27 May 2021
Volume: 9
Issue: 21
Inspired by family members who graduated from UKZN, Ms Theshaya Naidoo achieved a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree cum laude.

Graduate Bags 16 Distinctions!

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Ms Theshaya Naidoo scored 16 distinctions during her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree studies which she achieved with a cum laude pass.

Exploring the attitudes of students on “blesser-blessee” relationships earned Ms Nomazulu Singata a master’s degree.

“Blesser-Blessee” Relationships Explored in Master’s Research

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Understanding “blesser-blessee” relationships through the perspectives and experiences of students was the subject of a study by Ms Nomazulu Singata who graduated with a Master of Arts degree.

Cum laude graduate, Mr Prince Dlamini thanked UKZN staff for going above and beyond to support him through his studies.

Graduate Applauds UKZN’s Supportive Study Environment

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Mr Prince Dlamini struggled with depression during his studies but persevered to graduate with a BA (Philosophy and Economics) degree cum laude.

UKZN staff member and PhD graduate, Dr Siyanda Kheswa.

Doctoral Research Shines Spotlight on School Librarians and Libraries

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The training of teacher librarians and the development of school libraries in KwaZulu-Natal were the focus of research by UKZN staff member, Dr Siyanda Kheswa who graduated with a PhD in Information Studies.

A doctoral degree in Media and Cultural Studies for Dr Melba Nzimande.

Graduate Examined Interpretations of Masculinities in SA Soapies

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Interpretations of masculinities presented in three South African soap operas: Uzalo, Imbewu and Isibaya by Zulu male audiences living in KwaZulu-Natal were the focus of a doctoral research undertaken by Dr Melba Nzimande who graduated with a PhD in Media and Cultural studies.

Ms Nosipho Gabela who has graduated with a Bachelor of Education.

Education Student Excels with Help of Silibona Scholarship

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Ms Nosipho Gabela, who in 2018 won a Silibona Educational Trust scholarship to complete her studies, has graduated from UKZN with a Bachelor of Education degree in Business and Life Science.

Dr Makie Kortjass graduated with a PhD in Education which explored early childhood mathematics teacher education.

Bringing Mathematics and the Arts Together

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UKZN lecturer Dr Makie Kortjass graduated with a PhD in Education for research that explored an integrated learning approach (ILA) in early childhood mathematics teacher education.

Honours in Theology graduate, Ms Belinda Crawford.

Honours Self-Study Research Focuses on Biracial Identity

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UKZN staff member, Ms Belinda Crawford graduated with an Honours in Theology following self-study research examining her biracial identity in relation to Genesis 2-3 in the Bible to find belonging within South African society.

UKZN master’s graduate and pastor, Mr Siwakhile Ngcobo.

Cum Laude Master’s Research Explores Dominant Constructions of Masculinity

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The dominant construction of masculinity and the vulnerable position this places women in was the focus of research conducted by a pastor within the Apostolic Faith Mission, Mr Siwakhile Ngcobo, who graduated cum laude from UKZN with a Master of Theology (Gender and Religion) degree.

PhD in Political Science graduate, Dr Fidelis Udo.

The Impact of Floods on Black African Women in the Greater Durban Area

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Exploring experiences of vulnerability among local Black African women in adapting to the impacts of flood disasters in the Durban metropolitan areas resulted in Dr Fidelis Udo graduating with a PhD in Political Science.

Master’s degree in Education graduate, Mrs Nadine Stow.

Master’s Study into Migration of SA Teachers

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Reasons why South African teachers leave their home country to work overseas and why some are attracted to Kuwait was the focus of research by Mrs Nadine Stow who graduated with a master’s degree in Education.

A love for Philosophy earned Ms Sabrina Loubser a degree summa cum laude.

Graduate Falls in Love!

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Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude graduate, Ms Sabrina Loubser ‘fell in love with Philosophy’ during her studies.

Dr Avash Juggernath (right) with his supervisor, Professor Nadaraj Govender.

Japanese Collaborative Concept Core of PhD Research

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Using an ancient Japanese collaborative concept to help teachers in South Africa integrate new technologies in their lessons may seem misplaced but it helped Dr Avash Juggernath earn a PhD in Science Education.

PhD in Education graduate, Dr Hlengiwe Makhanya.

Doctoral Thesis Presented in Creative Arts-Based Mode

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Dr Hlengiwe Makhanya, a subject advisor in the Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3) in the Department of Education who graduated with a PhD degree, presented her thesis in a creative arts-based mode using collage and drawing.

Ms Lungelo Khanyile who obtained a Master’s degree in Social Sciences.

Are Men More Likely to Have Unsafe Sex Once Circumcised?

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Research by UKZN’s Ms Lungelo Khanyile revealed that men may engage in unsafe sex or have multiple concurrent partners once they are circumcised or go on to an oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimen.

Bachelor of Education (Honours) graduate, Ms Rakheeba Bux.

Research Explores Novice Teachers’ Memories and Stories

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The memories of novice teachers and stories of their mentors during teaching practice experiences were explored by Ms Rakheeba Bux who graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree summa cum laude.