Promoting New Value Chains for Neglected and Underutilised Crops

Researchers in the Umngeni Resilience Project (URP) are working with small-scale farmers in Swayimane and Nhlazuka, north of Pietermaritzburg, as well as retail outlets for agricultural produce to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities for marketing underutilised crops in KwaZulu-Natal. The URP is a partnership between the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), the South African National Biodiversity

UKZN Supports Take a Girl Child to Work Initiative

UKZN is proud to have been part of Take a Girl Child to Work, an initiative facilitated by the Office of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on 15 June. Ten Grade 9-10 learners were invited to the Office of the Premier in Pietermaritzburg, where they received information on career choices and application processes from UKZN

Entrepreneur Attributes Success to Science Grounding at UKZN

‘Innovative scientists are key in building resilient communities,’ says Ms Tracy Vongai Mapfumo (29), a passion-driven entrepreneur, food innovator, crop scientist and the founder of Eny’s Treats Pty Ltd. Mapfumo graduated with a BSc honours degree in Agriculture (Plant Science) from UKZN in 2015. When she was unable to renew her study permit to pursue

PhD Student Opens her Own Manufacturing Plant

With R1 200 in her pocket and loads of determination, PhD student in UKZN’s School of Chemistry and Physics, Ms Nomandla Ngcoya dreamt of opening her own detergent and cosmetics manufacturing plant. Now she has officially cut the ribbon to her facility, which has the capacity to produce 10 000 litres of products a day.

Master’s Students Tackle International Physics Challenge

Master’s candidates in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) Ms Tanita Permaul, Ms Amy Rouillard and Mr Brandon Willnecker took part in the 2021 PLANCKS online hackathon, which saw them compete against teams from 50 countries to answer challenging physics problems.

Fishy Behaviour Discussed at International River Connectivity Conference

Dr Céline Hanzen, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Life Sciences’ Centre for Functional Biodiversity (CFB) presented a talk at the international Fish Passage Conference on research on telemetry for management and conservation, waterway connectivity and fish passage. Hanzen was invited to discuss the development of fish behavioural research in South Africa for management and conservation at the online

Research Collaboration Shedding New Light on Potential of African Crops

Collaborative research between a former African head of state, a UKZN researcher and an eminent expert on agroecology is drawing attention to important African wild food plants which have previously been overlooked in farming systems but which could enhance livelihoods, biodiversity and social justice for smallholder farmers. Professor Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the

Postdoctoral Researcher Takes on the Scourge of Marine Litter

Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Health Sciences, Dr Refilwe Mofokeng has made a name for herself in marine conservation through her research, advocacy and organising of beach clean-ups, and her efforts have not let up despite the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a background in marine and estuarine ecotoxicology, Mofokeng is a scientist

UKZN Helps Convert Water-Energy-Food Research into Action

Since the emergence of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus at the 2011 World Economic Forum as a transformative approach to complex issues arising in these areas, researchers at UKZN and the Water Research Commission (WRC) have built discourse around WEF nexus knowledge, culminating in a paper about putting this knowledge to work.