UKZN Graduates its First SA Black Female Agrometeorologist
Dr Zoleka Ncoyini-Manciya is the first South African Black female to be awarded a PhD in Agrometeorology from UKZN… and only the second in the country.
Discovering how to use nutrients processed from human excreta effectively for the hydroponic production of vegetables as part of a strategy towards alleviating poverty in informal settlements was the focus of research by Mr Sisekelo Sihlongonyane.
Master of Agriculture in Food Security graduate, Mr Phiwokuhle Ndlovu had a desire to improve the livelihood of small farmers and this led him to focus his research on small farmer empowerment and access to markets for improved food security.
Nutritionist and University of Venda lecturer Dr Tshifhiwa Mandiwana is passionate about maternal and child health, so when she decided to study for a PhD her focus was on aspects that improve the nutritional status of infants and young children.
For her PhD research into Plant Breeding, Dr Boluwatife OlaOlorun, who arrived at UKZN from Nigeria in July 2017, focused on inducing genetic variation in wheat, using mutation breeding to harness the traits of drought tolerance and carbon sequestration.
Having done her masters at UKZN - supervised by Professor Rob Slotow - on the costs and consequences of immunocontraception implementation in elephants, it was only natural that Dr Audrey Delsink continued with doctoral research at the same institution and with the same supervisor.