21 May 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 16
Professor Carol Bertram, the new Editor of the Journal of Education.

Education Academic Made Editor of Journal of Education

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Associate Professor in the School of Education, Professor Carol Bertram, has been appointed Editor of the SA Education Research Association’s prestigious Journal of Education.

From left: Dr Jaclyn Mann, Dr Clinton Veale and Dr Samuel Iwarere.

FLAIR Fellowships a Boost for Three UKZN Researchers

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Three UKZN scientists are among 30 early career researchers in Africa to receive support for their investigative work from the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) programme.

A stock image of a man wearing a face mask as Africa and the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Responses in Africa: Implications for Peace, Security, and Public Health

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During a nation-wide address on April 13, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria warned Nigerians about the danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel of Health experts has agreed that smoking increases one’s susceptibility to COVID-19.

Health Experts Panel Supports Ban on Cigarette Sales

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The ban on cigarettes sales has slowed the spread of COVID-19 and will ease pressure on the health system, a panel of experts led by UKZN’s Professor Mosa Moshabela has found.

Head of UKZN’s Pollution Research Group, Professor Chris Buckley.

Water Research Magazine Profiles Head of UKZN’s Pollution Research Group

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The March/April edition of the Water Research Commission’s (WRC) Water Wheel magazine features the Head of UKZN’s Pollution Research Group (PRG) Professor Chris Buckley, identifying him as a “water personality” and recognising his more than three decades of leadership in water conservation and pollution research.

“Urine-tricity” mini plant in Durban.

Pee Power Project Benefits from UKZN Research

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A Microbial Fuel Cell stack prototype continuously produced electricity from human urine over a period of eight months powering four LED lights fitted within a previously unlit communal ablution block.

RUNRES team members now have virtual interaction with Vulindlela community members instead of in-person meetings.

RUNRES Team Adapts to COVID-19 Conditions to Continue Community Engagement

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An international project working alongside communities to co-design safe, cost-effective and socially acceptable waste management and sanitation innovations to establish a circular economy has continued its work with communities living in Vulindlela on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Nozibusiso Masondo, candidate attorney and LLM in Business Law student.

You Risk Getting a Criminal Record by Contravening Lockdown Regulations

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In support of South Africa’s fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, the Minister of Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 29 April, 2020, gazetted Level 4 lockdown regulations in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002.


Aviation Struggles in the Face of COVID-19: Airlines, Airports and the Durban Aerotropolis

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COVID-19 looms as the KwaZulu-Natal province is currently in the implementation phase of the airport city development masterplan for the Durban Aerotropolis. With this pandemic, disruption and uncertainty now plague every aspect of life as we know it.

Food parcels handed out by the Mtshalis.

UKZN Employee Helps Feed Those Impacted by COVID-19

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UKZN staff member Mrs Zandile Magwaza-Mtshali, her husband, Bishop Sibusiso Mtshali, and colleagues in the College of Health Sciences are donating food parcels to communities in and around Durban affected by COVID-19.

Professor Fatima Suleman from UKZN’s Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Call to Protect COVID-19 Sufferers Against Off-Label Drug Side Effects

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African countries need to consider implementing a prescription monitoring scheme to ensure their COVID-19 patients being treated with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are protected against the serious side effects associated with these drugs.

Professor Suna Kassier delivered a webinar on the topic of Immunity, Nutrition and COVID-19.

Extended Learning Webinar Explores Immunity, Nutrition and COVID-19

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How nutrition is linked to immunity and the healthy choices individuals can make in the shadow of COVID-19 were outlined in the first of a series of webinars hosted by UKZN’s Extended Learning (UEL) Unit on topics related to nutrition.

Mr Sooraj Baijnath, Academic Leader: Research at UKZN.

UKZN Academic Finalist for Bioanalysis Rising Star Award

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Academic Leader: Research at UKZN, Mr Sooraj Baijnath, became South Africa’s first ever finalist for the international Bioanalysis Rising Star Award when he was selected as one of the six contenders.

Professor Debbie Ellis from UKZN’s School of Management, IT and Governance.

Lockdown and Protection Against COVID-19: A Mammoth Social Marketing Challenge

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I write this opinion piece as a marketing academic, passionate about the field of social marketing. I am not a medical expert or economist and am grateful not to be our president steering us through these difficult times of the novel coronavirus.