Exploring the Unintended Negative Consequences of Climate Change Action

Professor Larry Swatuk of the University of Waterloo in Canada recently visited the Centre for Water Resources (CWRR) at UKZN after launching the book: Water in Southern Africa. In the book published by the UKZN Press, Swatuk recommends learning to see water and the region differently in order to meet present challenges and better prepare for an uncertain, climate-changing future. He also advocates

Umjikelezo We-Science on the Road Again to Promote Science in KZN

Umjikelezo We-Science, a science outreach collaboration, held its second four-day roadshow during which it visited four schools in rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal to promote studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Facilitators of the show include a team of 26 representatives from the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME),

Masters Research Assistant Hosts Grandparents’ Day at Edendale Home

Masters candidate in Agrometeorology and research assistant in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) Ms Mendy Ndlovu celebrated her birthday this year by hosting a grandparents’ day at a local nursing home in Edendale, treating all 60 residents to care packages and a lunch. Under the auspices of the Mendy-Lisa Foundation she has started,

Siyanqoba UKZN Maths Stars Shine at National Competition

Two senior and two junior UKZN’s Siyanqoba Maths teams competed in the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) annual Mathematics team competition. The competition involves top Mathematics high school pupils from across the country. This year, UKZN’s senior A team finished second and the junior A team fifth. More than 90 teams participated, some from countries outside South

Hundreds Attend Grade 9 Expo on Edgewood Campus

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES), in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality, hosted a four-day Grade 9 Expo on UKZN’s Edgewood campus. The Expo highlighted the importance of equipping learners early on in their academic careers with both educational and insightful information regarding career and academic options. More than 700 learners with their

Career Fair Opens Doors for Students

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) hosted a Career Fair on the Pietermaritzburg campus for students in science and agriculture introducing them to career options in the presence of representatives from a variety of companies. Hundreds of students who attended the event had the opportunity to discuss their studies and careers with the business representatives

Best Oral Presentation Award for UKZN Student at SA Institute of Physics Conference

Mr Bernard Mmame, a Master’s degree candidate in the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) node in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) at UKZN, has received a best oral presentation award at the Space Science division at the 63rd South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) 2018 Conference in Bloemfontein. Mmame, who attained a BSc in Physics and Maths

Launch of IPCC Technical Support Unit Office at UKZN

The launch of the Durban office of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II Technical Support Unit (WGII TSU) at the Smart Grid Research Centre on UKZN’s Westville campus attracted more than 60 guests drawn from a broad spectrum of academia, and representatives from local and national government and the media. The Durban Office of the IPCC WGII

New Vision for SARChI Chair in Land Use Planning and Management

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has appointed UKZN’s Professor Onisimo Mutanga as the South African Research Chair in Land Use Planning and Management. The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the NRF, is designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African public universities. The work

El Niño Inspired MSc Graduate to Breed Maize for Drought Tolerance

Ms Lucia Ndlala has graduated with her Master’s through the Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) at UKZN which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). This programme is unique in its combination of research and internships, enabling students to spend between six and 12 months as interns at a seed company, national