19 October 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 55
President/Founder of Zenith Global Health, Ms Mary Akangbe (left) presents Dr Ntokozo Mzimela with her award.

UKZN Medical Alumnus Recognised as Global Health Icon in Mental Health and Wellness in London

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Dr Ntokozo Mzimela, an alumnus of UKZN’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, was recognised as a Global Health Icon at the 2023 Zenith Global Health Awards function in London.

Deaf Awareness Month Campaign.

Promoting Deaf Awareness

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UKZN’s Audiology Department hosted its annual Deaf Awareness Month Campaign on the Howard College campus.

Winners of the KZN Regional Round of the Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition (from left) Mr Bongumusa Makhathini (MUT), Mr Lindokuhle Zulu (MUT), Mr Lungile Radebe (UKZN), Mr Karen Sunthpaul (UKZN) and Mr Luyanda Majozi (DUT).

Student Entrepreneurs Advance to Nationals of Intervarsity Competition

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UKZN recently hosted the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition regional rounds in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education and Training, Universities South Africa (USAf), and the University Capacity Development Programme.


2023 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement Preview: Fiscal Prudence in Uncertain Times

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South Africa’s National Treasury will table the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in Parliament early in November.

Dr Tivana Chellan continues to inspire greatness with her book, The Spiritual Medic.

New Book on the Personal Journey of The Spiritual Medic

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UKZN Medical alumnus, Dr Tivana Chellan, who graduated cum laude last year, has published a book titled: The Spiritual Medic.

Children from the VN Naik School for the Deaf experience UKZN’s portable Cassegrain telescope.

Astrophysics Research Centre Interacts with KZN Blind and Deaf Society

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UKZN’s Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science joined forces with the KZN Blind and Deaf Society to provide a science outreach programme for children with disabilities.

Professor Michael Samuel was honoured as “elder of the tribe” at an international conference held in Kenya.

UKZN Professor Declared “an Elder of the Tribe” at International Education Conference in Kenya

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The special honour of being declared an “elder of the tribe” was bestowed upon Professor Michael Samuel of UKZN’s School of Education at the end of his involvement in an international conference titled: The Future of Education Research in the African Context held in Eldoret, Kenya, recently.

Master’s degree student, Ms Mishka Dass researches salavia and vaginal fluids to advance forensic investigation methods.

Geneticist Advancing Forensic Science Through Fluids Analysis

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Dedicated master’s degree student in Genetics Ms Mishka Dass is among 60 postgraduates set to represent the School of Life Sciences at the upcoming 2023 Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS), hosted by UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) at Coastlands Hotel in Durban on 2 and 3 November.

Community members and learners preparing vegetable beds at Mtumaseli High School.

Addressing Education for Sustainable Development

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A recent teacher development workshop took place deep in the Umgeni Nature Reserve in Howick at an untapped natural gem known as the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) - a non-governmental environmental organisation established in 1926.

Mr Luthando Molefe who has been recognised for his exceptional work in community outreach, academic excellence and leadership.

PhD Candidate an “SA Hero”

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UKZN PhD candidate in the School of Education Mr Luthando Molefe has been recognised for his work in Youth Empowerment at the 2023 South African Heroes Awards (SAHA) ceremony.

Scenes from the conference.

Conversations on the Environment and Sustainable Development/Living

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Conversations around the environment and sustainable development/living were central at a conference organised by UKZN’s School of Education and featuring EPIZ Berlin.

Performers at the concert.

Concert in Support of GBV and Sexual Abuse Victims

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UKZN’s Medical School campus HIV and AIDS Support Unit hosted the Darkness and Light concert in collaboration with Friends of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Voice Arts Club, sponsored by MSF Southern Africa and the UKZN’s Human Resources Division.

Master’s degree student, Mr Daniel Tessema conducts research on the effects of antidepressants.

Biochemist Investigates Use of Antidepressants to Treat a Variety of Diseases

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Master’s degree student in the Biochemistry Discipline, Mr Daniel Tessema, is among 60 postgraduates of the School of Life Sciences who have made submissions to present their research work at the 2023 Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS) hosted by UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) in Durban on 2 and 3 November.

From left: Ms Silungile Dlamini, Mr Sphamandla Shezi, Ms Makhosazane Mathobela, Mr Banele Mathenjwa and Ms Asithandile Nzonzo.

Two UKZN Teams in Top Three in JSE Investment Challenge

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School of Accounting, Economics and Finance students were placed first and third in this year’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Investment Challenge.

UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Institute excites young learners.

STEAM Rocket Event Ignites Young Minds

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UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Institute (ASRI) presented a STEAM rocket event at Hilton College, hosted by non-profit company I-Innovate in collaboration with the Vula Foundation and with the generous support of Hilton alumnus, Mr Keith Rosenbaum.

Staff from the School of Chemistry and Physics at their teambuilding session.

School of Chemistry and Physics Build Team Spirit

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UKZN’s School of Chemistry and Physics recently held its annual team building event which saw staff from the Howard College, Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses gather for Minute-To-Win-It games hosted by the Beach & Bush company.

From left is Mr Lutho Sigidi and Ms Nqubeko Shabalala competing in the finals. Pictured right is Mr Lutho Sigidi, Ms Nqubeko Shabalala, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Ms Terry-Anne Fredericks.

UKZN Alumni Winners at Huawei’s Global ICT Competition

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UKZN alumni Mr Lutho Sigidi and Ms Nqubeko Shabalala are members of the South African team which won the annual Huawei Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) competition held in Shenzhen, China.

Participants at the Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management stakeholder workshop in Pietermaritzburg.

Agricultural Extension Discipline Invites Stakeholder Input into Curriculum Development

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UKZN’s Discipline of Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM) in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) hosted a workshop where stakeholders across the agricultural value chain including academics, alumni, researchers, practitioners and policymakers provided input to strengthen the offerings of the programme at the University.

Participants of the AI seminar with Professor Jin Kuwata (back row, fourth from the left).

Seminar Explores Importance of Engaging AI Effectively

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Decoding Artificial Intelligence Education: Dissecting Learning to Engage Artificial Intelligence Effectively, was the title of an interactive seminar hosted by UKZN’s Teaching and Learning Office in collaboration with the School of Education.

Professor Maheshvari Naidu delivered the keynote address at an international conference in Cape Town.

UKZN Academic Delivers Keynote Address at Religion Conference

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Professor Maheshvari Naidu of UKZN’s College of Humanities delivered a keynote address at the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa’s 44th international conference held at the African Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Professor Bongani Nkambule (fifth from right) and the winners showing off their Incredible Connection vouchers.

Innovative Thinking Vital in Research

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The importance of innovation was stressed by the President of AfricaBio and Executive Director of the UKZN Health Consortium, Dr Nhlanhla Msomi, during his keynote address at the annual Research Day of the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (SLMMS).