14 February 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 2

UKZN: A Call for Perspective on our Issues and a Request for Creative Engagement on the Way Forward

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I was startled to read Professor Jonathan Jansen’s piece titled ‘UKZN: It’s terrible seeing a varsity die, especially as it was preventable’ in his column published in the Times Live on 6 February 2020.

Fallen music legend, Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by UKZN in 2010 for his distinguished contributions to the advancement of South African music.

UKZN Mourns Dr Joseph Shabalala’s Passing

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal joins South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world in mourning the death of Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala – the legendary musician and founding member of multiple Grammy award-winning vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Ms Nomasonto Mahlaba, master’s student working on UKZN’s Golden Kiwi project, with Professor Samson Tesfay in a kiwifruit orchard.

UKZN a Centre for Kiwifruit Research

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UKZN is now a centre for innovative research that will contribute to the country’s nascent kiwifruit industry as a result of a new project being led by Professor Samson Tesfay in the Discipline of Horticultural Science.

From left: UKZN’s Mr Bonga Ngcobo; Dr Riana Kleynhans from Tshwane University of Technology; and Dr Karin Hannweg from Agricultural Research Council’s Tropical and Subtropical Crops Division.

Best Paper Award for UKZN PhD Student

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Doctoral student, Mr Bonga Ngcobo has received an award for the best Horticultural Science PhD paper presented at a combined agricultural congress in Bloemfontein.

CCMS students who visited the Uzalo TV show studio - (from left) Ms Rethabile Moeketsi, Ms Nolwazi Ngcobo, Mr Qiniso Mbili and Ms Shannon Landers.

CCMS Students visit Uzalo TV Show Studio

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Four Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) honours students - Ms Rethabile Moeketsi, Ms Nolwazi Ngcobo, Mr Qiniso Mbili and PhD candidate Ms Shannon Landers - recently visited the Uzalo TV show studio in Durban, accompanied by their supervisor, Professor Lauren Dyll.

Presenters at the Colloquium.

Colloquium Zooms in on Social Justice for Children

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The Navi Pillay Research Group (NRPG) in collaboration with the Children’s Rights Research Interest Group (CRRIG) at UKZN’s School of Law hosted a one-day colloquium themed: Children at the Heart of Social Justice.

Mr Mlungisi Shabalala during his visit at Oxford University.

Hydrology PhD Candidate Benefits from Academic Visit to the UK

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UKZN Hydrology PhD candidate, Mr Mlungisi Shabalala, has returned from a two-month academic visit to the United Kingdom which, he says, reaffirmed the value of the education he has received.

Dr Maud Mthembu (extreme right) with Social Work students who visited Germany.

German Exchange Programme for Social Work Students

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Six UKZN Social Work students were in Germany on an exchange programme for two weeks.

USolwazi Vishanthie Sewpaul noMphathinyuvesi we-Norwegian University of Science and Technology, uDkt Anne Borg.

Isifundiswa Sihlonishwe yiNyuvesi Yase-Norway Ngeziqu

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Uthisha wase-UKZN wezeNhlalakahle uSolwazi u-Vishanthie Sewpaul uhlonishwe ngeziqu zobudokotela i-Norwegian University of Science and Technology (i-NTNU), obekungokokuqala emlandweni weNyuvesi ukuthi kuhlonishwe isifundiswa somkhakha wezeNhlalakahle.

USolwazi u-Fernando Albericio.

Ukukleliswa Kwesigaba-A Kungonti Wama-Peptide Wase-UKZN

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USolwazi u-Fernando Albericio, ongumcwaningi ohlonishwayo eSikoleni SezeKhemistri NeFiziksi ngomsebenzi wakhe kuma-amino acid, aziwa ngokuthi ngama-peptide, uphinde wathola ukukleliswa kwesigaba-A2 yi-National Research Foundation (i-NRF) yaseNingizimu Afrika.

I-UKZN yethule uhlelo olwehlukile lwezempilonhle yabasebenzi.

I-UKZN Igqugquzela Impilonhle

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ISekelashansela NoMphathi wase-UKZN uSolwazi Nana Poku umemezele uhlelo lwabasebenzi olusha lwempilonhle olwenzelwe abasebenzi nemindeni yabo.

Ms Anne Chisa.

UKZN Student Promotes Visibility of Africans in STEM

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UKZN student Ms Anne Chisa, who recently completed her Master’s of Science in Agriculture degree specialising in Crop Science, has joined a new initiative aimed at increasing the visibility of Africans working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The latest editions of American author and founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard.

Books Authored by Church of Scientology Founder Donated to UKZN

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United States-based Bridge Publications has given UKZN Libraries 18 of the latest editions of American author and founder of the Church of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard’s non-fiction books.

Highlights from the Summer School hosted by the College of Humanities.

Decolonising Knowledge and Power

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The College of Humanities hosted their second annual Summer School on UKZN’s Howard College campus under the theme: Decolonising Knowledge and Power: Post-Colonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons.

The Computer Science team receiving its award (top) and the Engineering team (bottom).

UKZN Teams Shine at National Computing Competitions

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Three UKZN teams excelled in national competitions hosted at the annual Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) Conference.