Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for Master’s Candidate

Burundian Mr Kevin Kantize, a master’s candidate in the School of Chemistry and Physics, has been awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. The Scholarships seek to build exceptional leadership in Africa and recognise scholars who demonstrate leadership and integrity; value education and the creation of opportunities for others; are entrepreneurial and innovative; and who promote reconciliation, freedom, peace

Matric Pupils Learn More About Careers in Engineering

Recently, the School of Engineering hosted two Engineering Career Days aimed at top Mathematics and Physics Grade 12 pupils drawn from UKZN’s feeder schools. In addition, they participated in an outreach visit to disadvantaged schools in the Howick district in conjunction with the College of Health Sciences. Some 180 learners attended the Engineering career days

Little Dragons with a Sweet Tooth Pollinate the Mysterious “Hidden Flower”

The majority of the almost 90% of flowering plants that rely on animals such as bees and butterflies for pollination use bright colourful floral displays to attract their pollinators. The flowers of Guthriea capensis, the “Hidden Flower”, are just what their common name implies: hidden at ground level, beneath the leaves of the plant and inconspicuous

UKZN and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Combine their Botanical Resources

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding on combining their botanical strengths and resources. Ezemvelo will integrate its 33 000-specimen herbarium into UKZN’s Bews Herbarium, while the University will make all its digitised plant distribution data available for use by the provincial conservation agency. Ezemvelo currently

Adversity Builds Determination – MSc Graduate

‘An expert in anything was once a beginner.’ These words by American actress Helen Hayes were inspirational for Ms Nombuso Majola who graduated with a Master of Science in Physics. Majola, of UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus, said she was motivated to help solve some of South Africa’s challenges through scientific intervention. Her MSc research, supervised by Professor

Dream Comes True for Cum Laude Honours Degree Graduate

Ms Nomzamo Msomi always wanted to be a student and earn a degree from UKZN, even during her years as a learner at Silver Heights Secondary School in Durban. Her dream was realised when she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Chemistry during a ceremony on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus of the College of

Skincare and Beauty Researched for Doctoral Thesis

Dr Vuyisile Thibane graduated with a PhD in Ethnobotany after conducting an ethnopharmacological study on plants used for skincare and beauty by some Xhosa communities. Thibane, from the small town of Botshabelo in the Free State, explained that his project was aimed at promoting the use of natural products formulated from indigenous South African plants

Snakes are Hissss Passion

Mr Warren Schmidt, author of Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa, has enjoyed a lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians which led to him receiving an MSc degree summa cum laude in Ecological Sciences. His thesis, supervised by Professor Colleen Downs, investigated snake population declines and conservation and provided a global synthesis and perspectives from Southern Africa based

Mammals in Durban Forests Subject of PhD

Investigating the presence and persistence of mammals in urban forest fragments in the eThekwini Municipality Area (EMA) is what Dr Manqoba Zungu of the School of Life Sciences did in research for his PhD which forms part of the Durban Research Action Partnership (D’RAP). Zungu explained that the biodiverse yet urbanised EMA, populated by 3.5 million people and comprising

Fern Study Harvests Cum Laude Degree

Mr Kwanele Mkhize’s friends and colleagues describe him as an ambitious, goal-driven person – qualities that assisted him complete his studies and receive an MSc degree in Biology cum laude from UKZN’s School of Life Sciences. Mkhize, who said the accomplishment was reward for his hard work and dedication, credited his late father for instilling an excellent work