Pee Power Project Benefits from UKZN Research

A Microbial Fuel Cell stack prototype continuously produced electricity from human urine over a period of eight months powering four LED lights fitted within a previously unlit communal ablution block. It was part of a project piloted in Durban and made possible by a partnership of research institutions including UKZN’s Pollution Research Group (PRG). A group of researchers from

RUNRES Team Adapts to COVID-19 Conditions to Continue Community Engagement

An international project working alongside communities to co-design safe, cost-effective and socially acceptable waste management and sanitation innovations to establish a circular economy has continued its work with communities living in Vulindlela on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rural-urban nexus: Establishing a nutrient loop to improve city region food system

Agriculture Graduate Forges Ahead

Click here for isiZulu version BSc in Agriculture graduate, 25-year-old Mr Nhlakanipho Motaung, has flourished since joining the Umngeni Resilience Project (URP) in April 2019. The project is a partnership between the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, uMgungundlovu District Municipality and UKZN’s Centre for Transformative Agricultural and Food

Environmental Fluid Mechanics Lab Pioneers Renewable Energy and Coastal Engineering Projects

Under the leadership of Professor Derek Stretch and Dr Justin Pringle, UKZN’s Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (EFML) is pioneering innovative research projects that apply its members’ expertise in fluid mechanics, coastal and estuarine dynamics and hydraulic engineering to several fields. The EFML group, which is training two PhD students and six master’s students, is involved

Data Analytics Training Workshop for Teachers

A training workshop was held at UKZN’s Data Science for Business computer laboratory for teachers involved in the second round of the eThekwini Municipal Maths and Science Olympiad (EMMSO). The first round of the Olympiad took place at the KwaMashu Community Hall with teams comprising learners from 30 schools. The 15 top achiever school teams

Neptune Project Raises Awareness of Pollution in Umgeni River

UKZN hosted a cocktail event on the Howard College campus on 18 February with the theme: Zero Waste Rivers: The Neptune Project. Spearheaded by South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Waste and Climate Change, Professor Cristina Trois, the Neptune Project brings together engineers and experts in the waste management sector to explore and find ways

A-Rating a Boost for Honorary Professor’s Conservation Work

Click here for isiZulu version Honorary Professor in the School of Life Sciences Colin Chapman has been awarded an A1 rating from South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), recognising him as a respected, leading international scholar in his field who consistently produces high quality and impactful research outputs. Chapman has spent almost four decades conducting research in the tropics,

ACCESS Award Recognises UKZN Student and Staff Member’s Contributions to Habitable Planet

UKZN student, Ms Weliswa Kunene and staff member, Mr S’khumbuzo Radebe have received the Dumisani Ndaba Award (DNA) from the Alliance for Collaboration in Climate and Earth Systems Science (ACCESS) in recognition of their exceptional contributions to its Habitable Planet Programme (HPW). Kunene recently completed her Bachelor of Medical Science Honours in Medical Microbiology, while

Waste to Art: the Neptune Project to Help Tackle Pollution

UKZN hosted a unique fashion show on the Howard College campus as part of a cocktail evening themed: Waste to Art: the Neptune Project, in aid of tackling pollution, especially plastic that is infesting South Africa’s oceans. Engineers are not usually associated with high fashion but such was the event and the cause that sassy

STEC@UKZN Steers Eden College Students towards STEM Careers

The Science and Technology Educational Centre at UKZN (STEC@UKZN) hosted Grade 8 and 9 learners from Eden College at a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career guidance workshop. Eden’s HOD of Physical Science, Mrs Chantal Sunpath had attended a Wonder Women in Science Breakfast with Grade 11 learners and enjoyed a science demonstration by UKZN’s Dr