10 December 2021
Volume: 9
Issue: 56
A collage of UKZN’s campuses.

UKZN Features in Times Higher Education Annual Rankings by Subject for 2022

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal has been placed into the 601+ band of the Times Higher Education (THE) annual ranking of the top universities for 2022 by subject, which feature 10 South African universities in four key disciplines of study.

Mr Kabulo Loji.

Electrifying at 54!

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Graduating at the age of 54 with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and already working toward a PhD at a time when most other people start to slow down, Mr Kabulo Loji has all sorts of personal and professional aspirations.

Members of the UKZN/COGTA steering committee at the ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

KZN COGTA and UKZN Sign Significant Memorandum of Understanding

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A formal and far-reaching Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and UKZN.

Ms Sthembile Mngwengwe.

From a UKZN Cleaner to a BSS Degree Graduate Through Hard Work

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A full-time member of the cleaning staff at UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Ms Sthembile Mngwengwe - affectionately known as Sthe - has graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree and now plans to register for an honours course.

Donated computers were handed over to KwaShangase Primary School.

UKZN Donates Computers to Rural Primary School

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The School of Built Environment and Development Studies within the College of Humanities has donated computers to the registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Computers 4 KZN Schools (C4KZNS).

World AIDS Day event promoted awareness among the youth about the disease.

World AIDS Day Campaign Aimed to Raise Awareness

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End Inequalities, End AIDS was the theme of the UKZN-sponsored World AIDS Day event in Umlazi, Durban.

Ms Buyisiwe Ngubane.

Sweet Potato Weevil at the Heart of Research for Master’s Degree

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After realising the detrimental effects of the sweet potato weevil (SPW) on the crop, UKZN BSc (Hons) Agriculture graduate Ms Buyisiwe Ngubane saw an opportunity for her master’s degree research to have an impact as consumption of the vegetable has increased throughout African countries.

Tech Talk industry presenters who interacted online with UKZN Computer Science students.

UKZN’s Computer Science Discipline Concludes Successful Online 2021 Industry Seminar Series

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UKZN’s Discipline of Computer Science (CS) has built a reputation for producing highly sought-after BSc graduates, thanks to the dedication of its 11 academic staff on the Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses.

Art student Ms Aphiwe Khalishwayo with her work on gender-based violence.

Student Creates Gender-Based Violence Artwork

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Visual Arts student Ms Aphiwe Khalishwayo has created artwork titled Scars, which aims to raise awareness about the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa.

Professor Vannie Naidoo.

UKZN Academic Recognised for Participation in Africa Universities’ Day Celebrations

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Professor Vannie Naidoo of UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, has received a letter of recognition and appreciation from the Secretary General of the African Association of Universities (AAU) Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole for her participation and contribution as one of the panelists in the Africa Universities’ Day Celebrations 2021, held online recently under the theme: Building Technology-Based Resilient Universities, Now!

Attendants from one of the Leadership workshops.

CHS Leadership and EQ Development Workshops

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The College of Health Sciences (CHS) hosted a series of one-day online Leadership and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Development workshops for staff and students in leadership positions.

Winners of spot prizes at UKZN’s online Data Science event.

Data Science Extravaganza Targets Top Learners

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UKZN’s Women in Analytics and Dudes in Data event has become a highly anticipated and sought after happening for high school learners.

Dr Ashika Maharaj.

Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Career Expo

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The Discipline of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance hosted its inaugural Research Showcase.

From left Mr Khaliphile Cotoza, board member of the Workers College and Provincial organiser for COSATU KZN; Dr John Mhandu Head of Research Department, Workers College and Professor Vivian Ojong.

More than 120 Students Graduate from Workers College

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A total of 123 students received degrees and certificates during the annual Graduation ceremony of the Worker’s College held at the Coastlands Hotel recently.

Dignitaries who constituted the high-level panel during the virtual colloquium convened by AIIKS at UKZN in partnership with the Africa Forum.

African Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Gender Dimensions and Youth in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Highlighted in High-Level Colloquium

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The role of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), home-grown philosophies, indigenous languages, youth and gender dimensions in conflict resolution and peace building for sustainable development was the focus of a high-level virtual colloquium convened by the African Institute in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIIKS), with its hub at UKZN in partnership with the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government (Africa Forum).


The Emergence of the “Pandemic Leader”

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, coupled with government-mandated lockdown tactics, has undoubtedly been one of the most significant events of the 21st century.

ABLE is a liquid rocket engine test platform developed by Mechanical Engineers in UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Group.

UKZN Fires Up Powerful Liquid Rocket Engine in Ground Tests

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UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Group (ASReG) has successfully tested a powerful liquid propellant rocket engine as the first step towards developing a launch vehicle for placing satellites into Earth-orbit.

Dr Lerato Phali.

Agricultural Economics PhD Graduate Sets Records at UKZN

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Dr Lerato Phali is celebrating completing her PhD in Agricultural Economics as the youngest doctoral graduate in the subject at UKZN and being only the second Black South African PhD graduate in Agricultural Economics at the University.

Clockwise from left: Ms Hazel Langa, Advocate Dawn Coleman-Malinga, Ms Lizelle Africa, Dr Lubna Nadvi and Professor Relebohile Moletsane.

UKZN Hosts Stop Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Webinar

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The Corporate Relations Division (CRD) in partnership with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) hosted a webinar titled, Stop Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, which sparked conversations on the growing occurrence of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa and around the world.

From left: Mr Kwazini Zulu, Ms Normah Zondo, Ms Phakamile Mazibuko, Ms Lilly Njapha, Ms Philisiwe Dlomo, Ms Nozwelo Mpungose and Ms Gabriella Khawula.

Spreading Good News about UKZN Initiatives Taken in the Spirit of Inspiring Greatness

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UKZN’s Corporate Relations Division has launched an annual campaign aimed at spreading news about initiatives undertaken by the University community in the spirit of inspiring greatness, especially during these difficult times in a COVID-19-ravished world.

Mr Basanda Nondlazi.

PhD Research into Use of Remote Sensing to Classify and Delineate SA Wetlands

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Doctoral candidate Mr Basanda Nondlazi has researched the use of ecological remote sensing science innovation in wetlands to solve the water security crisis.

Mr Tristan Pillay.

Discovering What Past Sea Levels Were at Kromme Estuary Focus of Master’s Research

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Master’s in Environmental Science candidate Mr Tristan Pillay says he was encouraged by his supervisors to participate in UKZN’s 2021 Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS) as they believe it is a good opportunity to get ‘this kind of research out there and communicated’ as well as being a rehearsal for similar events in the future.

Professor Naven Chetty and Mr Oelof Kruger.

Scientific Reports Publication Focuses on Accurate Measurements of Speed of Light

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Research by Professor Naven Chetty in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) and Mr Oelof Kruger of the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) involving the use of a vacuum air refractometer for accurate and convenient measurement of the refractive index of air was featured in the Scientific Reports publication of the prestigious Nature journal.

Scenes from the Listen with Your Eyes, Speak with Your Hands event.

Students Host Performing Arts Presentation Promoting Deaf Culture Awareness

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Listen with Your Eyes, Speak with Your Hands was the theme of a performing arts initiative hosted by Deaf students who use South African Sign Language (SASL) at UKZN.

From left: Mr Victor Sithole, Ms Zama Mlambo and Ms Nombuso Buthelezi.

African Instrumentalist was “Artist in Residency” at School of Arts

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The School of the Arts, in partnership with the Mellon Foundation’s Artist in Residence programme, has hosted artist and African music instrument maker and player Victor Gabela Sithole, who spent three months working with students in the African Music and Dance (AMD) discipline.

Dr Cebisile Xolile Ngcamphalala.

Swazi National Graduates with PhD in Public Health

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PhD graduate in Public Health Medicine Dr Cebisile Xolile Ngcamphalala says she is looking forward to contributing extensively to interpreting and using health economics evidence to strengthen health systems and address pressing public health challenges.

Scenes from the WIPO SA Summer High School Programme.

UKZN hosts High School Summer Programme on Intellectual Property

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Five KwaZulu-Natal high schools were invited to do presentations during a UKZN Summer School Programme on their understanding of intellectual property (IP) and innovation.

Mr Wiseman Zondi.

UKZN Humanities Student Receives Rhodes Scholarship

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Honours student in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, Mr Wiseman Zondi, has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for 2022.

From left: Examiners, Dr Nelisiwe Khuzwayo and Professor Veron Ramsuran and keynote speaker, Professor Hannelie Meyer.

COVID-19 the Focus of Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Symposium

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The Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DoPS) held its 2021 virtual Research Symposium which focused on a range of topics but with the focus on COVID-19.

Participants at the Contextual Bible Studies series hosted by the Ujamaa Centre and Inclusive and Affirming Ministries.

Ujamaa Centre Pilots Programme to Engage Ministries on “Trans Lives and Lived Realities”

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The Ujamaa Centre in UKZN’s School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics and the Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) have started a process of developing a series of Contextual Bible Studies (CBS) to contest “conservative Bible statements” about lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people.