CAES Celebrates its Distinguished Teachers

Four academics in UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) have each received a 2017 Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA). A DTA recognises innovative and sustained teaching efforts of staff who balance their research and teaching responsibilities, dedicating themselves to excellence in teaching and learning. The four academics are Dr Matthew Akerman of the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP), Dr

Two Young Researchers Earn NRF Rating Awards

Dr Andrew Eloka-Eboka and Dr Samuel Iwarere of UKZN’s School of Engineering have been awarded National Research Foundation (NRF) Y ratings in the category of promising young researchers. Eloka-Eboka is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, while Iwarere is a researcher in the Discipline of Chemical Engineering. The rating – valid for five years – is recognition for

Rich Skills Harvest for Africa

Eight students in UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) have graduated with doctorates in a rich skills harvest for the continent. This class of graduates, working to achieve food security in their home countries of Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, South Sudan and Rwanda, are the latest among the ranks of the ACCI whose mission is to

Cum Laude Masters Graduate Poised for Successful Career in Sugar Industry

An Assistant Research Officer at the South African Sugar Association (SASA), Mr Sbonelo Nicholus Shezi, has received his Master of Science in Agriculture degree cum laude studying through UKZN and the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI). Shezi of Port Shepstone, who chose UKZN for his studies because of its impressive international rating, decided to concentrate on Crop

UKZN Hosts Capacity-Building Workshop on Climate Adaptation for Local Government

Researchers from UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) involved in the uMgungundlovu District Municipality’s (UMDM) uMngeni Resilience Project (URP) hosted a half-day workshop at the Ukulinga Research Farm to focus on capacity building within the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (KZNDARD). The second in a series of UKZN-KZNDARD training sessions, it was attended by 35 scientists, extension officers and practitioners

Zimbabwe’s Independence Day Celebrated at UKZN

Zimbabwean students celebrated their country’s Independence Day with a variety of activities on the Howard College campus in Durban. A highlight of the day was Zimbabwe soccer players winning the Independence Cup after victories against Nigerian and South African counterparts. The event was all about fun, reunion and networking with students from all campuses joining

The 2018 March for Science in Durban Attracts Huge Support from Scientists and Students

The second annual March for Science in Durban held on 14 April saw an impressive turnout by students, scientists, civil society and government officials participating and making their voices heard in support of science, innovation and use of evidence to improve lives. The march attracted over 1 000 participants, a four-fold increase in numbers compared

Astrophysics Student Returns from Prestigious Research Programme

Miss Zahra Kader, a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) recently returned from Australia where she participated in a summer vacation programme, sponsored by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The vacation programme was held over the 2017/2018 summer holidays for 11 weeks. Students from numerous

AfriHub and amaBhungane Promote Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking and the Changing of Destiny was the apt theme for the recent Hub for the African City of the Future (AfriHub) Seminar on Critical Thinking. The seminar was hosted by AfriHub at Howard College’s Centenary Building in collaboration with amaBhungane, the team of investigative journalists who exposed amongst others, state capture, the Paradise

A Closer Look at Climate Change

The School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is host to the South African branch of the Working Group II Technical Support Unit of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC, with 195 member governments, assesses scientific information related to climate change, in different sectors (e.g. water resources, ecosystems, food security, agriculture and forests, coastal systems, industry, human