07 February 2019
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Ms Nonduduzo Philile Mchunu, one of the top performing matric pupils in KZN.

Hard Work Pays Off for KZN Matriculant

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Coming from an under-privileged school background where many young people are demotivated, working hard and doing well in my matric year was the only way I could ensure that my dream of being an agent for change and an inspiration to those around me would be realised.

Professor Naven Chetty, the new Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

New Teaching and Learning Dean Aims to Enhance Academic Experience

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Professor Naven Chetty, recently appointed Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) after acting in the position since 2017, has a vision for enhancing teaching and learning in the College that he hopes will heighten the academic experience for lecturers and students.

Participants at the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Research Day.

Importance of Impactful Research Promoted at Annual Research Day

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UKZN’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) hosted its annual Research Day in partnership with the Research Office at the College of Law and Management Studies.

From left: Director and Trustee of the Baynesfield Estate, Mr Rob Stapylton-Smith; Trustee and UKZN DVC of CAES Professor Albert Modi; Consultant, Mr Richard Lawrence; Mr Myles van Deventer; and Trustees, Mr John Kennedy and Mr Paul Tait.

UKZN Alumnus Up for Farmer of the Year Award

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Managing Director of the Joseph Baynesfield Estate (Pty) Ltd between Pietermaritzburg and Richmond, Mr Myles van Deventer, was one of four finalists for the Farmer of the Year award announced at the annual Agricultural Writers of South Africa gala event in Stellenbosch towards the end of last year.

The team of project partners on the RUNRES project, including UKZN’s representatives Professor Chris Buckley (front row, second from left) and Dr Alfred Odindo (back row, third from right).

Swiss Funding for UKZN Researchers to Improve Food System Resilience

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Dr Alfred Odindo of UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Science (SAEES) and Professor Chris Buckley of the Pollution Research Group (PRG) were in Kenya recently to meet with project partners to plan the implementation of a new international research project: The Rural-Urban Nexus: Establishing a Nutrient Loop to Improve City Region Food System Resilience (RUNRES).

Author Chris Hoare (left) shows his father, the famous “Mad Mike” Hoare, a copy of his biography.

Alumnus Publishes Book on his Father – Legendary “Mad Mike”

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A biography on mercenary legend “Mad Mike” Hoare – written by his son, University of Natal alumnus Chris Hoare – is now available in bookstores in South Africa and in Britain.

From left: Dr Lovemore Chipungu, Dr Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu and Professor Ernest Khalema; the UKZN academics who contributed to a new book.

UKZN Academics Contribute to New Book

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Three UKZN academics contributed chapters to and edited a book titled Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa.

The attendees at the UNESCO workshop on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

International UNESCO Training Course Examines Satellite Remote Sensing for Water Resources Management

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An eight-day international training course on the application of satellite remote sensing and earth observation to support water resources management was hosted in Pietermaritzburg by UKZN’s Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR), the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) and the University of West England (UWE).

UKZN staff and presenters at the recent Summer School hosted by the School of Education.

Decolonising Knowledge and Power

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The Decoloniality Summer School, as part of the UKZN Flagship Capacity Building and Training programme, was offered in collaboration with the Centre of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues (CSIDD), El Mirador de Colón, Barcelona, Spain.

Highlights from the 2019 UKZN Parents Day.

UKZN Hosts Successful 2019 Parents Day

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UKZN’s annual Parents Day was held on the University’s Howard College, Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

UNksz Amanda Dube uthole indondo i-Top Accounting Learner Award eKZN nomfundaze iThuthuka.

Isiqengqe SikaMatikuletsheni Sangonyaka wezi-2018 Sikhethe i-UKZN

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UNksz Amanda Dube (oneminyaka eyi-17), ophase izifundo eziyisithupha ngamalengiso kumatikuletsheni nobefunda eSiyabonga Secondary School eMlazi eThekwini, usebhalise e-UKZN, ebhalisela iziqu i-Bachelor of Commerce eKolishi Lezifundo Zomthetho Nezokuphatha.

From left: Ms Kriti Lalla, Ms Samishka Amichund, Professor Glen Bright and Mr Rylan Odayan.

School of Engineering Welcomes Top Matric Achievers

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The School of Engineering in UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science welcomed top KwaZulu-Natal matriculants into the class of 2022.

Highlights from the 2019 UKZN Orientation Week.

Orientation for First Year Students

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UKZN held its 2019 Orientation event on all five of its campuses attracting large numbers of excited students eager to learn about what the University has to offer and to take part in all the happenings.

Professor Paramu Mafongoya who was recently inducted as an elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences.

UKZN Professor Inducted as Fellow of African Academy of Sciences

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The South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Agronomy and Rural Development at UKZN, Professor Paramu Mafongoya, has been inducted as an elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences.

Participants at the Research Data and Computer Literacy workshops.

UKZN Carpentries Club Takes Off!

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The Big Data and Informatics Research Flagship and the UKZN Carpentries Club hosted two workshops on Research Data and Computer Literacy towards the end of last year (2018) on the Westville campus.

Emeritus Professor Poobhalan Pillay addresses the 2019 cohort of young mathematicians enrolled for the Siyanqoba Mathematics Olympiad training programme.

Maths Programme for Bright Young Sparks Enters 8th Year

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The UKZN chapter of the Siyanqoba Maths Training Programme for mathematically gifted high school pupils got off to a great start when 81 learners from 17 schools competed for selection into the programme by writing a test.

Ms Josie Matabola who- together with her band- recently performed songs based on her life.

Jazz Student Performs Songs Based on Her Life

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UKZN Jazz student, Ms Josie Matabola, performed on stage with her band in Hammarsdale at a concert held in association with Concerts SA, Seaman’s Corner and iSupport Music Business.

BRICS collaborators on the GLOWSENS study during a visit to Midmar Dam.

School of Life Sciences Hosts BRICS Collaborative Project Workshop

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The School of Life Sciences (SLS) at UKZN recently hosted a three-day initial inception workshop for a study awarded by the Joint Application Form (JAF) BRICS Multilateral Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration, in which the Aquatic Ecosystem Research programme (AER) is the South African representative.

Delegates enjoy a field trip to Buffelsdraai and UKZN student volunteers assist during the IPCC Lead Author Meeting.

Landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Lead Author Meeting held in Durban

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More than 250 authors and Bureau members of the Working Group II (WGII) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from more than 60 countries attended the organisation’s first Lead Author Meeting (LAM) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban. The meeting marked the beginning of the WGII’s main contribution to the Sixth Assessment Cycle of the IPCC

Amazwibela omjaho waseKZN wokulungiselela i-Comrades Marathon ezogijinywa kuNhlangulana.

Abasubathi Base-UKZN Bavivele i-Comrades Marathon

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Isisho esithi ‘unyawo alunampumulo’ lugcwalisekile kwi-UKZN Athletics Club, eqale kahle ngomjaho wokuzicijela i-Comrades Marathon, egijinywe ngabasubathi abevile kuma-200.