25 November 2015
Volume: 3
Issue: 53
Dr Marion Young during the ICF World Championships in Hungary.

Animal Science Academic's Canoeing Triumphs

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A UKZN academic is making waves, quite literally, both here at home and abroad, with a number of medals and titles in the strenuous sport of canoeing.

Professor Manoj Maharaj celebrating the special occasion with his family.

Inaugural Lecture Explores the Role of ICT in Connecting the Global Community

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Exploring the crucial role that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) plays in connecting human society was the focus of School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic, Professor Manoj Maharaj’s recent inaugural lecture titled: “Connected: The Promise (and Perils) of ICT.”

The European Space Agency’s Planck satellite (lower left corner) continuously maps the light created by moving electrons in galaxy clusters. The detected light, shown in the upper left corner, shows the existence of diffuse gas lying outside the central region of galaxy clusters.

UKZN Astrophysicist Searches for Missing Matter

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A group of astrophysicists, including UKZN’s Dr Yin-Zhe Ma, may have solved a long standing problem in cosmology, which is the study of how the Universe expands. Dr Ma is a new member of UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (which is housed in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science) and the School of Chemistry and Physics.

Ms Savania Nagiah.

Study: Cellular Detoxification of Antiretroviral Drugs

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A breakthrough study by a young UKZN PhD student has the potential to bring down the toxic side-effects of Antiretroviral Therapy in patients with HIV and AIDS.

Some of the participants and local organising committee members at the Indian Diaspora Conference.

UKZN Hosts Indian Diaspora Conference: Celebrating 155 years of Indians in South Africa

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The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) within UKZN’s College of Humanities, in collaboration with other colleagues both from within UKZN and also from other universities, recently hosted an enlightening Indian Diaspora Conference.  Under the theme of “Ethnicity, Race and Citizenship: Place of Indians in the new South Africa”, it took place at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) Auditorium, Westville campus.

Mr Mthembeni Mkhize, recipient of the Scroll of Honour by the KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture.

Architecture Academic Receives Scroll of Honour from KZNIA

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A UKZN academic who abandoned a lucrative architectural private practice in order to share his considerable skills with students, was recognised for his work recently with an accolade from the KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture (KZNIA).

The winning students and their supervisor.

Final-Year Students Win Prestigious Occupational Therapy Research Project Award

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UKZN came out tops this year when the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation awarded its prestigious 2015 Student Research Project Award to a group of final-year Occupational Therapy (OT) students.

Dr Saloshni Naidoo and Professor Leslie London.

UKZN’s Public Health Discipline Launches Public Health Interest Group

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UKZN’s Public Health Discipline recently launched a KwaZulu-Natal’s Public Health Interest Group.  This was inspired by a talk given by Professor Leslie London, recently at Howard College, a member of the People’s Health Movement (PHM-South Africa), on the history of civil society action in health in South Africa.

Small scale farmers of eziNgulubeni are set to go digital thanks to the Kandu App.

Agrihub/Consumer App and system to Benefit uMsinga’s Small Scale Farmers

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Empowering small-scale farmers of eziNgulubeni, uMsinga’s informal markets with digital and financial knowledge to ensure their businesses remain profitable is a passion for Bachelor of Commerce student and Enactus member, Mr Lungelo Gabela.

Professor Damtew Teferra (far left), among the delegates invited to debate the SDGs in Brussels.

Revealing Deficits in SDGs: The Quest for Bolstering the Alternatives

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I have beenwritingcommentaries onSustainable Development Goals (SDGs)and their anticipated relevance to Higher Education. AtThe 6thAnnual Donors Harmonization Group (DHG)meeting in Brussels last month, I had the good fortune to engage in a public dialogue on this issue further.

From left: Professor Pratap Kumar, Dr Zweli Mkhize and Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Centre for Indian Diaspora Studies (CIDS) launched at UKZN Gala Dinner

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The founding idea of the Centre for Indian Diaspora Studies (CIDS) was launched recently at a Gala Dinner at the Durban City Hall, as part of UKZN’s Indian Diaspora Conference.


The UKZN Griot. Of Democracy and Losing

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South Africa becomes more Monty Pythonesque every day. When the Springboks recently lost to Japan, the sports scribes complained about the faulty game plan and player fatigue.

Nksz Priya Singh nesikibha sakhe seFacebook.

Izifundiswa zezomthetho nendlela entsha yokwethula ucwaningo ngezomthetho

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Izifundiswa zesikole sezomthetho ekhempasini yaseMgungundlovu sezinqume ukuthi ukufunda nokufundisa akusikho okwabafundi kuphela, kodwa kuyindlela enhle yokuziqeqesha amakhono nabo ekufundeni nasekufundiseni.

Eden College learners and Educators together with Dr Riaan Stopforth and Dr Shaniel Devraj.

Thymio Robot Project A Success

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How better to teach robotics to young people, than using an actual robot?

Dr Patrick Hitayezu giving his presentation at the IAAE Conference in Milan.

Agricultural Economics Graduate Presents at International Conferences

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UKZN academic Dr Patrick Hitayezu, who recently completed his PhD degree in Agricultural Economics in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), presented two papers from his PhD research at two high-profile international conferences during the course of 2015.

UKZN's Santa Shoe Box initiative 2015.

Santa Shoe Box Project 2015

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Santa’s helpers have done it again! As part of a national charity drive, staff at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus and some of their friends have made online pledges to the Santa Shoe Box initiative to fill shoe boxes for children on the project’s Christmas list.

Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul with her 2015 Educator of the Year Award.

Social Work Academic is the 2015 Educator of the Year

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Senior Professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, Vishanthie Sewpaul, was recently awarded the 2015 Educator of the Year Award in the distinguished category by the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions for her outstanding national and international contribution to social work education.

Hospital and UKZN representatives at the WAAW forum.

Antibiotic Resistance Deliberated by KZN Hospital Reps

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The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Units of KwaZulu-Natal’s Provincial hospitals and Clinics recently united to commemorate World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) at a forum held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

From left: Drs Sandy Pillay, Zandile Gumede, Cheryl Baxter, Professor Koleka Mlisana, and Dr Mergan Naidoo.

Symposium Celebrates MEPI-UKZN REMETH PhDs

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UKZN’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Programme recently celebrated the success of six PhD candidates who graduated from its Research Methodology (REMETH) Programme this year.

The Architecture Discipline together with the Architecture Validation Board.

UKZN Architecture Programmes gets Full Accreditation

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The Architecture Discipline together with its accompanying programmes were recently awarded full accreditation by the Architecture Validation Board.

Raising awareness on antibiotic resistance awareness at UKZN.

SARChI Chair at UKZN Raises Awareness of Antibiotic Resistance

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UKZN commemorated the world’s first Antibiotic Awareness Week on two Health Sciences campuses under the auspices of the newly appointed South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Antibiotic Resistance and One Health, Professor Sabiha Essack.

UKZN’s MBChB Final year Class (missing the Eshowe placement students).

UKZN’s Medical Students Prepare to Exit UKZN

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‘The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s job well,’ said Professor Richard Hift, Dean of the School of Clinical Medicine in his message to the final year Medical class as they prepared to leave UKZN after completing their studies.

Fourth-year Psychiatric Nursing students.

UKZN Nursing Engages with the Community

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Fourth-year Psychiatric Nursing students from UKZN went out into their communities this year as part of their final-year curriculum.  Four projects, led by the students themselves, engaged with four different community groupings in order to assist those communities with mental health and social issues in and around Durban.  The projects were overseen by their lecturer Ann Jarvis.