30 September 2021
Volume: 9
Issue: 42
UKZN academic, Dr Maserole Kgari-Masondo.

UKZN Academic Tasked to Decolonise South African Schools Curriculum

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Dr Maserole Kgari-Masondo of the School of Social Sciences was commissioned by the South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to prepare a discussion paper to guide the Department on decolonising Basic Education in South Africa.

From left: Ms Asiya Hoosain, Mrs Kirschnee Naidoo, Dr Naseema Vawda, Ms Cebile Fuse, and Advocate Dawn Coleman-Malinga.

SA Suicide Rate Soaring, Webinar Hears

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The increasing number of suicides in South Africa and financial pressure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic were highlighted during a webinar on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Support hosted by UKZN’s Corporate Relations Division and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

UKZN academics, Dr Mayshree Singh and Mr Thando Nqasha.

Public Lecture Examines “What’s Shaking” in KZN

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Continuing its successful public lecture series, UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) hosted a virtual public lecture delivered by Land Surveying lecturer, Dr Mayshree Singh and PhD candidate and Land Surveying lecturer, Mr Thando Nqasha that delved into what causes the earth to move, interesting earthquake research and implications for KwaZulu-Natal.

Human Trafficking Awareness Week, which is part of a month-long campaign, will this year run from 1 October to 8 October.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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The first week of October every year is observed as Human Trafficking Awareness Week by the South African Government in an effort to increase awareness about Trafficking in Persons (TiP) across the country.

From left: Ms Yanga Mhlomi, Ms Clarissa Naidoo, Miss Kashmira Raghu, Dr Depika Dwarka, Professor Yougasphree Naidoo, and Dr Nimisha Singh.

Phytomedicine Experts Expound on the Power of Women

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Professor Yougasphree Naidoo, an expert in cellular biology in the Laboratory for Medicinal Plant Research in the School of Life Sciences, was joined at the African Fashion International’s (AFI) Power to Empower event by two of her PhD candidates, Ms Clarissa Naidoo and Ms Yanga Mhlomi, with the trio being interviewed on topics of power, empowerment and mentorship.

UKZN students reach out to Durban’s Point community donating groceries.

Nursing Students Donate Groceries to Durban’s Point Community

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Second-year UKZN Nursing students donated groceries worth more than R5 000 to the non-profit organisation Siphilisiwe Community Care in Durban’s Point area as part of their community engagement contribution.

UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s Interim Dean Professor Ana Martins delivering her welcome address at the School’s Open Day.

Graduate School of Business and Leadership Hosts Virtual Open Day

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UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) hosted a virtual Open Day which featured alumni sharing their experiences and the School providing detailed information on its academic offerings.

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Opportunities Available for Expanded Public Works Programme Beyond COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put huge pressure on world health systems and the global economy forcing countries to scramble for solutions to ease the disruptive effects and impacts of the disease.

From left: Dr Makhosi Dube, KwaZulu-Natal Nursing College; Professor Fikile Mtshali, UKZN; Ms Qhawe Thengwa, Beyond Zero; Professor Orlando Harris, University of California; and Dr ZamaSomi Luvuno, UKZN-SWITCH.

Rights of LGBTQI People Centre Stage at UKZN Workshop

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) persons face a variety of obstacles in accessing many of their rights, including the right to basic healthcare, says the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UKZN’s College of Health Sciences, Professor Busi Ncama.

Diversity and inclusion - a community effort.

Celebrating our Heritage

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Heritage Day was celebrated on 24 September giving everyone an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate South African cultures and religious beliefs.

From left are Professor Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi, Professor Sylvester Mpandeli and Dr Luxon Nhamo.

Optimal Diet for Planet and People - Researchers Have Their Say in High Profile Journal

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Researchers from UKZN’s Centre for Transformative Agricultural and Food Systems (CTAFS) and the Water Research Commission (WRC) were featured in the Voices segment of the high profile One Earth journal where they commented on the Planetary Health Diet (PHD) proposed by the EAT-Lancet Commission in 2019.

Professor Nathan Andrews (left) and Professor Winfred Avogo.

UKZN Hosts Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows

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The School of Built Environment and Development Studies within the College of Humanities hosted Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Professor Nathan Andrews and Professor Winfred Avogo for three months.

College of Humanities academics (from left) Dr Cherry Muslim, Dr Tahir Sitoto, Emeritus Professor Mohsin Abu Fadl Ebrahim, and Professor Goolam Vahed.

UKZN Academics Participate in Virtual Islamic Studies Conference

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Academics in the College of Humanities participated in an Islamic Studies conference themed: Studying Islam and Muslims: Trajectories and Futures of South African Scholarship.