12 May 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 20
Ms Andisiwe Dlamini graduated with a Master of Social Sciences.

Master’s Investigates Lockdown Impact on Cato Manor Community

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UKZN Master of Social Sciences graduate Ms Andisiwe Dlamini researched the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the livelihoods of Cato Manor citizens and explored the use of social grants such as the Child Support Grant and the Social Relief of Distress (SRD).

PhD in Population Studies graduate, Dr Lungisile Shange.

Postpartum Contraceptive Use by Young Mothers Under the Microscope

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Does having a child change the contraceptive use behaviour of young mothers?

Mr Ndumiso Mthalane received a Master’s in Social Sciences.

Social Relief of Distress Grant a Lifeline, Research Finds

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The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant has the potential to significantly relieve extreme poverty as well as kick-start entrepreneurial activities.

Criminology graduates (from left): Dr Krinesha George, Dr Smangele Shandu, Professor Shanta Singh (supervisor), Dr Nokukhanya Mbonambi, and Ms Keemera Govender.

Four Postgraduate Criminology Degree Candidates Graduate

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Ms Keemera Govender, Dr Krinesha George, Dr Nokukhanya Mbonambi and Dr Smangele Shandu were all supervised by Professor Shanta Singh for their Criminology degrees.

PhD in Population Studies graduate, Dr Mwawi Gondwe.

Doctoral Study Looks into Obstetric Fistula Survivors in Malawi

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Socio-cultural factors influencing the reintegration of obstetric fistula survivors in Malawi was the focus of a study which earned Dr Mwawi Gondwe a PhD in Population Studies.

A proud Dr Venencia Paidamoyo Nyambuya celebrates her graduation.

GBV Against Women of Foreign Descent in Durban, Study Investigates

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‘I wanted to enable their voices to be heard and felt the best way to achieve that was to listen to their life stories,’ so says Dr Venencia Nyambuya who graduated with a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies.

Dr Muhle Sibisi received a PhD in Linguistics.

Student Perspectives on isiZulu as an Academic Language Examined

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The attitudes of students towards isiZulu as an academic language were scrutinised in research by lecturer in the School of Arts Dr Muhle Sibisi who graduated with a PhD in Linguistics.

Master’s graduate, Ms Nontobeko Nxele.

Master’s Study into Role of Social Relief of Distress Grant in Elandskop

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UKZN Master of Social Sciences graduate Ms Nontobeko Nxele examined the role of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD) within the community of Elandskop in Pietermaritzburg.

Mr Thobelani Mdluli graduated with a Master’s in Development Studies.

Using Social Media for Job Creation - Master’s Investigates

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Using social media as an employment creation strategy for students in Durban was explored in a study by Mr Thobelani Mdluli for his Master’s degree in Development Studies.

Ms Shirdika Pillai graduates with a Master of Arts from UKZN.

Media Personality Tackles Domestic Abuse for Master of Arts Degree

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Ms Shirdika Pillai, a junior communications associate at the Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC) recently graduated with a Master of Arts (Drama and Performance Studies) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

Master’s graduate, Ms Nqobile Ngubane.

Research Explores Women’s Views on Using Products to Promote Vaginal Health

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An approach to empower women is to help them to have agency over their sexual and reproductive health, says Ms Nqobile Ngubane who graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Centre for Culture, Communication and Media Studies (CCMS).

Dr Francis Marimbe graduated with a PhD in Development Studies.

Research Casts Doubt on Bona Fides of Some Religious Movements in Zimbabwe

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The activities of some new religious movements (NRMs) in Zimbabwe tend to benefit pastors, their families and a few elites and often involve allegations of “believers being defrauded”.

Master of Arts graduate, Ms Nokubonga Jele.

Master’s Research Explores Media Coverage of Food for Healthy Living

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The Independent Online (IOL) news service was used as a case study for research into media coverage of food for healthy living.

Mr Siyabonga Shoba who has fulfilled his dream of becoming a social worker.

Social Work a Calling for Graduate

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‘Since high school, my goal has been to help those in need, especially abandoned children and the abused,’ says Bachelor of Social Work graduate Mr Siyabonga Shoba.

Mr Simphiwe Ngcongo was awarded a Master’s in Population Studies.

Most Fathers Willing to be Involved in their Children’s Lives, Says Study

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In contrast to a perceived prevailing opinion in South Africa that fathers are generally unwilling to take responsibility for their children, a master’s degree study found that most showed a desire and willingness to be involved in their offspring’s lives.