12 September 2019
Volume: 7
Issue: 50
Dr Sphesihle Zuma graduated with a PhD in Education.

Graduate Overcomes Despite Adversity

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Tragedy and hardship dogged Dr Sphesihle Zuma during his studies but he persevered and was awarded a PhD in Education from UKZN following research he did on reimaging Moodle as an effective learning management system.

Dr Themba Mgwaba graduated with a PhD in Development Studies.

Study Probes Link between Ukujola and HIV/AIDS

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The socially constructed meaning of ukujola casual relationships and how they fuel the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, were examined in research conducted by Dr Themba Mgwaba for his PhD in Development Studies from UKZN.

Mrs Nonhlanhla Kunene graduated with her Master of Commerce degree.

Attraction and Retention of Academic Research Staff Vital for UKZN’s Prosperity

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Getting the best researchers and keeping them are vital for UKZN’s standing in the academic world.

Dr Bongani Mkhize graduated with a PhD in Social Sciences.

Oldest Humanities Spring Graduate Examines Strike Behaviour at Transnet

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A 67-year-old UKZN lecturer and retired HR practitioner, Dr Bongani Mkhize, has graduated with a PhD in Social Sciences for research that analysed strike participation at Transnet port terminals in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Londeka Ngubane received a PhD in Criminology.

Children’s Perceptions of Corporal Punishment Revealed in PhD Research

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Perceptions of corporal punishment by children - giving recognition to their voices as potential victims of such punishment despite it being banned in South African schools in 1996 - were evaluated by Dr Londeka Ngubane in her thesis for a PhD in Criminology.

UKZN Corporate Relations staff member, Dr Tasmeera Singh received her Doctorate in Education.

PhD Dream Realised by UKZN Employee

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When she completed her matric at age 18, UKZN employee Dr Tasmeera Singh committed herself then to getting a PhD. Now she has realised her dream, graduating with a Doctorate in Education.

Masters in Social Sciences graduates, Ms Sarah Jane O’Connell and Ms Claire Mondlana.

Master’s for UKZN Counselling Psychologists

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Intern counselling psychologists at UKZN, Ms Claire Mondlana and Ms Sarah Jane O’Connell graduated with Master’s degrees in Social Sciences.

Master’s in Population Studies graduate Mr Sthembiso Pollen Mkhize.

Use of Sexual Health Services by LGBT Students Subject of Master’s Research

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Mr Sthembiso Pollen Mkhize graduated with a Master’s in Population Studies degree for his research, which provided insight into the use of sexual health services by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in Durban.

PhD graduates, Dr Samuel Fikiri Cinini (left) and Dr Patrick Bashizi Bashige Murhula, with UKZN’s Professor Shanta Balgobind Singh.

Doctoral Research Tackles SA Criminal Justice Concerns

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PhD graduates at UKZN have been fortunate to have one of their lecturers teach them from their first-year at undergraduate level through to the completion of their doctorates.

Dr Mathodi Motsamayi received a PhD in Art history.

PhD Research Explores South African Heritage Collections of Indigenous Material Culture

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Dr Mathodi Motsamayi was thrilled to graduate with his PhD in Art history from the Centre for Visual Arts (CVA) in the College of Humanities.

Professor Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan and Dr Mvuselelo Ngcoya received Distinguished Teachers’ Awards.

Distinguished Teacher Awards for Humanities Academics

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Academics from the College of Humanities, Professor Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan (School of Education) and Dr Mvuselelo Ngcoya (School of Built Environment and Development Studies) have been recognised by UKZN for excellence in teaching.

Dr Sheeren Saloojee seen with College of Humanities Dean of Research, Professor Pholoho Morojele.

Research Spotlight on the World of African Women Students doing Postgrad Studies

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The plight of a student and mother-of-three who faced dropping out of university because of financial problems inspired Dr Sheeren Saloojee to research macro issues of this common phenomenon.

Mr Melusi Mntungwa received a Master of Arts degree cum laude.

Cum Laude for Study Exploring Attitudes and Perceptions of Black Queer Men Towards PrEP

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Mr Melusi Mntungwa was ecstatic to graduate cum laude with his Master of Arts (Media and Cultural Studies) degree from UKZN recently.

Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh received a PhD in Social Sciences degree.

Career Advancement of Female Academics in Higher Education Under the Microscope

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Exploring the link between institutional culture and the career advancement of female academics in Higher Education was the focus of research conducted by Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh for her PhD in Social Sciences degree.

Ms Nokwanele Mhlongo graduated with a Master’s in Population Studies degree.

Young Fathers Want to do Better, Says Study

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An interest in family dynamics led to Ms Nokwanele Mhlongo doing research on the effect of absent fathers on families and childcare responsibilities. Mhlongo specifically focused on the perspectives and experiences of fathers aged between 18 and 24.

Ms Belinda Crawford received a degree in Theology.

Passion for Biblical Studies Earns Staffer Theology Degree

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Staff member at UKZN’s Ujaama Centre, Ms Belinda Crawford has graduated with a degree in Theology.

PhD in Education graduate, Dr Ntombi Mxenge.

Research Journey a Humbling Experience for Dr Mxenge

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A desire to experience and gain a better understanding of how teachers learn when they are together in education department clusters motivated Dr Ntombi Mxenge, who graduated with a PhD in Education degree, for her research into teacher development.

Dr Samuel Okunade received a PhD in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies.

Study Explores Coping Strategies Against Boko Haram Activities

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Strategies used by the inhabitants of border communities in north-eastern Nigeria regarding their safety and well-being in the face of activities by Boko Haram Islamic insurgents was the focus of doctoral research by Dr Samuel Okunade who graduated with a PhD in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies.

Ms Sandisiwe Macozoma graduated with a Master of Arts (Sociology).

Deeper Insight into Intimacy Issues Facing Shack Dwellers

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A Sociological Exploration of Sexual Relationships and Intimacy among a Select Group of Participants in an Informal Settlement: A Case Study of Cato Manor, Durban, is the title of an MA thesis.