19 June 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 27
UKZN alumnus and musician Zakes Bantwini.

Music Alumnus Zakes Bantwini Accepted at Harvard

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Award-winning South African House musician and UKZN Music alumnus Mr Zakhele Madida, known on stage as Zakes Bantwini, has been accepted into the prestigious Harvard University Business School in the United States.

Professor Pragashnie Govender (right) with her family, husband Sathiesh, mum and daughter, Giana Ruby.

UKZN Academic a Finalist for Science Oscar

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UKZN Occupational Therapy academic Professor Pragashnie Govender is a finalist in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) South 32 Research Awards - also known as the Science Oscars.

At the webinar were (from left) Professor Sihawukele Ngubane, Professor Johannes John-Langba, Dr Candice Moore and Professor Eugene Maafo Darteh.

Webinar Focuses on Africa’s Response to COVID-19

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UKZN hosted a webinar that examined Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant impact on peace, security, public health and social development.

UKZN PhD student, Mr Sepele Matlala has launched an agency that will help address the high rate of unemployment in South Africa.

UKZN PhD Candidate Establishes Socio-Economic Development Agency

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A UKZN PhD student in Leadership Studies, Mr Sepele Matlala, has launched Viwe Development Council, a socio-economic development agency to look after the interests of investors with the ultimate aim of addressing the high rate of unemployment in South Africa and beyond.

Ms Natalie dos Santos with a handful of loggerhead turtle hatchlings as she collected data about the new arrivals.

Honours Student’s Turtle Research Experiences Published by News Organisations

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A UKZN Marine Biology honours student’s experiences while doing research on the impact of climate change on sex ratios of turtle hatchlings has been published by journalism training agency Roving Reporters and online newspaper the Daily Maverick.

Mr Luthando Molefe of UKZN and Ms Kgotsofalang Mei of the University of Fort Hare.

Online Career Guidance from Students Amid COVID-19

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Education students Mr Luthando Molefe of UKZN and Ms Kgotsofalang Mei of the University of Fort Hare presented online career guidance to more than 143 matric candidates and out-of-school youth from Secunda in Mpumalanga.

Bachelor of Laws graduate, Mr Nkosinathi Masinga.

Law Student Graduates Despite Challenges

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Having to temporarily halt his studies to go out and work and then later face up to the demands of being a father to a premature baby were among challenges encountered by graduate, Mr Nkosinathi Masinga.

UKZN doctoral student, Mr Clement Agoni.

UKZN Student to Serve on COVID-19 International Steering Committee

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Doctoral student in the School of Health Sciences, Mr Clement Agoni has been selected to serve on an 11-member COVID-19 steering committee of the Global Shapers Community - an initiative started by the World Economic Forum in 2011.

UKZN’s Mr Tony Singarum has been volunteering his time during the lockdown to spread awareness during the pandemic.

Thuma Mina/Send Me - The Call to Volunteer in the Fight Against COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has sent the world into survival mode with many South Africans unable to work or go about their daily life, prompting UKZN’s Mr Tony Singarum to volunteer his time by spreading awareness about the virus and assisting Law Enforcement Officials with compliance regulations in his community.

Professor Yousuf Vawda (left) and Professor Brook K Baker.

South Africa Supports Sharing Anti-COVID-19 Health Products and Technology Access Pool

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On May 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa joined 139 other heads of state, former heads of state, and other prominent public figures in a letter announcing support for The People’s Vaccine.

From left: Dr Upasana Singh, Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches and Dr Cristy Leask.

Exploring Personal Experiences, Feelings and Events During COVID-19 in SA

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The COVID-19 pandemic wave that spread like wildfire was similar to a personal wave of anxiety with tension heightened by media images and reports of increasing daily infections and deaths, leading to a desire to keep one’s family safe.

Academic and community activist Dr Lubna Nadvi participated in a webinar on the South African government’s response to COVID-19.

Webinar on SA’s COVID-19 Response and Political Leadership

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The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies hosted a webinar on South Africa’s COVID-19 Response and Political Leadership.

By default, online teaching and learning is becoming the future.

Communities of Practice Address Online Teaching and Learning

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The Teaching and Learning Committee in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) launched a series of communities of practice presentations.

From left: Dr Cristy Leask, Dr Upasana Singh and Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches.

COVID-19 Propels the New Digital Era in SA Higher Education Institutions

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The global pandemic COVID-19 has created major disruption across the world. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been affected significantly, with students and staff vacating campuses as lockdowns approached.