UKZN Professor Appointed to IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group

Professor Rob Slotow, a Professor in the School of Life Sciences on the Pietermaritzburg campus, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG). The appointment, effective from 1 November 2018, was announced by the President of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Dr Jon Paul Rodríguez. Slotow joins fellow co-chair Dr Ben

“Algae Tree” Lights up Postgrad Research Day

A luminescent tree, from which hung bags of green algae lit up with LED lights, was a popular “selfie” spot at the recent School of Engineering Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium held at T-block on UKZN’s Westville campus. This creative installation by undergraduate and postgraduate Civil Engineering students, showed how students when presented with a

Symposium Celebrates Research and Innovation for Cities of the Future

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) recently held its eighth annual Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS). This instalment of the symposium, held at the Westville campus, was organised by the School of Engineering, in collaboration with the CAES Public Relations team. The theme for the event was African Cities of the Future, intended to facilitate exploration of

Mechanical Engineering Open Day Designs Wow the Crowds

The Discipline of Mechanical Engineering at UKZN recently held its annual Open Day at the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus, and crowds of parents, friends, industry sponsors, evaluators and the public were treated to a display of innovative projects and exhibits that included a drone display and a hovering car. The 21 projects put together

UKZN Hydrologist Finalist in Prestigious International Award

Ms Nantale Nsibirwa, a Master’s candidate at the Centre of Water Resources Research (CWRR), was one of three finalists shortlisted for the International River Foundation 2018 Emerging River Professional Award. The award recognises innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management. Nsibirwa attended and presented at the International Riversymposium in Sydney, Australia in October where the award was

Biochemistry Students Make Clean Sweep at CoBNeST

Two postgraduate students from the Discipline of Biochemistry in the School of Life Sciences at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus earned their laboratory a clean sweep in the Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) Wyndham Young Scientist competition. The competition was part of the recent Conference of Biomedical and Natural Sciences and Therapeutics (CoBNeST) held at the Spier Estate in Stellenbosch. PhD candidate Mr

College DVC Scholarship for Bright Engineering Student

Mr Dhiven Naidoo, a young and brilliant BSc in Mechanical Engineering student, was awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVC) Scholarship for his outstanding academic performance. This Scholarship is awarded to the three top-ranked undergraduate students proceeding from second to subsequent years of study in each of the four colleges at the University. This award recognises

Students Champion Awareness on Gender-Based Violence

Click here for isizulu version  On 1 August 2018, women of all religions, races and cultures united as one for the total shutdown march against gender based violence. The march began at Curries Fountain Stadium and proceeded towards the Durban City Hall. Fourth-year Occupational Therapy students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, who are currently engaging

UKZN Student in Line for Prestigious National Comedy Award

UKZN student Kwanda Radebe (24) is in the running for the South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Award in the “Audience Choice Award” category in which members of the public vote for their favourite comedian. Regarded as the “Oscars” for comedians in South Africa, the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards were started by comedian John Vlismas and Whacked

UKZN InQubate and CAES Acquire Strategic Dube Trade Port Agrizone Bid

Click here for isiZulu version UKZN InQubate and the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) are about to embark on a highly strategic project with the Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC), in association with one of its business zones, the Dube AgriZone, Africa’s first integrated perishables supply chain and the most technologically advanced future farming platform