Durban International Film Festival

Successful opening night for Durban International Film Festival

The Centre for Creative Arts within the College of Humanities officially launched the DIFF at Suncoast CineCentre with the opening movie, 1960.

Dr Leanthea Enoch
26 Jul

Southern African Association of Health Educationalists Award for medical science master’s researcher

Clinical skills tutor at the UKZN Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Dr Leanthea Enoch, is the winner of the SAHHE Award 2022.

Professor Oliver Mtapuri
25 Jul

Humanities academic forges partnership with Polish universities

In pursuit of UKZN’s internationalisation agenda, Professor Oliver Mtapuri of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies recently visited two Polish universities.

20 Jul

UKZN celebrates medical alumni legends

Professor Mochichi Samuel Mokgokong is emeritus professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pretoria, and Professor Lizo Mazwai is emeritus professor of surgery and a former dean of medicine at Walter Sisulu University.

19 Jul

UKZN students, alumnus among M&G Top 200 Young South Africans

Mail&Guardian editor-in-chief Ron Derby said they looked for creators of viable and non-conventional solutions through convergence with technology, who are helping to create an equitable future.

Cape Parrot
11 Jul

New version of iconic Cape Parrot design on latest Woolworths shopper bag

The bag, part of Woolworths’ Good Business Journey, supports the research and annual Cape Parrot census organised by the CPWG.

Jul 6, 2022

Dutch university honours UKZN’s IPCC co-chair

Honorary professor in the School of Life Sciences Debra Roberts has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente in The Netherlands.

Jun 29, 2022

UKZN joins forces with Fuze Institute to combat food insecurity

The Fuze Institute, through its partnership with the College of Humanities, will launch a Food Security Programme in July for marginalised citizens of KwaZulu-Natal.

Jun 28, 2022

Dietetics student among top 10 contenders for Miss South Africa title

Ayanda Thabethe is a final-year student in the Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at UKZN.

Jun 23, 2022

UKZN alumnus featured in the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list

Information systems and technology graduate and founder of Asante Solutions, Muhle Ndwalane, is on the 2022 Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list.

Jun 22, 2022

UKZN medical student finalist for global outstanding leadership award

Tivana Chellan is a finalist in the Global Outstanding Leadership Awards contest being held in Australia next month.

Jun 17, 2022

Emerging academics graduate with PhDs

Drs Viloshin Govender, Lerato Sokhulu and Sanele Nsele have been awarded doctoral degrees.

Jun 15, 2022

UKZN takes gold in historic win for the province

The UKZN Ladies Volleyball Team won gold at the National Volleyball SA Club Championships 2022 in a historic moment for the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the university.

Dr Reuel Khoza
May 9, 2022

Meet Dr Reuel Khoza, UKZN’s new chancellor

Dr Khoza was officially installed as the university’s fourth chancellor during a ceremony held on the UKZN's Westville campus.

May 9, 2022

SAPS station commander awarded LLB

Captain Simangele Gxeyane graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree.

Thobile Maphanga
Apr 8, 2022

Humanities student part of Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Canada

Master's student in drama and performance studies Thobile Maphanga will represent SA at the global event in June.

Deputy Public Protector
Apr 4, 2022

SA struggling to meet expectations of democracy – Deputy Public Protector

Deputy Public Protector of SA and UKZN alumnus, Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka, was speaking at the UKZN's annual lecture to commemorate Human Rights Month.

Professor Julia Sibiya
Mar 29, 2022

Plant breeding professor promotes her discipline on international podcast

Professor Julia Sibiya featured in an episode of PBS International’s Plant Breeding Stories podcast, where she spoke about her career in the field of plant breeding.

Mar 23, 2022

UKZN medical alumnus awarded French National Order of Merit

Dr Fareed Abdullah has received the French Ordre National du Mérite for his work as a clinical researcher and public health scientist in the fight against HIV and TB.

Professor Cristina Trois
Mar 14, 2022

UKZN honours top female academics in engineering, geography

Professor Cristina Trois and Dr Jemma Finch have earned recognition from UKZN in the form of a Fellowship of the University and the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award, respectively.

Mar 8, 2022

UKZN alumnus a contributing author in AFREHealth book

Dr Mxolisi Xulu contributed to the book: Transforming the Medical/Nursing Education Partnership Initiative into the African Forum for Research and Education in Health.

Professor Thabo Msibi
Mar 8, 2022

Humanities academics recognised for outstanding performance

Professor Thabo Msibi has been awarded the UKZN Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award and Professor David Spurrett has been awarded a UKZN Fellowship.

UKZN HIV Pathogenesis Programme
Feb 28, 2022

UKZN HIV Pathogenesis Programme launches new HIV research clinic

The clinic, situated at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, will be used to run clinical trials like the Acute Infection Study, Elite Controller Study and Lymph Node Study.

Deaf graduand
Feb 28, 2022

Deaf graduand a trailblazer at UKZN

Voloshni Annamallay is the first deaf person to acquire undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications at UKZN using South African Sign Language as a means of communication.

‘Matric upgrade centres’ operating at UKZN are illegal
No ‘Matric Upgrade Centre’ or ‘UKZN Foundation Programme’ opportunity has been approved, sanctioned or authorised by the university.
Jan 11, 2022
UKZN Town Planning
Dec 15, 2021

UKZN Academic Appointed to Serve on National Planning Commission

UKZN Town Planning lecturer Professor Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu has been appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa as a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) for the next five years.

Umkhumbane Secondary School
Dec 6, 2021

UKZN hosts high school summer programme on intellectual property

Five KwaZulu-Natal high schools were invited to present at a UKZN Summer School Programme on their understanding of intellectual property and innovation.

Drs Ashiq and Ishq Pramchand
Dec 3, 2021

Twin doctors set to change the face of medicine together

Drs Ashiq and Ishq Pramchand recently completed their final year of study at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

Ablative Blow-down Liquid Engine
Dec 2, 2021

UKZN successfully fires up liquid rocket engine in ground tests

The Ablative Blow-down Liquid Engine was designed by mechanical engineering students in the master's and doctoral programmes at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dharini Rangasamy
Nov 25, 2021

Top achiever beats COVID-19, graduates with law degree cum laude

Dharini Rangasamy has graduated cum laude despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of KwaZulu-Natal
Nov 18, 2021

UKZN virtual graduation – November 2021

The university will be conferring a total of 2 042 degree certificates on 24 November, 1 108 of which will be awarded to undergraduate recipients and 934 to post-graduates.

Nov 12, 2021

UKZN students take second place in the Youth Innovation Challenge

Nitasha Pillay, Jirah Moodley and Nathan Pillay (who formed team Tagged AI) developed a solution to promote child safety and prevent human trafficking.

Professor Ncoza Dlova
Nov 3, 2021

Internationally renowned dermatologist reaches apex of her academic career

Professor Ncoza Dlova, current dean and head of the School of Clinical Medicine, has risen up the ranks of academia to be promoted to the portfolio of full professor.

World Journal of Diabetes
Nov 2, 2021

UKZN academic appointed editor-in-chief of World Journal of Diabetes

Professor Shahidul Islam of the School of Life Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science has been named editor-in-chief of the online journal.

Social work
Nov 2, 2021

Humanities academics receive social work awards

Social work lecturers Dr Thembelihle Makhanya and Dr Maud Mthembu have received awards from the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions.

Nov 2, 2021

Alumnus appointed group head of data privacy for top bank

UKZN law graduate Amenda Makhetha is the new Group Head of Data Privacy at ABSA.

International Rising Star Award
Nov 2, 2021

Medical student shortlisted for International Rising Star Award

Fifth-year Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery student Tivana Chellan was shortlisted out of 200 nominees for the award.

Oct 20, 2021

UKZN appoints Reuel Khoza as its new chancellor

Dr Khoza is president of the Institute of Directors South Africa and chairman of Dzana Investments, the Public Investment Corporation and Assupol Insurance Group, among others.

Abd-semii‘ Oluwatosin-Enitan Owolabi
Oct 8, 2021

International Mathematical Fellowship Award for PhD candidate

Abd-semii' Oluwatosin-Enitan Owolabi has received the International Mathematical Union Breakout Graduate Fellowship Award.

Trianne Amarchund
Oct 8, 2021

Student entrepreneur a finalist in Entrepreneurship Intervarsity Challenge

Trianne Amarchund is the owner and creator at LaeltheLabel, the first novelty crayon business in South Africa.

Dubai World Expo
Oct 8, 2021

Student’s eco-friendly designs destined for Dubai World Expo

Nombuso Khanyile and her eco-friendly fashion line – Afrikan Passion Designs – are headed for the world stage after she was chosen among Design Indaba alumni who will exhibit at the Dubai World Expo.

Revelations: The power of documentary photography
Sep 20, 2021

Revelations: The power of documentary photography

The combined work of Cedric Nunn and Samora Chapman presents a photographic journey from the remote rural areas of Zululand to the streets of central Durban.

Priya Singh
Sep 17, 2021

Law academic’s paper on Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list

Priya Singh’s paper is titled: Can an Emoji Be Considered as Defamation? A Legal Analysis of Burrows V Houda [2020] NSWDC 485.

Sibusiso Mashiloane
Sep 17, 2021

Jazz lecturer wins Best Contemporary Jazz Album Award

Sibusiso Mashiloane has won Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 2021 Mzantsi Jazz Awards for his fifth album titled: iHubo Labomdabu (Native Hymns).

Dr Donrich Thaldar
Sep 17, 2021

Are known sperm donor agreements worth the paper they are printed on?

Recent High Court judgment suggests they are not as secure as people think.

UKZN School of Law
Sep 16, 2021

UKZN School of Law raises R18m in research funding

An innovative legal research project, led by Professor Donrich Thaldar, has been awarded R18 million in funding by the US National Institutes of Health.

Sep 10, 2021

UKZN first university in Africa to receive honorary ISOCARP Bronze Membership

The Bronze Institutional Membership includes three years of free membership to ISOCARP and was awarded to Town Planning lecturer Professor Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu.

UKZN to host virtual John Dube lecture
The four-day event will be headlined by local and international scholars, who will pay tribute to the life of Dr JL Dube, who would have celebrated his 150th birthday in 2021.
Sep 9, 2021
Sep 6, 2021

UKZN academic named World Federation for Mental Health regional VP – Africa

The University of KwaZulu-Natal announced the appointment of Professor Johannes John-Langba as World Federation for Mental Health regional VP – Africa.

Delron Buckley
Sep 6, 2021

High hopes for UKZN soccer under coaching of ex-Bafana Bafana and Bundesliga star

Delron Buckley has been appointed head coach of the UKZN Impi.

UKZN partners with Johnson & Johnson on WiSTEM2D programme
The initiative is a multifaceted approach to support and inspire girls and women of all ages in their pursuit of STEM2D studies and careers.
Aug 16, 2021
UKZN ranked the top THE Young University in SA
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has been listed number one in SA on the 2021 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings and 61 out of the 475 universities worldwide.
Jul 8, 2021
Development of African languages in higher education
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has established the "Boosting the use of African Languages in Higher Education: A Qualified Organised Nationwide Development Strategy for South Africa" project.
Jul 2, 2021
Jun 18, 2021

UKZN’s CCMS and ARROWSA host gender-based violence exhibit at Durban City Hall

The art installation promotes people standing their ground against gender-based violence.

Matric upgrade centres or schools – not affiliated to UKZN
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has no association with any of these centres or schools that claim to be affiliated to the university.
Jun 9, 2021
Jun 8, 2021

UKZN begins research project with The Ocean Cleanup

The project to tackle the Umgeni River plastic pollution problem will span three years, mapping plastic pollution hotspots and fluxes in the river and along the Indian Ocean coastline.

Graduate with disability attains master’s degree in medical sciences summa cum laude
Mikyle David investigated the concentration of adipsin and C9 in HIV-associated preeclampsia.
Jun 4, 2021
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Jun 4, 2021

Graduate overcomes battle with depression

Prince Dlamini struggled with depression during his studies, but persevered to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude.

Theshaya Naidoo
Jun 3, 2021

Graduate bags 16 distinctions

Theshaya Naidoo is also a social media influencer and runs three businesses while studying for a law degree at UKZN.

Dr Vuyiseka Dubula
Jun 3, 2021

Activist graduates with PhD for research on Aids

Dr Vuyiseka Dubula graduated with a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Cum laude for dental therapy graduate
Fanele Mthethwa graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Therapy last week.
Jun 2, 2021
First class Bachelor of Physiotherapy awarded posthumously
University of KwaZulu-Natal graduate Charlotte Dube was tragically killed in a violent taxi incident in April this year.
Jun 1, 2021
UKZN’s Oldest 2021 Autumn Graduate
Bonginkosi Mshengu is the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s oldest graduate, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honour's degree in Political Science last week.
Jun 1, 2021
Optometry graduate sets her sights on helping less privileged
Zaakirah Moola was awarded a Bachelor of Optometry summa cum laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 26 May.
May 31, 2021
Three Chetty sisters graduate together
The Chetty family celebrates the graduation of 22-year-old twins Odell and Odette, along with older sister Yvette.
May 28, 2021
UKZN Autumn graduation by numbers
The virtual graduation ceremonies are being broadcast by the university until 28 May.
May 27, 2021
University of KwaZulu-Natal
May 24, 2021

Nipping housing problems in the bud

The perpetual mushrooming and burgeoning of informal settlements across cities is extremely distressing to the planning fraternity of the democratic South Africa.

Ismail Mahomed
May 21, 2021

The freedom to make art is taken up by the need to protest

Artists occupied the offices of the National Arts Council for almost 60 days to bring attention to the mismanagement and maladministration of a R300 million Presidential Economic Stimulus Plan that was intended to resuscitate the arts economy.

May 20, 2021

Could a common bacteria protect women in SA from HIV?

A study is launching this week in the Umlazi township, KwaZulu-Natal, in which young women will receive a novel treatment aimed at lowering HIV risk.

University of KwaZulu-Natal
May 18, 2021

UKZN Anthropology student publishes English study guide

Gugulethu Zondi, PhD student in Anthropology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, published her first English study guide called ‘Dried Ink 101 English Study Guide’.

May 10, 2021

UKZN sociologist nominated for Amazing Women International Award

UKZN clinical sociologist Professor Mariam Seedat-Khan was nominated for the My Pink Stilettos Amazing Women International Award.

University of KwaZulu-Natal
May 7, 2021

African-born women publish breakthrough research in space physics

A study by Dr Judy Stephenson, Dr Zama Katamzi-Joseph and Tsige Atilaw has been published in the peer-reviewed journal 'Polar Science'.

May 6, 2021

UKZN professor on Scopus Top African Researchers List

Professor Viranjay M Srivastava has been placed 23 in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering category and 194 in all subjects.

May 4, 2021

UKZN hosts virtual autumn graduation ceremony

The university will confer a total of 10 313 degree certificates, 7 399 of which will be awarded to undergraduate recipients and 2 914 to post-graduate students.

CWUR Rankings: UKZN in top 2.5% globally
The Centre for World University Rankings has released its 2021-22 Global 2000 List, with UKZN in fourth place in SA and Africa.
Apr 29, 2021
Apr 28, 2021

UKZN PhD student publishes autobiography about living with a disability

Political sciences PhD student Gugu Mjilo's book paints a picture about the lives of people with disabilities, especially those in rural areas.

Jennifer Sheokarah
Apr 14, 2021

Education student launches first children’s book

UKZN student Jennifer Sheokarah recently launched her first children’s book: 'The Abandoned Bicycle'.

Centre for Creative Arts Director
Apr 12, 2021

Centre for Creative Arts Director receives National Order of Merit Award

Dr Ismail Mahomed was presented with the National Order of Merit award, bestowed on behalf of the President of the French Republic, highlighting great services rendered to France.

Christophe Mérieux Prize
Apr 9, 2021

French ambassador bestows Christophe Mérieux Prize on Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Professor Abdool Karim was awarded the prize for her work in the field of infectious diseases in developing countries.

Apr 8, 2021

Remembering SA heroes who fought for human rights

Human rights deserve more than a day of recognition, being so much a part of our daily lives.

Apr 7, 2021

UKZN transformation targets on track

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has maintained its status as one of the most transformed universities in South Africa, according to recently released statistics.

Apr 6, 2021

Alumnus raises money to upgrade school, support learners

UKZN alumnus and long-distance runner Nontu Mgabhi has raised R1.7 million to provide Khiphinkumzi Primary School in Mtubatuba with five classrooms.

KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council
Apr 1, 2021

PhD student appointed to KZN Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council

Tashmica Sharma is a PhD student in geography and environmental management, and a Hindu youth leader.

Mar 31, 2021

UKZN vice-chancellor appointed chair of Frontline AIDS Board of Trustees

UKZN vice-chancellor and principal, Professor Nana Poku, said now more than ever the world needs re-energised and refocused commitment to eliminating Aids as a global public health threat.

Top-rated UKZN researcher celebrates 50 years in academia
In celebration of Professor David McQuoid-Mason’s legacy, UKZN will launch an investment fund to disburse bursaries to financially deserving LLB students who excel in human rights law.
Mar 16, 2021
UKZN introduces new architecture post-graduate degree programmes
The university is offering a one-year master’s degree in architecture for applicants who hold a Bachelor of Architecture degree or a post-graduate Diploma in Architecture.
Mar 15, 2021
Ashiq Pramchand
Mar 12, 2021

Exploring tales and adventures in medical school

Final-year medical student Ashiq Pramchand has published his first book: 'The Great Medical Student Odyssey – Tales and Adventures in Medical School'.

Phoenix-1B Mk IIr vehicle
Mar 11, 2021

UKZN students smash African hybrid rocket altitude record

The Phoenix-1B Mk IIr vehicle soared to a new high altitude mark for hybrid rockets, beating the previous African record of 10.3km.

UKZN welcomes 2021 cohort of first-year students
Orientation Week for all new first-year students will take place from 23 March to 26 March.
Mar 10, 2021
Tivana Chellan
Mar 9, 2021

UKZN medical student appointed president of SAMSA

Tivana Chellan, a fifth-year Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery student, has been elected national president of the South African Medical Students Association.

Mar 8, 2021

Msizi Chatbot launched

UKZN has developed the chatbot to enhance the student and visitor experience for 2021 online registrations.

Mar 5, 2021

Innovative book on isiZulu orthography launched

The book was launched by UKZN’s University Language Planning and Development Office and the Pan South African Language Board.

Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award
Mar 2, 2021

Humanities academic wins Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award

The Caribbean Philosophical Association bestowed the award on Professor Rozena Maart, who won for her contribution to literature and philosophy.

Vulinhlanhla Mchunu
Mar 1, 2021

Driven to engineer SA’s aerospace future

UKZN’s Aerospace Systems Research Group in the School of Engineering is developing the next generation of rocket scientists to propel SA’s space industry forward.

A1 NRF rating
Feb 26, 2021

A1 NRF rating for UKZN scientist

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Professor Steve Johnson has obtained an A1 rating from the National Research Foundation.

UKZN shocked at protestors' reckless behaviour
A fake news call is being made by some students that anyone with a matric certificate can pitch up and register at the university.
Feb 24, 2021
UKZN Executive disappointed by outcome in negotiations with students
UKZN Executive Management reiterates it has considered and conceded to most of its students’ issues, but cannot afford any further financial concessions that will jeopardise the sustainability of the institution.
Feb 22, 2021
Feb 18, 2021

UKZN academic wins Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award

Academic within the College of Humanities Professor Rozena Maart has won the 2021 award for her contribution to literature and philosophy.

Dr Haroun Patel
Feb 17, 2021

UKZN study recommends laparoscopic nephrectomy as standard of care for nephrectomy in SA

The study examined the feasibility of LN versus open nephrectomy in resource constrained developing world hospitals.

Time of the Writer
Feb 16, 2021

Time of the Writer virtual festival announces dates and theme

The 24th edition of the Time of the Writer International Festival will be hosted virtually on the festival's social media channels from 15 to 21 March.

UKZN SRC fundraises for students in need
The University of KwaZulu-Natal SRC has embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise R3 million to assist in reducing student financial debt.
Feb 9, 2021
UKZN online registration 2021
All 2021 registration processes will be completed online and from remote locations.
Feb 8, 2021
HIV-1 genomes
Dec 3, 2020

HIV genome study published

Over 1 000 HIV-1 genomes were produced in record time in SA to understand how drug resistance has developed to a new and potent antiretroviral treatment.

Pollution Research Group
Dec 1, 2020

Pollution Research Group reborn as WASH

The group has been formalised as a research centre in the UKZN, now known as the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Research & Development Centre.

Nov 30, 2020

UKZN and UNIZULU researchers discover proteins to fight parasitic disease

Dr Thandeka Khoza and Prof Khajamohiddin Syed collaborated on research of three new classes of detoxification proteins from a human pathogen that causes a serious gastrointestinal disease.

2020 Chief Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture
Nov 27, 2020

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to deliver memorial lecture

The UN under-secretary general and executive director of UN Women will deliver the 2020 Chief Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture.

Dr Ntobeko Mchunu
Nov 5, 2020

From humble beginnings to qualified aquaponics expert

Dr Ntobeko Mchunu was awarded a PhD in Bioresources Systems at UKZN’s virtual graduation ceremony.

Dr Ayanda Meyiwa
Nov 4, 2020

Young scholar makes his mark in maritime sector

A Doctor of Philosophy was conferred on Dr Ayanda Meyiwa during the UKZN’s Spring Graduation Ceremony.

Pamela Joseph
Nov 3, 2020

Master baker is now a master chemist too

Independent Media Home Chef Supreme Cookie Competition winner Pamela Joseph graduated with a master of science degree in organic chemistry from UKZN.

Thandeka Yasmeen Ndaba
Nov 2, 2020

Master's study explores experiences of women in terms of sexual pleasure

Thandeka Yasmeen Ndaba received a cum laude master’s degree in gender studies.

Dr Prinavin Govender
Oct 30, 2020

Birthday present degree for PhD graduate

Dr Prinavin Govender graduated with a PhD in education from UKZN, and celebrated his birthday the next day.

Oct 26, 2020

UKZN ranks 332 in latest Best Global Universities rankings

The university placed fourth out of 57 institutions in Africa and ranked number 61 out of 250 institutions for space science, based on research performance in the field.

Bioanalysis Rising Star Award
Oct 22, 2020

UKZN scientist scoops international award

Dr Sooraj Baijnath, an honorary research fellow in UKZN’s Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has won the international Bioanalysis Rising Star Award.

Oct 21, 2020

UKZN hosts virtual spring graduation ceremony

The university will be conferring a total of 1 781 degree certificates on 30 October.

Oct 20, 2020

UKZN eye staff dance to Jerusalema victory

The combined dance effort involving the medical staff was done in support of a vision to eradicate cataract blindness, as well as to highlight the scourge of gender-based violence.

Police arrest UKZN fire suspects
Two arrests have been made, and more are expected soon, in connection with the torching of the UKZN Oval building in the early hours of Sunday, 11 October.
Oct 19, 2020
Physical activity saves lives
The COVID-19 pandemic drives the need for a policy brief on physical activity for health in Africa.
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 6, 2020

UKZN staffer gets international grant for HIV study

Dr Sinaye Ngcapu, honorary lecturer at UKZN and scientist at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in SA, was awarded the National Institutes of Health R01 grant.

UKZN launches Intern Mentorship Programme
UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine unveiled an Intern Mentorship Programme, in partnership with Investec.
Oct 5, 2020
Mail & Guardian
Oct 2, 2020

Medical student honoured by Mail & Guardian

Sixth-year medical student Kapil Narain is among the 200 young South Africans honoured by the Mail & Guardian newspaper.

Sep 21, 2020

UKZN and DUT join forces to tackle COVID-19

The universities have come together to identify bioactive compounds from South African plants that could potentially be effective in the treatment against SARS-CoV-2.

ENACTUS UKZN ranked top 16 on ENACTUS worldwide network
As national champions, ENACTUS UKZN not only represents UKZN on a global level, but South Africa as well.
Sep 18, 2020
Helen Clark-Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Award
Sep 15, 2020

UKZN’s Andy Gray receives international award

Gray won the annual Helen Clark-Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Award.

Sep 8, 2020

UKZN among top 400 universities worldwide

This achievement places the University of KwaZulu-Natal in fourth position among South African universities.

UKZN’s Department of Psychology
Aug 28, 2020

UKZN academics create video on healthcare worker anxieties related to COVID-19

The video is the product of a collaboration between UKZN’s Department of Psychology, an adult education specialist and the Centre for Rural Health.

Response to media query – UKZN return to campus of students under lockdown level two
Under lockdown level two, a further one-third of the UKZN student cohort will be invited to return by the end of September 2020.
Aug 26, 2020
Top 10 Under 30
Aug 21, 2020

UKZN engineer among African space industry's Top 10 Under 30

Kai Broughton, a PhD candidate and propulsion engineer in the Aerospace Systems Research Group, has been named among the African space industry’s Top 10 Under 30 by the Space in Africa news agency.

Zico Mthethwa
Aug 18, 2020

Digital arts student shortlisted for Yogi Sip Young Creators Network competition

Zico Mthethwa is one of the artists who stands a chance to design Yogi Sip’s packaging for 2021 as well as a cash prize of R20 000.

Policing through violence in SA's lockdown
The College of Humanities at UKZN will host a public webinar on the topic of 'Policing through violence in SA's lockdown: Citizen rights vs police responsibilities'.
Aug 12, 2020
New strategies for new times
Understanding and responding to gender-based violence in a time of COVID-19 and beyond.
Jul 17, 2020
Why the Mayosi report matters for every higher education institution
The report covers a range of challenges confronted by Professor Bongani Mayosi, culminating in his passing away through his own hand in July 2018.
Jul 2, 2020
Helping children to cope with their fears about COVID-19
The College of Humanities public webinar will discuss the stigma and fear that breeds from poor knowledge, and interventions to address it.
Jul 1, 2020
Jun 29, 2020

UKZN secures a rapid tester for COVID-19

The College of Health Sciences has received the ILEX Genehecker (ultra-fast pcr) to conduct rapid testing for COVID-19.

Jun 26, 2020

Quantum techniques could revolutionise IT

The research reveals quantum computing could enhance machine learning tasks, such as pattern recognition in the analysis of extremely large datasets.

Macroeconomic impact of COVID-19 pandemic in SA
SA should not have undertaken a one-size-fits-all lockdown of the economy at the end of March, according to Macroeconomics Research Unit economists at the UKZN.
Jun 25, 2020
Confirmed students permitted to return to UKZN campuses under level three lockdown
The first cohort of students under level three lockdown will return to campus on Monday, 29 June, under stringent regulations.
Jun 24, 2020
Jun 23, 2020

UKZN academics serve on COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee

Nine of the university's academics in the College of Health Sciences are guiding health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, and the National Health Department in their response to the virus.

Jun 22, 2020

UKZN's new pedagogy facilitated through online learning

There is a shift away from top-down lecturing and passive students to a more interactive, collaborative approach.

Jun 19, 2020

UKZN boasts youngest SARChI Chair in inclusive cities

Lecturer in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Professor Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu (35), became the first SARChI Chair in Inclusive Cities in South Africa.

Jun 18, 2020

Study reveals serious health consequences for those living near waste disposal sites

A group of international scientists collaborating on a study found that people residing close to waste disposal sites reported a number of chronic clinical conditions.

Jun 17, 2020

Who is the right 'man' for the job?

Countries such as Taiwan, Germany and New Zealand - all with female leaders - have, through quick and decisive action based on scientific evidence, managed to control the rampant spread of the coronavirus.

Response to 16 June movement on illegal occupation of residences
It is highly irresponsible and dangerous to public health for any group of citizens to plan to act in this way, says the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Jun 15, 2020
Jun 15, 2020

Exploring personal experiences, feelings, events during COVID-19 pandemic in SA

The true meaning and intensity of this new dependency on technology becomes more ingrained with each passing day.

Jun 12, 2020

Academic voices: COVID-19 propels new digital era in South African higher education institutions

The 'new normal' might look nothing like the pre-COVID-19 crisis for South African higher education institutions.

Jun 8, 2020

Medical graduand overcomes funding challenges

Ntokozo Maphanga persevered to realise her dream of graduating with an MBChB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Jun 5, 2020

MBChB student graduates summa cum laude

Ahmed Sameer Ikram will graduate with an MBChB summa cum laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Jun 4, 2020

Stroke survivor to graduate with Bachelor of Social Sciences degree

Despite being paralysed on the left side of her body, Nokubonga Sithole went on to complete her studies and will graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Jun 3, 2020

Father and son celebrate graduation together

Dane Arumugam and his son, Jadrian, will both receive post-graduate degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony.

Jun 2, 2020

Graduate calls for African music and dance programmes in high schools

Silindile Shazi is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts honour's degree cum laude from the University of KwaZulu-Natal today.

Jun 1, 2020

UKZN's youngest graduate still in her teens

At 19, Clermentine Ngidi will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Science degree.

May 29, 2020

77 year old to graduate with BA degree

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will host a virtual ceremony for its graduation class of 2020 on Friday, 29 May 2020 at 13:30.

May 27, 2020

UKZN hosts virtual graduation ceremony

The University of KwaZulu-Natal will host a virtual ceremony for its cohort of graduands on Friday, 29 May, at 1:30pm.

Findings and recommendations of the investigation into the COVID-19 outbreak at Netcare St Augustine's Hospital, led by UKZN team
Findings and recommendations of the investigation was led by a UKZN team comprising Dr Richard Lessells, Professor Yunus Moosa and Professor Tulio de Oliveira.
May 21, 2020
Roll-out of data, laptops to students to implement online teaching and learning
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has rolled out free data bundles to its students to enable the implementation of its online teaching and learning strategy.
May 20, 2020
May 19, 2020

Performing arts lecturer wins 'African Voices Changemakers' award by CNN

Dr Lliane Loots and the Flatfoot Dance Company have been named one of this year's "African Voices Changemakers".

Call to protect African countries amid inappropriate off-label use of drugs to treat COVID-19
Professor Fatima Suleman said African countries must consider implementing a prescription monitoring scheme to help COVID-19 patients being treated with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
May 18, 2020
May 15, 2020

FLAIR Fellowships a boost for three UKZN researchers

Dr Clinton Veale, Dr Jaclyn Mann and Dr Samuel Iwarere are among 30 early career researchers in Africa to receive support from the FLAIR programme.

COVID-19: Education's moment of enlightenment
With so much disruption and fragility around us, now is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning and purpose of life, and adapt education for an emerging world.
May 14, 2020
May 13, 2020

A crisis within a crisis: Impacts of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security for smallholder farmers

The impacts of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security for smallholder farmers are substantial.

May 12, 2020

Excessive screen gazing may cause digital eye strain

Too much time staring at a screen can cause digital eye strain, previously known as computer vision syndrome, says UKZN lecturer in the Discipline of Optometry, Dr Alvin Munsamy.

May 11, 2020

UKZN partners with Aurum Institute to boost COVID-19 testing in impoverished areas in KZN

UKZN partners with the Aurum Institute to boost COVID-19 testing in impoverished areas in KwaZulu-Natal.

May 8, 2020

UKZN academics create video to deal with fear and anxiety during COVID-19

UKZN academics have created a video to deal with fear and anxiety during COVID-19.

Lockdown and protecting against COVID-19: A mammoth social marketing challenge
Organisations and governments across the globe have had the mammoth task of putting together social marketing strategies to achieve a behaviour change among citizens.
May 7, 2020
Can the South African govt monitor your whereabouts during COVID-19 pandemic?
In a state of disaster, in these unprecedented times, these monitoring measures are both lawful and reasonable.
May 6, 2020
The cruel and crude effect of lockdown on a family: inter-provincial travel to a funeral
Karel Van Heerden was unable to get a temporary exemption from certain of the lockdown regulations to travel to his grandfather's funeral.
May 5, 2020
Caution, compensation and COVID-19: Facilities on the frontline
Employers have a legal obligation to protect healthcare employees from potential infection while they are carrying out their duties.
May 4, 2020
Apr 30, 2020

Business rescue: economic remedy for COVID-19?

A company that successfully implements business rescue will be able to avoid the negative impacts of closure, save some or all of its jobs and continue to operate.

Dimensions of the impact of COVID-19 on small and micro businesses in SA
By the time government woke up to the need to include the micro traders in its assistance plans, the first wave of spending had passed.
Apr 29, 2020
Apr 28, 2020

Is absolute free speech a plague in the time of coronavirus?

Fox News presenters' failure to provide truthful coverage of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic could be considered as constituting "a clear and present danger" to its viewers, to Americans, and to people around the world.

Apr 24, 2020

Quantum computing master's graduate smashes academic silos

Qualified actuarial scientist Amira Mahomed Abbas has now graduated cum laude with an MSc in physics, specialising in quantum computing.

Apr 23, 2020

Chemical sisters graduate with flying colours

Gillean Fraser has graduated with an MSc in chemistry cum laude, and her sister Stephanie has graduated summa cum laude with a BSc chemistry honour's degree.

Apr 22, 2020

PhD graduate investigates chemical compounds with antibacterial promise

Dr Neha Manhas used the concept of molecular hybridisation to develop new Schiff bases of quinazoline-4-ones.

Apr 21, 2020

PhD examines use of human wastewater to grow horticultural crops

Dr Shirly Magwaza earned her PhD in Horticultural Science by evaluating the feasibility of using human excreta-derived materials as nutrient sources for hydroponic production of horticultural crops.

COVID-19: Scientists launch fundraising campaign to support the analysis of COVID-19 data in real-time
Scientists launch a fundraising campaign to support the analysis of COVID-19 data in real-time.
Apr 21, 2020
UKZN, together with Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), investigates impact of COVID-19 on health workers
The University of KwaZulu-Natal's College of Health Sciences has teamed up with the Human Sciences Research Council to conduct the survey.
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

Order in disorder

Let us take this opportunity to develop the skills to become truly effective leaders, says Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches, associate professor at UKZN's Graduate School of Business and Leadership.

Apr 16, 2020

Leadership, trust and managing a virtual workforce in the times of COVID-19

Novel crises are recurring events in human history and defining moments for businesses of all sizes.

Apr 15, 2020

Summa Cum Laude graduate, current post-graduate student at UKZN, Romaana Muhammad, shares her tips on surviving lockdown as a student

Summa Cum Laude graduate and current post-graduate student at UKZN, Romaana Muhammad, shares her tips on surviving lockdown as a student.

Apr 14, 2020

CCMS part of coronavirus digital comic: 'Don't Panic'

PhD student in the School of Arts, Damien Tomaselli, together with some of the Centre for Communication, Media and Society staffers, are part of the digital comic.

Apr 9, 2020

UKZN COVID Researcher: Open data analysis in epidemiology helps control outbreaks

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Big Data and Informatics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Prof. Francesco Petruccione recently hosted a breakfast seminar titled "COVID-19 Genomics and Epidemiology".

Apr 7, 2020

The plight of final year medical students - navigating through COVID-19 nationwide lockdown

At UKZN, academics are uploading all material onto online platforms, but medical students are missing out on crucial practical learning.

Apr 6, 2020

UKZN drama students create COVID-19 educational video

The educational performance piece was initiated by lecturers Dr Miranda Young-Jahangeer and Ongezwa Mbhele.

Apr 2, 2020

Migration linked to mortality rate in HIV positive pregnant women in KZN

The study has linked migration to a high rate of mortality among HIV positive women, up to a year after giving birth.

Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak also a town planning issue

Government should target areas of extreme poverty through health interventions and the provision of proper water and sanitation services.

Mar 30, 2020

[email protected] goes online to share information on COVID-19

Professor Francesco Petruccione is continuing with his monthly seminar series during the national COVID-19 lockdown.

First confirmed case of COVID-19 at UKZN
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has registered its first confirmed case of the coronavirus.
Mar 24, 2020
Mar 18, 2020

UKZN commences early mid-term break as COVID-19 cases grow

In a bid to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and protect its staff and students from the virus, the University of KwaZulu-Natal has begun an early mid-term break.

UKZN responds to COVID-19 - suspends academic programme, postpones graduation 2020
The University of KwaZulu-Natal suspends its academic programme and postpones graduation 2020.
Mar 16, 2020
Mar 13, 2020

UKZN's research trajectory propels it to the top

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has secured the top spot in SA for total published research outputs and total weighted actual research outputs for 2018.

UKZN among first in Africa COVID-19 university intervention
The University of KwaZulu-Natal will launch a Campus Health 'War Room' in a bid to join international efforts to fight the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.
Mar 4, 2020
UKZN alumni donate R1m towards historical debt, registration fees
The Convocation Executive Committee of the UKZN donated R1 million towards the 15% required for the registration fees from students.
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 27, 2020

SA-UK collaboration to strengthen research capacity in KZN

A cross-continent collaborative project between the UK and SA has been awarded a R5 million grant from the British Council's Newton Fund.

Feb 24, 2020

UKZN: Disruptions will not dictate our future

When compared to other public institutions in SA, the UKZN registration and historic debt processes are among the most enabling for students, says vice-chancellor Professor Nana Poku.

Feb 24, 2020

Humanities hosts Dube Memorial Lecture

The College of Humanities hosted the annual JL Dube Memorial Lecture at the UNITE building on the Howard College campus.

Feb 21, 2020

Humanities academic translates Golden Melodies from Hindi cinema into isiZulu

Humanities academic Dr Gugulethu Mazibuko has launched her new book, 'Imizwilili' (Golden Melodies), which features 20 popular Hindi film songs translated into isiZulu.

Feb 20, 2020

UKZN launches centre for kiwifruit research

The project, which includes developing new cultivars, is a partnership between industry and academia that will share resources and expertise.

Feb 19, 2020

KZN's top two matriculants make UKZN their university of choice

Aaron Naidu has registered for a BSc degree majoring in data science, while Shweta Harilal will be studying towards her MBChB (medicine).

Feb 18, 2020

A-rating for UKZN's peptide expert

Professor Fernando Albericio, a researcher in the School of Chemistry and Physics, has obtained an A2 rating from SA's National Research Foundation.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses, all colleges
Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.
Feb 17, 2020