15 June 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 29
Ms Wendy Weidner (left) of Alzheimer’s Disease International with Global Atlantic Fellows, Dr Khanyo Ngcobo of UKZN and Ms Stefania Ilinca (right).

Walking the Talk for Dementia on the Camino

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UKZN’s Dr Khanyo Ngcobo completed an international pilgrimage of hope - Walking the Talk for Dementia (WDT) - along the ancient Camino route in northern Spain.

The 550 new and “pre-loved” teddy bears donated in 2022.

Teddy Bear Initiative Brings Joy to Sick and Underprivileged Children in Hospital

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Durban siblings, final-year UKZN Medical student Ms Tasmika Mahabir and first-year Medical intern at King Edward VIII Hospital Dr Akhil Mahabir, have launched the second year of a heart-warming teddy bear drive aimed at uplifting the spirits of sick and underprivileged children on Mandela Day.

From left: Mr Tony Singarum, Ms Patricia Freeman, Ms Normah Zondo, Professor Reshma Sookrajh and Mr Ayanda Ndlovu seen at the pasta luncheon held before the Comrades Marathon.

UKZN Congratulates Comrades Marathon Runners

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UKZN congratulated all staff, students and alumni runners who participated in the 2023 Comrades Marathon.

From left: Professor Fatima Suleman, Dr Andy Gray, Ms Fatima Hassan and Ms Inez Naidu.

Medicines Access Under the National Health Insurance

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A webinar was hosted recently by the Health Justice Initiative (HJI) in partnership with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Evidence Based Practice at UKZN, focusing on Medicines Access under the National Health Insurance (NHI) - Selection, Pricing and Procurement. South Africa has committed to providing universal health coverage by 2030 through the implementation of the NHI. However, progress has been hampered both by the pandemic as well as the fiscus crisis.

Dr Kamini Govender.

Scientist Bound for Germany to Attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

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UKZN’s Dr Kamini Govender is one of only nine South African Young Scientists who will attend - along with more than 600 international delegates - the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany from 25 to 30 June.

From left: Professor Harold Ngalawa, Professor Maria Gabriela Vivero and Professor Josue Mbonigaba.

UKZN Welcomes US Researcher and Lecturer for Collaborative Exchange

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The Macroeconomics Research Unit (MRU), a research initiative within UKZN’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) recently hosted Professor Maria Gabriella Vivero from the University of Dayton in the United States.

Talent show participants.

Medical School Talent Show Resounding Success

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The School of Clinical Medicine (SCM) provided students with some relief from exam stress by kick-starting this year’s Youth Month celebrations with poetry, song and dance at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine exam hall.

Highlights of the UKZN-SAICA Awards.

Top Students Recognised at UKZN-SAICA Awards

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The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in partnership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) recently celebrated academic excellence at the UKZN-SAICA Students Awards Ceremony on the Westville campus.

Ms Phethego Makaleng during the SANRC Conference.

First-Year Experience Co-ordinator Presents Study Paper at Conference

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An Investigation of Approaches that Contribute to Success for Disadvantaged Students in the College of Law and Management Studies (CLMS) at UKZN was the title of a paper presented at a conference in East London.

UKZN researchers, from left: Professor Onisimo Mutanga, Professor Andrew Green, Professor Jeff Smithers and Professor Francesco Petruccione.

UKZN Researchers Named as “Science Oscars” Finalists

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Four UKZN academics at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science have been named as finalists for the prestigious National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards in the 2022-2023 cycle.

Dr Sibahle Sithole.

Surgical Registrar Wins Heinz Stammberger Resident Research Award

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Dr Sibahle Sithole, a surgical registrar in UKZN’s Discipline of Otorhinolaryngology, has been awarded the Heinz Stammberger Resident Research Award for an oral presentation she made at an international meeting in Dubai on her MMed research titled: Variation of Aerosol Generation in Laryngeal and Oropharyngeal Surgery by Different Surgical Modalities.

Springbok and UKZN student Mary Zulu in action on the rugby field.

UKZN Student Selected for Women’s Springbok Rugby Squad

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UKZN student Ms Mary Zulu has been called up to the Women’s Springbok XV’s rugby squad.

Medical students rocking happy socks on campus on the day.

Medical Students Wear “Happy Socks” as a Reminder to Care for SA’s Carers

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The student community of UKZN’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine wore happy socks on campus on 2 June using the hashtag #CrazySocks4Docs in support of the Ithemba Foundation’s annual campaign that raises awareness about mental health challenges faced by South Africa’s healthcare workers.

Panelists from left: Professor Sid Nair, Professor Eliana El Khoury and Dr Dorothy Cooshna-Naik.

Soon No Need for Teachers in a Classroom?

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In less than a decade, there will be no need for academics to be present in a classroom, according to an Australian scientist.

Engineering staff enjoy the Colourfest Fun Run.

Colourfest 2023 a Fun Run Extravaganza!

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Staff in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) donned their running shoes and colourful costumes to take part in the annual CAES Fun Run which had as a theme: Easter with a Splash of Colour!

Participants at the grant-writing and management bootcamp.

Mid-Career Academics Benefit from Health Sciences Grant Writing and Management Bootcamp

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An intensive three-day off-campus bootcamp aimed at equipping mid-career academics with a broad framework on how to write a successful research grant proposal tangibly for submission before the end of December 2023, was presented by UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) in partnership with the Developing Research Innovation, Localisation, and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) programme.

Clockwise from top left: Ms Ayavuya Sibisi, Mr Akhona Zungu, Mr Lungelo Gwala, Mr Morris Khumalo, Mr Karan Sunthpaul, Mr Lungile Radebe and Ms Lethimpilo Khambule.

Entrepreneurship Development Intervarsity Contest Well Underway

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The innovation office, UKZN InQubate, hosted the internal round of the Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition - an initiative of Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) under the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Some of the Africa Day celebration attendees.

UKZN’s Ma’at Institution Celebrates Africa Day

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Staff at the Ma’at Institute within the College of Humanities celebrated Africa Day by dressing up as representatives of various African tribes and cultures, learning about the colourful past of the Zulu Kingdom, playing indigenous games, taking part in traditional music and dance, sharing the depth of the isiZulu language using idioms and proverbs, and enjoying African cuisine.