A new Engineering and Technology Access Centre is on the cards for UKZN.
This proposed centre will be a multi-purpose facility with the objective
of addressing the existing skills gap in South Africa by promoting technological
awareness and engineering as a career of choice for school learners.
It's the brainchild of UNITE, which was established in 1988 in an
agreement between the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Ltd
and the then University of Natal to establish an Alternate Access
Programme to develop engineering study capacity among black learners.
The new project, named 20/20 Vision, aims to celebrate 20 years of successful
teaching and learning while raising the R20 million needed to build the centre.
UNITE stands for University (of KwaZulu-Natal)
Intensive Tuition for Engineers. The specific mandate
is to recruit high academic potential learners from
disadvantaged socio-economic and educational backgrounds
and to improve their chances of success by upgrading
their academic and life skills.
The new Centre will provide the necessary resources
by having fun, interactive engineering workshops
for junior learners; remedial facilities to address
the academic deficiencies of tertiary students;
capacity building and career guidance workshops
for the teaching corps; and a platform for engineering
professionals to engage with the local community
through presentations and workshops.
It will provide enhanced learning space and among
other things, will allow for the expansion of the
capacity of the programme to accommodate an additional
152 students, making a total of 200 students (equivalent
to the mainstream enrollment numbers) who will in
future be able to enroll for this exceptional programme.
Only 48 students can be enrolled into the current
programme not only because of the limited space,
but because each student is given personal support
to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary
holistic learning skills required in industry.
UNITE staff express pride in the fact that students
who have gone through the Programme tend to excel
in the mainstream.
To contact UNITE, telephone Ms Elaine Daker at
031 2602072; Mr Powell, telephone 031 260 2662 or
Mr Rudi Kimmie on 031 260 1136 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Xolela Mangcu's book, To the Brink: The State
of Democracy in South Africa, was launched at
the Harold Wolpe Lecture held on the Howard College
campus last week.
Dr Mangcu, chairperson of the Platform
for Public Deliberation at Wits University and a
celebrated newspaper columnist/feature writer, was
motivated to write To the Brink by his
urgent sense that South Africa's black political
and intellectual tradition was being deeply violated.
In the book, no relevant issues
escape his analysis, from policy controversies surrounding
HIV and AIDS through to Zimbabwe, corruption, the
labelling of black critics as "foot lickers" of
the white person, and President Thabo Mbeki's leadership
The book was first launched at a
conference, Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Sphere:
South African Democracy at the Crossroads, held
at Wits University last month. Since then it has
received widespread media interest with launch events
in Cape Town, East London and Grahamstown attended
by capacity crowds.
To the Brink: The State of Democracy
in South Africa is available at Adams Campus
Bookshop, and other reputable bookstores at a cost
of R160. For more information on this title and
others published by UKZN Press, visit www.ukznpress.co.za
or call the Press on (033) 260-5226.
Dr Cristina Trois from the School of Civil Engineering,
Surveying and Construction made history recently when
she was promoted to Associate Professor and appointed
as the Deputy Head of School.
believe she is the first woman to achieve either
of these positions in the history of the Engineering
Faculty and in the Civil Engineering programme,”
said Professor Derek Stretch, Head of the School
of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction.
Civil Engineering programme at UKZN has a long and
distinguished history dating back to 1922. Together
with the programme at the University of Cape Town,
it is one of the oldest in the country.
from Sardinia in Italy, Dr Trois joined the University
in 1999 fresh from completing her PhD at the University
of Cagliari. Her general area of expertise lies
in Environmental Engineering and much of her research
and work involves wastewater treatment, solid waste
management, and landfill emissions control and treatment,
acid mine drainage and geoengineering.
was a co-founder of the School’s Centre for
Research in Environmental, Coastal and Hydrological
Engineering (CRECHE) and was also responsible for
developing and co-ordinating the coursework Masters
programme in Environmental Engineering. Her community
work involves environmental awareness and education
campaigns as well as conducting research and providing
expert advice to communities in the eThekwini Municipality
and surrounding areas.
Professor Dasarath Chetty, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor
of UKZN and President of the Child Welfare South
Africa (CWSA) has been awarded the prestigious Paul
Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Durban-Morningside
for his sterling contribution to the improvement
of conditions of vulnerable children in South Africa.
CWSA is an umbrella body that represents more than
260 Child Welfare Societies and developing children's
organizations in South Africa. Together with their
member organizations, they form the largest non-profit
organization in the country in the field of child
protection and child and family care development,
extending services to more than, 1, 5 million children
and their families or care-givers.
the new name of the former South African National
Council for Child and Family Welfare, represents
the culmination of a three year restructuring process
towards greater integration, unity and uniformity
between the national body and its member organizations
countrywide. The new structure has already introduced
greater efficiency in their response to the plight
of the children of South Africa through structured
co-operation, joint programming and nationally standardized
Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Dean of Law, has recently
been elected as the representative for Africa on the
Governing Council of the IUCN Academy of Environmental
Law. His term of office will end at the beginning
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is dedicated to
advancing knowledge of environmental law through
an international network of universities teaching
and researching in this area. The Academy engages
participating universities, governmental institutions
and international environmental organisations in
innovative multi-disciplinary research into how
law can best address environmental problems around
Kidd was selected through an election process that
involved members made up of institutional membership.
He was nominated by other South African members
and was running against two other African candidates.
There are about 40 institutional members (including
the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Institute of Environmental
role of the Council would be to set the goals of
the Academy and see through the implementation of
these goals. These would include things such as
collaborative research amongst members, teaching
and capacity-building initiatives, oversight of
the annual Academy Colloquia (the sixth of which
will be held this November in Mexico), and publications,”
explained Professor Kidd.
Governing Council is made up of 9 elected members
and some ex-officio members. The elected members
each represent one region (Africa, Meso-America,
North America and Caribbean, South America, South
and East Asia, West Asia, Oceania, Eastern Europe
and West Europe).
Academy is involved in organising several conferences
on topical issues (such as climate change initiatives
in developing countries).
Kidd will deliver an inaugural lecture on Removing
the Green-Tinted Spectacles: The Three Pillars of
Sustainable Development in South African Environmental
Law on Wednesday, 12 March 2008 at 17h30 in
the Colin Webb Hall, King Edward Avenue, Pietermaritzburg
campus – all welcome to attend.
ability to “read” the ocean and “catch”
the right waves and runs has secured many surf ski
victories for Bachelor of Education student, Ms
Tiffany Kruger… and it’s currently keeping
her in the lead of the Kia Marine Surf Series which
started in January.
Ms Tiffany Kruger
third-year student majoring in Sports Science Education
at the School of Social Science at the Edgewood
campus hopes to bag yet another win in the Senior
Women’s Category when the series ends in March.
Winning will enable her to enter the World Surf
Ski Competition in Dubai later this year.
recipient of a four-year Entrant Sports Scholarship
offered by UKZN, Miss Kruger’s sporting prowess
does not end here. She is also an avid canoeist
who is part of the UKZN Canoeing Team and a lifesaver
who has entered and won a number of competitions.
interest in water sports began at the age of nine
when her mother, Mrs Jennileigh Kruger, encouraged
her to do junior lifesaving, so that Tiffany would
be a confident swimmer and acquire knowledge of
the ocean. At age 14 she was introduced to surf
skiing which was part of her training at the time.
mastered the skills of surf ski over two years,
Tiffany found she loved the sport and decided to
pursue it on a competitive level when she was 16
years old. However, perfecting her skills did come
with certain difficulties. “It was difficult
at first because you have to know how to read the
ocean and catch waves and runs. You have to be strong
to paddle into the wind and you have to be fit as
the sport covers long distances,” said Miss
confidence and determination to win ensured she
claimed many victories, the most recent being the
Marine Surf Ski series (2007), the Scottburgh to
Brighton surf ski competition and the Winkle Toti
Winkle. In canoeing she was victorious in the Ngwenya
Classic K2 championships, the South African Marathon
Champs in the under 21 K2 category and the Natal
K1 Flat Water Championships, to name a few.
workers and HIV positive people need to join forces
to identify and find solutions to minimise the stigma
of AIDS which in turn would encourage those with the
virus to seek the treatment they required. This emerged
from a five-year study undertaken by Professor Leana
Uys, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College
of Health Sciences, together with academics from four
other African universities.
Professor Leana Uys
The goal of the study was to examine
the stigma experienced by people living with AIDS
and the negative impact this had on their lives.
In addition to Professor Uys, the research team
working on, Perceived AIDS Stigma: A Multinational
African Study, included Professor William L
Holzemer, University of San Francisco; Dr Priscilla
Dlamini of the University of Swaziland; Dr Minrie
Greeff from North West University; Ms Thecla Kohi
of the Muhimibili University of Health and Allied
Sciences in Tanzania; Dr Maureen Chirwa of the University
of Malawi and Dr Lucy Makoae of the National University
The study saw each of the five African
academics embark on a project in their respective
countries to identify how AIDS stigma affects people
living with the virus as well as the lives of nurses
who care for them. This project was funded by the
National Institute of Health (NIH) Fogarty International
a press conference on February 21, the team of researchers
revealed their findings. Research showed that communities
in all five countries had certain terms they used
to describe people living with HIV. These terms
included “he has eaten plastic” and
“you have been eaten by a ladybird”.
Researchers believe that such human rights violations,
discourages HIV positive people from revealing their
status and seeking the treatment they required.
The study found that stigma was greater in the rural
areas, and women experienced more stigma than men.
2008 academic year marked the beginning of a new chapter
in the lives of 16 young women embarking on UKZN study
programmes previously dominated by men.
These women are all recipients of
the prestigious Carnegie-funded Women in Science,
Engineering and Agriculture (WOSA) Scholarships
aimed at nurturing women scientists and engineers.
The WOSA scholarships target the
“cream of the crop” with entry criteria
which demand excellent academic merit – an
average of 75 percent in matriculation scores, a
Higher Grade ‘A’ in Mathematics and
one of the Sciences or being among the top fifth
percent of the matriculation grade.
The majority of this year’s
recipients exemplified academic excellence by achieving
matriculation averages in the mid-to-upper 80 percent.
Over half registered for matriculation packages
comprising seven subjects and several attained their
schools’ coveted Dux awards. These credentials
will stand them in good stead as they will be required
to maintain an average of 70 percent throughout
their undergraduate studies at UKZN in order to
retain the WOSA Scholarship.
of the 16 WOSA Scholarship recipients have chosen
to follow study careers in one of the Engineering
disciplines and the remaining two have opted to
pursue degrees in Agriculture and Science. They
will join the five remaining WOSA students from
2006 and 2007 whose scholarships have been renewed.
UKZN Associate Professor Orde Munro was recently promoted
to full Professor, an honour he is still coming to
terms with. “I am honoured by the recognition
my research contributions at UKZN have brought me.
The process is fair and transparent and promotion
is contingent on academic achievement and high scholarly
Professor Orde Munro
Munro has been with the University since August
1997 when he joined as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry.
have been captivated by the beauty and functionality
of molecules. Chemistry is also the central science
and directly at the forefront of a wide range of
modern and innovative technology.”
Munro’s research focuses on the structures
and the physical properties of novel inorganic and
recent work funded by AuTEK BIOMED involves the
development of novel compounds as potential drugs
for the treatment of cancer,” he said.
experience with porphyrins and other pyrrole-based
compounds has meant that we have applied this fundamental
work to the development of libraries of new DNA
intercalators capable of targeting tumours with
specific receptors. In effect, my work has moved
into the area of targeted drug delivery systems
using metal-inorganic compounds with intrinsically
high cytotoxicity due to the careful combination
of metal ion(s) with nominally planar ligand systems.”
Munro’s work has been published in over 50
primary research articles in a variety of international
journals, including several articles in the most
prestigious chemistry journal in the world, - The
Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Professor in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture,
Professor Barry Lovegrove, has a fascination for
deserts, especially the Namib and Kalahari deserts.
Lovegrove has been a lecturer for the past 16
years during which time he has collaborated with
some of the best minds in science and explored
and grown his passion.
Lovegrove, who studied Zoology at the University
of Cape Town, has collaborated with universities
and foundations in different parts of the world,
including the United States, Germany, Australia,
Namibia and Madagascar.
area of focus is Evolutionary Physiology. He lectures
in Animal Evolutionary Physiology, the Comparative
Method, Desert Biology and Desertification. “I
became an evolutionary physiologist because of
my fascination for deserts, especially the Namib
and Kalahari Deserts.”
September and December of 1997, Professor Lovegrove
undertook a sabbatical research programme in the
laboratory of Professor Fritz Geiser of the University
of New England in Australia. The study evaluated
the proximate heterothermic responses of marsupials
during summer torpor (animals hibernating in summer
instead of winter), a response to climatic unpredictability.
The three-month study was published in 1999.
the past five years he has acted as reviewer for
a variety of journals including the Journals of
Comparative Physiology B, Animal
Behaviour, the Journal of Zoology,
African Zoology, the Australian Journal
of Zoology and Evolution. “I’m
fascinated by physiological diversity, particularly
in mammals and birds,” he said.
added: “I enjoy writing papers which change
the way researchers think about patterns of physiological
diversity. My greatest pride and joy has been
supervising PhD students who go on to do great
things in science.”
UKZN Professors contributed a chapter to a recently-published
book: Foundations for Local Governance –
Decentralisation in Comparative Perspective.
The chapter titled: “Democratic Decentralisation
in Post-Apartheid South Africa” was written
by Professors Purshottama Reddy and Brij Maharaj
of the School of Public Administration.
book is an outcome of a five year research project
at Ryukoku University in Japan. The Project, Local
Human Resources and Public Policy Development System
Open Research Centre (LORC), was funded by the Ministry
of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
and Ryukoku University.
provides a framework based on comparative analyses
of different experiences of decentralisation measures
in six developing countries, where the policy rationale
to bring services closer to people originated in
different socio-political backgrounds.
chapter written by Professors Reddy and Maharaj
focuses on the macro-policy context within which
decentralisation has been framed in post-apartheid
South Africa. They agree that the greatest challenge
at present is the development of sustainable service
delivery strategies that meet the needs of the local
citizenry in the context of limited capacity and
resources, inequitable and inefficient settlement
patterns, and extremely high and increasing levels
of poverty and inequality.
book is written for researchers, scholars, municipal
functionaries and policy makers. According to Professor
Reddy, the book is essential reading material for
students of local governance.
Kriben Pillay of the Leadership Centre has published
the first scholarly work that integrates nonduality
– the philosophy of non-separation – and
educational drama and theatre in a book titled: Nondualism
and Educational Drama and Theatre.
Professor John Somers from the University of Exeter
and founding editor of the journal Research in
Drama Education, writes the following about the
new book: “The concept of nondualism pervades
philosophy and spirituality, especially Eastern spirituality,
and Dr Pillay shows how it challenges the dominant
philosophy of bivalence to which much Western thought
and practice is wedded. Dr Pillay explores the issues
in a learned, impeccably referenced, yet accessible
style, and his book makes an important contribution
to our understanding of how we can attain a coherence
of perception once we have deconstructed our narratives
of self and other.
Pillay said: “The practice of educational drama
and theatre within the nondual perspective can become
an integral component of what I’ve termed ‘transformative
training’, where this training is about creating
the experiential learning space for profound transformational
learning and change. Since this study was completed,
important work has been recently published by organisational
learning pioneers Dr Peter Senge, Dr Otto Scharmer
and others, which complements this study’s inquiry.
It is hoped that this study will make a small contribution
to the necessary exploration of profound change in
people, organisations and society.”
Pillay will present a workshop based on his work at
the Society for Organisational Learning’s 3rd
Global Forum in Oman in April this year.
Professor P G Andersson
GGKM Research Group at the Schools of Chemistry,
Biochemistry and Pharmacy holds two South Africa-Sweden
bilateral grants funded by the National Research
of the Swedish collaborators, Professor P G Andersson,
visited UKZN from February 12-18 as part of the
agreement to share research knowledge and was hosted
by the Schools of Pharmacy and Chemistry.
Andersson is one of Sweden’s most promising
scientists with around 120 publications in the highest
ranked chemistry journals. He studied under Nobel
Prize winning scientists and has himself been the
recipient of many international accolades.
was pleasantly surprised at the high quality of
research students at UKZN and has committed to hosting
and teaching three students every year for six months
in his laboratories in Sweden. He has promised to
return next year to deliver a two-week course on
“Co-ordination chemistry and asymmetric catalysis”
and recruit graduates for his research group.
summed up his impressions of Durban with these words:
“You all live in paradise.”
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Members of the Malagasy delegation with researchers from the School of Biological and Conservation Sciences on
the Pietermaritzburg campus
UKZN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with
the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar on February
19. The MOU commit the parties to collaborate on a
series of research and other projects that the institutions
have identified as critical for their development.
delegation from Madagascar included the President
of the University of Antananaravio (UA), Professor
Adolphe Rajerison Wilson; Professor Yvonne Ranarivelo,
Head of PhD training in Chemistry; Professor Monique
Ramanamihantatsoarana, Vice-Chancellor of Training,
Research and International Relationships; the President
of the University of Fianarantsoa, Professor Ratsimbazafy,
and Dr Albertine Rasoanaivo Razafizanaka, Head of
the International Relationship Service.
met with academics at the Westville campus to sign
the Agreement and exchange information about their
by UKZN International, the Heads of Schools from
various disciplines, including Science, Humanities,
Law and Management, informed visiting delegates
of the academic programmes in their respective faculties
and opportunities for collaboration.
Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the
three universities in the year 2006 and the February
19 agreement was a more substantive document that
would enable the universities to work on joint projects
in future. Work between the University of Antananaravio
and UKZN commenced in 2006 with a collaborative
science project between these university’s
chemistry departments. The earlier connection with
University of Fianarantsoa commenced in 2005 when
Dr Rasoanaivo conducted research for her doctoral
thesis in chemistry at UKZN.
Malagasy delegation concluded their visit to UKZN
by visiting the Pietermaritzburg campus where they
were hosted by Professor Barry Lovegrove and the
School of Biological and Conservation Sciences.
Five Durban high schools attended UKZN’s Information
Evening at Glenwood High School earlier this month.
The event, co-ordinated by the Schools Liaison Unit
at Corporate Relations targeted schools in the Glenwood
and surrounding areas.
that participated were: Glenwood High School, Durban
High School, Durban Girls’ High School, St
Henry’s Marist Brothers and Eden College.
Mrs Sarda Pillay from the Schools Liaison Unit addressed
the prospective students and their parents and provided
an overview of UKZN’s programmes and explained
the new admission requirements.
sessions provided the opportunity of direct interaction
with academic staff from the various faculties.
Presentations were made by Professor Willem Sturm,
Dean of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine,
Dr Robin Joubert of the College of Health Sciences
and Professor Steve Pete, from the Faculty of Law.
Living by the adage “Nothing is Impossible”
has inspired many sporting successes for UKZN student,
Mr Busani Luthuli, and it continues to motivate him
to make a positive contribution in the sporting world.
Mr Busani Luthuli
Bachelor of Education student is majoring in Sports
Science Education at the Edgewood college campus
and has won many local and national karate competitions
over the years. He was instrumental in setting up
a dojo at the campus in June last year, offering
karate lessons to students.
Luthuli, who has achieved a Black Belt first Dan
in the Kyokushin Kai style of karate, won the national
championships in the under 60kg category in 2006.
He believes that participating in sports like karate
makes one more disciplined and focused in life.
Watching marshal art movies starring Jackie Chan
and Jet Lee at the local cinema as a child and being
a spectator at karate classes at a dojo in his home
town of Claremont, sparked interest in karate.
saw people in karate outfits and I wanted to learn
too. Thulani, my late brother, was a karate student
and I wanted to be a champ like him. Karate teaches
you discipline, to work hard and be focused. This
is what I like about it. I like trophies and wanted
to win them too. I trained under Sensai Vukani Mncube
for 12 years until he passed away in 1998,”
said Mr Luthuli.
a shoulder injury in 2006 curtailed Mr Luthuli’s
participation in karate tournaments, it has not
stopped him from encouraging other students to engage
in the sport. His efforts to revive the sport at
the Edgewood campus have inspired 50 students to
enroll for karate classes as a means to de-stress.
addition to sporting activities, Mr Luthuli is the
Student Services Officer for the Student Representative
Council at Edgewood.
The Fédération Internationale de Football
Association (FIFA) has awarded UKZN student, Ms Claudia
Martinez-Mullen a scholarship to continue research
for her PhD dissertation titled “Comparative
Analysis between South Africa and Argentina’s
football spectators.” The scholarship will also
cover expenses such as travel and accommodation to
and from Argentina to do the necessary field research.
Ms Claudia Martinez-Mullen
has been research on the production and history
of football but little, if any, about the consumption
of the sport,” said Miss Martinez-Mullen,
who wants to show how politics, sports and philosophy
combine to explain this phenomena.
cultural and political researcher, Miss Martinez-Mullen
wants to determine why football is so widely consumed
and identify what historical, cultural, societal
as well as political historical situations have
led to it’s popularity.
why South Africa and Argentina, she said it was
not just because she was born and raised in Argentina,
but because of the way she knows the Argentineans
treasure the sport.
childhood we were raised to love the game. In Argentina,
football is very important - we won the World Cup
twice, in 1978 and in 1986.”
is important that we understand what is going on
in other parts of the world, in relation to soccer
and it is also important for other countries to
know what is happening in South Africa.”
From left: Mr Xolani Magwaza, Ms Jennifer Upton, Dr Vukile Khumalo (lecturer), Ms Michelle Floyd, Mr Percy Ngonyama and Mr Adam Cassimjee
The History Department recently acknowledged their
top students for 2007 at a prize-giving ceremony held
at Howard College’s McIntyre Library. Six students
from the History Departments at both the Howard College
and Pietermaritzburg campuses received awards for
their academic excellence and contribution to History.
Jennifer Upton, studying towards a Bachelor of History
and English degree, won the prestigious Jan van
Riebeeck prize - an external award by the Jan van
Riebeeck Society for the best History student. Two
students Mr Xolani Magwaza and Mr Percy Ngonyama
scooped the Philip Warhurst prize for their commitment
to History. Academic excellence earned Ms Michelle
Floyd the Pat Merret prize for the best third-year
Adam Cassimjee the best first-year student, was
awarded the Louis Botha prize. For the best history
essay in her third year, Ms Helen Clark received
the Ken McIntyre Prize.
prize-giving ceremony is an annual occasion aimed
at encouraging excellence in History. All the prizes
with exception of the Jan van Riebeeck prize were
internal awards. Recipients are selected by staff
who each semester submit names of students they
feel excel and show commitment to their work.
handing over prizes to recipients, lecturer, Dr
Vukile Khumalo said: “As a Department we annually
acknowledge students who have done exceptional work.
All our students have done well, especially our
honours students. There are some who need to be
rewarded for their contribution and commitment to
UKZN alumnus Dr Shiven Ramkissoon received two accolades
Dr Shiven Ramkissoon
Senior Registrar in the Department of Urology at
the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Dr Ramkissoon’s
presentation on “The Bosniak Classification
of Renal Cysts” won the prize for best poster
at the South African Urology Association meeting
last year. This was followed by first prize for
his talk on “The Clinical Uses of the Botulinum
Toxin (Botox) in the Lower Urinary Tract”
at the Association’s Registrar Forum. Both
achievements were profiled in the South African
Urology Association Newsletter.
Ramkissoon graduated from the Medical School in
1999 and is currently based at the Albert Luthuli
Hospital. “It was a great honour to represent
the Department and the Hospital at these Congresses.
It is a good opportunity to share ideas. I am also
honored by the recognition I have received.”
Virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Patrick Bebelaar
makes a welcome return to Durban. Patrick is well
known to European audiences for his command of many
styles of jazz playing and his high standard of performance.
Recent tours with his band “Limes X” include
India, Russia, Italy and France. Patrick’s repertoire
will include well known jazz standards and original
miss this one off solo concert which will take place
at the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music, Howard
College campus (UKZN) on Wednesday March 5 from
17h30 to 19h00. Admission: R20 (Students R10). The
popular cash bar will be open and there is plenty
of parking. Tel: Glynis 031 2603385 for information.
The School of Music, in association with the SAMRO
Endowment for the National Arts and the Distell Foundation
for the Performing Arts, presents 'Multiple Marimbas'.
concert combines the warm and vibrant sound of four
concert marimbas in a collaboration of four exceptionally
talented performers. The players are Ilse Minnie
and Bryan Clarke, both percussionists with the KZN
Philharmonic Orchestra, music teacher Charlene May,
and Magda de Vries who teaches music at Pretoria
University, and freelances for various music ensembles
including the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa.
will be presenting a variety of works including
pieces by South African composers; Peter Klatzow's
Song for Stephanie, the premier of Fiona Tozer's
Multiple Exposure, and a selection of pieces by
David Houghton. A guest appearance will be made
by Cobie van Wyk, who, along with Magda and Ilse,
studied with Suzette Brits at Stellenbosch Conservatory.
He has been playing marimba with the Lion King in
Johannesburg and will be touring overseas with the
production from July.
to be missed. Entrance is R50 (R20 concessions).
The concert takes place on Wednesday March 5 at
7:30pm at Howard College Theatre, UKZN. Bookings/Enquiries: