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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: unite@ukzn.ac.za




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 style.

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
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.

“I 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.

The 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.

Originally 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.

She 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.

The 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.

CWSA, 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 policies.



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 of 2010.

The 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 the world.

Professor 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 Law).

“The 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.

The 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).

The Academy is involved in organising several conferences on topical issues (such as climate change initiatives in developing countries).

Professor 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.




Ms Tiffany Kruger
Her 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.

The 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.

A 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.

Her 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.

Having 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 Kruger.

Her 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.




Professor Leana Uys
Healthcare 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.

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 of Lesotho.

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 Centre.

At 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.



The 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.

Fourteen 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.



Professor Orde Munro
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 standards.”

Professor Munro has been with the University since August 1997 when he joined as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry.

“I 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.”

Professor Munro’s research focuses on the structures and the physical properties of novel inorganic and organic compounds.

“More recent work funded by AuTEK BIOMED involves the development of novel compounds as potential drugs for the treatment of cancer,” he said.

“Our 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.”

Professor 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 Barry Lovegrove

Newly-appointed Professor in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Professor Barry Lovegrove, has a fascination for deserts, especially the Namib and Kalahari deserts.

Professor 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.

Professor 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.

His 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.”

Between 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.

Over 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.

He 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.”




Two 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.

The 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.

It 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.

The 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.

The 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.



Dr 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.

Emeritus 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.

Dr 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.”

Dr 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

The GGKM Research Group at the Schools of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacy holds two South Africa-Sweden bilateral grants funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

One 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.

Professor 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.

He 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.

He summed up his impressions of Durban with these words: “You all live in paradise.”

For further information visit:
(http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ggkm/ggkm.htm) & (http://www.biorg.uu.se/Forskning/pga/index.shtm)




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.

The 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.

They met with academics at the Westville campus to sign the Agreement and exchange information about their respective universities.

Facilitated 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.

A 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.

The 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.

Schools 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.

Breakaway 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.




Mr Busani Luthuli
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.

The 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.

Mr 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.

“I 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.

While 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.

In addition to sporting activities, Mr Luthuli is the Student Services Officer for the Student Representative Council at Edgewood.




Ms Claudia Martinez-Mullen
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.

“There 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.

A 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.

Asked 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.

“From 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.”

“It 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.

Miss 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 student.

Mr 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.

This 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.

In 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 their work.”




Dr Shiven Ramkissoon
UKZN alumnus Dr Shiven Ramkissoon received two accolades recently.

A 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.

Dr 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 compositions.

Don’t 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'.

The 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.

They 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.

Not 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: 031-260 3353