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Experiences of African residents in Durban’s Cato Manor
UKZN history lecturer Dr Mphumeleli Ngidi researched experiences of African residents who lived in Durban’s Cato Manor for his PhD in Social Sciences. The area, popularly known as Mkhumbane, was impacted by the Group Areas Act of 1950 – it was one of several multi-racial communities where people were... Read more
Masters graduates explored community development issues in research
A desire to play a role in improving health-related matters in communities spurred the research of two graduates – Zandile Msimango and Bridget Msomi – who were awarded master’s degrees in Community and Development. Msimango says her interest in health-related issues began after exposure to chronic illnesses such as... Read more
UKZN successfully fires up powerful liquid rocket engine in ground tests
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Aerospace Systems Research Group (ASReG) has successfully tested a powerful liquid propellant rocket engine as the first step towards developing a launch vehicle for placing satellites into Earth orbit. The Ablative Blow-down Liquid Engine (ABLE) was designed by mechanical engineering students in the master’s and... Read more
Doctoral research investigates cyberstalking in Tanzanian university
Cyberstalking in Tanzanian universities was the subject of research by Dr Angela Kavishe, who was awarded a PhD in Sociology for the study, supervised by Professor Maheshvari Naidu. ‘Cyberstalking is a kind of online harassment characterised by the persistent pursuit and monitoring of a victim performed by a determined... Read more
Twin Doctors set to change the Face of medicine together
Inspirational twins Dr’s Ashiq and Ishq Pramchand, recently completed their final year of study at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine. With a host of deans’ commendations and distinctions in their academic career, the boys eagerly await their final exam results to be released on the 15th December.... Read more
Robert Mugabe’s Funeral Speeches for Zimbabwean National Heroes – Rants or Eloquent Orations?
Dr Prosper Takavarasha graduated with a PhD in Linguistics for his research into funeral speeches made by the late former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe for ‘heroes’ buried at the National Heroes’ Acre (NHA) in Harare, Zimbabwe. The study was in response to contradictory views of Mugabe’s speeches which some... Read more
Community Perceptions of Early Lightning Warning System
As part of a transdisciplinary anthropology and agricultural sciences research study, Ms Senelisiwe Ndlela investigated community perceptions of an early lightning warning system in Swayimane, UMshwathi. This study, which is part of a larger investigation under the uMngeni Resilience Project, culminated in Ndlela graduating with a master’s degree in... Read more
Top Achiever Beats Covid-19 and Graduates with a Law Degree Cum Laude
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) cum laude graduate, Ms Dharini Rangasamy has graduated Cum Laude despite the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. “My family and I contracted Covid-19 last year and I unfortunately endured Long Covid for most of the last semester of my... Read more
First Graduate of New MSc Degree Passes with Flying Colours
“Graduation is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Completing my master’s degree was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” said Ms Giselle Pillay, who will graduate cum laude with a Master of Science in Engineering in Waste and Resource... Read more
School of Law Raises R18 Million in Research Funding
An innovative legal research project led by Professor Donrich Thaldar of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Law has been awarded R18 million in funding by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is the world’s largest public funder of health-related research, supporting research worldwide that... Read more

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