25 May 2021
Volume: 9
Issue: 17
Dr Zoleka Ncoyini-Manciya, who has made history as the first Black South African female to be capped with a PhD in Agrometeorology at UKZN, and only the second in the country.

UKZN Graduates its First SA Black Female Agrometeorologist

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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.

Dr Yared Belete who has a keen interest in improving crop cultivars.

Graduate Breeds New Drought-Tolerant Wheat for Ethiopia

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Climate change is a growing challenge for farmers, especially in Africa where temperatures are expected to increase more than in other regions of the world.

Ms Noxolo Thabethe who graduated cum laude with a Master of Agriculture in Food Security degree.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child!

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The African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child” is apt in the life of Master of Agriculture in Food Security graduate Ms Noxolo Thabethe.

Mr Sisekelo Sihlongonyane with his hydroponic system.

Sewage to Help Alleviate Poverty?

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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.

High achiever Biochemistry graduate, Mr Keelan Jagaran.

Fighting Dread Diseases Inspires this Health and Wellbeing Warrior

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MSc Biochemistry summa cum laude graduate, Mr Keelan Jagaran is passionate about science and it shows in his outstanding academic achievements.

MSc in Microbiology graduate, Ms Farzana Mohamed.

Graduate Makes her Family Proud

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The first in her family to complete a postgraduate degree, Ms Farzana Mohamed has graduated with 73% for her MSc in Microbiology.

Plant breeder, Dr Esnart Yohane.

Pigeonpea Focus of Doctoral Research by Mother of Three

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The improvement of a lesser-known legume that could be a major contributor to continental food security was the goal of Dr Esnart Yohane when she began her PhD research project in 2017.

Newly capped graduate, Dr Magda Botha.

Passion to Strengthen Child Survival Strategies Leads to PhD

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As a young girl, Dr Magda Botha dreamed about getting a PhD.

MSc in Microbiology graduate, Ms Seetha Govender.

Research Results May Lead to Alternative to Conventional Medical Therapy

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Ms Seetha Govender hopes to commercialise a formulation created during research work she did for her MSc degree which will in turn contribute towards the bio-economy of South Africa.

Dr Xin Xiao.

Tea Research Assists in Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

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Tea was the subject of research by Chinese national Dr Xin Xiao who graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry.

Newly capped plant breeder, Dr Chapwa Kasoma in the field.

Fall Armyworm Resistant Maize Closer to Reality Following Research

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‘There is hope for Africa,’ said newly capped Dr Chapwa Kasoma about her ground-breaking work on breeding maize resistant to the dreaded fall armyworm.

Dr Nelia Nkhoma Phiri who earned her PhD in Plant Breeding.

Improved Cowpea Could Be A Boon for Farmers

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As a child, Dr Nelia Nkhoma Phiri had intimate knowledge of cowpea, the crop she focused on for her doctoral research through UKZN.

PhD candidate Dr Maqsooda Mahomed with her family and in the field.

Lightning Detection System a Life-Saver for Rural Communities

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Dr Maqsooda Mahomed’s postgraduate journey started with water.

Dr Nthabeleng Tamako studied agricultural knowledge systems and farmer empowerment in relation to food security.

Rural Upbringing Triggers Interest in Food Security Studies

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Doctoral graduate, Dr Nthabeleng Tamako grew up in the Mount Fletcher area of the Eastern Cape where subsistence farming is widespread.

Food security specialist, Mr Phiwokuhle Ndlovu.

Graduate Passionate about Market Access for Small Farmers

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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.

University of Venda lecturer and UKZN graduate, Dr Tshifhiwa Mandiwana.

Warrior for Infant and Child Nutrition Aims to Influence Policy

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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.

PhD graduate in Plant Breeding, Dr Boluwatife OlaOlorun.

Mutation Breeding Increases Climate Change Resilience in Wheat

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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.

Plant breeder, Dr Happy Daudi.

PhD Focuses on Breeding Groundnut for Rust Resistance in Tanzania

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Groundnut is a vital crop for commercial and smallholder farmers in Africa because of its high edible oil and protein content, but it is vulnerable to pests and diseases.

Dr Audrey Delsink at an elephant translocation.

African Elephant Management in Research Spotlight

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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.