25 June 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 28
The new Director of UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts, Dr Ismail Mahomed.

Renowned Cultural Administrator Appointed Centre for Creative Arts Director

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Accomplished playwright and cultural administrator Dr Ismail Mahomed is the new Director of UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) in the College of Humanities.

Dr Duduzile Sigodi joins UKZN’s Discipline of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Top Orthopaedic Surgeon Joins UKZN

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Respected orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Duduzile Sigodi, trained in foot and ankle surgery with a special interest in flatfoot deformity correction, has joined UKZN’s Discipline of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Professor Maxwell Phiri will serve on the editorial and advisory board of the Journal of Retail and Marketing Review.

UKZN Professor Appointed to Editorial Board of the Journal of Retail and Marketing Review

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The Journal of Retail and Marketing Review (JRMR) has appointed Professor Maxwell Phiri of UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance (SMIG) to serve on its editorial and advisory board for three years.

Young lecturers in Data Science (from left) Ms Nombuso Zondo, Ms Arusha Desai and Ms Danielle Roberts.

New Course for Data Science Students

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The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) at UKZN is putting its expertise in Data Science and Education to work to provide a brand new Data Science course for second-year students enabling them to learn how to mine data using machine learning.

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science held its 2020 Open Day online.

Online Open Day

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UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) did not let the national COVID-19 lockdown cancel its 2020 Open Day… it held the event online!

Professor Vimolan Mudaly from the School of Education.

Education Academic in Fight Against COVID-19

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Professor Vimolan Mudaly of the School of Education is on a team of experts selected from national and international candidates to produce a report analysing South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UKZN students who have joined the #MzansiUthuleleni movement.

UKZN Students Unite Against Racism

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UKZN Medical students and colleagues at various academic institutions in South Africa (SA) have formed #MzansiUthuleleni – a movement to challenge all South Africans to be aware of and protest against innocent lives lost due to injustices by individuals and organisations, including the police.

Professor Vivian Besem Ojong (left) and Ms Yasmin Rajah delivered a webinar on the impact of the pandemic on migrants and refugees.

UKZN Hosts Webinar on Impact of the Coronavirus on Migrants and Refugees

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South Africa has about 4.2 million migrants, approximately 300 000 refugees and roughly 279 000 asylum seekers, while the number of undocumented migrants is unknown.

From left: Mr Michael Naidoo, Dr Angela James and Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches.

COVID-19 – A Catalyst for 21st Century Learning in SA Schools

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In this modern era of the 21st century the world is undergoing radical transformation with people experiencing the transformation in almost all spheres of life.


COVID-19 – the Impact on Children with Autism, their Parents and/or Caregivers

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the daily lives of autistic people.

Professor Kavilan Moodley alongside the newly-installed MMS prototype dish at the SARAO Hartebeesthoek site.

HIRAX Project Edging Closer to Dish Installation at Karoo Site

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The Hydrogen and Real time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) project led by UKZN is achieving milestones on its journey towards the ultimate installation of a dish array at its site in the Karoo by deploying and testing two prototype telescope dish designs at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) in Hartebeesthoek, Gauteng.

Professor Nirmala Gopal, academic activist on Human Rights.

UKZN’s New Pedagogy Facilitated through Online Learning

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It is June 2020, and since the country’s national lockdown, major transformation in the way we teach and learn at UKZN has been triggered and fast-tracked by COVID-19.

Dr Mitsuaki Tomita (left) and Professor Rob Slotow.

Study Reveals Serious Health Consequences for those Living Near Waste Disposal Sites

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A group of international scientists, including prominent UKZN researchers, have found that people living close to waste disposal sites suffer several chronic clinical conditions.

UKZN student, Ms Nokuthula Khwela who hosts a popular podcast.

Humanities Student Hosts Unravel Podcast

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Drama and Media Studies student, Ms Nokuthula Khwela hosts her own podcast titled Unravel on Spotify and Captive FM aimed at addressing societal challenges she feels are constantly swept under the carpet.

Ms Nomfundo Khwela-Mdluli (left) and Dr Andrisha Beharry-Ramraj unpack their thoughts on the impact of the pandemic on working mothers.

Working Women: The Positive Effects of COVID-19 on Working Mothers

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There are a significant number of women participating in all spheres of economic activity, while also caring for their families and elderly parents, furthering their own academic studies and maintaining social and spiritual balance.

From left: Mr Neville Chinniah, Dr Simon Taylor and Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches.

COVID-19: The New Normal for the Workplace

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The COVID-19 pandemic has become an international disaster for world governments, and global economies and institutions (Agarwal, Punn, Sonbhadra, Nagabhushan, Pandian, and Saxena, 2020; Tedros, 2020).

UKZN hosted a webinar on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Performing Arts sector.

COVID-19 and the Performing Arts

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The impact of COVID-19 on the Performing Arts sector was the topic of discussion at a webinar facilitated by Dr Lliane Loots, UKZN lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies and recent winner of the CNN African Voices Changemakers Award.