UKZN Representatives in Old Mutual Student Competition

Nine students from the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) took part in the UKZN leg of a competition organised by Old Mutual and Plaas Media to identify top agricultural students at South African universities. Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES), Professor Albert Modi, said the one purpose of the competition was to enthuse

KZN Tennis Association and AfriHuB Boost UKZN Tennis

“A healthy mind needing a healthy body”, received a much needed boost when the UKZN Tennis Club received a donation of tennis equipment and coaching funding to the value of R25 000 from the KwaZulu-Natal Tennis Association. The official handover was held at the renovated courts on the Howard College campus. Executive President of the

Workshop on Seed Dispersal by Ungulates

Seed Dispersal by Ungulates from Southern Africa was the title of a workshop organised at UKZN by the School of Life Sciences in partnership with the Centre for Invasion Biology, SANParks and the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Irstea). Ungulates are hooved mammals and include buck, cattle, giraffe

Film Explores the Science Behind GMOs

The Food Evolution documentary, which tackles the science and debates surrounding the topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, was screened before more than 200 guests at the John Bews building on the Pietermaritzburg campus. The screening was made possible by the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) and co-ordinated by the College of Agriculture, Engineering

Iqraa Trust Pledges R1 Million in Bursaries for UKZN Engineering Students

The Iqraa Trust is committed to South Africa’s development. This was the assurance given by Iqraa Trust Executive Chairman, Dr Mahmoud Baker, when he pledged R1 million for bursary funding through the Hub for the African City of the Future (AfriHub) to students studying Engineering at UKZN. Iqraa Trust aims to uplift the quality of life

Best Poster Award for Avocado PhD Research

Mr Sakhile Mathe, a PhD candidate in Horticultural Sciences, received the Young Minds Award for best poster at the 30th International Horticultural Congress (IHC) organised by the International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS) in Istanbul, Turkey. Mathe, whose trip was funded by the Post-Harvest Innovation Programme, presented his poster on girdling as a tool to unravel the “Hass” avocado skin colour

Breakfast Celebrates Culmination of UKZN Wonder Women in Science Campaign

UKZN’s Wonder Women In Science (WWIS) campaign culminated in a women’s breakfast held at the Coastlands Hotel in Durban. The campaign – run last month by the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science to commemorate National Science Week and National Women’s Month – comprised a series of articles which profiled passionate, pioneering and persistent UKZN heroines “making

UKZN InQubate Partners with Sigma International on Telkom Student Income Generator Programme

UKZN InQubate has, through its ENSPIRE programme (Entrepreneurship Skills Programme), facilitated a partnership with Sigma International to pilot a first of its kind Student Income Generator Project. Sigma International, a specialist enterprise development organisation based in Durban, is a Master Dealer to Telkom. This six-month project will see 100 students from all five UKZN campuses receive

New CAES Staff Members Receive Warm Welcome

The University of KwaZulu-Natal recently hosted an Induction breakfast for new staff members of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES). The induction breakfast provided an opportunity for all new CAES members to be acquainted with the academic and management structures of the University while also serving as a platform for them to get

InQubate Seminar “ENSPIRES” Innovation during Student Entrepreneurship Week

To mark the Student Entrepreneurship Week, UKZN InQubate and the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) hosted a seminar on intellectual property (IP), commercialisation and entrepreneurship. Professor Neil Koorbanally of the School of Chemistry and Physics, Ms Nonkululeko Shange and Ms Simphiwe Mntambo of InQubate gave presentations at the seminar which was held in Pietermaritzburg. The event targeted postgraduate students