07 December 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 62
Highlights from the series of projects the Men of Virtue embarked on to commemorate 16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Women and Children.

Men of Virtue Lead Campaign Against GBV During 16 Days of Activism

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A group of men at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are taking a firm stance against gender-based violence (GBV), gender inequality, femicide, and homophobia.

Scenes from the School of Arts Masterclass.

International Music Icons Deliver Masterclass at UKZN

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Melodious international musicians, Chris Walker and Regina Belle, dropped by for a masterclass with UKZN students and staff as part of their international music tour to South Africa.

Professor Johannes John-Langba.

Utilisation of Replication Research Methods in Social and Behavioural Research in Africa

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Professor Johannes John-Langba from the School of Applied Human Sciences, College of Humanities, presented his inaugural lecture entitled: Replicate or Don’t Replicate? Making a Case for Scaling the Utilization of Replication Research Methods in Social and Behavioural Research in Africa.

2023 SAICA’s Top 35-under-35’s, Ms Boitumelo Loate and Mr Virodh Singh.

Accounting Lecturers Make SAICA’s Top 35-Under-35 List

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School of Accounting, Economics and Finance academics, Ms Boitumelo Loate and Mr Virodh Singh, made it onto the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) coveted Top 35-under-35 list.

Professor Lloyd Baiyegunhi from the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Importance of Smallholder Farmers Explored in Inaugural Lecture

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The inaugural lecture of Professor Lloyd Baiyegunhi in the Discipline of Agricultural Economics provided insight into the status and importance of smallholder farmers from an expert in business management and economics.

The Calabash performing artists and organising team.

18th Annual African Cultural Calabash - A Celebration of New Horizons

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The University’s African Music Project held its 18th annual African Cultural Calabash festival at the Howard College Theatre on Friday, 17 November 2023.

Health Professions Education Symposium attendees.

CHS’s Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium Rebranded to Spotlight Collaborative Professional Education and Practice

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In a momentous event marked by insightful discussions and ground-breaking presentations, Professor Sinegugu Duma, the Dean of Teaching and Learning at the College of Health Sciences (CHS), hosted the recently rebranded Health Professions Education (HPE) Symposium.

Professor Augustine Gubba from the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Nature of Plant Viruses Expounded in Inaugural Lecture

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In his inaugural lecture, Professor Augustine Gubba of the Discipline of Plant Pathology in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) gave insight into his research on the identification and characterisation of viruses infecting important food crops to devise effective and sustainable strategies to control and manage the diseases they cause.

The CAES organising team for UKZN’s 10th Annual AMS Colloquium.

UKZN Celebrates a Decade of AMS Colloquia

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The College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science (CAES) at UKZN hosted the 10th Annual Academic Monitoring and Support (AMS) Colloquium on 24 November 2023 at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban.

Expert and Head of Department from the South African Board for People Practices, Dr Ajay Jivan.

Expert Shares Insights on the Revised HR Standards

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The evolving world, notably influenced by technology and other disruptions, prompted a critical review of the existing National Human Resource Management (HRM) Standards by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), the HR professional and delegated quality assurance body.

Dr Michelle Hatch.

UKZN Academic Publishes in International Journal

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Senior lecturer in the School of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, Dr Michelle Hatch has published an article in the Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) journal.

From left: Mr Khumbulani Mngadi, Dr Nokukhanya Ngcobo, Professor Elsabẽ Taljard and Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa at the Corpus Workshop.

Workshop Aims to Examine the IsiZulu National Corpus

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The University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) hosted a two-day IsiZulu Corpus Workshop that was attended by partners and stakeholders from the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, the Department of Arts and Culture, eThekwini Municipality, Ukhozi FM, Isichazamazwi SesiZulu, language freelancers, retired language experts, and staff and students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Durban University of Technology.

Academic of the Year, Professor Micheline Naude.

Academic of the Year Award for UKZN Professor

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Academic Leader in Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, Professor Micheline Naude has won an Academic of the Year award at the 2023 African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA) Supply Chain Game Changer Awards held at Capital on the Park in Sandton.

Dean and Head of SAEF, Professor Mabutho Sibanda (left) and Programme Manager for the CIMA accredited qualification, Dr Patricia Shewell.

UKZN Recognised for Outstanding Contribution to the Finance and Accounting Profession in Africa

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal recently won the prestigious Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Leadership Award Africa 2023 at the first edition of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) CGMA Professional Awards Africa ceremony in Johannesburg, on 24 November 2023.

SMIG staff and researchers with Professor Sid Nair (second from left).

Exploring the Future of University with the Rapid Change in Technology

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The School of Management, Information Technology and Governance (SMIG) ended its 2023 academic calendar with two events by Australian Professor, Sid Nair for its academic staff and researchers.

Seen at the 40th Medicine Update.

40th Medicine Update Calls for Stronger Community Focus

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UKZN’s Discipline of Internal Medicine ended 2023 on a high note, successfully hosting its 40th Medicine Update - a dynamic and interactive symposium attended by a combination of postgraduate students, medical experts, and seasoned researchers who presented cases faced by modern-day doctors in South Africa, and calling for medical efforts to increase their focus on treating patients and preventing diseases at the community level.

Participants and stakeholders at the launch of the PMB Main Library’s Accessible LAN.

Breaking Barriers: PMB Main Library’s Pursuit of Inclusivity

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In a ground-breaking move towards inclusivity and accessibility, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) successfully opened its Accessible Local Area Network (LAN) at the Pietermaritzburg (PMB) Cecil Renaud Library.

UKZN staff members and alumni on a boat trip.

UKZN Alumni 2023 Weekend Getaway - Taking Graduates South

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The Weekend Getaway is a greatly anticipated annual feature on the UKZN Alumni Relations programme.

Workshop facilitator, Professor Helen Crompton of Old Dominion University (USA).

Navigating Artificial Intelligence in Education

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The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) Teaching and Learning office recently hosted a two-day virtual workshop titled: Beyond Boundaries: Unleashing the Potential of Technology Integration and AI Advancements in Teaching and Learning.

Some of the panellists at the event from left: Mr Martin Magwaza; Mr Thandanani Cwele; Ms Ntanganedzeni Muanalo; Mr Njabulo Khulu; Dr James Sakwa; and Professor Raymond Hewer.

UKZN Honours Global Entrepreneurship Week Through Accelerating Commercialisation Workshop

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‘We are always price-takers because South Africa has become so accustomed to being net importers even with all the knowledge the country holds. We are the second or third largest exporter of radio traces for imaging, providing the USA with 40% of all cancer imaging for the staging and restaging process… which is one of the hardest sciences, yet we are also the biggest importers of plastic toys, milk and sunflower oil. There lies a stark contrast, we’ve become so accustomed to relying on other countries to create manufacturing capacity, buying dollars and importing their products.’

Dr Alistair Mokoena publishes book on Servings of Self-Mastery.

Doctor of Business Administration Student Publishes Book

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UKZN PhD student and Country Director for Google South Africa, Dr Alistair Mokoena has published a book.

Dr Hema Horgovan.

Transforming Communities through Dialogue, Peace-Making, and Social Justice

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In an effort to place a strong emphasis on mending the damage that conflict, crime, and violence have inflicted in today’s society, UKZN recently hosted a first-class online colloquium, in collaboration with the South African Coalition for Restorative Justice (SACRJ), to commemorate International Restorative Justice Week (19-25 November 2023).