12 October 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 54
Grammy Award winning artist, Zakes Bantwini takes UKZN by storm.

Zakes Bantwini Encourages Musicians to Bring SA Together Through Their Craft

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Grammy Award winning artist, Zakes Bantwini hosted a masterclass on UKZN’s Howard College campus where he shared how Abantu - his brainchild - is a show created to address issues of transformation and bridge the racial divides that still exist in South Africa.

Highlights from the Language Research Symposium.

ULPDO Hosts 5th Biennial Language Research Symposium 2023

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The University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) collaborated with the Discipline of African Languages to host the 5th Biennial Language Research Symposium on the Howard College campus.

UKZN academic, Dr Zandile Blose.

Lecturer Represents South Africa at World Congress on Cochlear Implants

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Lecturer in Audiology at UKZN Dr Zandile Blose represented South Africa as a panellist at the 7th World Congress on Cochlear Implants in Emerging Nations in Istanbul, Turkey.

Participants in the PhD writing retreat.

Humanities Institute Hosts PhD Writing Retreat

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The Humanities Institute within UKZN’s College of Humanities hosted a PhD writing retreat for holders of scholarships from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) registered at UKZN and the University of Zululand.

The TXM@25 Conference Group.

UKZN Professor Presents at the TXM@25 Conference

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UKZN Professor David Spurrett presented a paper at a conference in Boulder, Colorado in the United States, in honour of The Extended Mind (TXM), a 25-year-old study by Professor Andy Clark and Mr David Chalmers.

SLMMS staff engaging learners at the Grade 7 Career Day.

Medical Sciences Reaches Out to Primary School

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A team of academics from UKZN’s School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (SLMMS) left learners at Phoenix Heights Primary School fascinated about the functioning of the human body as well as the important role healthcare professionals play in ensuring that people understand and take good care of their bodies in order to live long and healthy lives.

Haptico-visual observation and drawing at the workshop.

Infusing Art into Anatomy in Contemporary Teaching and Learning

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UKZN’s Clinical Anatomy staff and postgraduate students were intrigued by a multi-sensory observation method known as Haptico-visual observation and drawing (HVO&D) presented at a two-day workshop by its developer, Mr Leonard Shapiro.

Professor Manoj Maharaj.

IS&T Professor a Panellist at GovTech SMME Event

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Professor Manoj Maharaj of the Discipline of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) was an invited panellist at the GovTech 2023 SMME event, a collaboration between Microsoft South Africa and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA).

Professor Harold Ngalawa (far right) with attendants of the MRU Symposium.

Symposium Reflects on Macroeconomic Challenges Post COVID-19

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UKZN’s Macroeconomics Research Unit (MRU), a research initiative within the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF), hosted its second International Macroeconomics Symposium under the theme Rethinking Macroeconomics post COVID-19 on 28 September.

Nadel UKZN Student Chapter Executive Committee 2023/2024 (clockwise from top left): Ms Sarika Naidoo, Mr Xola Nontamo, Ms Thobeka Brightness Ngcobo, Mr Khethabahle Ngcobo, Ms Thabisa Mdlalose and Ms Immana Sibisi.

Nadel Student Chapter Holds AGM

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The UKZN National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) Student Chapter held its Annual General Meeting and 2023/2024 executive committee elections on 23 September.

Professor MacDonald Kanyangale.

Building Executive Authenticity Among SOEs

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Professor MacDonald Kanyangale of UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) attended the 2023 International Business Conference in Swakopmund, Namibia, where he presented a paper entitled Deconstructing Dimensions of Authentic Strategic Leadership of State-owned Enterprises in Malawi.

Scenes at the launch of Ibhengele Lesethembiso.

Lecturer Publishes isiZulu Book on Teenage Pregnancy

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The launch of isiZulu book, Ibhengele Lesethembiso by senior lecturer in Social Work at UKZN Dr Maud Mthembu was attended by representatives of government and non-governmental organisations from across KwaZulu-Natal.

Ambassador at Large: Asia and BRICS at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Professor Anil Sooklal.

Public Lecture on BRICS Plus Dispels Misconceptions

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A public lecture delivered by Ambassador at Large: Asia and BRICS at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Professor Anil Sooklal focused on governance perspectives and regional and global trends in relation to BRICS.

Professor Andile Khathi.

Call for Inter-Disciplinary Efforts to Improve the Translation of Research

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Human Physiology Associate Professor in UKZN’s School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences Andile Khathi was invited as a plenary speaker in the “Rising Stars” session at the 6th Annual BioAfrica Convention held in September.

Performers and co-ordinators of the 2023 Listen with Your Eyes, Speak with Your Hands programme.

“Listen with Your Eyes, Speak with Your Hands”

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In a captivating and enlightening engagement that celebrated Deaf culture through a unique blend of poetry, music, dance, and sign language, Deaf students at UKZN presented Listen with Your Eyes, Speak with Your Hands at the Howard College Theatre on 8 September.

Sahlumbe High educators and learners.

Alumnus Brings His Learners “Home” for Career Guidance

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Educator and proud College of Humanities alumnus, Mr Lihle Mthembu of Sahlumbe High in Ladysmith, brought his Grade 12 learners to UKZN recently as part of a tour of Higher Education Institutions.

Participants at the workshop.

Workshop Visualises the Way Forward for MBChB Curriculum

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A team comprising academics and professional services staff from three of the four Schools within UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) came together in a workshop to start reimagining what it would take to produce not only agile and fit-for-purpose but also future-ready medical doctors to address South Africa’s context-specific public health needs.

From left: Ms Nandisile Elaine Ntshangase, Ms Suzanne Stokes, Mrs Vanessa Chetty, Mr Mzwandile Mdletshe and Mr Bongumusa Gumbi.

Charting the Course in a Health Sciences Career

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Acceptance into a College of Health Sciences (CHS) programme at UKZN is extremely competitive with the College receiving on average 85 744 applications for a mere 1 200 first-year places.

From left: Professor Beatrice Okyere-Manu, Mr David Elliot, Mr Mlungisi Hlabisa, Ms Laureen Confait, Mr Sizwe Sithole, Professor Maheshvari Naidu, Ms Lerato Nkosi and Professor Federico Settler.

UKZN Doctoral Cohort at Humboldt University in Berlin

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Academics and doctoral students from UKZN travelled to Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany to participate in the second annual gathering of the International Research and Training Group (IRTG) in Situated Religion and Transformation.

Mr Matthew van Maasdyk.

Maritime Law Webinar Explores South Africa’s Cyber Resilience

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UKZN’s Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies’ webinar on Enhancing Port-Sector Cyber Resilience in South Africa was the first of a series that will showcase research conducted by postgraduate students on the challenges confronting the country’s maritime sector.

Law students, Ms Kaliope Geldenhuys (left) and Mr Azande Cele who participated in the Moot Competition at the University of Pretoria.

Participation in Moot Court Inspires Law Students

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Representing UKZN at the Child Moot Court Competition 2023 at the University of Pretoria from 21 to 23 September was the highlight of their student experience for final-year Law students Mr Azande Cele and Ms Kaliope Geldenhuys.

Professor Bibi Z Chummun.

Unlocking the Potential of Sustainable Agricultural Practices

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Professor Bibi Z Chummun of the UKZN Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) presented a paper co-authored with her student Ms Balance Phala, entitled Evaluating Factors that Influence Sustainable Agricultural Practices in Kwa-Mashu, eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal at the 2023 International Business Conference in Swakopmund, Namibia.