26 August 2015
Volume: 3
Issue: 39
From left: Dr Bheki Mngomezulu, Dr Ela Gandhi, Professor Betty Govinden and Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee pictured at the Special Collections’ Open Day.

UKZN Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Freedom Charter

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The 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter and the valuable documents archived at the University were the focus of UKZN’s Special Collections Open Day on the Westville campus.

Miss Camille Vallen.

Young Medical Scientist Wins Scholarship to Study in Belgium

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An exciting five months in Belgium lie ahead for UKZN masters student, Miss Camille Vallen.

Golf Day Bursary recipients with Ms Avril Williamson (centre).

Golf Day Proceeds assist Disadvantaged Students

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Eight UKZN students from disadvantaged backgrounds were each awarded a R10 000 bursary at UKZN’s 12th Annual Golf Day held at the Mount Edgecombe Golf Club.

The Agri-Groomers group with Cedara and UKZN staff.

Students Start Group for Youth in Agriculture

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Students at the Cedara College of Agriculture and UKZN have formed a group called Agri-Groomers, which aims to equip young people for careers in agriculture.

Masters student Ms Kholosa Magudu at work in the field.

UKZN Masters Student Receives WWF Prince Bernhard Conservation Scholarship

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UKZN Masters student Ms Kholosa Magudu was recently awarded the prestigious World Wildlife Fund’s Prince Bernhard Scholarship for Nature Conservation, one of only two South Africans to have received the international honour.

Professor Cheryl Potgieter (centre), Ms Debbie Mari (left), and UKZN Music students.

School of Arts (Music) Participates in National Youth Jazz Festival

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Staff and students from the School of Arts (Music) participated and performed at the National Youth Jazz Festival (NJYF) in Grahamstown.

SAICE President Malcom Pautz addressing students at UKZN.

SA Institution of Civil Engineering President visits UKZN

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The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) President Mr Malcom Pautz addressed Civil Engineering students and staff on the Howard College campus as part of his presidential tour of the 20 branches of the institution in South Africa.

Professor Linda Fried at the public lecture.

Challenges of Longevity Debated at Public Lecture

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Health systems of the future extend well beyond medical care, says the Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in the United States, Professor Linda Fried.

Professor Nfah-Abbenyi presenting a public lecture at the Howard College Theatre.

UTLO Public Lecture Unpacks Curriculum Transformation in the Age of Globalisation

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Curriculum transformation in the age of globalisation was the focus of a public lecture hosted by the UKZN Teaching & Learning Office (UTLO) and presented by academic and author Professor Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, Professor in English and Comparative Literature at North Carolina University in the United States.

Dr Luiza Campos, Dr Alfred Odindo and Professor Chris Buckley with the Pollution Research Group’s urine-diverting toilet.

UKZN Researchers Form International Partnership Through Grant Scheme

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Researchers from UKZN’s Schools of Chemical Engineering and Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) travelled to the University College London (UCL) for a visit made possible by the Royal Society Newton Grant which has been awarded for a two-year period to researchers from both institutions.

Ms Feyisayo Odunitan-Wayas, Mr Thabiso Koatla of the Agricultural Research Council (left) and Mr Aremu Ayobami of Greenlands Integrated Agribusiness in Nigeria at the Conference.

Food Security PhD Student Presents Research Work at International Conference

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A student at UKZN’s African Centre for Food Security (ACFS) in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), Ms Feyisayo Odunitan-Wayas, presented her work done on the literature review of her PhD at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) annual World Conference in the United States.


Mandela Day Visit to Retirement Centre

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UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme commemorated Mandela Day this year by visiting the Outspan Retirement Centre in Umbilo in Durban where peer educators from the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine provided edutainment and a talk on Wellness and Aging to residents.

From left: Mr Kudzai Kehle, Ms Prinola Moodley and Mrs Anne Hemmings who collected her son Jonathan’s first prize.

Short Story Competition Winners Named

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Winners of the 2014 Short Story competition organised by short term insurance broker, Indwe Risk Services, in partnership with the Alumni Relations Office, have been announced.

Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan.

Clinical Sociologist Addresses the Boys2men Leadership Initiative Conference in Durban

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Clinical Sociologist and UKZN academic Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan delivered a keynote address at the Boys2Men Leadership Initiative Conference hosted in Durban by the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA).

Powerful Women: From Left: Ms Philippa Feher, Ms Palesa Dube, Dr Mogie Subban, Ms Hazel Langa and Ms Manju Munsamy.

College of Law and Management Studies Celebrates its Female Staff

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The College of Law and Management Studies recently held a Women’s Day celebration for its female staff. The event which was held in partnership with Old Mutual saw over a 130 support and academic women staff members being empowered to make sound financial, personal, lifestyle and wellness decisions for the future.


The UKZN Griot. Of Territoriality and Tea Rooms

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Keyan G Tomaselli

‘The territorial imperative.’ These words penned by pop sociobiologist Robert Ardrey came to mind when I recently read a headline of the good King Goodwill lodging a land claim for the whole of KZN, while also demanding reparations from the British for the destruction of Ondine in 1879.

Professor Cheryl Potgieter, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities.

Lunch with Nokutela Mdima, the First Wife of John Dube, By Professor Cheryl Potgieter

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Over the years and especially during Women’s Month in South Africa I have often been asked this question by interviewers: ‘If you had the opportunity to host two or three women “icons” at a Woman’s Day lunch at your home who would they be and what would the conversation revolve around?’

Mr Warrant (Warren) Langa.

Student to Study for Masters Degree in Japan

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UKZN student Mr Warrant (Warren) Langa has been awarded a scholarship to study for his masters degree in Japan.

Mr Nikhiel Deeplal with Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf.

Law Student Presents Paper at Hague Peace Conference

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Mr Nikhiel Deeplal, a Masters in International Trade Law student at UKZN, presented a paper at the third Hague Peace Conference which focused on Policy and International Law Reform.

Pietermaritzburg campus Trade School.

Barter the Medium of Exchange at UKZN Trade School

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A Trade School will be held on the Pietermaritzburg campus from 9-12 September.

Dr Graham Ducasse, Principal Neo-Natologist at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, facilitating a small group session on the neo-natal resuscitation module of ESMOE held at UKZN’s Family Medicine Skills Laboratory.

UKZN Leads in Training for Maternal Emergencies

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KwaZulu-Natal has the country’s highest number of health professionals being trained as ‘Master Trainers’ in the management of pregnancy related emergencies - a programme funded by UKZN’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

Participants at the second workshop on modelling for tick-borne diseases.

UKZN Hosts Workshop on Modelling for Tick-Borne Diseases

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UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) hosted the second Siyacabanga (isiZulu for ‘we think’) two-day workshop on the topic of ticks and tick-borne diseases, attracting a diverse group of participants who learned about and participated in mathematical modelling in relation to ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Mr Siyabonga Kunene and Dr Tufayl Muslim.

Health Sciences Academics Present Research in Thailand

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Two studies conducted by UKZN academics were applauded by delegates attending the 2015 Public Health Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

UKZN exchange student Claire Puntous (right) with colleagues (from left) Anne-Maria, Kim, Katrin, and Veronika, during one of their many adventures in South Africa.

French Exchange Student Says Adieu as She Returns Home

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French exchange student Ms Claire Puntous arrived at UKZN in July last year to continue her honours studies in Linguistics. She happily served on the Student Chapter handling the photography at a variety of Chapter events.

Masters student Mr Thabang Mofokeng with Dr Jennifer Houghton.

GSB&L Academic Presents at East3Route Investment Seminar

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Graduate School of Business and Leadership Studies (GSB&L) academic, Dr Jennifer Houghton and her Masters student Mr Thabang Mofokeng represented UKZN at the East3Route Investment Seminar, a multi-country economic development initiative including South Africa (KZN), Mozambique, Swaziland, and Seychelles.

From left: Mr Allin Dangers of Corobrik with Ms Brigitte Stevens and Mr Mthembeni Mkhize (UKZN).

UKZN Architecture Graduate Wins Corobrik Student Award

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UKZN Masters in Architecture graduate Ms Brigitte Robyn Stevens is the KwaZulu-Natal winner in the national 28th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year awards.

Mr Norman Dlamini of Forestry South Africa (left) with UKZN student Mr Bhekisisa Nxumalo.

UKZN Student Attends SA Society for Agricultural Extension Conference

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UKZN student in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM), Mr Bhekisisa Nxumalo, attended the 49th annual conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension (SASAE) held in Mpumalanga.


UKZN’s United Nations Association of SA Thriving

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The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA)-UKZN chapter was formed in 2012, with UKZN becoming one of only three universities in the country to have a chapter.


Using Fashion to Raise Awareness About Unplanned Pregnancies

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UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme hosted a fashion show on the Medical School campus to raise awareness about the growing number of unplanned pregnancies among students and to encourage them to use various contraceptive methods provided by clinics across all campuses.