16 February 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
From left: Professor Daya Moodley, Dr James Rooney and Professor Glenda Gray.

International Study Gives The “Thumbs Up” for the Safe Use of PrEP in Pregnant Women

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An international study led by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Professor Dhayendre Moodley confirmed the safe use of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in pregnant women not living with HIV.

PhD in Linguistics student, Mr Peter Tshetu.

UKZN Student Wins Young Linguist Award

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PhD in Linguistics student, Mr Peter Tshetu, won the Young Linguist Award for his oral presentation on A Compendium of Dangerous Speech: A Case of Twitter-Discourse between Zimbabwean Political Actors at the annual conference of the Southern African Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Society (SALALS).

UKZN recently hosted a virtual Orientation for first-year students.

A Successful First-Year Orientation 2023

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UKZN’s first-year students for 2023 were recently welcomed with a comprehensive action-packed virtual orientation week from the University’s four Colleges.

Participants of the inaugural HEAL Series, from left: Professors Craig Blewett, Romeela Mohee, Dick Ng’ambi and Jo-Ansie van Wyk.

Higher Education Activation Lab-HEAL Series Launched at UKZN

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The Discipline of Information Systems and Technology at the UKZN School of Management, Information Technology, and Governance (SMIG) collaborated with the institution of the Higher Education Commission, Mauritius on Tuesday, 24 January 2023, hosting its first Higher Education Activation Lab (HEAL) series webinar which coincided with International Day of Education.

UKZN Anatomy staff with the donors’ families.

UKZN’s Clinical Anatomy Hosts Annual Cadaver Cremation Ceremony

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The Discipline of Clinical Anatomy held its annual dedication ceremony which pays homage to donor families and highlights the significance of body donation.

From left: Mr Gan Moodley, Dr Gyda Christophersen and Dr Jan Sunde of Norway, Professor Ahmed Thandar, Dr Moses Okpeku, Ms Cassandra Upton, Mr Jethro Broughton, Ms Jahnavi Persadh, and Ms Neyaksha Maharaj at the Sea Cucumber Aquaculture Symposium in Durban.

UKZN Marine Biologist Participates in Bilateral South Africa-Norway Conference and Sea Cucumber Symposium

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Mr Gan Moodley of the Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Conservation Education and Ecophysiology Laboratory (MACE Lab) at UKZN was one of two Principal Investigators (PIs) invited to participate in a conference on board the Norwegian tallship ‘Staatsraad Lehmkuhl’ during its docking in Cape Town as part of the South Africa/Norway Joint Research Programme on Ocean Research (SANOCEAN).

Highlights from the Conference.

UKZN Ma’at Institute Co-Hosts EWTAP Conference

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The Ma’at Institute within the College of Humanities, together with the History Partnership Engagements and Developments consortium (HPEDC) of Higher Education Institutions, Government Municipalities and Community Organisations, hosted the Engaging the World Through the African Perspective (EWTAP) conference.

Dr Sheetal Soni.

Law Academic Speaks at the 2022 U.S. - Africa Leaders Summit

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Bioethics and genomics expert Dr Sheetal Soni spoke on the challenges and opportunities for human rights in the postgenomic era at the U.S - Africa Leaders Summit 2022 hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden.

First-time blood stem cell donor, Mr Kwazinkosi Mhlongo.

Blood Stem Cell Donor Encourages Others to Follow Suit

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Master of Commerce student Mr Kwazinkosi Mhlongo, who has become a blood stem cell donor, says he was driven to do so after reading about a patient in desperate need.

Mrs South Africa 2023 semi-finalist, Mrs Thobeka Zondi.

UKZN Doctoral Candidate Mrs South Africa 2023 Semi-Finalist

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PhD in Public Administration candidate, Mrs Thobeka Zondi has been selected as a Mrs South Africa 2023 semi-finalist.

From left: Professors Msizi Mkhize and Purshottama Reddy, Associate Professor Liza Jaarsveldt, Dr Upasanga Singh and Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu were panellists during the roundtable discussion.

Post-Pandemic - the Way Forward for Teaching and Learning

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After successfully hosting a three-day conference of the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSDPAM), the Discipline of Public Governance in the UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology, and Governance (SMITG) reflected on experiences and lessons learned from online teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Dr Lindokuhle Thela, Head of Psychiatry at King Edward VIII Hospital.

Sought-After Scholarship Award for UKZN Academic

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Neuropsychiatrist and honorary lecturer at UKZN’s School of Medicine, Dr Lindokuhle Thela, was awarded the prestigious Professor Bongani Mayosi Netcare Scholarship for 2022.

Professors Radhamany Sooryamoorthy (left) and Ernest Khalema with their new book.

Humanities Academics Publish The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Africa

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Professor Radhamany Sooryamoorthy from the School of Social Sciences and Professor Ernest Khalema, the Dean and Head of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, recently edited a timely volume: The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Africa, published by Oxford University Press, New York.

First-year Master of Medicine registrars attended an orientation session recently.

College of Health Sciences Hosts Master of Medicine Orientation

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The College of Health Sciences recently hosted an orientation session for first-year Master of Medicine (MMed) Registrars (medical specialists in training), during which the cohort familiarised themselves with the requirements of the course, learn more about University resources and acquire skills on learning, research and self-care.

Panel member of the AORC Webinar, Honorable Chijioke Nnanna Ibeku.

Webinar on Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

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The African Ombudsman Research Centre (AORC), in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), hosted a successful webinar to provide skills on resolving complaints through mediation or alternative dispute resolution on Tuesday, 17 January 2023.