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Pietermaritzburg twins graduate as medical doctors
Pietermaritzburg twins, Drs Ziphozonke and Velenkosini Lamula, made their families and the Westgate community proud and graduated as medical doctors from UKZN on 6 May. They are among the close to 8,000 graduates who received degrees during the Autumn Graduation Ceremonies. Overall, women constitute 65.76% of all graduates. The... Read more
Former UKZN chancellor graduates with master’s
From graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the erstwhile University of Natal in 1982 to serving the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as the second Chancellor from 2009 to 2017, graduating again at the age of 68 is no mean feat for Dr Zweli Mkhize... 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
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
Close to UKZN 8,000 graduands to be honoured
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is set to honour and celebrate a total of 7,795 graduands at its upcoming 2024 Autumn Graduation which will be spread across 16 ceremonies scheduled from May 6th to May 14th, 2024 at the Westville Campus Sports Centre. Of the qualifications to be conferred,... 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
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
UKZN scoops three awards at science oscars
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science has won three of the acclaimed National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards for the 2022-2023 cycle.  The (NSTF)-South32 Awards – dubbed the ‘Science Oscars of South Africa’ were presented at a glitzy ceremony held concurrently in Johannesburg... Read more
UKZN PhD study investigates violence in alcohol establishments
An incident in Cape Town involving violence in the entertainment industry sparked Dr Nkosingiphile Mbhele’s interest, leading him to conduct a study that has earned him a PhD from the School of Applied Human Sciences. Mbhele, who is also a lecturer within UKZN’s Criminology and Forensic Studies discipline, tackled... Read more

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