UKZN’s Farmer Support Group Assisting Rural Communities Impacted by COVID-19

The Farmer Support Group (FSG) – a community development, outreach and research unit in UKZN’s School of Agricultural Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) in Pietermaritzburg – has identified ways of assisting rural communities cope with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has impacted negatively on the livelihoods of rural farmers with drought

Biostatistics PhD Candidate a Member of African Union’s COVID-19 Taskforce

PhD candidate in Biostatistics, Mr Innocent B Mboya has been invited on to a taskforce for COVID-19 Pandemic Modelling in Africa. Invited by the African Union Scientific Technical Research Commission through the African Scientific Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC), the Applied Biostatistician and assistant lecturer at Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo) will contribute to efforts to model

UKZN Student One of Africa’s Top Young Rocket Scientists!

Click here for isiZulu version PhD candidate and propulsion engineer in the Aerospace Systems Research Group (ASReG), Mr Kai Broughton has been named among the African Space Industry’s Top 10 Under 30 Class of 2020. The listing is announced annually by the Space in Africa news agency. ‘It’s an honour to be chosen as one

UKZN Co-Hosts Dialogue on Transitioning towards a Circular Economy Post COVID-19

Click here for isiZulu version The Water Research Commission (WRC), UKZN’s Centre for Transformative Agricultural and Food Systems (CTAFS) and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) hosted a dialogue on the topic of transitioning towards a circular economy post COVID-19 that featured input from staff, researchers and students in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental

Chemistry Lecturer Dreams of a New Passion for Science in Africa

Click here for isiZulu version To commemorate National Science Week and National Women’s Month, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science is honouring its female scientists through a Wonder Women In Science campaign, highlighting women who are passionate about their fields, are pioneering innovative research and development, and are examples to women following in their

Virtual Film Screening Explores Transformative River Management in Durban

The recent virtual screening to launch a mini documentary titled Changing Course: A look into transformative river programmes in Durban explored how transformative climate adaptation is exemplified by river management programmes in Durban and stimulated discussion on what transformative climate adaptation looks like in southern African cities. Close to 40 participants joined the event, led

Speaking the Language of Mathematics

To commemorate National Science Week and National Women’s Month, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science is honouring its female scientists through a Wonder Women In Science campaign that highlights women who are passionate about their fields, pioneering innovative research and development, and who are examples to women following in their footsteps towards careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and

Postdoctoral Researcher Selected for National Geographic Leadership Programme

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Yvette Ehlers Smith has been selected for the National Geographic Early Career Leadership Programme designed to invest in the development of promising scientists, conservationists, storytellers and educators and equip them to lead in these fields and generate solutions for a healthy, sustainable future. Ehlers Smith, who conducts research at the Centre for

UKZN Water Expert Profiled and Lauded in Water Wheel Magazine

Expert in hydrology and climate change Emeritus Professor Roland Schulze, whose career has spanned more than five decades and earned him numerous accolades, is featured in the July/August edition of the Water Research Commission’s (WRC) Water Wheel magazine. Schulze, who grew up in KwaZulu-Natal’s German community, studied Physical Geography and Chemistry at the then University of Natal, progressing to masters

Vision via Digitisation the Focus of Mechatronics Master’s Research

Ms Ingrid Botha, a master’s candidate in Mechatronic Engineering at UKZN, is focusing her research on using integrated mechatronic systems to digitise written and printed text and transcribe the data into braille for the visually impaired. Botha’s research investigates the viability of a wearable reading device that scans written text and transcribes it into braille,