02 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 57
Dr Nireshni Mitchev (left, centre) receives her award from Dr Phil Mjwara, Department of Science and Innovation Director General, and Mr Serge Sacre, L’Oréal Managing Director. Fellow award recipient, Dr Alexandre Delport, is pictured on the far right.

UKZN Scientists Receive L’Oréal - UNESCO For Women in Science National Awards

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Postdoctoral researchers in biochemistry and health sciences Drs Alexandre Delport and Nireshni Mitchev are among the seven female scientists who were honoured with a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) South Africa National Young Talents Programme Award at the 2023 awards ceremony.

Dr Yusentha Balakrishna.

Alumnus Thrives at South African Medical Research Council

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Recent Statistics PhD graduate, Dr Yusentha Balakrishna works as a Specialist Statistician within the Biostatistics Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

Ms Phakamile Mazibuko at the Sebenza Women’s Awards.

PhD Candidate Scoops Community Builder of the Year Award

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PhD candidate in the School of Education Ms Phakamile Mazibuko is proud to have received the Community Builder of the Year award at the Sebenza Women’s Awards 2023.

Vision screening highlights.

Vision Screening Marks World Sight Day

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In commemoration of World Sight Day on 12 October, UKZN’s Disability Support Unit (DSU) in partnership with the College of Health Science’s School of Optometry hosted free eye screening for students and staff on the Westville campus.

Participants and speakers at the Safe Surfing Conference.

Conference Promotes Safe Digital Connections Among Young People

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The conference on Safe Surfing: Gender, Sexuality, and Digital Connections Among Young People organised by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality, Professor Deevia Bhana, brought together postgraduate students and academics to explore how digital technologies intersect with gender and sexuality in the lives of young people.

Professor Maxwell Mudhara.

Central Role of Smallholder Farmers Extolled by Agricultural Economist

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Professor Maxwell Mudhara, a Full Professor in the Discipline of Agricultural Economics in UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, used the occasion of his inaugural lecture to discuss the DNA of smallholder farmers and its implications for technology adoption, livelihoods and environmental services.

Third-year Nursing students with Dr Hafaza Amod and Mrs Zanele Zondi at the breast and cervical cancer awareness workshop held at R K Khan Hospital.

Nursing Students Host Cancer Awareness Workshop

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Third-year Nursing students at UKZN who are placed at R K Khan Hospital hosted a breast and cervical cancer awareness workshop to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Mr Emanuel Matlala.

PhD Student Shares Research Insights at Conferences

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UKZN PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences, Mr Emanuel Matlala is an active researcher who has recently shared his findings at a number of conferences.

Mr Michael Nyman showcasing the new equipment at St Aidan’s Mission Regional Hospital.

New Equipment Boosts Treatment of Urologic Diseases

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St Aidan’s Mission Regional Hospital, which forms part of the King Edward/St Aidan’s Hospital Complex, is the first public sector hospital in South Africa to own two brand new state-of-the-art KARL STORZ C-MAC high definition video cystourethroscopes.

APFP Fellows with Director of the APFP, Dr Lawrence Mubaiwa (seated second from left) and HOD of Paediatrics and Child Health, Professor Refilwe Masekela (seated, centre).

Fellowship Programme Bridges Gaps in Paediatric Care

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UKZN’s African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) is building sustainable multidisciplinary child health capacity for Africa.

UKZN’s Astronomy outreach programme visited the Arthur Blaxall School for the visually impaired.

Outreach Programme Brings the Solar System to Visually Impaired Learners

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UKZN staff and students facilitated an Astronomy outreach programme to mark Eye Care Awareness Month at the Arthur Blaxall School for the visually impaired in Pietermaritzburg.

Professor Willene Holness (front row, centre) with Justice Anne McKeig (back row, centre) and colleagues at the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Law Professor Nominated for Prestigious International Programme

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Associate Professor in the School of Law Willene Holness was nominated by the US Consulate in Durban to attend the International Visitor Leadership multi-regional programme: The US Judicial System: Protecting Women and Children in the US in October.

Nursing students carrying out an exercise at the HEALA nutrition workshop.

Nursing Students Attend Nutrition Workshop

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The Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) conducted an informative nutrition workshop for second-year Nursing students at UKZN.

Professor Sudan Hansraj (left) and Mr Aaron Naidu receive their South African Mathematics Foundation Awards from Professor Emeritus Loyiso Nongxa and Standard Bank’s Ms Venessa Oger, respectively.

Mathematics Foundation Acknowledges UKZN Mathematician and Honours Student

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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), bestowed an Honorary Award on UKZN Professor of Applied Mathematics Sudan Hansraj for 20 years of volunteer service to the Foundation at its annual awards ceremony in Johannesburg on 14 October.

From left: Professor Themba Ginindza, Professor Khumbulani Hlongwana, Dr Nkosana Jafta, and Dr Siya Dlamini.

Phase Two of Lung Cancer Programme Draws to a Close

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UKZN’s Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme (UKZN-MLCCP) hosted in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) recently concluded its final stakeholder meeting, marking the end of the second phase of a ground-breaking project that has been a game-changer in analysing how access to early diagnostic services, treatment, and care for lung cancer in Africa is prioritised.