FLAIR Fellowships a Boost for Three UKZN Researchers

Click here for isiZulu version Three UKZN scientists are among 30 early career researchers in Africa to receive support for their investigative work from the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) programme. They are Dr Clinton Veale of the School of Chemistry and Physics, Dr Jaclyn Mann of the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (SLMMS),

Health Experts Panel Supports Ban on Cigarette Sales

Click here for isiZulu version The ban on cigarettes sales has slowed the spread of COVID-19 and will ease pressure on the health system, a panel of experts led by UKZN’s Professor Mosa Moshabela has found. The panel was at UKZN’s Data@breakfast, a webinar hosted by Moshabela – an expert on public health – where

Water Research Magazine Profiles Head of UKZN’s Pollution Research Group

The March/April edition of the Water Research Commission’s (WRC) Water Wheel magazine features the Head of UKZN’s Pollution Research Group (PRG) Professor Chris Buckley, identifying him as a “water personality” and recognising his more than three decades of leadership in water conservation and pollution research. Buckley, in partnership with Ms Susan Mercer, leads the PRG’s

Extended Learning Webinar Explores Immunity, Nutrition and COVID-19

How nutrition is linked to immunity and the healthy choices individuals can make in the shadow of COVID-19 were outlined in the first of a series of webinars hosted by UKZN’s Extended Learning (UEL) Unit on topics related to nutrition. The presentation was made by Professor Suna Kassier of UKZN’s Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

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

Internship Accreditation for CAES Student Support Services

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) Student Support Services (SSS) Division is celebrating the accreditation of its Counselling Psychology internship programme by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). It is the only College at the University to have achieved this distinction. The accreditation enables the Division to host student interns who

World Fish Migration Day Goes with the Flow for an Online Commemoration

The annual World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) – traditionally celebrated on 16 May worldwide – has taken the COVID-19 pandemic in its stride, postponing its traditional 2020 celebrations to 24 October this year, however hosting a 24-hour webinar on 14 May to continue the mission of creating awareness of the importance of free flowing rivers and migratory

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

Geological Scientist Appointed to Prestigious Science Committee

Click here for isiZulu version Professor Tesfaye Birke from the Discipline of Geological Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science has been appointed to serve as a member of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Honors and Recognition Committee. The AGU is an international association of more than 60 000 advocates and experts in