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.
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.
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.
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’.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
UKZN pays tribute to Joseph Shabalala, Doctor of Music (honoris causa)
The university joins the global community in mourning the passing of legendary musician and founding member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala.
UKZN: A call for perspective on our issues and a request for creative engagement on the way forward
In addition to overcoming the deadlock between UKZN and students, a way must be found to reconcile the university's financial obligations and students' long-term needs.
Prestigious Wellcome Trust Award for UKZN's mental health champion
Dr Andr? J van Rensburg, a senior researcher in UKZN's Centre for Rural Health, received the Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.
KZN teacher educators jet off to study at Columbia University
A group of academics were selected as participants of the programme focused on PhD completion, mobility, supervision capacity development and the generation of high-impact research.
Medical students present their innovative solution to a panel of international experts in Geneva
Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.
L'Or'eal-UNESCO for Women in Science grants for UKZN scientists
Dr Yogandree Ramsamy and Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana are among seven women to be awarded research grants from the L'Or?al-UNESCO for Women in Science South African National Programme.
UKZN students develop a taste for technology of 3D food printing
The Mechanical Engineering Open Day at the University of KwaZulu-Natal was held at the Unite School of Engineering Building, Howard College Campus.
UKZN neurosurgeon on a mission to treat movement disorders
The UKZN Discipline of Neurosurgery based in Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital once again leads with innovation in the field of neurosurgery in the province by developing its own "Functional Neurosurgery."
PhD graduate tackles strike participation at Transnet port terminals
A 67-year-old UKZN lecturer and retired HR practitioner, Dr Bongani Mkhize, has graduated with a PhD in Social Sciences for research that analysed strike participation at Transnet port terminals in KwaZulu-Natal.
UKZN confers honorary doctorate on former public protector
The honorary doctorate was awarded to Professor Thuli Madonsela in recognition of her tireless dedication to the South African Constitution.
Eminent scientist recognised for his research in breastfeeding
Child health expert and UKZN Emeritus Professor Hoosen Coovadia is ranked 10th on the Web site Expertscape's list of the world's top experts on breastfeeding.
Food gardens planted at Mtubatuba school for Mandela Day
UKZN alumni and Enactus members donated their time and seedlings, compost, etc to help the Mtubatuba community develop gardens at the school.
Embracing excellence is not an option; it's an imperative
For SA to thrive in a time of globalisation, digitisation and increased competition, excellence must be the cornerstone of all our socio-economic endeavours.
Durban International Film Festival award winners announced
The awards ceremony, held at the Elangeni Hotel, honoured filmmakers for being the nation's conscience and for uniting Africa through film.
Special award for Durban International Film Festival
The university won the MEC Special Award at this year's Simon "Mabhunu" Sabela Film and Television Awards at the Playhouse Theatre for its Durban International Film Festival.
UKZN Campus to Campus a celebration of a healthy lifestyle
University staff, students and alumni are reminded to take part in the UKZN Campus to Campus 10km race and 5km fun run on Sunday, July 28.
Social sciences academic receives C2 Rating from the National Research Foundation
Senior lecturer in Sociology at UKZN, Dr Kathryn Pillay, has been awarded a C2 Rating by the National Research Foundation.
UKZN graduate recognised among Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans
Dr Sphumelele Ndlovu, one of the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for 2019, was recognised in the category of Science and Technology.
Linguistics expert at UKZN appointed vice-president of African Association for Lexicography
The director of UKZN's Language Planning and Development Office, Professor Langa Khumalo, has been appointed vice-president of the African Association for Lexicography.
UKZN humanities academic wins Ed Bruner Book Prize
Professor Sabine Marschall's book, Tourism and Memories of Home, explores journeys to former and imaginary homes for migrants, exiles, refugees and diaspora groups.
Conference validates contribution of traditional birth attendants
The conference enabled TBAs to share their skills, experience and work challenges, and to protect, promote and develop indigenous knowledge systems.
UKZN academic awarded two international fellowships
The first fellowship awarded to Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson will help fund her current research project; the second provides leadership training.
Multimillion-rand research award to UKZN's scientists for cutting-edge study
The R12.8 million grant will fund the implementation of a three-year multidisciplinary global health research study on first-episode psychosis.
Deputy minister of higher education, science and technology supports UKZN runners at Comrades Marathon
Deputy minister of higher education, science and technology Buti Manamela showed his support for Team UKZN in the lead-up to the marathon.
All things 'creepy crawly' at award-winning UKZN Royal Show stand
The UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science stand at the annual Royal Agricultural Show, in Pietermaritzburg, won a silver medallion.