17 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 59
Professor Malegapuru Makgoba at the Durban launch of his latest book.

A Frank and Hard-Hitting Reflection on Transformation and Leadership in South Africa’s New Dispensation

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Leadership for Transformation Since the Dawn of South Africa’s Democracy: An Insider’s View chronicles the personal experiences of former Vice-Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba.

UKZN’s winning brewing team (from left): Mr Nkosinathi Ndlazi, Ms Nothando Nxumalo, Ms Phila Mbambo, Mr Sandile Mthembu, and (seated) Mr Qiniso Mthethwa.

Crafting Excellence in Brewing: UKZN BEER Brewers’ Journey

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal has a reason to raise a toast to excellence thanks to its exceptional BEER Brewers team who recently won the Lager category of the Intervarsity beer brewing competition.

Women’s Health Update event highlights.

Successful Obstetrics and Gynaecology Women’s Health Update 2023

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UKZN’s Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) hosted a stimulating 2023 Women’s Health Update where leading experts, novice researchers and active lobbyists of maternal, child and women’s health deliberated on an array of wins, challenges and associated cases faced by South African communities and the country’s healthcare system.

Highlights from the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science community outreach project.

SSMSCS Spearheads Matric Final Stretch Programme in PMB

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In a heart-warming display of dedication to education and community service, the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) recently embarked on a transformative community outreach project.

Nursing students organised an intervention programme at The Association for The Aged (TAFTA).

UKZN Nursing Students Uplift the Elderly

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Second-year Nursing students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal organised a remarkable intervention programme at The Association for The Aged (TAFTA), a senior living facility located in the Point area, South Beach, Durban.

UKZN Ethics Office celebrates Global Ethics Day.

Global Ethics Day Celebration

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The UKZN Ethics Office recently celebrated Global Ethics Day on 18 October 2023 with a round table discussion with members of the University’s Internal Audit Services team.

Dr Mathodi Motsamayi at Durham University in the UK.

Postdoctoral Researcher Returns from Scholarly Activities in the UK

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Dr Mathodi Motsamayi, a Postdoctoral researcher from the School of Arts in the College of Humanities, just returned from a month long visit in the UK where he was an academic visitor at Durham University in October.

Highlights from Integrated Business Studies (IBS) Business Proposal Presentation Final.

Business Students Impress Judges with Innovative Ideas

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First-year Bachelor of Business Science and second-year Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting students were given the opportunity to put theory into practice when they participated in the annual Integrated Business Studies (IBS) Business Proposal Presentation.

Highlights from the College of Health Science’s second Annual Men’s Health event.

Grow a Mo and Support a Bro

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The College of Health Science’s (CHS) recently held its second Annual Men’s Health event, based on the Movember.

Final-year students after presenting at the Research Day.

Occupational Therapy Research Day 2023

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The Discipline of Occupational Therapy (OT) held its annual Research Day at UKZN’s Senate Chamber today, where final-year students presented an array of pertinent research projects, highlighting the critical need for more occupational therapists to be trained in this specialised rehabilitative profession.

Scenes at the US-SA Racial Justice Fellowship.

UKZN Represented at the Second Leg of the US-SA Racial Justice Fellowship

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The United States of America’s Department of State provided financing for a partnership between UKZN’s School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.

From left: Ms Chloe Lead; Ms Sibahle Zondi; Judges, Advocate Sandhya Mahabeer, Justice Zak Yacoob and Professor David McQuoid-Mason; Ms Lumka Swana; Ms Tanatswa Chinyanga; and Dean and Head of School of Law, Professor Warren Freedman.

Law Students Display Legal Prowess Before Judges in Moot Final

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‘As the overall winner of the 51st Ellie Newman Memorial Moot Competition, I am filled with appreciation and gratitude,’ said Ms Lumka Swana.

Highlights from the 20th Medical School Reunion.

UKZN Class of 2003 - 20th Medical Reunion

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The Class of 2003 celebrated their 20th Medical School Reunion at the Zimbali Country Club in September 2023.

Fourth-year Bachelor of Education student, Mr Nicholas Kisten.

School of Education Student Among GradStar Top 100

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UKZN fourth-year Bachelor of Education in Senior and Further Education Training student, Mr Nicholas Kisten is among the GradStar Top 100 competitors.

From left: Ms Nothando Mhlongo, Street Law team leader, congratulates Mr Nhlakanipho Shandu (left) for receiving the Dux award for his active participation and dedication during the training sessions; Mr Lungani Shangase, the competition’s overall winner and scholarship recipient; and finalist Ms Yoliswa Mdlangathi.

Promoting Justice System Awareness Among Learners

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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 could not have been a better send-off for the high school participants of the Luthuli Museum-UKZN School of Law Schools Moot Competition.

Judge Navi Pillay discusses human rights and international and criminal law with UKZN Law students.

Judge Navi Pillay in Conversation with UKZN Law Students

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Judge Navi Pillay - a distinguished expert on international criminal law and human rights who has celebrated inspiring firsts during her career - joined the UKZN School of Law for a discussion on human rights, international and criminal law, as well as some of the matters she has recently presided over as Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Enquiry on Palestine and Israel.

Professor Yuben Moodley.

Flying the UKZN Flag High in Australia

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It has only been a few weeks and yet there has been an overwhelming response of submissions since the Dean and Head of UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine, Professor Ncoza Dlova, launched the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine’s #ProudlyMedSchoolAlumnus social media campaign in October.

Professor Mariam Seedat-Khan (top right) and Professor Johanna O Zulueta have published two books on clinical sociology.

Global Sociological Insights: Women’s Resilience Amid COVID-19

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Professors Mariam Seedat-Khan from the UKZN School of Social Sciences and Johanna O Zulueta from Toyo University in Japan are pleased to announce the release of their two ground-breaking books, COVID-19 Sociological Interventions and Women and COVID-19: A Clinical and Applied Sociological Focus on Family, Work, and Community.

Medical Microbiology staff engaging learners at the Northlands Girls High career expo.

Motivating Young Women to Pursue Careers in the Health Sciences

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Three lecturers and a student from UKZN’s Discipline of Medical Microbiology attended Northlands Girls High School’s Grade 9 to 12 Career Expo, where they encouraged the learners to dream big, believe in themselves and choose to pursue bright careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as is strongly recommended by the Department of Basic Education.

President of the Financial Aid Practitioners of South Africa, Mr Jainendra Maharajh.

Health Sciences Staffer Elected FAPSA President

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Financial Advisor for Student Funding in the College of Health Sciences, Mr Jainendra Maharajh has been elected President of the Financial Aid Practitioners of South Africa (FAPSA).

Learners who attended the first Model United Nations simulation event.

UKZN Holds its First Model UN Simulation

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On 21 October 2023, UKZN held its first ever Model United Nations simulation at the Unite UNITE conference centre on the Howard College campus.

Webinar encourages students to apply stress management techniques in preparation for their exams.

UKZN Webinar Equips Students with Stress Management Techniques Ahead of Exams

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Mind Matters: Meditation, Breathwork and Exercise was the title of a webinar hosted by UKZN to help students prepare for exams by imparting stress management techniques.

Highlights from the First Year First Semester Awards.

CLMS First-Year Top Achievers Recognised

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In the pursuit of igniting inspiration and honouring excellence, the Unit of Teaching and Learning (UTL) in the College of Law and Management Studies (CLMS) recently acknowledged outstanding students for their achievements in the first semester at the First Year First Semester Achievement Awards 2023.

Professor Catherine Sutherland.

Inaugural Lecture Reflects on Urban Reform Coalitions and Sustainability

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Professor Catherine Sutherland from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies within the College of Humanities delivered her inaugural lecture titled Urban Reform Coalitions: Building Transformative Sustainability in Durban, South Africa.

Attendees of the workshop and (right) Dr Sicelo Ziphozonke Ntshangase.

UKZN Hosts isiZulu Language Teachers Workshop

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The modern era demands a radical pedagogical shift and a complete overhaul of traditional teaching methods that flaunt teachers as the sole producers of knowledge and learners as impetuous consumers of knowledge.

Attendees at the lecture with Professor R D Perry (centre).

UKZN Lecture on Medieval Horror, Epistemic Fear and the Cloud of Unknowing

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The UKZN School of Arts within the College of Humanities recently hosted a fascinating public lecture by Professor R D Perry, an accomplished visiting lecturer and academic from the University of Denver.

The launch of My Body, My Health: My Wealth campaign at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus.

A Healthy Lifestyle can Prevent NCDs, Advocates Students

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Young people across South Africa are stepping up to tackle the rising physical, mental, and economic costs of unhealthy lifestyles by launching the My Body, My Health: My Wealth campaign at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg (PMB) campus.

Bachelor of Arts (Music) graduates, Ms Zama Mlambo (top left) playing the Umqangala; Mr Mzwandile Msibi (bottom left) playing the uMakhweyana; and Mr Sizwe Xulu at a practice session for the festival.

UKZN African Music and Dance Graduates at ETHNO Zimbabwe

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Three UKZN Bachelor of Arts (Music) graduates had the opportunity to participate in an international music experience called ETHNO which took place in Zimbabwe in September 2023.

Independent Africa, Dependent Science by Professor Radhamany Sooryamoorthy.

UKZN Academic Explores Africa’s Scientific Enviroment Through New Book

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UKZN’s Professor from the School of Social Sciences, Professor Radhamany Sooryamoorthy, recently wrote a book titled: Independent Africa, Dependent Science.