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Student Organisation Tackles Gender Based Violence

UKZN’s Buya Africa Student Cultural Organisation (BASCO) hosted a gender-based violence (GBV) seminar in Pietermaritzburg to mark Women’s month. Speakers included UKZN linguistics academic, Mr Nelson Ntshangase; Life Bible Church’s Pastor Sabelo Manyathi; the SRC’s Mr Xola Mehlomakulu, and Mr Ishe Mupezeni of UKZN’s Men’s Forum. The speakers emphasised the importance of admitting to problems of GBV […]

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DRILL hosts Informative Research Seminars

UKZN’s Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) programme recently hosted a number of research seminars. DRILL held its first ever mental health symposium Voices from the Head: Brain Science and Changing Futures, which took place recently at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban. The Symposium shed light on innovative local and global research in […]

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First TEDx Talk held in Pietermaritzburg

From left: Father Neil Frank, Heidi Matisson, Hsin “Cynthia” Chiang, Pierre Buckley and Joan Akob. One of the most long awaited events at UKZN finally took place at the Ronald MacMillan Theatre with the audience showing up in its numbers to pack the venue in anticipation of the night ahead. Making its first debut in […]

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UKZN Golf Day Funds Bursaries

Dr Albert van Jaarsveld (standing, fourth from right) and Standard Bank’s Mr Fumani Mathebula (standing, third from left) with Golf Day bursary recipients. The recently hosted UKZN Golf Day has raised R180 000 to fund studies for 18 academically deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each student received a R10 000 bursary. The 14th Golf Day […]

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Double Accolade for UKZN at JOMBA!

Left: Mr JC Zondi (in red) performs his award-winning work Intimate at the JOMBA! FRINGE and right: Winner of this year’s JOMBA! Eric Shabalala Dance Champion Award, Mr Sifiso “Magesh” Ngcobo with Ms Lliane Loots. Masters in Drama and Performance Studies student Mr JC Zondi received the inaugural JOMBA! Pick of the Fringe award at […]

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PhD Student Overcomes Health Scare to Graduate

Dr Yonela Scina graduates with her PhD in Anthropology from UKZN. Dr Yonela Scina graduated with a PhD in Anthropology from UKZN despite a struggle with depression and health problems while she was pregnant. ‘I beat depression and completed my research,’ said Scina. ‘Anyone who has suffered from the affliction or has supported a sufferer […]

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Deaf Pavement Poets Inspire Masters Graduate

Ms Sana Ebrahim. Fascination with a nature-themed performance by deaf pavement poets was the motivation behind the choice of research for a master’s degree by the co-founder of the Green Heart Movement and one of UKZN’s Top 40 Most Inspiring Students, Ms Sana Ebrahim. Ebrahim graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from UKZN […]

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A PhD With a Difference

Dr Carol Mitchel challenges teaching and learning in her research. Critical Reflection in Service Learning: The Construction of the Good Citizen, is the title of a thesis by UKZN staffer and doctoral graduate Dr Carol Mitchell of the School of Social Sciences in the College of Humanities. A few years ago, Mitchell was invited to a student service learning presentation […]

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Ebola Virus Study Generates PhD in Health Sciences

Dr Marissa Balmith. A novel study on the Ebola virus that produced four publications in just one academic year earned Dr Marissa Balmith a PhD in Health Sciences. Titled: Potential Ebola Virus (EboV) Drug Targets: A Computational Insight into Drug Discovery, the study examined the EboV, an incapacitating virus eventually resulting in the death of infected […]

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Masters Thesis Follows Shark Trail

Mr Gareth Jordaan investigated shark bycatch and discard practices by longline fishing fleets to earn himself an MSc in Biology. Four testing months at sea on commercial fishing vessels was all part and parcel of Mr Gareth Jordaan’s research which earned him an MSc in Biology from UKZN. His interest was sharks, in particular, shark […]

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