo.

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management graduate, Ms Crizanne van Wyk.

Mother Studies Through COVID-19 Infection to Graduate

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COVID-19 took its toll on postgraduate student Ms Crizanne van Wyk but with super-charged support from home and UKZN as well as benefitting from online lectures she graduated - with distinction - earning a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Principal Administrative Officer, Ms Smangele Ninela.

UKZN Staffer Follows Example of Colleagues and Completes Master’s Degree

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Working in an environment where academic and support staff regularly further their studies spurred UKZN employee Ms Smangele Ninela to do a master’s degree.

Celebrating academic excellence are (from left): Ms Lindiwe Bhengu, Professor Mogie Subban, and Ms Khayakazi Mhatu. Insert: Mr Nelisile Xolo.

Public Governance Expert Graduates Three Master’s Degree Candidates

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Public Governance expert Professor Mogie Subban has successfully supervised and graduated three Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidates - Ms Lindiwe Bhengu, Ms Khayakazi Mhatu, and Mr Nelisile Xolo.

Dr Bongiwe Mbatha celebrating her epic achievement with her sister, Ms Nokuthula Bavu (left) and her aunt, Mrs Sibongile Maphumulo.

Umdoni Municipality HR Manager Earns Doctoral Degree

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‘I’m overwhelmed - I still cannot believe I made it. It was through the grace of God as it is only Him who makes things possible.’ So said Dr Bongiwe Mbatha - Human Resources (HR) Manager at the Umdoni Local Municipality in the Ugu Municipal District south of Durban - who was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration degree during UKZN’s Spring Graduation ceremonies.

PhD graduate, Dr Nikhal Kumar.

Graduate’s Research Explores Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Working World

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Human Resource (HR) Management PhD graduate Dr Nikhal Kumar’s exploratory research titled: Taking the “Human” Out of Human Resources in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?, examines the impact Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technological advancement have on the HR function.

From left: Ms Helvy Ndlovu, Mr Sandile Khomo, Professor Pfano Mashau, Ms Salisha Govender, Ms Khuthala Kakaza and Dr Sepele Matlala.

Young Academic Supervises Five Master’s Students and a Doctoral Candidate

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School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic Professor Pfano Mashau (32) celebrated supervising five master’s students and a PhD candidate to great academic success which was rewarded at UKZN’s 2022 Spring Graduation ceremony.