VICTORIA AND GRIFFITHS MXENGE MEMORIAL LECTURE

VICTORIA AND GRIFFITHS MXENGE MEMORIAL LECTURE

To commemorate the important role of its alumnus, Griffiths Mxenge, and his wife Victoria, played in the struggle to liberate South Africa from the shackles of apartheid, the Faculty of Law held its 9th Victoria and Griffiths Mxenge Memorial Lecture and a Student Awards Ceremony.

Alumnus and guest speaker Honourable Mr Justice Zakeria Yacoob acknowledged the contributions that the couple made to the achievement of the constitutional project even before the constitution came into existence.

 

‘Mr and Mrs Mxenge contributed to this project, not as representatives of government but as private citizens,’ he said. He added that Griffiths’ murder gave rise to an untold increase in resistance, mass action, new leadership and creative consolidation, and that Victoria’s committed participation in the struggle remained as acute and meaningful as ever after her husband’s death, before she herself was assassinated.

 

Justice Yacoob said that the Mxenges left no stone unturned in ensuring that every effort to hijack the legal system was thwarted with every fibre in their being. ‘We must today not allow the law to be used as an oppressive tool by anyone. We must fight every move to do so,’ he added.

 

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Managay Reddi congratulated all the students who received awards and wished them well for their future. The Lexis Nexis Book Prize for the Best Insurance and Agency student, the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Prize for the Best final year student and the Abel Torf Prize for the Best overall final year student all went to Ms Toni Palmer.

 

Ms Chanelle Bristol received the Bowman Gilfillan Prize for the Best Sale, Lease and Credit Agreement Student, the Shepstone & Wylie Award for the Best Maritime Law Student and the Shunmugam N Chetty Memorial Prize for being the final year student with best aggregate in Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Administrative Law.

 

Mr Linden Bowes received both the Garlicke & Bousfield Prize and the Bell Dewar Prize for the Best Environmental Law Student. The Penny Andrews Prize for the Best Clinical Law Student was received by Ms Kirsten Wild.

The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) has awarded a total of 1.7 million rand ($248 000 US) to 18 South African scientists and students to help build new tuberculosis and HIV research collaborations throughout South Africa.

These are the first Collaborative Grants awarded by K-RITH, which was founded in 2009 as a collaboration between UKZN and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). K-RITH’s mission is to conduct outstanding basic science research on tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, translate the scientific findings into new tools to control TB and HIV, and expand the educational opportunities in the region. South Africa has more residents infected with HIV than any other nation and one of the highest per capita rates of TB.

‘We wanted this programme to foster more crosstalk between the TB and HIV research communities and to indicate our willingness to be part of that collaboration,’ said Professor William R Bishai, who became K-RITH’s first full-time Director in September 2010. ‘The high quality of the applicants - and the level of interest and enthusiasm for the projects - suggests that we are filling an unmet need for small grants to help start up new projects.’

The Collaborative Grants competition was open to South Africa-based scientists (including students) outside of Durban. Applications were accepted in four areas: pilot research projects, travel, workshops, and students support. K-RITH received 66 applications, which were reviewed by top scientists and educators from South Africa, Europe, and the United States.

The grants fund a broad spectrum of projects that will start immediately, ranging from studies of naturally occurring TB in the local hyena population to helping scientists create better computer models of the spread of TB and HIV. ‘This really is a chance to see who in South Africa is working on TB and HIV, not just those who are directly related to K-RITH,’ said Dr Victoria O Kasprowicz, K-RITH’s Director of Education and Training. “We want to help find ways to come together and identify projects that can benefit the TB and HIV research community as a whole.’

Kasprowicz said that K-RITH is particularly excited to support the strong applications from eight South African master’s degree and doctoral students, since training enough doctoral students is a well known problem in the country. These students either applied for the grants themselves or with the support of a mentor, and the applications were selected based on merit. These promising students will tackle important basic science research projects, such as the role of specific immune system receptors in HIV infection, as well as clinically important research, such as the occupational risk for TB among healthcare workers. author email : online@ukzn.ac.za

ALAN PATON’S MEMORY HONOURED AT UKZN

ALAN PATON’S MEMORY HONOURED AT UKZN

UKZN’s Alan Paton Centre (APC) and Struggle Archives hosted the 18th Alan Paton Lecture on May 5. This year’s Lecture was presented by the Head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory, Mr Verne Harris

 

Harris said that both he and the Nelson Mandela Foundation were honoured to be associated with Alan Paton.  His address, titled “Madiba, Memory and the Work of Justice”, reflected on the roles of memory in post-apartheid, postcolonial South Africa.

 

Harris has been Mandela’s archivist since 2004. He has participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa’s apartheid landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 

‘The social fabric is being unravelled further by growing disparities between “haves” and “have-nots”, by rampant corruption, by creaking service delivery infrastructure, a failure of leadership at many levels, alienation from political processes, xenophobia, what I call the re-racialisation of discourse, unacceptable levels of crime, domestic violence, infant mortality, HIV infection, illiteracy, unemployment, and so on,’ Harris said.

 

Harris explored five attributes of post-apartheid memory work. He noted that that much of the memory work done in post-apartheid South Africa carries the assumption that remembering brings with it healing.  

 

He also spoke on the progress South Africa has made towards reconciliation. ‘Reconciliation is of a completely different order to that of forgiveness.  The latter is about the impossible gift; the reaching for pure transcendence.  Reconciliation is about hammering out a practical way forward, accommodating harsh realities and negotiating ways of learning simply to get on together,’ Harris said. He noted, however, that simply learning to get on together is a lot harder today than it was in 1994.

 

“Nobody is above the law!” These were the words of the Honourable Judge Daniel Nsereko who is assigned to the Appeals Division of the International Criminal Court (ICC), during a Public Lecture at UKZN on May 10. The Lecture, titled: The International Criminal Court: An overview of the basic features and recent developments”, was hosted by the Faculty of Law in partnership with the ICC. Judge Daniel Nsereko is Professor of Law at the University of Botswana and has had extensive experience in criminal law and procedure internationally.

 

The ICC, governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court. It was established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. It entered into force on July 1, 2002 and as of January 1, 2011, has state parties from 114 countries, of which the largest block of states are African. It is an independent international organisation, and is not part of the United Nations system.

 

Judge Nsereko said the ICC has jurisdiction over the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole; namely, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed after July 1, 2002. He said the Court will also have jurisdiction over the crime of aggression in terms of an amendment adopted by states last year in Kampala; however that amendment will only come into force in 2017.

 

Judge Nsereko said the Court may exercise jurisdiction over such international crimes only if they were committed on the territory of a State Party or by one of its nationals. He added that these conditions do not apply if a situation is referred to the Prosecutor by the United Nations Security Council, ‘whose resolutions are binding on all UN member states, or if a State makes a declaration accepting the jurisdiction of the Court’.

 

For the first time in the history of international criminal justice, victims have the right to participate in proceedings and request reparations. ‘This means that they may not only testify as witnesses, but also present their views and concerns at all stages of the proceedings,’ Judge Nsereko explained. He affirmed that victims who appear as witnesses before the Court will also receive support and protection.

 

As we grapple with the fear and reality of crime, people ask questions like “What is Crime?”, “How many crimes are committed every day?” and “What motivates people to become involved in crime?”

The only book in Criminology ever produced by South Africans titled: Southern African Perspective on Fundamental Criminology has recently been launched and is the first South African textbook that provides a comprehensive foundation on the core principles of Criminological study.

One of the authors of the book, Professor Shanta Balgobind Singh from UKZN’s School of Sociology and Social Studies, said the answers to these questions do not lie in speculation, myth or unfounded theory, but rather in the scientific study of crime and criminality, and their impact on the individual and society. Criminology and its sub-fields are being asked to seek answers to these problems and challenges.  

The concept for the book came about when Pearson Education South Africa decided to investigate what Criminology text books were being used at academic institutions in South Africa. They discovered that institutions were mainly using international texts books and notes.

The need to produce a South African book in Criminology was identified and academics from different universities were invited to contribute.

Academics from UKZN, the University of Pretoria, Tswane University of Technology, the University of Venda and the University of South Africa (UNISA) contributed chapters.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal had the pleasure of being visited by Senior Scientific Officer, Dr Dennis McKearin, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The purpose of the visit was to view the progress of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH). He said he also came to facilitate progress of the building project by addressing queries that have arisen during construction.

 

K-RITH has recently awarded a total of R1.7 million to 18 South African scientists and students to help build new tuberculosis and HIV research collaborations throughout South Africa.

 

McKearin reported that the Director of K-RITH, Dr William Bishai, has been working to identify candidates for scientific positions at K-RITH, as well as future collaborators to participate in joint projects. He also noted that additional K-RITH staff have been recruited to develop the program and assist in overseeing the construction of the laboratory facilities


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IMIBONO EMISHA NGAMANZI AHLANZEKILE NAMATHANGI AWO KWEZOMNOTHO

IMIBONO EMISHA NGAMANZI AHLANZEKILE NAMATHANGI AWO KWEZOMNOTHO

Njengoba iNingizimu Afrika ikhula ngokwentuthuko, ngokunjalo ziyanda izidingo zamanzi ahlanzekile. Zigamenxe izidingo zamanzi ahlanzekile kanti namadamu asiza njengamathangi ayithemba lazwelonke adonsa kanzima esikhathini samanje. Uma usubheka nemithetho emisha elwela ukuhlanzeka kwamanzi uyakubona ukubaluleka nezidingo zempatho enhle kulawa madamu, imifula, iziziba kanye nezemvelo zonkana. Kucacile ukuthi amanzi ahlanzekile kasiwasebenzisi kahle, kunalokho izinga lenhlanzeko emanzini esiwasebenzisa esikhathini samanje selilibi kakhulu. Okubhlungu ukuhi isimo sezulu sazwelonke sesishintshe kakhulu kanti ochwepheshe bayaqinisekisa ukuthi nezimvula kasizezukuna njengokujwayelekile. Kunokungabaza ukuthi lolushitsho luza nani.  

 

Okusemqoka ukuthi noma ngabe ikusasa lisiphatheleni kuyacaca ukuthi ukusetshenziswa kwamanzi ahlanzekile kuzodinga ukucosheshelwa – ukuthi izimpi zamanzi azisilo uphupho nje!

 

Yiloku okulotshwe encwadini ebizwa ngokuthi “Estuaries, Economics and Freshwater: An Introduction”. Le ncwadi esanda kuphuma ilotshwe ochwepheshe: uMnz Duncan Hay waseNyuvesi yaKwaZulu-Natali (UKZN), uSolwazi Stephen Hosking waseNelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) kanye noNksz Margaret McKenzie ophuma eWater Research Commission. Kulencwadi leli thimba selihlanganise ucwaningo olubanzi, liholwa uMcKenzie, oluzosiza abacwengi bamanzi.

 

Incwadi le izwakalisa ukubaluleka kwamadamu angamathangi amanzi, iphinde ichaze ukuthi kungani kusemqoka ukuthi ahlanzeke amanzi aqukethwe. Iyachaza futhi ngempatho yalawa madamu nokuthi kumele abiwe kanjani amanzi uma ubhekisisa ezomnotho kuleli.

 

Leli thimba labacwaningi libone kubalulekile ukuchitha ulwazi ngokongiwa nempatho yamanzi. Likhala ngokuthi kusemqoka ukuthi abaphathi balawa madamu benze izinqumo ezizohambisana nezikhathi zamanje. OSosayensi besimanjemanje sebesungule izindlela ezintsha zokuhlaziya izidingo zamadamu. Abahlaziyi bezezimali sebehlaziya ukusetshenziswa kwamanzi ahlanzekile basize ekwenzeni izinqumo ezizosimamisa izwe. Nabantu sebesebenzisa amalungelo abo ukuzwakalisa uvo lwabo ngezinto ezibalulekile kubona njengamanzi ahlanzekile. Lolu cwaningo luveze ukubaluleka kokuthatha izinqumo ezihlakaniphile ngempatho yamanzi.

 

Lencwadi iyatholakala ku-orders@wrc.ac.za, inombolo: TT 470/10.

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY CELEBRATES STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENTS

INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY CELEBRATES STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENTS

In celebration of their students’ achievements, UKZN’s School of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) held their 3rd IBM Awards at the Westville Country Club on May 6.

The purpose of the event was to honour and award students from first year to doctoral level on their different achievements.

Acting Head of School, Professor Brian McArthur said that the awards are special as they give a personal feel to Graduation. He acknowledged the contribution of the sponsors and the ongoing support of this event.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi commended the School on celebrating the excellence of their students. He said that excellence is a result of effort and hard work. He encouraged the students to always try and achieve more.

The Honours students were all presented with jackets sponsored by First National Bank, sponsor and employer of many IS&T graduates. Prizes were also sponsored by IMB, RMB and PWC.


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UKZN ACADEMIC DESIGNS UNIQUE WORK FOR UK CONFERENCE

UKZN ACADEMIC DESIGNS UNIQUE WORK FOR UK CONFERENCE

The Leadership Centre’s Professor Kriben Pillay has devised a unique performance work which will premiere at the Fourth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts at the University of Lincoln in the UK on May 28. 

Not an Angry Ape explores Shakespeare’s vision of consciousness, and the performance shows that Shakespeare provides enough evidence in his plays of a radical vision of consciousness and human potential. Professor Pillay’s specialist area of research is nondual consciousness, especially the experiential dimensions and their application to personal and social transformation projects. Increasingly, this area, as a result of the ongoing discoveries of the cognitive sciences, has interfaced considerably with the disciplines of leadership and organisational learning.

‘This performance work shows that Shakespeare anticipated our discoveries of what we really are by a few hundred years,’ said Professor Pillay

Not an Angry Ape will be performed by acclaimed South African stage, TV and film actor Mr Vaneshran Arumugam. Arumugam received the Marcella Pisanello prize at Wits University for acting for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s Othello. He is much loved for his roles on TV, in particular that of Kash, in the longest-running South African comedy series, SOS. An International Fellowship from the Ford Foundation enabled him to do postgraduate study at both Columbia University (New York) and the University of Cape Town, where he concentrated the experiences of his career into understanding Performance as a natural effect of Consciousness. These experiences included performing in local and international film and TV, but most notably on stages around the world, including the title role of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon, in 2006. He appeared in the 2006 BBC arts programme Imagine Being Hamlet, which documented his RSC performance.


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UKZN MEDICAL SCHEME WELLNESS DAYS

UKZN MEDICAL SCHEME WELLNESS DAYS

The UKZN Medical scheme hosted its first 2011 Wellness Day on May 10 at the Edgewood campus.

UKZN Medical Scheme Principal Officer, Mrs Philippa Hempson and the Discovery Health Wellness Team organises Wellness Days for each UKZN campus over a two-week period. ‘The aim of these Wellness Days is to educate members of staff and pensioner members about their health, so that they make positive changes in their lives where needed,’ she said.

Staff members take a Discovery Health test, where they check their weight and height, and then test blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These results are followed up by a private, on-screen Health Risk Assessment. When the process is complete, a Wellness Report is given to the participant.

The Wellness Reports were a hot topic at the event, as they inform staff members of their “health age”. This is estimated by assessing participants’ level of physical activity, and eating, smoking and drinking habits.

Audio Visual Technician, Mr Thiruvasagan Muthulingum (Cleven), was shocked to find that his health age was significantly older than his biological age, ‘It’s my first time attending a Wellness Day, and doing tests like these. It was very scary to read these results, but nonetheless, I am definitely going to apply lifestyle changes … now. This was an eye opening experience,’ he said. He was given information about managing sugar levels and introducing healthier eating habits at the Diabetics SA stall.

Administrator, Miss Nelisiwe Buhlalu, attended the event for the second time. ‘I am a little worried about my health as I … found that my blood pressure is slightly higher than expected. But this might be due to exam stress,’ she said, ‘I will do a follow-up on it just as the nurses asked me to.’


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