29 September 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 52
Swansea University scientist Ms Niamh Fagan and a student, Mr Thando Hlengwa, from the Umkhumbane Schools Project handle an experiment during a Solar Cell Workshop programme organised in collaboration with UKZN STEC.

The Future Is Bright: Durban Pupils Learn all about Solar Energy

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Learners from Chesterville Secondary and Wiggins Secondary schools in Durban were introduced to solar energy experiments during a Solar Cell Workshop programme facilitated by a team of scientists from the Swansea University of Wales in the United Kingdom.

Top right: Mr Lehumo Makgalo, first row from left: Ms Akhona Mthembu, Mr Ntando Dladla, Ms Monthathi Ntsoane, Ms Ponisho Sekatane, and Ms S’nethemba Sithole. Second row from left: Ms Lihliqiniso Ndlovu, Ms Nombuso Bukhosini, Mr Siyanda Chule, Ms Fundiswa Mvubu, and Mr Muziwakhe Dlamini.

Enactus UKZN Welcomes 2023/2024 Executive Committee

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Enactus UKZN is proud to announce its executive committee for the 2023/2024 academic year, comprising 11 dedicated and goal-driven students set to lead the organisation to new heights.

Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences School staff and final-year students at the Honours Roadshow.

UKZN’s Medical Sciences Honours Roadshow

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The School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (SLMMS) hosted its annual roadshow to encourage final-year Medical Sciences students to further their careers by enrolling in various honours programmes available at the School.

Highlights from the inaugural Medical School art class.

Therapeutic Art Lessons Introduced at UKZN’s Medical School

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The Dean and Head of UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine, Professor Ncoza Dlova, took her seat as a student at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine’s exam hall after launching the first in a series of deeply relaxing art classes - targeted at students - aimed at alleviating stress emanating from the academic demands of the Medical curriculum.

Dr Janine-Lee Upton’s PhD study has garnered praise from both national and international examiners.

Groundbreaking PhD Research Investigates Perceptions of Sexuality in Peri-menopausal Women

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PhD graduate Dr Janine-Lee Upton has broken new ground in a study empirically detailing the precipitating features that explain why and how women not only possess the potential to - but also overtly - change the expression of their sexuality as they age.

Mr Gary Denton’s and Mr Ayanda Shandu’s innovative research in sustainable water use and land management is set to make waves at PRIS 2023 as they represent SAEES.

Advancing Sustainable Water Use and Land Management

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In the world of academia and research, few endeavours are as promising and crucial as those that seek to address critical issues related to our environment and resources.

Professor Muthulisi Siwela.

Academic Promotes Use of African Indigenous Food Plants in Struggle Against Malnutrition and Degenerating Health

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Malnutrition and degenerative health conditions are prevalent worldwide contributing to morbidity, suffering and deaths, according to Professor of Food Science, Muthulisi Siwela.

PhD graduate, Dr Vuyelwa Maweni.

PhD Study Reveals Cynicism, Isolation and Unity Are Coping Mechanisms for Young African Police Officers

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Police culture plays a crucial role in shaping law enforcement practices and the overall functioning of police organisations.

Ms Georgia Settler who graduated with a cum laude BA Honours (Fine Arts) degree and some of her artwork.

Father Congratulates Daughter on Stage at UKZN

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UKZN’s Spring Graduation ceremony was the scene of a cherished family celebration when Ms Georgia Settler - who received raucous applause from the hall for her BA Honours (Fine Arts) cum laude degree - was congratulated on stage by her father, Professor Federico Settler of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics.

Dr Tosin Adeate’s study in African Political Theory has been described as ground-breaking.

Doctoral Thesis Examines Challenges Faced by Those Who Do Not Conform in Terms of Identity and Personhood in African Societies

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Described as a novel, fresh and breaking new ground, UKZN PhD graduate Dr Tosin Adeate’s dissertation on Grounding African Political Theory on Afro-Communitarianism: Arguments and Implications offers a new perspective on the issue in the conceptions of personhood and identity in African societies.

From left: Mr Njabulo Mbatha, Ms Thembalethu Shange, Mr Mzwanele Memani and Mr Sibonelo Mchunu.

UKZN InQubate Propelling Student Creativity

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UKZN InQubate hosted its third ENSPIRE’D Talks at the Edgewood campus in September. ENSPIRE is an Entrepreneurship Skills Programme which provides students with entrepreneurial skills at a practical level.

Mathematics pedagogue Professor Aneshkumar Maharaj.

UKZN Mathematician Reflects on His Research Journey in Inaugural Lecture

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Professor Anesh Maharaj used the occasion of his inaugural lecture to UKZN’s professoriate to highlight the research he has conducted on the teaching and learning of university mathematics.


Embracing the Ubuntu Spirit Amid Matatiele’s Challenges

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On September 4th, 2023, I had the privilege of embarking on a journey to the enchanting landscape of Matatiele, a municipality nestled in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.

South African story teller, writer, playwright and actress Dr Gcina Mhlophe (second from left) with guests at the Evolution of Women in Leadership Conference in Durban.

Evolution of Women in Leadership Conference

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UKZN’s Extended Learning division leapt at the opportunity to be part of the drive towards impactful change at the Evolution of Women in Leadership Conference held at the ICC in Durban.

From left: Mr Xolani Hlongwane, Dr Sharlene Parasnath, Ms Normah Zondo and Mr Kwazinkosi Mhlongo.

UKZN Making a Difference

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UKZN, represented by its Corporate Relations Division’s Executive Director, Ms Normah Zondo, visited the Department of Clinical Haematology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban to hand over items collected during Mandela Month.

Award-winning students (from left) Mr Peterson Atiba, Ms Vensuya Bisetty, Ms Thandokuhle Cele and Ms Nomthandazo Magcaba.

Four Students Receive Human Anatomy Research Awards at International Conference

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Four students in UKZN’s Discipline of Human Anatomy in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (LMMS) won awards for research projects they presented at the International Symposium for Morphological Sciences in Cape Town.

Children and Muslim Students’ Association members enjoying a day out at the Natal Zoo.

Orphan Fun Day at the Zoo

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A group of civic-minded UKZN students took orphaned children on a fun trip to the Zoo in Cato Ridge recently.

Professor Naven Chetty (Dean Teaching and Learning, CAES) addressing the participants of welcome activities in the DigiUp project.

DigiUp Erasmus Project Being led by College of Agriculture Engineering and Science Academics

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The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) has been awarded an Erasmus-funded project, DigiUp, a 36-month Virtual Exchange initiative.

Highlights of the American African European Summer/Winter School and ARTEM OCC Symposium.

UKZN Hosts Successful International AAE Summer/Winter School and ARTEM OCC Symposium

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In an effort to achieve the international image that is integral to the University’s aspiration to be a world-class African Higher Education Institution, the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance (SMIG) hosted the 15th American African European (AAE) Summer/Winter School in Durban which is hosted on a rotational basis between the partners.