03 November 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 51
Ecological scientist and MSc graduate, Mr Bayanda Sonamzi.

Son Fulfils Promise Made to Dying Father

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Mr Bayanda Sonamzi was awarded his MSc degree in Ecological Sciences from UKZN – fulfilling the commitment he made to his dying father.

Master of Agriculture graduate, Mr Danie le Roux measures a sprinkler nozzle size.

MAgric Teaches “Old Dog” New Tricks!

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Seasoned irrigation technician, Mr Danie le Roux has rebooted his academic career using his considerable experience and skill to complete a Master of Agriculture (MAgric) degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM) at UKZN based on research that explored problems with collective irrigation schemes and developing farmers.

Ms Sansha Kohidh examined aspects of a vegan diet in South Africa.

South African Vegans Under the Spotlight

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Ms Sansha Kohidh earned a Master’s degree in Dietetics for research she did into aspects of what is involved in a vegan diet in South Africa, including dieters’ motives for making the lifestyle choice, challenges they faced and the nutritional quality of the diet.

Dietetics PhD graduate, Dr Laurencia Govender.

PhD Graduate Completes Doctoral Team

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Dr Laurencia Govender was awarded her doctorate at UKZN’s virtual Spring Graduation, bringing the number of full-time PhD staff members in UKZN’s discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition up to its full complement of seven.

MSc Physics graduate Mr Jashan Naicker.

Green Energy Advocate Masters Physics Course

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After having completed his honours degree at UKZN and being impressed by the world-class research supervisors available, Mr Jashan Naicker decided it would be best for his future career prospects if he pursued an MSc in Physics degree at the University… and the rest is now history.

Humanitarian and black belt karate expert, Ms Shriya Misra who graduated with a cum laude MSc Chemistry degree.

Karate Expert Graduates Cum Laude

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Second dan black belt karate exponent, Ms Shriya Misra graduated cum laude with a Master of Science (MSc) degree specialising in Organic Chemistry.

Ms Cindy Mphara at her previous graduation.

MSc Graduate Designs Commercially Viable Version of Pulse Plethysmography Device

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Ms Cindy Mphara graduated with an MSc in Physics cum laude for her design of a fully tested, low cost but extremely accurate pulse plethysmography (PPMG) measurement device.

Mr Njabulo Mbanjwa with his mother, Ms Sizakele Mabaso (left) and sister, Ms Nontuthuko Mabaso.

“Hope of the Family” Graduates with MSc

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Mr Njabulo Mbanjwa carried the excellent results he achieved during his school years into his tertiary education career graduating with an MSc Physics degree, specialising in Space Science.

Master’s in Environmental Science graduate, Ms Gugulethu Tshabalala.

Canada Trip Leads to MSc

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Ms Gugulethu Tshabalala, an intern project manager at the Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) in Pietermaritzburg, graduated from UKZN with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science for research conducted at Fountainhill Estate (FHE) near Wartburg, which explored the impact of land use practices on sediment yields and nutrient loads on grasslands and maize crops.

Thomas More College Life Science teacher, Dr Gary Robson.

Life Science Teacher Awarded PhD, Now Set on Postdoc Research

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Durban’s Thomas More College was proud to announce that it now has a new doctor in the house – Life Science teacher, Gary Robson, who was awarded his PhD in Biological Sciences at UKZN’s Spring Graduation ceremony.

Wheat breeder, Dr Zamalotshwa Thungo.

Wheat Breeding Leads to Drought Tolerance

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Dr Zamalotshwa Thungo is the proud holder of a PhD in Crop Science gained through UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) for research she did into developing new varieties of drought-tolerant wheat that possess quality traits desirable for breeding.

Mr Gareth Enoch who graduated cum laude with a Master of Science degree in Physics.

Laser Beam Research Leads to Cum Laude MSc

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When Mr Gareth Enoch studied Geography in high school, he became passionate about the atmosphere and longed to learn more about the nature and properties of matter and energy. Fast forward several years, and Enoch has now graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physics cum laude from UKZN.

Dr Onajite Theresa Diejomaoh Abafe.

PhD Graduate is Worth her Salt!

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Dr Onajite Theresa Diejomaoh Abafe was awarded a PhD in Chemistry for research in the field of ionic liquids, which are liquid salts that have unique properties that make them suitable for a wide range of applications from catalysis to biomedical uses.

Ms Pamela Joseph, master of chemistry and a champion baker.

Master Baker is Now a Master Chemist Too!

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Independent Media Home Chef Supreme Cookie Competition winner Ms Pamela Joseph is now a master chemist too, having graduated with a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from UKZN.

Mr Austine Acro Gumba inspects radio frequency over fibre (RFoF) units at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cape Town.

Early Interest in Radio Astronomy Leads to Master’s Degree

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‘Studying towards my masters degree was a fun journey blended with hard work, sacrifice and discipline,’ said Mr Austine Acro Gumba, whose interests lie in the cutting-edge world of radio astronomy and astrophysics.

Dr Sonia Naidoo developed new sweet potato varieties with enhanced nutritional value.

“Superfood” Sweet Potato has Enhanced Nutritional Value

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Ms Sonia Naidoo can now add the title of doctor to her name after completing a PhD in Plant Breeding in which she bred new sweet potato varieties with enhanced nutritional value she hopes will contribute to fighting poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity.