30 June 2016
Volume: 4
Issue: 29
The winning Indeterminate Hub team: Mr Kavish Harisanker; Mr Rowan Kallee, Mr Kriyen Padayachee, Mr Sulaiman Patel, Mr Joash Govindsamy, Mr Nhlaka ‘Elvis’ Mbotho and Ms Devaini Pillay.

UKZN Students in Winning Codefest Programming Challenge Team

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In this year’s Youth Innovation Challenge, the team of UKZN and Durban University of Technology (DUT) representatives - Indeterminate Hub - which won the 24-Hour Codefest programming challenge, was hosted by the Innovate Durban Programme.

Professors Raziya Bobat, Douglas Wassenaar, Jack Moodley and Dr Sandy Pillay.

Medical Education Partnership Initiative Receives KZN Excellence Award

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Professor Jack Moodley, Professor Raziya Bobat and Professor Douglas Wassenaar received a Service Excellence Award from KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, on behalf of the UKZN Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) team.

Abebebambe iqhaza ezifundweni zezokuhlelwa kwamabhuku ezimali.

Kwenziwa Imizamo Yokuthuthukisa Izinga Lemiphumela Yabafundi Abamnyama Abenza Iziqu ze-Onazi Ku-B Com Accounting

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Isikole Sezokuhlelwa Kwamabhuku Ezimali, EzoMnotho, NezeziMali ibambisene ne-Advancement of Black Accountants of South Africa (ABASA), ne-South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) bahlele izifundo ezihlose ukuthuthukisa izinga lokusebenza kwabafundi beziqu ze-Onazi ku-B Com Accounting.

Dr Andrew Okem.

SA and Nigeria have High Levels of Poverty

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South Africa and Nigeria, despite being among countries with the largest economies in Africa, both suffer from high levels of poverty and inequality, says a UKZN researcher.

From left: Professor Jose Ornelas, Professor Beth Shinn, Professor Geoffrey Nelson, Professor Ernest Khalema, Professor Tim Aubry and Professor Arvin Bhana.

Community Psychology Conference Addressed on Homelessness by UKZN Academic

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Professor Ernest Khalema, Academic Leader in the Discipline of Community Development in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, recently presented a paper as part of an international panel at the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology at the Durban ICC.

Wonder Boy for President cast members Lara Lipschitz and Kagiso Lediga.

SA Political Spoof Enthralls DIFF Audiences

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Wonder Boy for President, a political satire which looks at the ‘not so serious side’ of the South African political landscape, opens in South African cinemas in July.

Mr Ayanda Meyiwa.

Researcher Promoting Maritime Economy in Academia and Political Arena

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A paper contributing to the development of South Africa’s maritime sector has led to School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Development Lecturer Mr Ayanda Meyiwa’s work being accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences.

Genetics honours students (from left) Ms Yevette Gounden, Mr Dhireshan Singh, Mr Kiresen Moodley, Ms Jananee Padayachee, Ms Nongcebo Malinga and Ms Ria Rassool.

Genetics Honours Programme Meeting need for Scarce Skills

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Genetics Honours programme, established in 2013 in the School of Life Sciences on the Westville campus, fills an important role in the training of geneticists for numerous industries in South Africa.

Noma premiered at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.

Documentary at DIFF Highlights Realities of Modern Day SA

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A documentary at DIFF, Noma featured a young woman in her mid-twenties, Nomaliphathwe Gwele, also known as Noma. She is a single mother of two, the youngest being semi-paraplegic and blind.

UKZN Peer Educators – LGBTI Forum.

LGBTI Event at Medical School

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UKZN’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Forum, under the HIV and AIDS Programme, partnered with the Thobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation, the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital and the Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre to host an event at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in celebration of Freedom Day.

Professor Mark Schofield presents birthday gifts to UKZN’s Professor Kriben Pillay.

Hooray! UK Conference Congratulates UKZN Academic on his Birthday

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It came as a pleasant surprise for UKZN’s Professor Kriben Pillay when the organisers of an education conference he was attending in the United Kingdom congratulated him on his 60th birthday. 

The Violin Player stars Ritwick Chakraborty (left) and Adil Hussain.

The Violin Player Premieres at Durban Film Festival

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The Violin Player directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji was awarded the Best Feature Film at the 37th Durban International Film Festival.

Two members of the Aquatic Ecosystems Research group don fish heads at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg to the amusement of high school pupils.

UKZN Celebrates World Fish Migration Day

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The Aquatic Ecosystems Research (AER) Group in the School of Life Sciences held several events to celebrate World Fish Migration Day (WFMD), including a networking function at uShaka Marine World in Durban to launch the WFMD poster, and a field day at the Umgeni River at Fountainhill Estate in Wartburg.

Delegates at the China/South Africa bilateral collaboration in astronomy meeting held in Beijing.

China-SA Bilateral Collaboration in Astronomy on the Cards

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A China/South Africa bilateral collaboration in astronomy meeting was held at the National Astronomical Observatory in China (NAOC) at which UKZN’s Dr Yin-Zhe Ma of the School of Chemistry and Physics was invited to do a presentation on: “South Africa: Astronomy Projects, Prospects for Bilateral Collaboration, and a Brief History and Travel Guide”.

Mr Kline Smith with his recently published play, Mob Feel.

Play by MA Drama Student Published

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Mob Feel, a play by a master’s student and creator of UKZN’s tagline Inspiring Greatness, Mr Kline Smith, has been published by Junkets Publishers in the Junkets10 Series.

UKZN Medical students who are members of the #NotATarget campaign.

Video Slams Attacks on Healthcare Workers in War Ravaged Areas

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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) students, all members of UKZN’s Friends of Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) (FoMSF), have produced a video highlighting attacks on health care workers in war-torn countries.

Second-year Nursing students at various community interventions.

Nursing Students tell Youngsters about Dangers of Substance Abuse

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Second-year Nursing students gave a talk to more than 200 Grade 7 to Grade 9 learners from Assegai Primary in Austerville and Mayville Secondary School at Cato Crest in Durban.

Black Lives Matter, a documentary about the mining industry in the Limpopo province, premiered at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.

Black Lives Matter Premieres at DIFF

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Black Lives Matter, a documentary exploring tensions between the community of Mokopane in Limpopo, mining companies, and traditional leaders, premiered at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.

It is in our hands, UKZN with the KZN DoH teams.

DRILL for Research Excellence

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The College of Health Sciences (CHS) met with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health (DoH) recently to discuss collaboration on the University’s Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership (DRILL) project.

Participants in the Africa Centre’s fun run.

Africa Centre Fun Run Draws more than 200 Entrants

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The Africa Centre for Population Health in northern KwaZulu-Natal held its annual community fun run to commemorate Youth Month, attracting more than 200 entrants.


The UKZN Griot: Of Idiots and Roboticisation

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My writing of regular columns for UKZNdabaWits Review and some other publications, started as a way of attracting readers to the back pages of these mags, competing as they are for ever-shortening attention spans, in an environment of information overload, in a contemporary world where madness seems to prevail on scales rarely before experienced.