03 December 2015
Volume: 3
Issue: 54
The scene at the Chief Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture at UKZN’s Westville campus.

SA Facing Epic Problems and Challenges – Dr Brigalia Bam

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South Africa is at a crossroads, facing social, political and economic problems and spiritual challenges on an epic scale, says former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, Dr Brigalia Bam.

Professor David McQuoid-Mason (right) presents copies of his book to Dr Christopher Malcolm (centre) and (from left) the High Commissioner of South Africa to Jamaica, Ms Mathu Joyini, President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Warren McDonald, and Dean of the Faculty of Law at UWI, Mona Dr Derrick McKoy.

UKZN Law Professor assists to Launch Street Law Caribbean at the University of the West Indies

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Professor David McQuoid-Mason of the UKZN Centre for Socio-Legal Studies helped to launch Street Law Caribbean at the Mona Law Institutes Unit of University of the West Indies in Kingston Jamaica at a Public Lecture that he gave to legal practitioners and academics titled “Medical Law, Ethics and Public Legal Education – A Symbiotic Relationship”.

uDkt Dibuseng Ramaema.

Ukuhlonzwa Kwesifo Sofuba Emabeleni: Ingxenye Enganakiwe

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Ongoti abathathu bezokwelapha base-UKZN benze ucwaningo oluchaza ngemiphumela yezeklinikhi neyezeradiyoloji ezigulini ezinesifo soTB yamabele i-Breast Tubercolosis (BTB).

From left: Professor Jacob Bor, Professor Deenan Pillay and Professor Till Bärnighausen.

ART Scale-Up Results in Greater Increased Life Expectancy for Women than Men

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Researchers from the Wellcome Trust’s Africa Centre for Population Studies (TAC) at UKZN have released ground-breaking research results indicating that while HIV mortality declined and life expectancy improved for all adults following the scale up of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in 2004, the improvements were greater for women than for men.

Two Cape Parrots.

UKZN Research Suggests Cape Parrot is a Distinct Species

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A group of researchers in the School of Life Sciences in Pietermaritzburg this year published a paper titled: “Molecular Systematics of the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus): Implications for Taxonomy and Conservation”.

Delegates attending the seventh World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) South African Summer School hosted by UKZN.

UKZN hosting Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Summer School

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UKZN is hosting the seventh World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) South African Summer School on intellectual property and transfer of technology.

Dr Lucelle Padayachee with Mr Kenneth Hana at the Graduation ceremony.

Clinical Specialist in Anaesthetics Graduates through Yale Foundation for Business Development Programme

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UKZN alumnus and Anaesthetist, Dr Lucelle Padayachee, has graduated from the Foundation for Business Development (FPD) Business School with an Advanced Health Management Programme (AHMP) and has registered with the SA Institute of Health Care Managers.

From left: Professor Yousuf Vawda, Mr Nkosinathi Mzolo, Professor Paulus Zulu, Ms Paddy Meskin and Professor Managay Reddi.

Examining South Africa’s ‘Moral Compass’

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A multi-disciplinary conversation about South Africa’s value systems was hosted by UKZN’s School of Law and the Corporate Relations Division.  The workshop’s theme was: W(h)ither South Africa’s Moral Compass.

Mr Siphamandla Mtsolo.

Social Work Student Defies Disability Stereotype, Hopes for Brighter Future

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Final year Social Work quadriplegic student Mr Siphamandla Mtsolo is a young man whose self-belief and high regard for education has propelled him to defy the odds and reach for his dreams.

Members of the musical group Ubuciko The Art were judges at the Westville Prison Arts recitals.

UKZN Musicians Judge Westville Prison Arts Recitals

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Three UKZN Music students - Mr Lucky Swele, Mr Nkululeko Mchunu and Mr Nhlanhla Mzobe who form part of the group Ubuciko The Art - were judges at Westville Prison Arts recitals.

Mr James Ndlovu - the Golden Key International Honour Society (GKIHS) Chapter Scholarship Award winner for 2015.

Humanities Student Honoured by Golden Key International Honour Society

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Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies student, Mr James Ndlovu, has received the Golden Key International Honour Society (GKIHS) Chapter Scholarship Award in recognition of his superior scholastic attainments and outstanding academic merit.

One of the groups that presented at the Advertising and Marketing module research presentations.

Media and Cultural Studies Students Present Creative Research Projects

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Media and Cultural Studies students recently participated in group projects in which they had to investigate advertising and marketing processes within tourism situations in Durban.

Church Tourism in SA: A South African Odyssey.

‘Fine SA Churches’ Featured in Book Co-Authored by UKZN Academic

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Described as a ‘closing hymn to church architecture in small-town South Africa’, Church Tourism in SA: A South African Odyssey is the title of a book penned by former Head of Afrikaans at UKZN, Mr Darryl Earl David, and Mr Philippe Menache.

Mr Asanda Mditshwa with his poster at the Symposium in New Zealand.

Horticultural Science Lecturer Awarded Prize for Poster Presentation at New Zealand Conference

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A Lecturer in the Discipline of Horticultural Sciences, Mr Asanda Mditshwa, won third prize for his poster presentation at the 9th International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) Section VI Technical Symposium held at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr Matthew Akerman with his poster at the 8th Crystallography Indaba.

Chemistry Lecturer Wins Poster Presentation Prize

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Dr Matthew Akerman of UKZN’s School of Chemistry and Physics won first prize for his poster presentation at the 8th international Crystallography Indaba held in the Kruger National Park.

SACI President Professor Bice Martincigh presented awards to Professor Trevor Letcher, Professor Tony Ford, Mr Michael Pillay and Mr Darren Chetty.

Awards for Staff and Students at School of Chemistry and Physics

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The KwaZulu-Natal South African Chemical Institute (SACI) and Royal Society of Chemistry held a lunch and awards ceremony at the School of Chemistry and Physics on UKZN’s Westville campus to especially honour two Emeritus Professors and two students who have distinguished themselves in their chemistry careers.

School of Education academics with representatives from the National Higher Education Institute for Physical Education in KZN, the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia in Barcelona, and TVET Colleges.

Physical Education in Schools Under the Spotlight

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UKZN’s School of Education recently hosted discussions on the establishment of a certificate programme for teacher training in physical education.

Franco Erasmus.

UKZN Fosters Links with High Schools

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In an endeavour to promote agriculture, engineering and science as possible career choices, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science presents trophies annually to top achieving students in mathematics and science at feeder schools in KwaZulu-Natal. A boisterous Franco Erasmus of Grade 11...

College of Law and Management Studies awards excellence.

Staff Achievement the Highlight of College Awards Ceremony and Year-End Function

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College of Law and Management Studies staff were recognised for their excellence in research, teaching and learning as well as professional support services at the College’s recent year-end function.

UKZN scientists were recognised for their significant contributions at the University’s Research Awards ceremony.

UKZN’s 2014 Research Achievements Celebrated in Style

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Several UKZN scientists were recognised for their significant contributions in 2014, at the University’s Research Awards ceremony held in Durban.

The pedal-powered “beer bus” in action at UKZN’s Mechanical Engineering Open Day.

Innovative Creations on Display at Mechanical Engineering Open Day

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A “flying jet pack”, a pedal-powered “beer bus” and a machine that harnesses the power of the sea were among several innovative creations on public display at the annual Mechanical Engineering Open Day on the Howard College campus.

From left: Dr Albert van Jaarsveld; Professor Cristina Trois; DVC: Teaching and Learning, Professor Renuka Vithal, and DVC: Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Professor Deo Jaganyi.

Waste Management the Focus of Inaugural Lecture

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The management of waste was the subject of the Inaugural Lecture as a full professor of the Dean and Head of the School of Engineering, Professor Cristina Trois.

The UKZN cast of the award-winning play, The Working Man.

UKZN Drama and Performance Students Win Prestigious Durban Theatre Awards

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Four UKZN Drama and Performance Studies products received recognition for their roles in the play, The Working Man, during the prestigious The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards held at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

Dr Abdelmoneim Ahmed with Professor Masahiro Tasumi.

Japanese Academic Visits UKZN to Explore Water Resource Issues

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Water resources management was at the core of a week-long visit at UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) by Professor Masahiro Tasumi of the Faculty of Agriculture at Japan’s University of Miyazaki.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Jonathan Blackledge at the launch of the new library system.

New Library System at UKZN - a First for Africa

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UKZN became the first institution in Africa to adopt the full package of a new library system - WorldShare Management Services (WMS) - at a launch on the University’s Westville campus.

Professor Norman Pammenter who conducted the workshop.

Workshop Motivates Staff and Postgraduate Students to Apply for NRF Rating

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Staff and postgraduate students who attended a recent workshop organised by the College of Health Sciences Women in Leadership and Leverage Committee have been motivated to apply for National Research Foundation (NRF) ratings in order to unlock their full potential and grow in academia.

Participants at the IKS conference on UKZN’s Westville campus.

UKZN hosts Indigenous Knowledge Systems Conference for Postgrads

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An international conference on research by post graduate students on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in southern and eastern Africa was held on UKZN’s Westville campus.

Mr Sihle Mkhize.

Passion and Hard Work Pay Dividends for UKZN Alumnus

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The decision to pursue a BCom degree when he had not studied Accounting at high school was the first bold step in a successful career for UKZN graduate, Mr Sihle Mkhize, who is National Sales Manager for the beauty channel at Proctor and Gamble (P&G).

Staff and students from UKZN’s Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Conservation Education and Ecophysiology Lab.

MACE Lab Making Waves in Marine Pollution Research and Science Communication

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Members of the MACE Lab (Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Conservation Education and Ecophysiology) based on UKZN’s Westville campus have presented their research findings at a variety of conferences this year.

Ms Pilela Majokweni with her supervisors Dr Stuart Ferrer and Dr Lloyd Baiyegunhi.

Agricultural Economics Masters Student Receives Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

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Masters student in Agricultural Economics in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), Ms Pilela Majokweni, was recently awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship which will assist her in advancing her research titled: “An Impact Assessment of Institutional Support on Household Agricultural Productivity”.

UKZN’s Mr Learnmore Mwadzingeni.

Plant Breeding PhD Student Presents Poster at Wheat Conference in Australia

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A PhD student in the Discipline of Plant Breeding, Mr Learnmore Mwadzingeni, presented some of the results of his research as a poster at the 9th International Wheat Conference in Sydney, Australia.

UKZN academics who contributed to the book Conceptual Integration and Educational Analysis.

Humanities Academics Contribute to Book on Conceptual Integration and Educational Analysis

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Five Humanities academics - Dr Carol Bertram, Dr Nadaraj Govender, Ms Fiona JacksonProfessor Suriamurthee Maistry and Professor Wayne Hugo - recently contributed to the book Conceptual Integration and Educational Analysis, also edited by Hugo and published by Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press.

Dr Peter Rule, who has published a book titled: Dialogue and Boundary Learning.

Education Academic Publishes Book on Dialogue and Boundary Learning

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Senior Lecturer at the School of EducationDr Peter Rule, recently published a book titled Dialogue and Boundary Learning which explores dialogue and learning in theory, practice and praxis across a spectrum of lifelong education contexts.

From left: Professor Mike Lyne; Agricultural Economics alumnus, Mr Duncan Stewart and Professor Gerald Ortmann.

New Zealand Academic Completes Three-Month Sabbatical at UKZN

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Head of the Department of Agribusiness and Markets, and Associate Professor of International Rural Development at Lincoln University in New Zealand, Professor Michael Lyne, completed a three-month sabbatical at the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES).

Ms Jillian Maduray.

Alumni Spotlight

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A Finance Manager with the BBC Worldwide in London, Ms Jillian Maduray holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from UKZN.

Members of the Residence Life team and the DEMAT community forum at the handover of food parcels in Chatsworth.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit of Giving

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The Edgewood Campus Residence Life section recently held an outreach programme among the DEMAT community in Durban’s Chatsworth area, contributing food parcels for those in need.

This year’s annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).

Dates Announced for 2016 Durban International Film Festival

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The 2016 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) takes place almost a month earlier than usual - from June 16 to 26.


Season Greetings

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Best wishes to you and your loved ones. May you enjoy the festive season and travel safely.