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UP chancellor’s medal awarded to Nonkululeko Gobodo, SA’s first black woman CA
“Wherever you are and whichever job or profession you are in, do your part!” These are the words of Nonkululeko Gobodo who, in 1987, became the first black woman in South Africa to qualify as a chartered accountant (CA).Gobodo was recently awarded the Chancellor’s Medal by the University of... Read more
Novel study raises hope for eradicating gonorrhoea
Dr Deshanta Naicker (29) said she was thrilled to obtain her PhD in Medicine, which resulted from new South African research she undertook at the University of Kwazulu-Natal on combating the bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea. Her study investigated a “reverse vaccinology” approach and alternative therapeutics to combat... Read more
Thakgatsho does Soutpan Solar Power proud
Thakgatsho Thamaga, a 21-year-old local from Lebowakgomo, who recently earned her Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Johannesburg, is Soutpan Solar Power’s first graduate of the solar plant’s bursary programme since its launch in 2021. Having applied to over ten bursaries during her final year of... Read more
Defying poverty to graduate as a medical doctor summa cum laude
06 May 2024 was not a normal day for Dr Thembelihle Angel Maziya, who graduated as the only black female of 14 students who completed UKZN’s difficult MBChB programme summa cum laude. The 24-year-old Highveld Secondary School matriculant from a small village called Tjakastad in Mpumalanga province said she... Read more
Clear skies for top medical student, Dr Maseeha Ismael Bhorat
‘I am fully certain that the only reason I am where I am today, is because of the thousand-thread-count support system I have in my family and friends,’ said ecstatic Crawford College La Lucia’s 2017 matriculant and UKZN’s class of 2023 top medical student, Dr Maseeha Ismael Bhorat. ‘They... Read more
Growsmart 2024 launches across the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, empowering learners and enriching communities
Growsmart, the nationally acclaimed educational initiative by Growthpoint Properties, has launched its 2024 programme in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. This marks the fifteenth consecutive year of Growsmart’s commitment to advancing quality education and enriching the lives of learners in Grades 4 to 6. Growsmart’s mission is... Read more
SAS celebrates another year of impact in STEM education
As we get ready to commemorate World STEM/STEAM Day on 8 November, SAS, the global leader in analytics, takes pride in showcasing its significant contributions over the past year to STEM education across South Africa. The company continues to play an instrumental role in nurturing the next generation of... Read more
Masters for UKZN educator triumphs over advertising
Ms Sandhia Ganesh, a full-time English teacher at a boys’ school in KwaZulu-Natal, is graduating with a master’s degree in Gender Studies. Ganesh is an advocate for life-long learning, evident within her own journey. It has always been her ambition to further her academic studies and considers her latest... Read more
RSSAf honours UKZN’s Prof Vincent Nyamori
The Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf) has honoured Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Material Science Vincent Nyamori with a Fellowship (FRSSAf) for his outstanding contributions to furthering science in South Africa. Nyamori is committed to the profession of chemical sciences, where his scientific research has accrued distinction and... Read more
UFS academic receives prestigious FS agriculturalist of the year award
Prof Frikkie Maré, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS), recently walked away with the Agricultural Writers SA’s Agriculturalist of the Year award for the Free State. “I feel honoured. Although I do not work to get recognition,... Read more

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