School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Hosts Research Supervision Workshop

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Hosts Research  Supervision Workshop
Professor Elizabeth Stack.

Accounting academics holding a master’s degree or PhD honed their supervision skills at a research workshop in Durban facilitated by Professor Elizabeth Stack of Rhodes University.

The workshop was organised by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance with the aim of ensuring its accounting academics are equipped with the requisite skills to enable them to improve on their research output and their supervision of research students.

‘The workshop was of immense benefit,’ said one of the participants, Mr Rajendra Rajaram. ‘Professor Stack spoke our language, providing tremendous guidance and insight into some of the unique research difficulties experienced by accountants.’

Rajaram has submitted his PhD dissertation for examination and is now looking into supervising senior students.

Addressing participants after the workshop, the School’s Acting Dean, Dr Mabutho Sibanda, said: ‘I would like to thank you all for attending. I am sure you have learned a lot from Professor Stack. Your co-operation in reviewing masters and PhD proposals is appreciated. This is where supervision starts from and moves forward. I would like each one of you to be involved in supervision.’

Stack, a Chartered Accountant holding a PhD from the University of South Africa, has had 35 years of university teaching experience in Taxation, nine years lecturing in Management Accounting and Finance and 13 years in Research Methodology.

She has co-authored a Taxation textbook and a Taxation legislation handbook and has written a variety of published book chapters and journal articles.

Stack has successfully supervised 50 honours students, 44 masters candidates and seven PhD candidates.

She is currently supervising 35 master’s degree students and three doctoral degree candidates. She has also acted as a reviewer for accredited South African Accounting journals and has been an external examiner for all of the universities in South Africa which are accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Botswana Student Society at UKZN assists KwaMashu Learners

Botswana Student Society at UKZN assists KwaMashu Learners
From left: Ms Banyatsi Tuke, Mr Sipho Magwaza, Mrs Rebecca Mphahudi, Ms Minehle Ntuli, Ms Nomvula Biyela and Ms Mmapula Lesomo.

Members of the Botswana Student Society on UKZN’s Howard College campus, accompanied by colleagues from the Community Development Association (CDA), visited Dr JL Dube High School in KwaMashu, Durban, to “give back” for the reception they have received in South Africa.

The school, established 37 years ago and named after a founder of the African National Congress, has 1 266 learners who are from needy families living in and around the KwaMashu area.

According to Society President, Ms Banyatsi Tuke, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa generally have been very welcoming to students from Botswana. ‘As students we find it fitting to acknowledge the wonderful reception and support we receive while in South Africa by giving back to the community.’

Vice-Consul at the Botswanan Consulate General, Mrs Rebecca Mphahudi, echoed the words of Tuke saying the initiative was a token of appreciation and gratitude towards the province and the country at large for accommodating students from Botswana.

She added that Botswana was celebrating 50 years of independence, which spurred the decision to visit the school to share their values and assist in a variety of ways.

Activities on the day included motivational talks from the UKZN SRC Student Services Officer Ms Minenhle Ntuli, the CEO of the CDA (Howard College) Ms Nomvula Biyela, and Ms Nombuso Mtshali of the UKZN International Relations Office as well as officials from the Botswanan Embassy.

While the motivational programme was taking place in the school assembly area, other members of the delegation prepared food for the children while members of the Botswana Student Society handed out stationary and sanitary pads and planted a tree of “hope and remembrance”.

Ntuli committed to mentoring the female learners through a programme she plans to start early next year.

Headmaster at Dr J L Dube, Mr Sipho Magwaza thanked UKZN for helping motivate the learners.

To get involved in helping the school email the school headmaster on

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Most People Lie When Questioned by Police

Most People Lie When Questioned by Police
Dr Sazelo Mkhize and Dr Jéan Steyn who have published results of their research on police culture.

Most people lie when questioned, would steal if they knew they wouldn’t get caught and are untrustworthy and dishonest.

This is the majority opinion of South African Police Services (SAPS) officials with more than 10 years’ experience who were interviewed during research conducted by UKZN academics.

The College of Humanities academics, Dr Jéan Steyn and Dr Sazelo Mkhize, published their research in the SA Crime Quarterly on three decades of SAPS culture, questioning whether police officers’ attitudes change with years of service.

Their research explores core elements of early police organisational culture models – solidarity, isolation and cynicism – among a representative sample of SAPS officials from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo with 10, 20 and 30 years’ experience.

‘Police culture is perceived to have an impact on the behaviour of the police officials which affects the manner in which they conduct themselves,’ said Mkhize. ‘Community policing was developed as a new strategy to bring effectiveness in policing by working with the public.’

Said Steyn: ‘Police organisations recruit individuals aligned with SAPS culture and their cultural attitudes reach a relative peak through socialisation. Encouraging interaction between police and the public increases dissonance (catch-22 policing), and police officials attempt to reduce the associated anxiety through solidarity, isolation and cynicism.’

The findings of the study revealed that SAPS officials display attitudes in support of police culture themes of solidarity, isolation, and cynicism. However, police officials with 10 years’ experience interviewed during research believe most people lie when questioned, would steal if they knew they wouldn’t get caught, and are untrustworthy and dishonest.

‘This study does not assume a direct relationship between attitude and overt behaviour, nor does it draw conclusions about the SAPS as a whole,’ said Steyn. ‘Further research needs to be conducted to uncover non-sociodemographic factors that shape these attitudes, such as actual SAPS member practices and on-the-job experiences.’

The academics hope the research will aid the SAPS as an organisation to be able to understand the impact of police culture in policing and assist in making amendments.

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Youngsters at Umbumbulu Orphanage Receive School Uniforms and Stationery

Youngsters at Umbumbulu Orphanage Receive School Uniforms and Stationery
Lord Scott Foundation Ambassadors and Team.

Members of the Lord Scott Foundation visited the Crisis Mother Orphanage in Umbumbulu in KwaZulu-Natal to hand out a variety of items, including school uniforms and stationery.

The Foundation, co-founded by UKZN alumnus Mr Minenhle Scott, is dedicated to assisting young people in need, including victims of sexual assault and violence.

The handover was attended and supported by ward Councillor, Mr Goodhope Makhanya; Miss eThekwini Municipality, Ms Nompumelelo Nkosi; Vuma FM’s Radio Personality, Ms Nomfundo Mkhize, eThekwini Municipality’s Mr Theo Scott and prominent businessman, Mr Serge Cabonge.

Young folk at the orphanage were treated to a memorable day, receiving school uniforms, clothing, stationery, and food parcels, among other goods.

Said Scott: ‘The Lord Scott Foundation thanks donors, partners and participating sponsors including Beiersdorf, Vodacom, Dunbar Spar, Lihle and Sis’Boh for the décor, Vusi for the sound, and each and every noble Samaritan who contributed to the success of our initiative.’ 

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UKZN Town and Regional Planning Masters Course gets Full Accreditation

UKZN Town and Regional Planning Masters Course gets Full Accreditation
UKZN’s Town and Regional Planning Discipline celebrates full accreditation of its Masters programme.

The Town and Regional Planning Masters programme has been awarded full accreditation by the SA Council for Planners (SACPLAN).

The SACPLAN Board visited the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) to conduct an accreditation inspection for the Masters programme in the Town and Regional Planning Discipline.

The Board spent a day at UKZN and had a full and detailed engagement with the School, specifically with the staff and students in Town and Regional Planning.

This is a milestone for the School and the Discipline. Previously they had conditional accreditation for four years.

SACPLAN observed the hard work done by the School and further commended it for the infrastructure and improvement of the studios while recognising it as hosts of the ISOCARP Young Professional Planners programme, which SACPLAN believes has left a legacy for the Planning Discipline.

Interim Dean and Head of the School Professor Betty Mubangizi said: ‘This is an affirmation of the ability of UKZN to deliver quality programmes. I commend the staff in the discipline of Planning for their hard work and hope that this provides an opportunity to grow the Discipline.’

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UKZN Lecturer to Dance at SA Championships

UKZN Lecturer to Dance at SA Championships
Ms Lauren Hepworth and her partner, Mr Shahen Debba, who won the Latin dance section at a recent Gold Cup competition in Durban.

Occupational Therapy Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences Ms Lauren Hepworth (27) will participate in next year’s South African Dance Championships.

Hepworth’s love of dancing began when she started ballet at the age of three and Spanish two years later. 

After dancing for more than 10 years, she took a break while doing her matric and a degree in Occupational Therapy.

She recently graduated from UKZN with a Master’s Degree in Hand Rehabilitation and took up a lecturer’s post at the University.

Hepworth started dancing again last year and joined the FloorCraft Dance Studio where she met her current dance partner, Mr Shahen Debba, who had been seeking a colleague to compete in a beginners’ competition.

Now under the guidance of their coach, Mr Warren Duffield, the couple have moved up a level to bronze in both ballroom and Latin.

They are optimistic and looking forward to competing for silver and possibly rising even further up the ranks during next year’s dance championships.

Hepworth says the competition provides an opportunity for her to compete at a high level as well as to learn from experienced dancers from all over South Africa.

* Hepworth and Debba are looking for sponsors to help them cover the costs of competing at the championships. Anyone able to assist is asked to contact Lauren on

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UKZN Team Win Top Prizes in Microbrewery Competition

UKZN Team Win Top Prizes in Microbrewery Competition
The UKZN-PMB SAB Intervarsity Brewing Competition Team 2016 (from left): Ms Mbali Mbonambi, Mr Nkosingizwile Xulu, Ms Zikhona Buyeye, Ms Thabiso Mathe, Ms Sandipa Bhikraj, Mr Keletso Makhetha, Ms Heather Tredgold, Mr Leigh Hunter, and Mr Matthew van Wyngaard.

An interdisciplinary team of UKZN staff and students from the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science on the Pietermaritzburg campus scooped first and second prizes in their respective categories in the South African Breweries (SAB) 9th annual Beer Brewing Challenge.

Their brews, South Malle Trappist Single and Ghenta Belgian Double Mango India Pale Ale, won second and first prizes in the Trappist Single and Fruit Beer categories. Judges described the Trappist Single as a good example of the style with good hops bitterness, and the fruit beer as having a complex flavour profile characterised by a mango flavour followed by hops flavours.

UKZN’s team was organised by Dr Charles Hunter, who facilitated the team’s involvement and liaised with SAB, and assisted with finances.

Mr Matthew van Wyngaard led the team comprising Ms Heather Tredgold, Ms Mbali Mbonambi, Ms Thabiso Mathe, and Mr Keletso Makhetha of the Microbiology Department; Ms Leigh Hunter, Ms Sandipa Bhikraj and Mr Nkosingizwile Xulu of the Chemistry Department, and Ms Zikhona Buyeye of Agricultural Engineering.

Van Wyngaard has been involved in the competition since it was launched in 2007, while Tredgold, Hunter, Bhikraj, and Xulu are ‘repeat offenders,’ having participated before.

Tredgold and van Wyngaard related how the microbrewery was created amid friendly rivalry between Microbiology and Chemical Technology in the early 2000s, when interdepartmental competitions were held and judged by SAB. This led to progress from ‘kit’ brews thanks to a pilot-scale microbrewery sponsored by SAB to brew ‘real’ beer. Thirteen years later, there are now 15 such SAB-sponsored microbrewery systems at tertiary institutions nationally, and postgraduate students at UKZN across multiple disciplines have conducted research on aspects of beer and the brewing process.

Van Wyngaard and Tredgold became involved initially after being part of Microbiology Honours classes and getting the opportunity to develop a recipe and brew a beer on a microbrewery system. This inspired van Wyngaard to develop his skills as a small-scale brewer and he continues to assist with brewing practicals.

‘I believe it is important to pass this knowledge down to successive students and teams, and to encourage team members from previous years to get involved again,’ said van Wyngaard.

‘Having multidisciplinary team members is important to make each brew a more co-operative effort.’

Participation in this competition enables students to demonstrate their brewing expertise and to benchmark themselves against students from other institutions, as well as network with the industry. The teamwork, innovation and creativity required, as well as the vocational training in using an industrial production system, afford students a unique experience of putting theory into practice.

Hunter points out that beer brewing is a good example of an economically important microbial bioprocess and has been used to illustrate and demonstrate important concepts relating to industrial fermentation processes. The micro-brewery serves as a valuable teaching aid for students in relevant disciplines.

Mastering the brewing process allows students to sample and critically assess the fruits of their labours!

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UKZN Launches Innovative isiZulu Language Technologies and Books

UKZN Launches Innovative isiZulu Language Technologies and Books
Professor Renuka Vithal.

UKZN has launched several innovative human language technologies and isiZulu books.

Aimed at assisting isiZulu students and end users, the University’s Language Planning and Development Office launched the technologies as part of its commitment to develop isiZulu as an academic language.

The Chancellor of the University, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the ‘promotion of indigenous languages was an important part of our liberation’.

Remarking on the importance of social cohesion in South Africa, Mkhize said language was always at the core of self-determination. ‘Language is central to our collective identity,’ he said.

He cautioned against language extinction and emphasised the importance of using language to build the economy.

ULPDO’s Dr Langa Khumalo demonstrated the various technologies on offer, including an open source isiZulu spellchecker and an isiZulu app, both freely available for use by all. Visit for more information.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, who has an academic background in conservation biology, has spent most of his life working to slow down the rates of species extinction around the world.

Van Jaarsveld places great importance on language conservation. ‘But, language extinctions are a much bigger threat. It’s happening at a faster rate than we are losing species around the world,’ he said.

Van Jaarsveld said an estimated 7 000 languages were spoken by 7 billion people around the world, with 23 of these languages being spoken by 4.5 billion people. ‘The other 6 000-and-something languages are spoken by a very small minority of people and as a consequence of that, and the spread of dominant languages - be it Mandarin, Spanish or English around the world and the squeezing of minority languages -  we are losing them at a horrific rate.’

About half of the 7 000 languages are considered to be endangered.

Van Jaarsveld emphasised the importance of developing indigenous languages. ‘We at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are committed to ensuring that isiZulu grows, not only as a spoken language, but as a technological language, as an academic language, as best we can. It’s our responsibility in KwaZulu-Natal to make sure that we look after our indigenous languages, particularly isiZulu in this context.’

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Professor Renuka Vithal, who is acknowledged for driving the language policy and plan at UKZN, said the University was working towards ‘promoting parity between English and isiZulu’.

Vithal said currently more than 2 000 undergraduate students were learning isiZulu at the University and over 140 had registered to do the language as a major. She said students were able to submit their research proposals and masters and doctoral theses in isiZulu.

She said that more than 40 universities around the world taught isiZulu as a language – about 24 in the United States and 12 in Europe.

Renowned lexicographer Professor Ramesh Krishnamurthy of Aston University in the United Kingdom focused on the importance of developing linguistic corpora. Krishnamurthy stressed that language was used to propose new ideas. ‘Language is how society and the world change,’ he said.

‘No child should have to think in one language and express themselves in another,’ said Krishnamurthy.                              

The technologies launched include the following:

1)      IsiZulu National Corpus – One of the biggest African language corpora in the world, with just over 20 million running words which are reflective of the language. With this resource anyone around the world has access to study isiZulu as a language in all complexities.

2)      IsiZulu Term Bank

The isiZulu Term Bank is a resource that is being developed to provide isiZulu terminology for a variety of disciplines, including anatomy, architecture, accounting, biodiversity, economics, law, nursing, and physics. The resource is a work-in-progress with other disciplines set to be added. The isiZulu term bank is also available as an open source resource on

3)      IsiZulu Spellchecker

The spellchecker is a useful resource in language editing. Using the isiZulu national corpus as a basis for training, this tool will complement the University’s effort in teaching the isiZulu modules and assist book and newspaper editors to edit isiZulu writing. The spellchecker boasts a 90 % recognition rate, and is also an open resource downloadable from the ULPDO website.

4)      Zulu Lexicon: A Mobile-Compatible Application (Android and iPhone)

 This is a mobile application of the isiZulu term Bank. It is available free, and its development is to enhance   end-user access to various multidisciplinary terminology.    

 The new technologies will be hosted and maintained by UKZN Information and Communication Systems (ICS). 


In addition, the following two isiZulu publications (both published by the UKZN Press) were launched as part of the major effort to cultivate isiZulu as an academic language:

1)      A short stories volume in isiZulu which is a culmination of a literature competition

The short stories were compiled by both budding and experienced isiZulu writers. The stories reflect on the creative experiences of Zulu people.

2)  An English-isiZulu architecture glossary with Illustrations

With this book the Discipline of Architecture can now be taught in IsiZulu. The University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) are working to a target of fully capacitating isiZulu as a medium of instruction in the academic programme by 2035. It is envisioned that students will then for example have a choice of what language their exam script will be written in, either isiZulu or English.

The development of the technologies and books was made possible through the support of various stakeholders such as the Department of Arts and Culture, UKZN Legislature, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB), eThekwini Municipality, universities in KwaZulu-Natal, Shuter and Shooter Publishers, UKZN Press, and with support from various print and broadcast media.

Musical interludes at the launch were provided by UKZN’s Head of Music, Professor Chats Devroop and Ms Thulile Nzama.

Mr Paul Nzimande was the programme director.

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UKZN – Yale Partnership

UKZN – Yale Partnership
From left: Dr Zach Porterfield (Yale), Dr Tesuven Naidu (UKZN), Professor Melynda Barnes (Yale), Dr Nthabi Rankethoa (UKZN), Dr Julia Toman (Yale), Dr Yougan Saman (UKZN), and Professor Elias Michaelides (Yale).

The inaugural UKZN-YALE  Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) Research Symposium was held at the Nelson Mandela R. School of Medicine to discuss health care needs in the field and ways in which international partnerships can address growing disparities worldwide.

The Symposium, is part of a second year of a collaboration between UKZN’s ENT Department and Yale University. The relationship began when Yale’s Dr Julia Toman and Dr Zachary Porterfield were introduced to ENT’s Head of Department Dr Yougan Saman at the 2015 ENT/SAAA/SASLHA congress in Durban.

The collaboration helped realise Saman’s vision to develop research and clinical care within his Department and across KwaZulu-Natal and is consistent with the University’s goal to promote African-led globalisation through strategies that enhance internationalisation and foster strategic partnerships.

The well-attended two-day event highlighted the multitude of clinical and research projects currently underway at the universities. Facial plastic surgeon Professor Melynda Barnes of Yale spoke on functional septorhinoplasty and the treatment of nasal obstruction.

Additional participants included clinicians and scientists from the University College of London (UK), Vanderbilt University (USA), the Department of Anatomy and Chemical Engineering at UKZN, and private physicians in South Africa.

A Neurotologist and skull base surgeon and Director of the Yale Otorhinolaryngology training programme, Professor Elias Michaelides, gave a series of lectures on Eustachian tube surgery, novel methods of detecting cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and the clinical workup of dizziness.

The Symposium served as a springboard for development of new combined international research projects at the registrar, consultant and professorial level.

Porterfield has joined the School of Clinical Medicine at UKZN as an Honorary Senior Lecturer to support these research and educational collaborations and  Toman will continue to partner to direct ongoing clinical exchange and education between UKZN and Yale.

This programme supports an exchange of registrar. ‘This year, Dr Akhona Yakobi, an Otorhinolaryngology Registrar at UKZN, will visit Yale University to work clinically with the Otorhinolaryngology Department and to complete a collaborative research project on intracranial sepsis.  In exchange, residents from Yale will return to UKZN, accompanied by fellow academic specialists, as a part of future exchange trips,’ said Porterfield.

Toman and Porterfield said they were fortunate to have attended the ENT Symposium and were grateful for the opportunity to meet otorhinolaryngologists from across the county. ‘This provided an opportunity to better understand the remarkable network of caring physicians and professionals who are dedicated to supporting the health of South Africans,’ said Toman.

To build on the success the Symposium, UKZN and Yale will host a series of symposiums and educational courses on a semi-annual basis. The next symposium is in March 2017, focusing on head and neck cancer surgery.

Specialists from Yale and other institutions in the United States will partner with UKZN otorhinolaryngologists to lecture and host a surgical course. Moreover, clinicians and scientists from both Yale and UKZN will expand the research and educational mission of this year’s inaugural event.

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Study on Self-Expanding Metal Stent Insertion

Study on Self-Expanding Metal Stent Insertion
Dr Morganyagi Govender.

Using an exclusive endoscopic technique, the insertion of a Self-Expanding Metal Stent (SEMS) can be performed at any hospital equipped with standard endoscopy instruments, a study conducted by UKZN’s Dr Morganyagi Govender has found.

Titled: “Self-Expanding Metal Stent (SEMS) insertion: Fluoroscopy Versus Pure Endoscopic Technique – a Cost Comparison”, the study showed the pure endoscopic technique is associated with significant time and cost savings in comparison to the standard fluoroscopy technique.

‘SEMS, specifically designed for use inside the intestine, are made of nickel and titanium,’ said Govender, whose research focused specifically on SEMS’ use in oesophageal cancer, where instruments are inserted to allow patients to be able to swallow - specifically patients too ill for major surgery or chemotherapy.

SEMS in a compressed form are unravelled once placed inside the body. ‘They are inserted to relieve obstruction,’ said Govender. ‘There are different stents that can be used in different parts of the intestine.’

According to Govender, in South Africa, SEMS insertion is usually performed in tertiary centres using fluoroscopy. Fluoroscopy is a special X-ray screening which is performed at the same time as the endoscopy.

‘However, not all endoscopy centres in South Africa have fluoroscopy easily available. This means that patients requiring stenting must be transferred to other centres, resulting in delays and additional transport costs,’ said Govender. ‘At our institution, Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, fluoroscopy is in great demand resulting in long delays before patients can be stented. We have therefore been using a different technique which does not require the use of fluoroscopy.’

She audited the SEMS technique over a five-year period and co-authored an article with Dr Damien Clark and Dr Coleen Aldous titled: “Self-Expanding Metal Stent Placement for Oesophageal Cancer Without Fluoroscopy is Safe and Effective”.

‘We showed our technique to be equivalent so the next research question was: “Can we show it to have advantages over the standard technique?”  And that’s how the study came about.

‘It is hoped that by showing that our direct vision technique is safe, effective and cost efficient, we can pave the way for this procedure to become the standard practice in a resource constrained health system, like ours. This would allow the procedure to be performed at many regional centres and not be restricted to tertiary centres only, ultimately improving access to many patients who need this.’ Govender’s research papers formed part of her MMed Sci thesis.

She currently works at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg as a Specialist Surgeon and is also a lecturer involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

‘I hope to continue being part of the excellent surgical team at Greys and aim to make a difference to the study and management of oesophageal cancer in our country… one small step at a time, ‘she said.

She is passionate about her work. ‘My passion for my work keeps me going despite the long and demanding hours and the many years of studying and examinations! I always knew I wanted to be a surgeon, and I still can’t see myself doing anything else!’ 

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Incwadi Entsha YezokuFunda NokuFundisa e-UKZN

Incwadi Entsha YezokuFunda NokuFundisa e-UKZN
USolwazi Kriben Pillay eme eduze nesithombe esikhangisa ngencwadi entsha engqungqutheleni yakamuva nje yezokufunda nokufundiza e-UKZN.

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Ihhovisi LezokuFunda NokuFundisa eKolishi Lezifundo ZoMthetho NokuPhatha lishicilele ibhuku lesibili lama-athikili ngezokufunda nokufundisa abhalwe othisha beKolishi.

Leli bhuku linesihloko esithi: Ukufunda Nokufundisa eKolishi Lezifundo ZoMthetho NokuPhatha: Izindlela Zokwethula Izifundo, Izifundo Nezindlela Zokufundisa Ezisebenza Ngokufanele.

Leli bhuku elihlanganiswe futhi lahlelwa oyiDini yeKolishi yezokuFunda NokuFundisa, uSolwazi Kriben Pillay nowayeyiNhloko YoPhiko lweKolishi LwezokuFunda NokuFundisa, uDkt Caroline Goodier lithinta ezokufunda nokufundisa emikhakheni yezokuhlelwa kwamabhuku ezimali, ezomnotho, ezobuchwepheshe, ezobuholi nezokuphatha.

Enye yama-athikili kuleli bhuku ebhalwe uSolwazi Nick Wood iklonyeliswe ngomklomelo wezokufunda nokufundisa i-CLMS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research ngonyaka wezi-2015. Le athikili yayihlolisisa umthelela wenhlangano yezokuhlelwa kwamabhuku ezimali ekufundisweni kwazo kwezemfundo ephakeme.

Umbhali nesikhulumi saseMelika uMnu Steven Harrison obethula inkulumo eNgqungqutheleni ye-9 Yezokufunda NokuFundisa ubhale wathi isandulelo saleli bhuku sibhalwe kahle kakhulu futhi siyinselelo kuwo wonke umuntu onguthisha nakithi sonke ukuthi sibhekise sijule’.

U-Dkt Ari Naidoo wase-UNISA uthe iKolishi Lase-UKZN LezoMthetho NokuPhatha lenza lokhu okufisa ukwenziwa umnyango ofanayo e-UNISA.

U-Pillay uthe kuyathokozisa ukubona ukudlondlobala kwezokufunda emkhakheni wezokufunda nokufundisa kuze kufike ezingeni lapho iKolishi lishicilela amabhuku amabili eminyakeni emibili. ‘Lokhu kungokokuqala kunoma iyiphi inyuvesi ezweni futhi ama-athikili akuwona womabili amabhuku ayatholakala mahhala esizindalwazini seKolishi, futhi athinta izihloko eziningi ngaphezulu kwezindaba zomkhakha kodwa athinta umongo wamasu anhlobonhlobo athuthukisa ezokufunda nokufundisa okuholela empumelelweni yabafundi. Lama-athikili anokuningi futhi okungasiza othisha bakweminye imikhakha,’ kusho u-Pillay.

‘Ngithanda ukubeka ukuthi lama bhuki amabili abengeke aphumelele ngaphandle kwamakhono nobungoti kwezokuphathwa komsebenzi kaNkz Kriyanka Moodley ongumsizi wocwaningo kwezokufunda nokufundisa, kusho u-Pillay. ‘Ukuphatha kwakhe lo msebenzi kuthinte iminxa eminingi njengokuxhumana nababhali nabahleli, ukuthola izimvume zokushicilela, ukubhekisisa ukuhlelwa kwemibhalo, imidwebo nokubhekisiswa komsebenzi; ukuthuthukiswa kwemibhalo yokukhangisa, kanye nokuqinisekisa ukushicilelwa kombhalo kagesi nowephepha.

Ngikusho lokhu ngokukhethekile ngoba kuyimpokophelo yokuthuthukiswa kwabasizi kwezokufunda nokufundisa, uDkt Rubby Dunpath ube nomthelela wokuthuthukisa abafundi abaneziqu abasebasha okubanika ithuba lempumelelo ngomuso. Kulolu hlelo lokufunda ngokwenza sibona nendlela okusebenza ngayo ezokufunda nokufundisa, kusho u-Pillay.  

Isandulelo sibhalwe iPhini LekaSekelashansela leKolishi uSolwazi John Mubangizi kwathi iSekelashansela KwezokuFunda NokuFundisa uSolwazi Renuka Vithal wabhala amazwi okusonga.

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Humanities Academic Presents at UN Conference on Sustainable Development and Housing

Humanities Academic Presents at UN Conference on Sustainable Development and Housing
Dr Claudia Loggia (second left) with the ISULabantu Team.

Dr Claudia Loggia of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) presented preliminary findings from an informal settlements upgrading project in Durban at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and Housing held in Quito, Ecuador.

This was done in collaboration with the University of Westminster in London, the uTshani Fund and the eThekwini Municipality.

The presentation focused on preliminary results of the group’s ISULabantu Project – an informal settlements upgrading led by the community as a grassroots approach towards self-reliance in South Africa.

Phase 1 of the project was run by academics and postgraduate students at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, led by Loggia, who is Principal Investigator of the South African team.

The results uncovered barriers and drivers impacting on existing bottom-up upgrading of informal settlements and revealed factors that have enhanced self-reliance in informal settlements in the Durban Metropolitan area.

The presentation featured an overview of the research programme, and included a video showing the Durban context and the fieldwork so far. 

This was followed by a panel discussion involving five high profile experts working on informal settlements upgrading in South Africa. They were the Head of Human Settlements at eThekwini Municipality, Ms Beryl Mphakathi; Professor Marie Huchzermeyer of the University of the Witwatersrand; Ms Emily Mohohlo of Shack/Slum Dwellers International; Dr Graham Alabaster of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and Dr Zoleka Sokopo of the South African Department of Human Settlements.

Said Loggia: ‘The side event was a unique opportunity to engage in practical discussions on informal settlements upgrading with some of the major experts in the field. It emerged from this interactive initiative that it is essential to build trust with the communities, who should take ownership of the upgrading process.

‘This should be reflected in the skills and capabilities that communities and local authorities need to develop further for effective community-led upgrading, including the development of effective interim tenure forms to enhance the occupational rights of local communities.’

author : Melissa Mungroo
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Street Law Democracy for All Workshop Held at UKZN

Street Law Democracy for All Workshop Held at UKZN
Participants in the Street Law for All Workshop.

A three-day Street Law Democracy for All Workshop was presented by Professor David McQuoid-Mason of UKZN’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Advocates Ms Devina Perumal and Mr Lesala Mofokeng of the School of Law on the Howard College campus.

The workshop was held for community members of the Impumelelo Centre for People with Disabilities in Ohlange, Inanda.

Draft materials from the new edition of the original Street Law Democracy for All manual were used at the workshop which attracted more than 60 participants of all ages on one of the days.

The original version of Democracy for All (1993) has been adapted and used in numerous countries undergoing transition to democracy and has been translated into several different languages.

Interactive teaching methods were used because educational psychologists have found they are far more effective than lectures in transferring knowledge.

McQuoid-Mason said responses from the participants were enthusiastic and inspirational and - particularly for Perumal and Mofokeng - in sharp contrast to the reaction of Law students who often demanded to be ‘spoon-fed’ and were sometimes reluctant to become engaged during classes or to think for themselves.

‘Even though the workshops ran for six hours a day the enthusiastic commitment of the participants and their willingness to debate controversial issues was a refreshing and energising experience for all three instructors,’ he said.

Perumal said it had been a ‘light bulb’ experience for her and she was amazed at the depth of understanding of the societal issues raised by the participants. She thought the community’s insights into violations of people’s democratic and constitutional rights in the real world were far superior to that of the majority of students at the Law School.

McQuoid-Mason said Mofokeng visited the townships frequently and was aware of many of the issues raised by the participants. However, Mofokeng’s role usually involved providing legal advice or representation and he had not previously spent much time conducting legal education workshops there. He too found the experience a refreshing change from what he often encountered with students in the Law School.

McQuoid-Mason said the experience took him back to the Law clinic work he used to do in the 1970s and 1980s, and his Street Law work when he was actively involved with committed law students. At the then University of Natal in the 1970s, McQuoid-Mason ran the Law Clinic single-handedly - with some part-time assistance from sympathetic lawyers - while carrying a full teaching load of four academic courses.

After he established the Street Law progamme, McQuoid-Mason conducted Street Law workshops in townships all over the country – sometimes in difficult circumstances during States of Emergency.

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UKZN Academics Get SAERA Award for Outstanding Peer-Reviewed Chapter

UKZN Academics Get SAERA Award for Outstanding Peer-Reviewed Chapter
Receiving the SAERA award on behalf of the research team are (from left) Dr Inbanathan Naicker, Dr Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan, Dr Daisy Pillay and Professor Theresa Chisanga.

Dr Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan of the School of Education and her research team have received the SA Educational Research Association (SAERA) award for an outstanding peer reviewed article/chapter published in 2015.

The award was presented at the 2016 SAERA conference in Cape Town.

SAERA introduced the award this year as a way of recognising and promoting quality research.

The recognition is given to South African researchers who have published an outstanding article or book chapter judged according to specified criteria including originality, quality, a significant contribution to the understanding of education, a specific focus on South Africa and readability. 

The award was made to Pithouse-Morgan, Professor Nithi Muthukrishna, Dr Daisy Pillay, Dr Linda van Laren, Professor Relebohile Moletsane, Dr Inbanathan Naicker, Dr Lorraine Singh and Dr Jean Stuart, all of UKZN; Professor Theresa Chisanga of the Walter Sisulu University and Professor Thenjiwe Meyiwa of the Durban University of Technology.

They received the award for their co-authored chapter: “Learning About Co-flexivity in a Transdisciplinary Self-Study Research Supervision Community”, in the book: Polyvocal Professional Learning Through Self-Study Research (Sense Publishers). 

The co-authors are all postgraduate research supervisors who contribute to the Transformative Education/al Studies (TES) project in South Africa. TES is a National Research Foundation (NRF)-funded research intervention project that aims to study and nurture the growth of self-study research and supervision capacity within a transdisciplinary, multi-institutional, research learning community located across diverse university contexts.

In the chapter, the authors illustrate their learning about an original conceptualisation of ‘co-flexivity’ (collective reflexivity) through an innovative, collective research process of composing poems and reflexive dialogues.

They explore how they can deepen and extend their learning, being, and becoming supervisors by being reflexive together through thinking deeply about and questioning their research supervision practice and selves in dialogue with significant others which they have conceptualised as co-flexivity.

The authors offer their polyvocal learning about co-flexivity in self-study research supervision as a contribution to broader scholarly conversations about the impact of collaboration in research supervision.

Said Pithouse-Morgan: ‘This is particularly significant in the light of the identified need to devote more resources and efforts to supporting research supervision capacity development in the South African Higher Education sector.’

author : Melissa Mungroo
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NRF Award for UKZN Staff Member

NRF Award for UKZN Staff Member
Mrs Patricia Ngwenya.

Senior Administration Officer in the Awards Cluster at UKZN’s Research Office, Mrs Patricia Ngwenya, has won an award from the National Research Foundation (NRF) for excellence in the administration of the Foundation’s grants.

Ngwenya was acknowledged at the 7th Annual NRF Administrators’ Workshop at the Legend Golf Resort in Polokwane.

Themed “Partners in Excellence”, the workshop was attended by stakeholders from South African institutions of higher learning and NRF-funded research councils.

With more than 15 years’ service at the University, Ngwenya was recognised for ‘striving to provide excellent service that includes timeous online approval of the submissions made by our researchers and also providing NRF online system support, sometimes after hours when the need arises’.

‘I feel so honoured by the award and proud that UKZN was recognised among other South African top institutions such as Wits, UCT and Stellenbosch, who also received awards for providing quality support to researchers seeking funding to pursue their work,’ said Ngwenya.

Married with three children, she is reading for a Master’s Degree in Employment/Industrial Relations.

Ngwenya plans to stay at UKZN and would like to become a lecturer.

author : Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer
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UKZN Accounting Students Clinch Fourth Place at International Competition

UKZN Accounting Students Clinch Fourth Place at International Competition
The winning team: twins Mr Steffen Wies (left) and Mr Rudolph Wies with Mr Mahomed Osman.

Twins and third year Accounting students Mr Steffen and Mr Rudolph Wies, with colleague Mr Mahomed Osman, made UKZN proud when they finished fourth in the CFO Case Study Competition in Johannesburg.

The CFO (Chief Financial Officer) competition is an international, annual multi-round business management case study contest.

The competition is organised by the CharterQuest Institute and CharterCapital Advisory TeamSA - a committee of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) students at the Institute who have global case study competition experience - and South Africa’s Barclays-sponsored CIMA2015 Global Business Challenge Champions (GBC).

The team, who made it to the semi-finals in the face of 1 278 entrants from 53 universities in 25 countries throughout the world, said being part of the competition had been a life-changing experience.

‘The CFO Case Study Competition has given me new perspective on my studies and future career,’ said Mr Steffen Wies. ‘It has provided me with fantastic networking opportunities, by introducing me to business students from all around the world and CFOs of top South African companies. The competition also helped me get valuable skills.’

Although they did not win the competition, making it to the top 6 under the mentorship of Financial Lecturer Ms Salma Vanker had been a teaching and learning experience the team is still savouring.

‘The competition has taught me how to operate under pressure,’ said Steffen. ‘Having to answer questions from the board illustrated how important it is to be able to think logically under pressure. I have also picked up on valuable report writing skills as well as how important it is to quantify any recommendation you make.’

He encouraged fellow Accounting students to take part in the competition and broaden their horizons.

The competition gives practical context to the work studied at university as it simulates real life challenges faced by directors of companies. As a bonus, you are given an opportunity to meet people who are in business and willing to share their expertise with you.

‘If you want to see how everything comes together in one holistic practical example, the opportunity lies here,’ said Osman.

author : Thandiwe Jumo
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Collaboration Between UKZN and Mauritian University Promotes Research

Collaboration Between UKZN and Mauritian University Promotes Research
From left: Mr Perienen Appavoo, Professor John Mubangizi, Professor Henry Wissink and Dr Upasana Singh.

Collaboration between the Open University in Mauritius and UKZN has yielded excellent results in the field of research.

Since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions in May this year, UKZN’s academic champion Dr Upasana Singh has through Skype participated in the Open University’s PhD symposium and - supported by Information Systems expert Professor Manoj Maharaj - presented workshops for students.

A joint research project by Singh and Mrs Vandanah Gooria exploring the perceptions of techno-savvy tertiary learners on the use of biometrics in Mauritius, was presented at the recent UKZN 10th Annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference.  The research project was well received, with many participants encouraging the researchers to pursue the idea of a comparative study involving UKZN students and Mauritian students.

Open University academic Mr Perienen Appavoo met Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi; the former Dean of the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, Professor  Henry Wissink; and Singh to discuss areas of current and future collaboration.

The areas included the possibility of a joint conference between UKZN and the Open University next year.

There was also an offer for Open University PhD and masters students to get a fee remission if they registered with UKZN on a full-time basis, thus encouraging a reciprocal relationship between the two institutions. Cultivation of joint research projects was also prioritised.

The collaborations were welcomed and tangible outcomes are expected to be evident next year. 

author : Thandiwe Jumo
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IT Specialist has Enjoyed Life-Long Association with UKZN

IT Specialist has Enjoyed Life-Long Association with UKZN
Ms Kathy Murrell retires after a life-long association with UKZN.

From an undergraduate student on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus in the 1970s to working in the ICT Division in the 1980s and graduating with an MSc (Computer Science) to recently serving as Principal Technician in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ms Kathy Murrell’s career has been cemented in the University.

Asked to describe her work in lay terms Murrell humbly stated: ‘I help people use computers for teaching and learning!’

She is now retiring but true to form says she has no intention of stopping her beloved labours! Rather she plans to continue working as an eLearning consultant.

Murrell mentions two areas of work she did over the years that she is particularly proud of.  The first is the voluntary assistance she offered blind students at Howard College when she supported students using screen reader software in their academic work. Students she worked with at the time are now doing amazingly well in politics, human resources and the legal field. ‘It is fulfilling to know that I made a small contribution to their hard won success.’

The other area was when she was in the Centre for Information Technology in Higher Education (ITEd) under the leadership of Professor Alan Amory.  ITEd focused on the theoretical foundations of using Information and Communication Technologies in education. Murrell conducted research in this field, taught digital media courses to postgraduate students and supervised six masters research projects, with two students graduating cum laude

She also supported staff across the University using the resources developed and provided to the University by ITEd.  ‘Under Professor Alan Amory’s leadership, ITEd was a ground breaking venture in its time and set a great benchmark for others to follow,’ said Murrell.  

She believes the work she has been doing at the School of Health Sciences is underpinned by the knowledge and experience she gained during her ITEd period. She says she will miss working with dedicated professional staff, academics and students.

Her motto is: ‘Integrity is one thing that no-one can take from you and is impossible to retrieve if you throw it away.’

author : Lihle Sosibo
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