Chairperson of the Association for the Advancement
of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA) at
UKZN, Mr Bongani Tshabalala was named the most active
student chapter member at a National Convention in
Cape Town on August 22.
Ms Zanele Mohoto, ABASA General Secretary,
congratulates Mr Bongani Tshabalala,
winner of an ABASA award
Mr Tshabalala is a third-year Accounting
student on the Westville campus. He was recognised
for His leadership of ABASA and ensuring that its
vision and mission are realised.
vision is to redress the inequalities of the past
by facilitating access to the accounting profession
for black people. With around 300 members at UKZN,
ABASA members organise workshops on topics like
time management and conduct extra classes for first,
second and third year accounting students. They
also visit schools to raise awareness among learners
about the profession. After the public sector strike,
they offered classes in Accounting, Mathematics
and Science at Thembelihle High in Newcastle.
in the second African Leadership Seminar:
People and Conservation.
Centre for Environment, Agriculture and Development
(CEAD), based on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus,
has successfully hosted the second African Leadership
Seminar: People and Conservation.
The Seminar is an ongoing partnership programme
designed to explore and improve individual and collective
understanding about issues at the interface of people
and conservation. CEAD’s partners in this
initiative include the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Welsh Assembly
Government, the University of Montana, International
Centre for Protected Landscapes (Wales), Ezemvelo
KZN Wildlife and SANParks.
partners recognise that conservation in southern
Africa is increasingly challenged to realise concrete
benefits for society – it is as much about
engaging local communities, accommodating their
interests, and promoting their quality of life as
it is about managing biodiversity per se,”
said Mr Duncan Hay, convener of the Seminar.
partners also acknowledge that conservation and
natural resource management is at a tipping point;
that the connections between global environmental
health, human health and the very future of global
society are finally being drawn, and that the protection
of the Earth’s resources is now firmly part
of mainstream global debate and action.
senior conservationists, natural resource managers
and researchers from Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Botswana,
Kenya and South Africa participated in this year’s
Seminar which took place in the Northern Tuli Game
Reserve and Mapungubwe World Heritage site in the
Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area,
and the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. For eight days
they were exposed to new ideas in structured and
informal working sessions, and to a range of landscape,
ecosystems and socio-economic circumstances that
acted as catalysts for discussion.
African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) at the University
continues its drive to upgrade the skills of eye health
professionals in the field of research. Supported
by the Institute for Eye Research, International Centre
for Eye Care Education (ICEE) and Sight Savers International,
the AVRI Introductory Research Methodology Workshop
in East Africa was well received during August and
followed a very successful workshop held in South
Africa last year. Countries represented included Kenya,
Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.
Participants at an AVRI introductory
research methodology workshop held in
Nairobi, Kenya from August 8-11 this
to Dr Marlize Coleman, AVRI program manager, the
workshop encouraged interaction and participation
among participants to facilitate healthy debate
and sharing of research experience and research
challenges within the African context. The main
focus areas included:
• An introduction to research
• Basic epidemiology
• Research process and design
• Research tools
• Research ethics
• Publishing research findings
The next workshop, to be held in
West Africa, will be hosted by the International
Centre for Eye Care Education’s (ICEE) West
Africa office in Calabar, Nigeria.
AVRI aims to develop a core of researchers
focusing on eye health issues in an effort to eliminate
avoidable blindness and visual impairment on the
continent. Professor Kovin Naidoo, AVRI Director
said: “This strategy will ensure the development
of the necessary human resources to identify, develop
and evaluate the appropriate priorities and solutions
for Africa’s blindness prevention needs.”
further information and future course dates please
contact Prasidh Ramson at Prasidh@iceeafrica.co.za
Johan Jacobs has been appointed acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Research Knowledge Production and Partnerships) for
a period of 12 months from October 1.
Jacobs is an outstanding scholar and researcher
and I urge the University community to give him
all the support,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor
Jacobs obtained the MPhil and PhD degrees at Columbia
University in New York, specialising in American
Literature. He has been the recipient of a number
of scholarships and awards, including the Ernest
Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship, the HSRC
Doctoral Bursary for Overseas Study, the Witwatersrand
Council of Education Travel Bursary (for travel
and study in Britain), as well as a Columbia University
Graduate Scholarship and President's Fellowship.
Jacobs joined the University of Natal as a lecturer
in English in 1975, eventually being promoted to
Senior Professor. Since the late 1970s his research
specialisation has been mainly in South African
and Postcolonial writing, and he has published approximately
75 journal articles, chapters in books, and books
on South African and postcolonial fiction, autobiography,
prison memoirs and travel writing. A book of critical
essays on the writings of Zakes Mda is currently
with UKZN Press. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow
of the former University of Natal and is also currently
President of the International Literature of Region
and Nation Association.
has served on a wide range of University committees,
and has been the Humanities representative on the
University Research Committee and many of its subcommittees
for a number of years. He is also currently Chair
of the Ethics Sub-Committee for Human and Social
Leana Uys will be presented with the Mary Tolle Wright
Award for Excellence in Leadership at the Honours
Society of Nursing’s 39th Biennial Convention
in Baltimore, United States from November 3-7. This
international award recognises extraordinary excellence
in scholarship, leadership, research and practice.
The Mary Tolle Award for Excellence
in Leadership is awarded to individuals who are
recognised as nursing leaders in education, practice,
administration and research. Such individuals should
impart leadership in nursing through visionary and
innovative approaches and create an environment
that enhances the image of nurses and the profession
of nursing as a whole. Another criterion to qualify
for the award is that the individual should participate
in the development of nursing leaders and must be
in a leadership position.
Professor Uys is the first nurse
in South Africa to hold the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor
and Head of the College of Health Sciences, which
includes the medical and health sciences faculties.
Since the start of her career in the early 1970s
she distinguished herself through an array of leadership
achievements and has developed into a respected
and recognised international leader in the nursing
Leadership positions held by Professor
of the Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter of
Tau International, 2000 – 2006;
Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences,
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
for Nursing and Midwifery Development, 1997 –
of the South African Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care,
(2002 – present);
President of the World Association for Psychosocial
Rehabilitation in Africa since 2000;
Consultant to Bahrain: July and December, 1998;
Founder member of the Joanna Briggs Institute
Collaboration Site in Durban, South Africa.
Professor Uys is recognised for
her participative leadership style in her interaction
with colleagues and in the projects she manages.
Her initiatives have been to the benefit of the
nursing profession globally and her work is characteristic
of her expertise and dedication to the upliftment
of the nursing profession through collaborative
Malegapuru Makgoba, Vice-Chancellor UKZN, said “She
is an extremely talented person, with drive and
compassion. She is a wonderful colleague to work
with and have around in your team. She more than
deserves this recognition which can only inspire
her to greater things. UKZN is proud to have an
academic and an outstanding leader of this calibre.”
Dasarath Chetty, Executive Director of Public Affairs
and Corporate Communications received the Nadaraja
Award from the Indian Academy of South Africa for
his selfless social activism.
citation read out by Dr T P Naidoo stated: “Professor
Dasarath Chetty is an exemplary example of a small
band of accomplished academics who have not forgotten
their humble roots and have ploughed back their
talent into community development and upliftment
of people from previously disadvantaged communities.
While his prowess and skills in being the public
face of the University of KwaZulu- Natal were always
in sharp focus, it was actually in a totally different
arena that he made an even greater impact in redressing
the apartheid legacies – especially among
the forgotten and the socially oppressed.
diplomatically engineered the amalgamation of the
apartheid divided child welfare societies. He faced
bouquets and brickbats, accolades and antagonism
- but he steadfastly made his point and created
history by breaking down barriers and by driving
the amalgamation process of Indian, White and African
child welfare societies in Durban. He was rewarded
with being the first President of Durban Children’s
Society the amalgamated entity in 1999 after serving
for 7 years as the President of Durban Indian Child
Welfare Society. He then became the first National
President of Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) in
2004, representing 250 Child Welfare Societies,
a position he still holds.
the current President of CWSA, Professor Chetty
led the restructuring of the movement so as to improve
service delivery to the previously marginalised
and entirely neglected – the rural poor and
African communities. From a historical focus on
the urban, predominantly White areas, Professor
Chetty took this venerable organisation, founded
in 1917 as the South African National Council for
Child & Family Welfare, into the modern era.
Chetty is truly an embodiment of all that UKZN represents
– scholarship within an African context; an
ethos of mutual respect; collaboration and collegiality;
synergy between research, teaching and community
engagement and the highest standard of academic
response to the challenges of our country.”
Karthy Govender, of the School of Law recently addressed
representatives of the Indian and Nepalese governments
on the South African experience in constitution drafting.
His address included federalism, affirmative action,
reservation and reverse discrimination.
Professor Govender, a Human Rights Commissioner,
was invited by the BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation
(BPKF) to address leading experts, decision and
policy makers as well as the wider public in Nepal,
India and other countries on key aspects and issues
in the process of constitution drafting.
four-day intense interaction with the key players
took place in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 2-5.
The BPKF is an autonomous bilateral body formed
by both the governments of India and Nepal to engage
in promoting discussion around issues and debates
for Nepal's new constitution.
of India to Nepal and Co-Chairperson of the BPKF,
Mr Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, who extended the invitation
to Professor Govender, said: “Given your expertise,
experience and standing in areas related with constitution
making in South Africa, we would feel privileged
if you could find it convenient to participate in
the event, which we plan to be a flagship event
in the ongoing discourse in Nepal on drawing up
a new constitution.”
Karthy Govender said: “The Nepalese and Indian
Governments want to ensure a settlement that is
enduring and will guarantee participation and dialogue
enabling the people to make a more informed decision.”
He added that it was a daunting but exciting challenge.
Oluyinka Adejumo wearing the
President’s Purple Cord
School of Nursing has received the President’s
Purple Cord Award for being the most active and
responsive sub-chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International
(STTI) Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter in Africa. The
STTI award is in recognition of various activities
the school has been involved in over the past two
years. The award was made by the president of the
Africa Chapter, Dr Naomi Seboni of Botswana.
STTI is the second largest international organisation
for nursing in the world. It recognises high achievers
at university programmes in nursing as well as community
leaders. It recruits members through university
schools of nursing and in Africa the Chapter has
about 15 university schools active in the organisation.
In August the President of STT International, Dr
Carol Picard, visited UKZN to inaugurate new members
into the organisation.
School of Nursing has successfully undertaken various
projects over the past two years. Among the most
prominent was organising and hosting last year’s
annual Tau Lambda Chapter conference attended by
200 international delegates and the Joanna Briggs
Institute Colloquium - which promotes the STTI,
internationally - attracting 150 international delegates.
Oluyinka Adejumo, Head of the School of Nursing,
has recently been elected onto the Board of Directors
of the STTI Africa Chapter with the Portfolio of
Director of Resources. He was also awarded a travel
fellowship for senior executive attachment in a
university of his choice by the Association of Universities
Leana Uys, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the
College of Health Sciences said: “The School
of Nursing has brought great honour and acclaim
to the University of KwaZulu-Natal over the years
and we congratulate the entire team of staff and
students for their contribution to the enrichment
of the nursing profession.”
School of Music has appointed a new head, Professor
Emily Akuno of Kenya.
A pianist and singer, Professor Akuno has taught
a number of postgraduate and undergraduate courses
at Kenyatta University, Kenya. In 2002 she was appointed
Associate Professor of Music Performance & Education
at the same university.
Professor Akuno obtained her PhD
at Kingston University, Surrey, in the United Kingdom
where she developed an interest in African Music.
She obtained a Masters of Music from the Northwestern
State University in Louisiana in the United States.
Some of her latest research includes African
Traditional music in the classroom and The effect
of mode of teaching on music reading skill development
among voice students. She has published extensively
on Music Education and African Traditional Music.
She said the School would be involved in community
development in a more structured way by using music
as a source of empowerment and to generate income.
She would like all the components of the School,
such as the Jazz Centre, OSCA, African Music and
Dance to work together to make the School stronger.
“I would like this to really be a leading
institution of scholarship in music - not just in
South Africa but the whole of Africa.”
She said staff members were very supportive, enthusiastic
and hard working while the School had an abundance
of talented students. “With that atmosphere
what else do we need?” I want us to enjoy
music and benefit others around us,” Professor
new Head of School, Professor Akuno is bright, eloquent
and she speaks her mind as many artists do in a
diplomatic and polite manner. I have no doubt that
she will lead the School into a brighter future,”
said Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Deputy Dean: Undergraduate,
Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences
Cricket players from Sigabangolwazi
School for the
Blind in Mbali.
The Student Counseling Centre and the Disability Unit
on the Pietermaritzburg campus held a Disability Awareness
Drive as part of a campaign termed "Disability:
Whose hurdle is it? Overcoming Obstacles," on
and staff took part in a treasure hunt and moving
in wheelchairs, went through a jumping castle blindfolded
and later walked blindfolded using cane sticks to
find their way. The cane rally was organized by the
Pietermaritzburg branch of the KwaZulu-Natal Blind
and Deaf Society,
was also a cricket game for visually impaired young
people from Sigabangolwazi Blind School in Mbali,
Pietermaritzburg and KwaZulu-Natal Blind Cricket players.
The players were coached by Mr Mookesh Parmeswar.
Disability Awareness Drive was attended by members
of the Association for the Physically Challenged and
the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society.
“We are hoping to demonstrate that overcoming
the ‘hurdle’ or ‘obstacle’
is not entirely the responsibility of the disabled
person, but a responsibility that is shared. Many
such ‘obstacles’ are not just physical
barriers but more complex issues related to prejudices,
attitudes, myths and stereotypes (that of non-disabled
people) around disability and disabled people, …leading
to the marginalisation of disabled people, “said
Ms Nafisa Mayat, co-ordinator of the Disability Unit
on the Pietermaritzburg campus.
Miss Monica Otu, Miss Sabelo Zondo ,
Ms Mahesvari Naidu (lecturer), Miss
Maheshvari Naidu, a lecturer at the School of Anthropology,
Gender and Historical Studies, has been awarded
a grant of
000 by the African Origins Month project.
The project is funded by the South
African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement
(SAASTA) and the Department of Science and Technology.
It’s vision is to promote
and create an awareness of the incredible palaeo-archeological
heritage of South Africa. Ms Naidu’s grant
has allowed her to design a project that runs in
conjunction with the Anthropology first year module
titled: Culture and Society in South Africa.
Historically, Biological Anthropology
and Palaeo-anthropology (the study of hominids)
have been located, in most universities, with the
so called ‘hard sciences’. Cultural
Anthropology at UKZN is situated within the Humanities
and Social Sciences. However, this project allows
the “two anthropologies” to converse
more closely with one another.
Ms Naidu said the students were
taught sections on the rich and extensive fossil
and archaeological heritage of South Africa. They
were also introduced to the emerging discourse on
African identity which is beginning to wrap around
both the palaeo-archeological finds in Africa, as
well as around the current palaeo-scientific thinking.
grant also allowed Ms Naidu to develop a mini documentary
on the fossil site of Sterkfontein in the Cradle
of Humankind and to make this available to students
as an additional resource.
third UKZN Golf Day was once again a highly successful
event. One hundred and fifty two golf players teed
off at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club on August
Professor Dasarath Chetty, Executive
Director: Public Affairs & Corporate
Communications; Mr Donovan Thaver, Overall
Winner of the 2007 UKZN Golf Tournament;
and Mr Jay Ramchander, CEO of Thembelani
The annual golf tournament is an
opportunity for staff, students, alumni and friends
of the University to relax together. It also has
a more serious side – the proceeds go towards
a bursary for three academically promising students
from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
This day was made a success by the
generosity of many sponsors. Thembelani Facilities
Consultants, together with WSP Group, Nationwide
Electrical, JRH Painting, Singatha Projects, Combined
Air and PricewaterHouse Coopers, gave a total of
R85 000, KPMG R10 000, First National Bank R10 000,
Welile Caterers R5 000, Vumani Computer Solutions
R3 000, Deloitte R 3000, and Toyota Forklifts R3
000. Imperial Vehicle Rentals donated prizes and
T&E Office Solutions sponsored a printer as
the first prize in the student category.
The player of the day was Mr Donovan
Thaver who was the overall winner. In the women’s,
category staff members Mrs Dawn Pillay and Mrs Noleen
Turner walked off with first and second prize respectively.
The student category was won by Mr Kieron Moodley
while Dr Thavan Padayachee won the prize for staff
“The key objective of the
event is to forge relationships between the University
and the corporate sector, build alumni relations
and fundraise. I would like to thank the sponsors
and golfers who made this event the success it was.
The support exceeded my expectations. We had a large
field and everybody had a fabulous time,”
said Ms Shakila Thakurpersad of Public Affairs and
Corporate Communications, tournament organizer.
Mr Imraan Valodia of the School of Development Studies
is working on a project to incorporate the informal
economy into macro thinking about South Africa’s
He is doing this in co-operation with Rob Mr Davies
and Mr Stewart Ngandu of the Human Sciences Research
Council (HSRC) and Mr James Thurlow of the International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
project has three components:
survey of informal retailers which seeks to understand
the economic behaviour of informal retailers,
especially in relation to the formal economy;
social accounting matrix (SAM) to establish the
flows and interactions between the formal and
informal economy; and
computable general equilibrium model (CGE) for
South Africa that includes the informal economy.
project is funded by the Conflict and Governance
Facility (CAGE) - a partnership project between
the South African government and the European Commission
- and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Research team members recently presented some initial
findings to a group of policymakers and research
experts at a seminar held at the HSRC in Pretoria.
Kriben Pillay with Woza Moya youth co-ordinator
Mr Gundane Mthembu
Kriben Pillay of the Leadership Centre, conducted
a two-day community outreach workshop for the Woza
Moya Project in the rural Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal
in July. Supported by author Mr Steven Harrison,
the founder of the Living School in Boulder, Colorado,
the workshop focused on discovering leadership skills,
and is seen as the first part of an on-going youth
leadership development programme in an area devastated
by AIDS-related deaths.
Dr Pillay worked with 13 scholars and young adults,
many from single parent homes - one of the scholars
was recently orphaned when her mother died in April
this year. Using experiential learning activities
and taking the approach of working from within resulted
in there being very little theory - except for theory
that came with reflection. However, Dr Pillay found
the group unearthed notions of leadership and ensemble
working that has only surfaced fairly recently in
organisational learning. The group displayed amazing
creativity in activities that ranged from role-play
and drawing to choral singing.
August 30, there was a special presentation ceremony
at Woza Moya when Dr Pillay handed over Certificates
of Participation to all the participants.
Faculty of Law hosted its first annual Law Professions
Day on August 14 at the Pietermaritzburg campus
and on August 15 at the Howard College campus.
The event was designed to provide
an opportunity for prospective employers to interact
with possible future employees as well as for students
to get information to help them focus on their preferred
choice of firm or branch of the legal profession.
The exhibitors represented local and national law
firms, the Law Society, the Bar Council and the
The event formed part of a recruitment
programme co-ordinated by Ms Robynne Louw of the
Faculty when law firms conduct interviews with prospective
candidate attorneys on the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg
“It was an excellent opportunity
for students to meet prospective employers under
one roof,” said Mr Khoza, President of the
Law Students’ Council. The event was not only
helpful for UKZN students but also for about 50
LLB students from the University of Zululand.
Sisa Nhlabathi and Mr Nkanyiso Maphumulo, both from
the University of Zululand, made arrangements for
students to attend and they were impressed by the
keen interest exhibitors showed towards the students.
Professions Day is now an annual event on the Law
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) won second prize
at the National Competition at Emperor’s Palace
in Johannesburg. They have donated R2 000 of their
prize of R10 000 to the East Coast Radio’s Winter
Warmth project. In 2006 they won a trip to Germany.
SIFE members celebrate their
success at the National Competition
students entered six of their projects in the competition:
Entrepreneurship challenge, which addresses the
skills needed by young entrepreneurs to succeed;
project, which encourages people to start businesses;
empowerment - educating women in business skills;
project - teaching communities how to use the
project - developing entrepreneurs in townships/informal
success stories, highlighting entrepreneurs.
Mandla Ndaba, Student Development Officer, who is
the Faculty Advisor to the UKZN SIFE Team, won the
Faculty Advisor of the Year award which earned him
a trip to the SIFE World Cup in New York in October.
Ms Zime Ngcobo, SIFE Team presenting member on women
empowerment projects, was selected to represent
South Africa at the Financial Literacy Forum in
New York in October.
Masters students from the Human Resources Management
Programme (HRMP) at UKZN’s School of Management
Studies took part in the American African European
(AAE) Summer School in Germany from July 7-19.
Back L-R Mr Brian Kwazi Majola, Mrs
Kalnisha Thomas Professor David Coldwell
and Mrs Judith Nzimande
Front L-R Miss Levania Singh, Mr Christian
Nyaba and Mr Calvin Thomas
The Summer School, which focused
on Inter-cultural and Organisational Communication,
was held at Chemnitz University of Technology. Participants
were drawn from Chemnitz, the University of Texas
El Paso in the USA and UKZN.
Working in teams, students transcended physical
and racial borders to solve business related problems.
Mr Calvin Thomas, Senior Human Resources Officer
at UKZN was one of the students who attended the
course. He described the Summer School as a “very
positive experience.” Fellow student Mr Christian
Nyaba, Regional Manager of the Metropolitan Retirement
Fund, described the business games as ‘an
Professor David Coldwell, Head of School and Professor
of Management, accompanied the South African students
to Germany. Academic staff from the three institutions
taught at the Summer School. Plans are afoot to
make the School an annual event, with it rotating
among the three partners.
Many international students at UKZN undertake a
course in Service Learning, to meet the requirements
in their home country for a community work component.
Mxolisi Ngcongo, Lecturer in the School of Sociology
and Social Studies teaches this course to international
students. He is keen to introduce the course to
students in the College of Humanities as a pilot
project for the whole University.
“Service Learning allows students to gain
experiential learning and training; and to volunteer
their services to the community in line with government’s
idea of volunteerism,” said Dr Ngcongo. He
adds that Service Learning helps students unpack
concepts and get a better understanding of the theory
that they learn in the classroom.
student Ms Megan Larscheid worked with street children
through Street Wise. She described her placement
as “an amazing experience… I was a bit
intimidated at first… but now I would not
have changed my placement for anything. My skills
in forming relationships have grown, and I have
learned the importance of good communication. I
have grasped the reality of the situation of street
kids here in Durban, and I have no doubt that I
will be connected with this issue for the rest of
my life. As a social work student I have been struggling
in narrowing down the field that I wish to work
in. Now I am certain that I would like to work with
The School of Music in association with Music Revival
Piano Duo : Magalhães & Schumann
Saturday 15 September at 19h30
Howard College Theatre
R70 Booking Debbie Mari 031 260 3353
The internationally renowned piano duo of Luis Magalhães
and Nina Schumann present an exhilarating programme
of Romantic and virtuoso works by Rachmaninoff,
Arenski and Copland. The concert forms part of a
two-month concert series to promote their new album
“Sergei Rachmaninoff - Complete Works for
Two Pianos” to South African audiences.
Widely regarded as one of the most outstanding piano
duos in the world, the Portuguese / South African
pair of Magalhães & Schumann have performed
to great acclaim across the USA,Portugal, Germany,
Austria, South Africa and Mozambique.
UKZN School of Music will present two lunch-hour
concerts next week:
Luis Magalhaes and Nina Schumann will perform
Brahms 'Paganini Variations' and Rachmaninoff
Monday 17 September 2007
Howard College Theatre
On Wednesday the School of Music presents a selection
of the finest singing from a range of students at
the Opera Studio and Choral Academy.
19 September 2007
Howard College Theatre