30 May 2019
Volume: 7
Issue: 31
Dr Tanja Reinhardt who is a finalist in the prestigious 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards.

UKZN’S “Dr T” a Finalist in SA’s Science “Oscars”

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Well-known UKZN personality, Dr Tanja Reinhardt (aka “Dr T”), has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards.

USolwazi Sunil Maharaj nomklomelo ahlonishwe ngawo yiMangosuthu University of Technology.

USolwazi Uhlonishwe Ngendondo

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USolwazi Sunil Maharaj waseSikoleni Sezibalo, Izibalomidanti neZifundo Zekhompyutha e-UKZN uhlonishwe nge-Honorary Fellowship Award yiMangosuthu University of Technology (i-MUT) ngegalelo lakhe emkhakheni wezesayensi yezibalo emcimbini walesi sikhungo wokuthweswa iziqu kwa-Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Abafundi bezokwakha, oMnu Neeshailin Naicker (owesibili kwesobunxele) noMnu Mohammed Shah (owesibili kwesokudla), badle umhlanganiso kwi-South African Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort Student Contest.

Izitshudeni Zezindlela ZoKwakha Emqhudelwaneni Womhlaba

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Abafundi bezindlela zokwakha oMnu Mohammed Shah noMnu Neeshailin Naicker badle umhlanganiso kwi-South African Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort Student Contest. I-UKZN ibiqala ukuwungenela lo mqhudelwano ngonyaka odlule, yaphuma phambili e-Dubai.

Winners of the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards in Africa from left: Dr Admire Shayanowako (UKZN), Mr Blessings Likagwa, Mr Ismael Mayanja, and Ms Hildegarde Dukunde.

Maize Youth Innovator Award for UKZN Postdoc

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Dr Admire Shayanowako, a postdoctoral researcher at UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement working under the supervision of Professors Mark Laing and Hussein Shimelis, received a MAIZE Innovator Youth Award from the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) at a ceremony in Lusaka, Zambia held as part of the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project meeting.

Academics, mentors and students at a mentorship meeting.

Growing a New Crop of African Chartered Accountants

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UKZN’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, in partnership with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Eastern Region, is going the extra mile to address the under-representation of Black Africans in the chartered accountancy profession.

Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Mr Nazim Gani at the Nola and Nick Steele Archival Collection launch.

Launch of the Nola and Nick Steele Archival Collection

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The Nola and Nick Steele Archival Collection was launched by UKZN Special Collections and the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives (APC), in partnership with the Steele family and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on 25 April.

UKZN Jazz student, Mr Obakeng Thamage, who performed at the Jazz Piano Showcase.

Jazz Piano Showcase

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The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music proudly presented the UKZN Jazz Piano Showcase on Wednesday 29 May 2019. The concert featured first, second and third-year students who performed original compositions, jazz standards and arrangements.

Ms Rossella Meusel addresses postgraduate students at the ChemBerg leadership and stress management workshop.

ChemBurg Hosts Leadership and Stress Management Workshop

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ChemBurg, a society for postgraduate Chemistry students, hosted a leadership and stress management workshop on the Pietermaritzburg campus on 13 May.

From left: Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Ms Pelonomi Moiloa, Professor Francesco Petruccione, Dr Benjamin Rosman, Dr Justine Nasejje, Ms Jade Abbott, Mr Christopher Currin, and Mr Sicelukwanda Zwane.

UKZN Hosts Deep Learning IndabaX

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The three-day Deep Learning IndabaX, a locally organised version of the annual Deep Learning Indaba, took place at UKZN’s UNITE Building was attended by researchers, students and experts in machine learning from across Africa

Highlights from the School of Education’s Engagement Day.

School of Education Hosts Engagement Day

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The School of Education’s Engagement Day on the Edgewood campus was designed to promote critical conversations in the School around issues relating to research, teaching and learning, and community engagement.

New UKZN employees at the Onboarding programme.

UKZN Welcomes New Employees On Board

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A two day on-boarding workshop hosted by the Human Resources Division was held for new employees of UKZN.


Changing with the Times

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By Lukhona Mnguni

For the first time since South Africa’s democratic transition, voter turnout dipped below 70% in the recent 6th national elections. While the country still boasts one of the highest voter participation rates in the world, there is cause for concern.

UMnu Ashton Bodrick wase-UKZN; iNxusa u-Anil Sooklal; iNxusa u-Lin Songtain; uSolwazi Deresh Ramjugernath; neNxusa Jikelele u-Fei Mingxing.

I-Africa Day Igujwe NgesiFundo SomPhakathi

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Ngemigubho yase-UKZN ye-Africa Day, iNyuvesi ivakashelwe nguMhlonishwa uLin Songtian oyNxusa eliKhulu lase-People’s Republic of China eNingizimu Afrika u-Anil Sooklal, owumQondisi Jikelele emNyangweni weziNdaba zangaPhandle nokubaMbisana.

The team who developed Africa’s first recycled water handwashing station prototype which is pictured right.

Launch of Africa’s First Recycled Water Handwashing Station Prototype

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Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, with the support of UKZN’s Pollution Research Group (PRG) and Khanyisa Projects (an engineering consulting company) launched Africa’s first recycled water handwashing station prototype at the Howard College campus at the end of March.

Ms Nuria Cadete at e-MIG 2019.

PhD Candidate Presents Papers at International Conference

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‘Workplaces require practical solutions to address the many challenges that working women experience both at the workplace and outside. My goal is to assist working women to strengthen their ability to pre-empt potentially adverse situations and be able to handle them in a calm and efficient way - something which is possible when resilience knowledge is disseminated.’

Professor Jill Kelly and Dr Sibongiseni Mkhize who presented the 26th Alan Paton Lecture.

Alan Paton Lecture Reflects on Selfless Leaders

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The 26th Alan Paton Lecture was presented by Dr Sibongiseni Mkhize and Professor Jill E Kelly at the Colin Webb Hall on the Pietermaritzburg campus on 2 May. Mkhize’s lecture was titled: Service, Sacrifice and Social Justice on the road to the new South Africa, while Kelly’s topic was Chief by the People: Inkosi Mhlabunzima Maphumulo and the Search for Security during the Transition to Democracy in South Africa.

New staff in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science were welcomed at an induction function.

Warm Welcome for New College Staff

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The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science welcomed new staff who took up their posts within the past six months at an induction function at Makaranga Garden Lodge. The function also served to provide them with useful information about College processes and services.

Ababengabafundi abahlala e-Cape Town nezisebenzi zase-UKZN.

IDili Lababengabafundi Abahlala e-Cape Town

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Ihhovisi Lezababengabafundi belihlele umcimbi wokuhlangana nababengabafundi abahlala e-Cape Town ngoMgqibelo mhlaziyi-11 kuMbasa.

Performances by AMD students at their showcase concerts at the Howard College Theatre.

School of Arts hosts African Music Lunch Hour Concert Series

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Honours African Music and Dance (AMD) Applied Ethnomusicology students, Ms Zoliswa Mchunu and Ms Slindile Dlamini, recently presented their showcase concerts at the Howard College Theatre.

From left: Mr Aloius Maregere, Professor Nadaraj Govender, Mr Wesley Banda (Minquiz rep), winners of the 2019 Minquiz KZN Regional Competition, and Mrs Mary-Anne Good at the Minquiz Regional Competition held at UKZN.

School of Education Hosts Minquiz Regional Competition

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Learners and teachers from various high schools participated in the Minquiz Regional Competition on the Edgewood campus. The annual national Science and Mathematics competition for Grade 12 learners includes written and oral components.