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

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.

Distinguished Teacher Brings Out the Best in His Students

Professor Naven Chetty, Acting Dean for Teaching and Learning in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) received the Distinguished Teachers’ Award (DTA) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in recognition of his excellent teaching portfolio and use of educational media and learning material, developed over his 12 years at the Institution. Chetty began his time at

Master of All Trades

Award-winning filmmaker Dr Preshanthan Moodley obtained his PhD in the field of Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Moodley, who hails from Richards Bay, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, moved to Johannesburg after completing his matric to study film-making at AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Honours

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

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

Television Dream in Reach for Science Graduate

Ms Sthabile Mavundla, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Life Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is well on her way to a career that will combine her love for science with her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for communicating. This could include a presence on the small screen after she impressed

Achieving Summa Cum Laude Despite Loss – Chemistry Graduate’s Masters Triumph

Ms Athandwe Paca graduated summa cum laude with Masters in Chemistry and had her work, which she completed within a year, published, despite losing her father late last year. Paca’s research project focused on the synthesis, optical and structural studies of iron sulphide nanomaterials. She explored methods of preparing these materials to tune their unique optical and

A Lover of Nature and Science

Visits to his grandparents’ farm inspired Mr Stuart Demmer to pursue studies in Ecological Sciences. Demmer graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Ecological Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He said he chose rangeland ecology because of his love for the creation humans are a part of. ‘There are so many intricacies which

DNA Girl Passes Cum Laude

While other teenage girls were searching the internet for the latest beauty and fashion trends, Ms Kiosha Bhikraj was looking for DNA extraction kits. Her enquiring mind led her down the path of success. Bhikraj graduated cum laude with her Honours in Genetics. As a teenager Bhikraj’s curious mind of wanting to know how things function drew