07 June 2017
Volume: 5
Issue: 29
DTA recipients Dr Cecile Proches and Dr Vittorio Tramontin.

Distinguished Teachers’ Alumni Welcome Two More to the Fold

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Two more UKZN academics entered the hallowed halls of the Distinguished Teachers’ Alumni this year.

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From left: Professor Steve Worth, Dr Dickson Despommier, Mr Dirk Esterhuizen, Mr Emerson Wohlenberg, Dr Francisco Aragao, US Consul General Frances Chisholm, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath and Mr Rod Stevens (Howard Davis Farm Trust) at the Symposium.

Second Ukulinga Howard Davis Memorial Symposium Unites Stakeholders for Food Security

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) recently hosted the second annual Ukulinga Howard Davis Memorial Symposium at its Ukulinga Research Farm in Pietermaritzburg.

Guest speakers, peer educators and staff from UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme.

AIDS Candlelight Memorial Celebrates the Lives of those Infected and Affected

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The UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme held an International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in remembrance of departed loved ones and to honour families, caregivers and peer educators for their roles in fighting the epidemic.

Mr Ebenezer Frimpong in the hot seat as a moderator during committee sessions.

UKZN Student Chaired a Model UN Conference Committee in Switzerland

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Mr Ebenezer Frimpong, a PhD Pharmacy student, served as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Committee Chair during the recently held Zurich Model UN (ZUMUN) Conference.

Seen are some of the African Music and Dance students performing at the Jazz Centre.

African Music and Dance Students Perform Ceremonies of Hope Concert

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African Music and Dance (AMD) students from the School of Arts (Music) recently presented Timhamba “Ceremonies of Hope” concert at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM).

Occupational therapy fourth-year students from left: Ms Aamina Hoosain, Ms Thishari Naicker, Ms Noluthando Nkosi and Ms Kelly Walker.

OT C.A.R.E Project

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UKZN fourth year Occupational Therapy (OT) students have been running a C.A.R.E  Project which aims to ensure the wellbeing of caregivers who work at Muthande Society for the Aged (MUSA) in KwaDabeka, Clermont.

From left, Mr Azwihangwisi Nesengani, Professor Shanta B Singh, Ms Vuyelwa Maweni, Mr Justice Sihlangu, Mr Siyanda Dlamini, Dr Witness Maluleke, Dr Sazelo Mkhize and Mr B G Motloung.

Department of Correctional Services holds Orientation Session for Criminology and Forensic Studies Students

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The Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) Chief Deputy Commissioner (CDC): Incarceration and Corrections recently approved the Experiential Learning Co-ordinating Committee’s 2017 Orientation Session for UKZN’s Criminology student volunteers.

Presenters and Delegates at the SAIEE-EECE Research Day.

Hosting of SAIEE-EECE Research Day

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The SAIEE-EECE Research day event was recently held at the Smart Grid Centre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN’s) Westville campus. The event was a joint initiative between the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and the Discipline of Electrical, Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering (EECE) from the School of Engineering at UKZN.

From left: Ms Kuhlekonke Mathenjwa, Ms Humaira Khan, Aunty Lille (an employee in the empowerment project), Ms Nontuthuko Shongwe and Ms Alannah Jackson.

Women Have the Right to be Empowered: OT Students

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‘If we empower women, we empower a community,’ proclaimed fourth-year Occupational Therapy (OT) student, Ms Nontuthuko Shongwe, a member of the UKZN Women’s Empowerment Project.

Local artist Giffy Duminy (standing, centre) with some of the First Year Architecture students in front of the newest addition to their studio - Goodenough Greg, the Archi monkey.

Architecture Students treated to Mural Art Demo by Renowned KZN Street Artist

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First-year Architecture students were recently treated to a presentation on mural art, followed by a live demonstration by renowned KZN street artist Mr Gifford “Giffy” Duminy.

Team UKZN in high spirits at Comrades 2017.

Team UKZN Supports Comrades 2017 Runners

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Some members of Team UKZN have lost their voices, others have sore bodies from dancing. None ran Comrades. But each screamed their hearts out and worked tirelessly to support our beloved 2017 runners in the ultimate race of human endurance.

Professor Mershen Pillay.

UKZN Academic Bags ASHA Award

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Imagine being unable to drink a glass of water.  This is the case for 1 in 25 persons (Bhattacharyya, 2014) or up to 8% (Steele, 2015) of the world who may experience swallowing disabilities.  For persons with swallowing disabilities modifying the way liquids flow or the size/texture of the foods they eat is critical to their survival.  However, South Africa, like many similar low-middle income countries, does not have a way to measure and/or classify these foods.

UKZN’s Pollution Research Group (PRG) recently hosted a delegation of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) representatives and grantees, for a visit linked to the ongoing “Reinvent the Toilet” project.

Pollution Research Group Hosts BMGF Launch Visit

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The Pollution Research Group (PRG) in UKZN’s School of Engineering recently hosted a delegation of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) representatives and a select number of their grantees for a visit to kick-start a programme initiated in 2016, which involves the engineering field testing of “Reinvented Toilet” prototypes in Durban.

Dr Nontobeko Mvubu.

First Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration Scholarship (TEAEAS) Candidate Appointed as Lecturer

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Twenty-seven-year-old Dr Nontobeko Mvubu, who holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has become the first Talent Excellence and Equity Acceleration Scholarship (TEAEAS) candidate to be appointed as a lecturer at the University.

Seen are some of the highlights of the 2017 Minquiz KZN Regional Competition.

School of Education hosts 2017 Minquiz KZN Regional Competition

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The School of Education recently hosted the Minquiz Regional Competition, an annual national Science and Mathematics competition for Grade 12 learners.

Aspirant coders attended a computer coding workshop organised by CodeMakers and AfriHub.

Aspirant Coders Test their Mettle

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The computer LAN at Civil Engineering on the Howard College campus was unusually busy for a Friday afternoon recently, when it played host to a workshop with a difference.   To the background strains of a live musician playing mellow jazz, some 60 aspirant computer coders gathered to try their hand at computer coding.

Doctoral student at UKZN and Marketing Strategy Senior Lecturer at Mancosa, Mr Debapriyo Nag.

Shaka Zulu’s Leadership Discussed at Africa Day Celebration

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Research on King Shaka Zulu and how corporate strategy/leadership has evolved over time was the centre of discussion during a recent Africa Day event hosted by the International Office.

Bels students engages communities through sports.

UKZN Inspiring Greatness through Sport

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UKZN Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences students hosted a Health and Wellness Day programme for the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Transport Authority (ETA) employees as part of the students’ community engagement project.

From left: Ms Hilda Ojiambo, Advocate Arlene Brock, and Ms Chipiliro Leah Mangulama.

African Ombudsman Research Centre hosts Visitors from Kenya and Malawi

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In order to unite its six regions and bring about cross-fertilisation of skills, the African Ombudsman Research Centre on the Howard College campus is currently running the first of its four-week Attachment Programme.

The CCA Team with Sinothile Reading and Writing Club members from Westville Correctional Services prison.

CCA Donates Books to Westville Correctional Services Prison

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The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within UKZN’s College of Humanities recently donated 52 books to Westville Correctional library as part of its Community outreach programme. The Centre noticed that literacy and education levels in prisons are quite high with libraries and book clubs in prisons being vital for inmates.