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The Not So Ordinary Physicist

Graduating in Physics at Honours level is something out of the ordinary! And that extraordinary feat was achieved by Mr Lindokuhle Ntombela. Ntombela’s results were indicative of a student who was disciplined and hardworking and these very attributes have been attested to by his supervisor, Professor Naven Chetty. ‘Lindo shows great ability as a leader […]

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Summa Cum Laude Graduate Aims for a Future in Artificial Intelligence

Mr Devin Pelser graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The high achiever, who is now pursuing his Honours in Pure Mathematics at UKZN, said he always enjoyed the challenging subject of mathematics. One of his greatest accomplishments was attaining 100% for a third-year level […]

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Geology a Family Affair for Downhill Mountain Biking Champion and PhD Graduate

Downhill mountain biking world champion and Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Gravity Mountain Biking, Dr Nigel Hicks, graduated with a PhD in Geology, becoming the third Geology PhD graduate in his family. He now joins the ranks of his brother-in-law, Professor Andrew Green, and sister-in-law, Dr Lauren Hoyer. Hicks is a chief scientist at the Council for Geoscience (CGS) in […]

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Distinguished Teacher Uses Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Teaching

Professor Guegium Kana has been awarded a Distinguished Teachers’ Award for 2017 in recognition of his innovative teaching methods and harnessing of information technology. ‘This prestigious award from an institution of UKZN’s ranking comes with great honour, and high expectations to further improve teaching and impact the community,’ said Kana, of the School of Life Sciences. […]

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Former Statistician-General of South Africa Receives Honorary Degree

South Africa’s former and longest-serving Statistician-General, Dr Pali Lehohla, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Lehohla, who is originally from Lesotho, expressed his appreciation for what he called the ‘unique honour of the accolade.’ He said the mountain kingdom was roaring at the news of his receipt of this […]

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Statistics PhD Graduate Earns Plaudits for Women in Science

Ugandan-born Dr Justine Nasejje graduated with a PhD in Statistics for research that has drawn international attention in her field and earned her invitations to a number of scientific meetings, including one in June in the United States. Nasejje investigated the properties of random survival forests, with her results providing insight into the non-parametric methods used for […]

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A Graduation Story

The long and winding road to graduation has many challenges along the way. For some students it’s tougher and more demanding than it is for others for a variety of reasons. Here, UKZN Master of Laws graduate Ms Saneliswe Ngcobo tells her graduation and early world of work story: I come from very humble beginnings. […]

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Woman (89) Honoured by LLB Graduate Great-Grandson

The UKZN Law Graduation ceremony came to a standstill when LLB graduate Mr Njabulo Ntombela honoured his great-grandmother, Ms Nomkikilizo Ntombela (89), by leading her onto the graduation stage where she was ceremoniously capped and hooded! Said Ntombela: ‘I had planned long ago to acknowledge the significant role played in my life by my great-grandmother.’ […]

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Cameroonian Couple Complete Ground-Breaking PhD Studies

A Cameroonian couple Dr Raspail Carrel Founou-Zangue and Dr Luria Leslie Founou have completed ground-breaking PhD studies in Medical Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Microbiology at UKZN. Founou-Zangue and Founou were both supervised by Professor Sabiha Yusuf Essack Head of the Antimicrobial Research Unit, while Founou also had Dr Cyrille le Duc F Djoko as her co-supervisor. The couple […]

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UKZN Lecturer’s Daughters Graduate Together

It was a day of great jubilation for UKZN senior lecturer Professor Shakila Singh when her two daughters were awarded postgraduate degrees at the same Graduation ceremony. Ms Shivani Reddy graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree while her sister, Devanya, received a Bachelor of Sports Science-Exercise Science (Honours) degree. Shivani’s research was titled: Long Term […]

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