22 November 2018
Volume: 6
Issue: 60
The excellent performance of UKZN male and female student rugby players secured them spots in the Sharks and national rugby teams.

UKZN Rugby Students Fly the University, KZN and National Flags

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Male and female students, who are part of UKZN Rugby, were recently selected to the provincial and national rugby teams.

UMongameli we-SRC e-UKZN, uSanele Hlongwa.

Sinethulela uMongameli Omusha Wenhlangano Yabafundi e-UKZN

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UMengameli osanda kukhethwa ohola i-SRC Yonkana, uSanele Hlongwa uthi uzochitha lesi sikhathi sakhe esesikhundleni sobuholi besigungu sabafundi eNyuvesi yaKwaZulu-Natali eqhakambisa amalungelo abafundi futhi esiza ukuba kwamukelwe ukwehluka kwabafundi kuwo womahlanu amakhempasi eNyuvesi.

Research Office staff at the first Sustainable Inclusion and Diversity workshops.

UKZN HR Encourages Diversity and Inclusion Amongst Staff

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Diversity and Inclusion consultant Verna Myers once said: ‘Diversity is being invited to the party and Inclusion is being asked to dance.’

Vera Thiess Fellowship recipient, Ms Carmina Rivera (left), and Ms Nantale Nsibirwa, at the Riversymposium in Sydney.

UKZN Hydrologist Finalist in Prestigious International Award

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Ms Nantale Nsibirwa, a Master’s candidate at the Centre of Water Resources Research (CWRR), was one of three finalists shortlisted for the International River Foundation 2018 Emerging River Professional Award. The award recognises innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management.

Speakers (from left): Dr Koyi Mchunu, Ms Lerato Malope, Mr Thobani Zikalala, Ms Philisiwe Mazibuko and Mr Nduduzo Majozi.

Young Civil Society at Forefront of Contemporary Politics

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The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies hosted the Young Civil Society and Contemporary Issues event recently on the Howard College campus. It was organised by Ms Eliza Solis-Maart and facilitated by Ms Lerato Malope and Mr Nduduzo Majozi who are all based at CCS on research projects.

Guest speakers and co-ordinators of the KZN leg of the SASOP Human Rights for People Living with Mental Illness exhibition.

Exhibition on Human Rights for People Living with Mental Illness

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The Department of Psychiatry held a string of Mental Health awareness events supported by the travelling exhibition on “Human Rights for people living with Mental Illness” by the DGPPN (German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics) and the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP). The exhibition was set up at the EG Malherbe Library, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mr Eloff Pretorius and one of his artworks which depicts a landscape disrupted by large geometric forms based on satellite images of mine dumps.

Fine Arts Student to Showcase Innovative Non-Toxic Etching Practices

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Masters in Fine Arts student Mr Eloff Pretorius will showcase some of his fascinating etching works at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg from 26-30 November. This exhibition and walkabout is part of his research work which explored innovations in non-toxic materials for intaglio etching.

Seen at the launch were the role players and supporters of the Champions Alumni Network.

Alumni Network for KZN’s Social Entrepreneurs Launched

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The Local Economic Development Champions Alumni Network - which is a platform where KwaZulu-Natal’s social entrepreneurs can regularly network, share resources and enhance collaborations - is the latest deliverable development from the partnership between the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Department (EDTEA) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Highlights from the Curriculum Transformation Project.

College of Humanities Heads Curriculum Transformation Project

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The College of Humanities is engaged with the Curriculum Transformation Project, headed by Professor Labby Ramrathan from the School of Education. Through the office of the College Dean of Teaching and Learning, Professor Ruth Hoskins funding was made available, under the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP), to engage the College on issues of decolonisation and curriculum transformation.

Psychology Honours students at a healing village in Greytown, KZN.

Psychology Students Visit Healing Village

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Psychology Honours students in the School of Applied Human Sciences recently embarked on a fieldtrip to a healing village in Greytown owned by renowned healer, author and poet Dr Velaphi Mkhize of the Umsamo Institute. The trip was headed by College of Humanities DVC Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize.

UMnu Mlungisi Zondi WeHhovisi Lezocwaningo nendondo yakhe ye-NRF.

Umsebenzi wase-UKZN Uhlomule Ngendondo ye-NRF

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UMsizimdidiyeli ehhovisi Locwaningo, uMnu Mlungisi Zondi usanda kwamukeliswa indondo ye-“Best Newcomer NRF Designated Authority” evela eSikhwameni Sikazwelonke Sezocwaningo, (i-NRF).

OSolwazi uKalpana Hiralal kanye noGoolam Vahed bathula izifundo ekhempasini i-Westville.

Izifundiswa zase-UKZN Zithula Izifundo ngeZinkinga Eziphathelene Nomphakathi

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Othisha beKolishi Lezesintu Osolwazi Goolam Vahed kanye noKalpana Hiralal basanda kwethula izifundo zabo e-Senate Chamber, eKhempasini i-Westville.

Pictured left is Dr Legini Moodley (second from left in the first picture), and Ms Urisha Naidoo (middle in the second picture), with colleagues and supervisors.

Audiology Academics Fly UKZN Flag High at Historic Congress

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UKZN’s Speech Language Therapy Academics, Dr Legini Moodley and Ms Urisha Naidoo received awards for being best presenters at the 34th World Congress of Audiology (WCA) held recently at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Professor Bhugwan Singh (centre) congratulated by Dr P Rajaruthnam (left) and Dr Vasant Govind.

Legendary Surgeon Celebrated

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‘An amazingly dedicated Professor that woke up at the crack of dawn to assist in the training of surgical specialists pass their examinations. He was an excellent “old school” teacher. He helped me so much, held me by the “hand and ear” sometimes to get my exam technique correct. I was one of the last Orthopaedic Registrars that had to the write the full general surgery intermediates. I will never forget the sacrifices he made for us.’

Delegates from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences with UKZN representatives.

Norwegian-UKZN Partnership to Internationalise Teacher Education

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal welcomed a delegation from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) during a meeting held at the University’s Westville campus.

HVL is one of the largest teacher training institutions in Norway with 16 000 students, five campuses and four faculties.

Dr Pamela Pillay who was awarded a UCDP Mobility Grant.

Clinical Anatomy Academic Awarded UCDP Mobility Grant

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Dr Pamela Pillay, UKZN academic in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, Clinical Anatomist and Developing Research, Innovation, Localisation and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) Fellow was recently awarded the University Capacity Development programme (UCDP) Mobility Grant to visit the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States. The grant is awarded to emerging academics as part of the University capacity development.

Final-year Mechanical Engineering groups demonstrate projects at the Mechanical Engineering Open Day.

Mechanical Engineering Open Day Designs Wow the Crowds

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The Discipline of Mechanical Engineering at UKZN recently held its annual Open Day at the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus, and crowds of parents, friends, industry sponsors, evaluators and the public were treated to a display of innovative projects and exhibits that included a drone display and a hovering car.

“Algae Tree” with QR codes.

“Algae Tree” Lights up Postgrad Research Day

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A luminescent tree, from which hung bags of green algae lit up with LED lights, was a popular “selfie” spot at the recent School of Engineering Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium held at T-block on UKZN’s Westville campus.

Participants of the Medical Law and Ethics workshop.

UKZN and Ghanaian Legal Fraternity Discuss Possibility of Distance Learning Initiative

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Professor David McQuoid-Mason of UKZN’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies conducted a follow-up Medical Law and Ethics workshop for health professionals in Ghana.

UKZN Facilities staff at Howard College campus were treated to a workshop on snakes.

Snake Awareness Session at Howard College

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Campus Management Services staff attended a snake awareness session hosted by Mr Nick Evans of the KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a programme which brings about awareness and understanding of snakes and amphibians.