10 April 2019
Volume: 7
Issue: 24
Mr Michael Mahony with his daughter, Valerie (left) and wife, Mary.

Master’s for 74-year-old Theology Graduate

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They say that age is just a number and 74-year-old Mr Michael Mahony certainly proved that to be true when he graduated with a Master’s in Catholic Theology. After his retirement in 2007, Mahony wrote and published a collection of seven theological books on Jesus, the Word of God and the Church. But his yearning to further his education constantly tugged at him.

Supervisor Dr Jaqueline Naidoo with her students who received their Master’s in Education.

Hard Work Pays Off for Master’s in Education Graduates

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Ms Marilyn Jordon, Mr Thanduxolo Rubela, Mr Thembinkosi Nene, Mr Siyabonga Magoso and Mr Joey Mshengu proved that hard work, commitment and dedication pay off when they graduated with their Master’s in Education. Dr Jaqueline Naidoo supervised their research.

Mr Sindisiwe Sithole graduated with a Master’s in Theology.

Staff Member’s Dissertation Explores Religio-Cultural Concepts of Transgender Identities

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Mr Sindisiwe Sithole, a research co-ordinator in the Gender, Religion and Health project in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, graduated with his Master’s in Theology.

Ms Ntokozo Mthembu graduated with her Postgraduate Diploma in Management.

Postgraduate Diploma in Management for UKZN Staff Member

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College of Humanities staff member, Ms Ntokozo Mthembu, was thrilled to graduate with her Postgraduate Diploma in Management. She completed the diploma to further her career and gain management skills.

A joyful Ms Nokuthula Duma celebrates as she graduates with her Honours degree in Education.

Honours Dissertation Investigates Environmental Awareness

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Ms Nokuthula Duma graduated with an Honours degree in Education. Her dissertation investigated environmental awareness in relation to waste reduction. In light of massive environmental degradation and global warming, waste disposal is still a serious issue in our country. People are not aware nor do they take it seriously, said Duma.

Ms Nondumiso Cele with her supervisor, Professor Saras Reddy.

Master’s in Higher Education for UKZN Staff Member

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Nothing is impossible. Never let your background and circumstances limit you.These are the words of Ms Nondumiso Cele who graduated with a Master’s in Higher Education (Professional Services).

Giving up was not an option for Ms Kaya Velayudam who graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Student Overcomes Disability to Graduate with PGCE

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Ms Kaya Velayudam was all smiles when she graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Velayudam has Fibular Aplasia (a congenital birth defect which is characterised by missing a fibula), which in her case has caused arthritis and scoliosis of the spine. While she has faced many challenges and discrimination due to her disability, this only fuelled her ambition to work harder and improve her life.

Mr Ntobeko Dlamini received his Master’s in Theology.

Research Explores Lived Experiences of Queer Clergy in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

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Twenty-three-year-old Mr Ntobeko Dlamini graduated with his Master's in Theology for his study on the lived experiences of queer clergy in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA).

Doctoral graduate in Information Studies, Dr Olateju Ajanaku.

PhD Study Explores Knowledge Management Capability in Nursing Care Performance

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Dr Olateju Ajanaku was awarded a PhD in Information Studies for her study on Knowledge Management Capability in Nursing Care Performance in selected Teaching Hospitals in South West Nigeria.

Master’s in Theology graduate, Mr William Chisa.

Abortion Within the African Faith Landscape Explored in Master’s Research

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Mr William Chisa graduated with a Master’s in Theology for his research on the issue of abortion within the African faith landscape that was supervised by Dr Wilhelm Meyer.

Master of Fine Arts graduate, Mr Eloff Pretorius.

Fine Arts Study Explores Innovative Non-Toxic Etching Practices

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Mr Eloff Pretorius received a Master of Fine Arts for his innovations in non-toxic materials for intaglio etching. His ground-breaking research found that metal salt etchants are a safe alternative to strong acid etchants. It also proposed that cleaning solvents be replaced by vegetable oil, and that acrylic mediums be used instead of rosin dust and bitumen.

PhD in Theology and Development graduate, Dr Tioti Timon.

PhD Study Examines Climate Change in Kiribati, South Pacific

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Dr Tioti Timon graduated with a PhD in Theology and Development. His thesis examined the ways in which climate change is affecting the people, indigenous culture, and environment of Kiribati in the South Pacific and the role that the church and the Tangintebu Theological College is playing to equip church leadership to respond to these challenges. The study also assessed the extent to which environmental and ecological issues are integrated into the overall theological curriculum.