10 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: 12
Proud PhD graduate, Dr Kirschnee Naidoo.

Lifelong Dream Realised

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Love all, serve all. These core values instilled in Dr Kirschnee Naidoo as a child by her loving parents led her to a career in psychology.

Dr Nomathamsanqa Mthethwa.

Lifting the Lid on Life Insurance Fraud

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Life insurance fraud is a growing phenomenon in South Africa, with a number of recent court cases highlighting its chilling consequences.

Cum laude master’s graduate, Ms Lorelle Pillay.

Master’s in Clinical Psychology Awarded Cum Laude

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Ms Lorelle Pillay was awarded her Master of Social Science in Clinical Psychology cum laude for her research entitled, An Exploration of Young Women’s Menstrual Experiences in the African Context: A Scoping Review.

Mr Qiniso Mbili’s study of the Bakoni people has been lauded by his examiners.

A Photovoice Study of Bakoni Heritage

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Heritage, culture, and identity are the cornerstones of an explorative study by Mr Qiniso Mbili, a master’s graduate of the Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS).

The South African animation industry was the focus of master’s graduate, Mr Limo Velapi.

Master’s Study Zooms in on the South African Voice in Local Animation

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Identity and representation within South African animation was the focus of a study by Mr Limo Velapi who graduated with a Master of Arts in Digital Arts.

Ms Coral Bijoux.

It’s Never Too Late: Graduate Fulfils Life-long Dream!

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Armed with more than 30 years’ experience in the arts sector, Ms Coral Bijoux decided it was time to focus on her own artmaking, concepts and writing, and enrolled for a Master’s degree in Art.

A novel study by Dr Verne Munsamy looks at Bollywood and “Indianness”.

Bollywood Theatre in Durban the Theme of PhD Study

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Dr Verne Munsamy’s PhD thesis, Exemplifying South African “Indianness” through a Bolly-World Experience: Staging Bollywood Theatre in Durban, South Africa traces the evolution of South African Indian theatre and presents an auto-ethnographic exploration of producing and staging a Bollywood theatre piece, including a reflection on shaping local Indian identities into archetypal characters.

From left: Mr Dominique Schmid; Mrs Sandra Nightingale; master’s graduate, Ms Kelsey Nightingale; and Mr Geoff Nightingale.

Cum Laude Master’s Research on Caring for the Caregivers

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Her work as a volunteer at the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust motivated Ms Kelsey Nightingale to conduct research on the challenges confronted by caregivers and explore psychosocial interventions to assist them.

Ms Zama Mlondo celebrates her achievement.

Rural Women’s Strategies to Navigate GBV

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Crimes against women in South Africa (and globally) remain a pervasive blight that continues to impact households and communities.

School of Applied Human Sciences master’s graduate, Ms Xolisi Mgwenya.

Lifting the Lid on South African Students’ Understanding of STIs

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Careful planning and effective time management culminated in a systematic review of South African students’ awareness of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) beyond HIV, shedding light on an often-overlooked aspect of sexual health education.

Ms Nosipho Mthembu’s dissertation explores violent behaviours perpetrated against homeless people.

Study Tackles Violence Against Durban’s Homeless

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Driven by a deep-rooted interest in societal inequalities and the plight of the marginalised, Ms Nosipho Mthembu’s master’s research revealed the harsh realities faced by Durban’s homeless people as unseen victims of urban violence.

Overcoming the odds: Mr Tyler Alicks and his grandmother, Ms Karen Sallie.

From Tragedy to Triumph

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Overcoming adversity with a fighting spirit and the unwavering support of his family, Mr Tyler Alicks graduated with a BA in Marketing and Media Studies.