Low Cost 4D Vehicle Simulator

Bahadur S, Chetty J, Jagot M  |  Prof G Bright/Mr H Gerken Over 60% of road fatalities in South Africa involve drivers under the age of 25. This statistic highlights a need for a safer method for younger drivers to gain experience. To address this, a Low Cost 4D Vehicle Simulator was designed. The 4D simulator […]

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Vertical Axis Low Head Water Turbine

Kuzwayo K, Madanlal A, Nkwanyana W, Sookraj N  |  Prof GDJ Smith The vertical axis low head turbine/pump set was designed to supply water to the many communities in South Africa that do not have easy access to water, communities that are situated far from power grids and citizens that otherwise have to endure long walks […]

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Brick Rehabilitation

Dlamini V, Govender D, Ramcharan I, Singh D  |  Prof G Bright/Mr C Basson The project objective was to design and develop a semi-autonomous brick rehabilitation system. The brick rehabilitation system features an integrated cleaning mechanism capable of rehabilitating a brick by either refurbishing and/or reshaping it; if broken, such that the brick can be reused […]

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Recumbent Collapsible Hand-Bicycle

Kelly B, Patchy J, Sampat S, Viriah T  |  Prof S Adali The project involves the design of a hand-driven bicycle to be used by paraplegics. The bicycle is designed to be collapsible and to be easily assembled and disassembled. A simple folding mechanism is accomplished in 3 simple steps and can be done in a […]

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A Passion for Engineering: How Trueman Goba Grew His Consulting Engineering Company

Mr Trueman Tandabantu Goba, a former member of the National Planning Commission and the Executive Chairman and founder of Goba (Pty) Ltd Consulting Engineers and Project Managers, began his journey to success in Durban, growing up in the city’s townships during apartheid. A visit to Keeve Steyn and Partners in Johannesburg in 1975 sparked Goba’s […]

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Creating Opportunities in Chemistry

Behind the new, 100% black-owned start-up, Dlamini Chemicals, is the trail-blazing Nomandla Ngcoya, named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in Science and Technology in 2016. The University of KwaZulu-Natal PhD candidate completed a BSc in Chemistry and Chemical Technology. She is currently investigating the synthesis, biological evaluation and […]

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Improving Chemistry Foundations

UKZN Chemistry graduate and former technician, Ms Bathabile Mpofu, teamed with her husband Roderick Mpofu two years ago to found Nkazimulo Applied Sciences (NAS), a business that performs science experiments at schools and provides them with ChemStart kits. Their aim is introduce learners to the wonders of science and dispel any fears about the subject. […]

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Putting Agricultural Management to Work at Moores-Pitt Premium Poultry

Alistair Moores-Pitt has spent the last three and a half years growing his free-range poultry business, and the efforts are paying off at the Pietermaritzburg- and Eston-based Moores-Pitt Premium Poultry (MPPP). Moores-Pitt graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus in 2014. The son of an entrepreneur, he was […]

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Feisty Lecturer Secures PhD in Agricultural Engineering

UKZN lecturer Dr Alaika Kassim, who graduated with a PhD in Agricultural Engineering, is extremely passionate about her research. The aim of her PhD study was to develop a small-scale in-field integrated post-harvest citrus treatment unit for kumquat fruit to alleviate green and blue mould. The unit condenses the processes of a packhouse into six […]

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UKZN Scientists at Forefront of Pharmaceutical Research

Professor Thavi Govender (left) and Dr Sooraj Baijnath. Scientists at the Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit (CPRU) at UKZN’s School of Health Sciences, who have been working with mass spectrometric imaging since 2014, are now the leading group in Africa in their field. Their work is the only label-free technique allowing the determination of the […]

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