24 November 2021
Volume: 9
Issue: 50
Mother and daughter, Dr Dumile Gumede and Ms Lindelwa Msweli.

Mother and Daughter Own the Graduation Stage Together

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It’s a family affair for Dr Dumile Gumede, née Mkhwanazi, and Ms Lindelwa Msweli as the mother and daughter celebrate their PhD in Health Promotion and MSc in Ecological Sciences, respectively.

Cum laude MSc graduate, Mr Moinudeen Mohamed.

Star Formation Fascinates Cum Laude Astronomer

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When one focuses on the stars, a cum laude pass is somewhat fitting. This is what astronomer Mr Moinudeen Mohamed earned for his MSc in Applied Mathematics that determined the star formation rate of a fat galaxy cluster.

Dr Islamiat Abidemi Raji with her son Rehoboth and her husband Mr Johnson Abidemi Adebayo.

From PhD Straight to Parenthood for Ecological Sciences Graduate

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Achieving the title of Dr is a childhood dream come true for Islamiat Abidemi Raji as she graduates with her PhD in Ecological Sciences. This is not the only new title she acquired - two days after submitting her thesis, Raji gave birth to her first child.

Mr Thabang Chabalala earned his MSc in Statistics cum laude.

Statistical Analysis of School Attendance Rates Subject of Cum Laude MSc

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Mr Thabang Chabalala was ecstatic when he learnt that he had earned his MSc in Statistics cum laude. His thesis focused on the statistical analysis of school attendance rates among South African learners under the age of 20.

Mechatronic Engineer Ms Ingrid Botha.

“Love at First Sight” for Mechatronic Engineer

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“It was love at first sight!” Sounds like a line from a typical Hollywood romance. But on meeting Ingrid Botha, one realises there is nothing “typical” about her. The love she is describing is for soft robotics.

Dr Zabentungwa Hlongwane earned her PhD in Ecological Sciences.

Research on Edible Insects and Related Indigenous Knowledge Earns a PhD

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Dr Zabentungwa Hlongwane was awarded a PhD in Ecological Sciences for her study on the diversity of edible insects and their related indigenous knowledge, focusing on KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces.

Dr Seltene Abady Tesfamariam checks his breeding populations of groundnut.

Breeding Ethiopia’s Groundnuts to Withstand Drought

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Dr Seltene Abady Tesfamariam is celebrating receiving his PhD in Plant Breeding. Based at his alma mater, Haramaya University in Ethiopia, he pursued his doctoral studies through UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI).

Ms Giselle Pillay is the first graduate of UKZN’s new Master of Science in Engineering in Waste and Resource Management.

First Graduate of New MSc Degree Passes with Flying Colours

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‘Graduation is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Completing my master’s degree was one of the best decisions I have ever made.’

Summa cum laude MSc Chemistry graduate, Ms Stephanie Fraser.

Chemist Grows her Collection of Distinctions

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Ms Stephanie Fraser graduated with her Master of Science in Chemistry summa cum laude. She also received her BSc and BSc Honours degrees summa cum laude.

Dr Kidane Tumsa Hurisa earned a PhD in Plant Breeding.

PhD Research Contributes to Rescuing Ethiopia’s “White Gold” From Disease

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Dr Kidane Tumsa Hurisa’s doctoral research tackled a plant disease that causes devastating losses to bean crops in Ethiopia, earning a PhD in Plant Breeding.

Dr Richard Akomolafe received his PhD in Physics.

Providing Radiation Protection Using Plants

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Dr Richard Akomolafe, a lecturer at Crown-Hill University (CHU) in Ilorin, Nigeria received his PhD in Physics from UKZN for his research that will benefit the medical community as he investigated the use of plants to protect the human body from the harmful effects of ionising radiation.

Husband and wife doctoral duo, Cavin and Ndivhuwo Shivambu.

Double the Doctorates for Shivambu Duo

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Spring Graduation at UKZN is twice the celebration for the Shivambu family as husband and wife team Drs Tinyiko Cavin Shivambu and Ndivhuwo Shivambu receive their PhDs in Zoology.

Ms Deanntha Kanniah graduated with a Master’s in Environmental Science cum laude.

Study Examines the Impact of Solar Technology on Rural Households

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Ms Deanntha Kanniah graduated with a Master's in Environmental Science cum laude. After completing her secondary education at Queensburgh Girls High, Kanniah knew that she would follow in the footsteps of her family who are UKZN alumni.

Mr Shabaaz Abdullah graduated with an MSc in Chemistry cum laude.

Top Achiever Bags Another Cum Laude

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The COVID-19 pandemic had many of us feeling down, but Mr Shabaaz Abdullah used his down time to take a break from his laboratory work and focus on research.

Mr Mohale Molefe graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering summa cum laude.

Multi-disciplinary Researcher Makes Inroads into Artificial Intelligence

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‘At the time, my BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from UKZN was the most significant milestone in my life,’ exclaims Mr Mohale Molefe. ‘You can only imagine what I must be feeling now to be graduating with a master’s degree. My family is so excited.’

Mr Musawenkosi Buthelezi.

Triumphing Against the Odds for an MSc in Physics

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A commitment to bettering his life earned Mr Musawenkosi Doctor Buthelezi his Master’s in Physics for his research on the effect of Argon and Helium-Neon (He-Ne) lasers on melanin machinery in pigments, which could be significant for aspects of medicine such as the treatment of cancer cells with low laser pulses.

Dr Peter Gbadega earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering.

PhD Focuses on Alleviating Energy Poverty and Environmental Pollution in South Africa

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The knowledge that science and technology have provided for humankind has always fascinated Dr Peter Gbadega and was one of the main reasons he delved into the field of Engineering.

Dr Elizabeth Omotola in the lab.

PhD Study Driven by Passion for Human Health and Environmental Safety

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Dr Elizabeth Omotola graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry. Omotola received her primary and secondary education in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria. She completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at Tai-Solarin University of Education and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, respectively.

Agricultural Economics cum laude masters graduate, Mr Lungane Mvelase.

Agricultural Economist with a Passion for Teaching

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Hailing from Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Lungani Mvelase has always had a passion for Agricultural Economics.

Dr Ronald Tombe with his family.

ISA Vice-President Awarded PhD

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Vice-president of UKZN’s International Student Association (ISA) on the Westville campus, Dr Ronald Keng’ara Tombe graduated with a PhD in Computer Science.

Environmental Scientist Dr Enoch Gyamfi-Ampadu.

PhD Showcases the Application of Remote Sensing to Forest Monitoring

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Dr Enoch Gyamfi-Ampadu graduated with his Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science. His research focused on the mapping of natural forest cover, tree species diversity and carbon stocks of a subtropical afromontane forest using remote sensing to enhance forest conservation and management.