27 July 2017
Volume: 5
Issue: 36
Dr Navi Pillay and Mphutlane wa Bofelo at the 10th annual Strini Moodley lecture at UKZN.

Corruption a Cancer in Society

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Corruption hits the poor first and hardest, having a direct impact on human rights, says former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Dr Navi Pillay.

Asinamali - We have no money.

Theatre Stalwart Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali closes DIFF 2017

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The closing film at this year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) was Asinamali produced by Mbongeni Ngema, Darrell Roodt and David Dison.

UKZN’s Professor Purshottama Reddy (left) with Minister Moussa Abu Zeid, the President of Palestine’s General Personnel Council.

Local Governance Expert Involved in International Public Administration Conference

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Representing the African region, as a member of the Board of Management of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) UKZN’s Local Governance expert Professor Purshottama Reddy presented a paper, and chaired two sessions of the Working Group on Subnational Governance and Development and a BRICS Panel on Training and Development at  IASIA’s 2017  Conference in Palestine.

UKSU members during a roadshow on the Edgewood campus.

UKZN Staff Union Praised for Being a Great People’s Union

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The UKZN Staff Union (UKSU) was praised at a roadshow it held on the Edgewood campus in Pinetown for ‘its tenacity in negotiating benefits for all staff.’

Postgraduate students with Teaching and Learning Staff.

Postgraduate Support Workshops on Research Methods

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The Teaching and Learning Unit at the College of Law and Management Studies recently hosted the first of three workshops on research methods for postgraduate students.

Enactus UKZN at the Sandton Convention Centre for the National Competitions 2017.

Semi-Final Spot for UKZN at Enactus SA Championships

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UKZN did exceptionally well at the 2017 Enactus National Championships held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg winning through to the semi-finals of the competition which attracted 20 teams from all over South Africa.


The UKZN Griot. Of Machine Rhetorics and Virtuality

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In my various academic travels around the world I have come across some really weird expressions.  Hotels in China tell guests: ‘Do not smoke [in] the bed’, and list all sorts of punitive charges for people who do, and who damage or steal items.  Guests are not allowed to ‘burn’ articles or be ‘accompanied by pets and other health hazards’. Pudong Airport sports signs on its trash cans:  ‘Pernicious garbage. Special recyclable oriface’.

Mr Kumeren Govender.

UKZN Medical Student on Top Young South Africans Award List

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UKZN final year Medical student Mr Kumeren Nadaraj Govender is among 200 leading South Africans under the age of 35 recognised by the Mail & Guardian newspaper.

UKZN to host “Women Rising” celebrating the Feminine.

UKZN to host Women Rising Show

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UKZN’s Social Justice Education, in partnership with the Playhouse Company and KwaZulu-Natal Treasury Department will be hosting the performance “Women Rising” on 26 August 2017 at the Loft Theatre in the Durban Playhouse.

Professor Peter Aggleton.

Culture, Health and Sexuality – Discussed at Lecture

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UKZN’s School of Education recently hosted a lecture by Professor Peter Aggleton of the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, on the topic: “Culture, Health and Sexuality: Insights and Perspectives from a Rapidly Developing Field”.

SHAPE team and panel members (from left) Ms Fezile Sikhakhane, Mr Wade Krieger, Mr Simo Nzama, Dr Thea van der Westhuizen, Ms Nonkululeko Xulu and Mr Dene Botha.

Innovative Entrepreneurship Programme a Great Success

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Students and business owners packed out UKZN’s Shifting Hope Activating Potential Entrepreneurship (SHAPE) Programme held at the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) Auditorium.

Movie goers enjoyed a cinematic feast at this year’s Durban International Film Festival.

DIFF Through the Eyes of a “Self-Confessed Cinephile”

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Self-confessed cinephile and UKZN journalist Ms Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer shares details about three movies at the 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) which ended in Durban at the weekend:

Viceroy’s House premiered at Durban’s Playhouse Theatre as part of the 38th Durban International Film Festival.

Viceroy’s House - the End of an Empire and the Birth of Two Nations

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Viceroy’s House, a gripping film that explores the role of Britain’s Lord Mountbatten in India and Pakistan’s journey to independence, premiered at the 38th Durban International Film Festival which has just ended.

From left: Mr Karl Swain, Mr Mokete Motaung, Mr Suntosh Pillay, Mr Michael Theron, Ms Thirusha Naidu, Ms Gita Hari, Ms Liza Aziz, Ms Suvira Ramlall and Mr Martin Harris.

Special Effort Needed to Tackle Mental Illness Burden

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More public-private partnerships and innovation are needed to tackle the increasing burden of mental illness at a community level, Specialist Psychiatrist, Dr Suvira Ramlall, said while officially opening the KwaZulu-Natal Mental Health Advocacy Group’s 3rd Annual Symposium.

UKZN recently hosted delegates from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), United States and Fellows from the America Council on Education (ACE).

UKZN and USA’s Virginia Commonwealth University Share Challenges and Exchange ideas

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In an effort to strengthen international partnerships and share ideas in dealing with similar challenges, delegates from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the United States and the America Council on Education (ACE) Fellows visited UKZN for a shared learning symposium.