SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY RECOGNISES TOP ACHIEVING STUDENTS

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY RECOGNISES TOP ACHIEVING STUDENTS

UKZN’s commitment to reward excellence in teaching and learning was displayed when 96 students from various disciplines received prestigious bursaries and scholarships recognising their high class academic performance.


The presentations were made during the scholarship awards ceremony at UKZN’s Graduate School of Business last week at which the CEO for the Durban Chamber of Commerce, Mr Andrew Layman, was the guest speaker. 97 top-end Scholarships were awarded for the 2011 academic year.


Four new awards were launched this year. Ms Salona Gangaram and Ms Sarisha Ojageer – both first year students studying for Bachelor of Science degrees were the first recipients of the new Pius Langa Scholarship previously referred to as the Chancellor’s scholarship.  The scholarship was awarded to students ranked in the top 10 in the province from the Department of Education’s National Senior Certificate examination results or in the top 50 in the national IEB matriculation examinations.

 

Ten top performing African women who enrolled at UKZN as new undergraduate students across various disciplines were the first to receive the Frene Ginwala Prestige Equity Entrant Scholarship named after the former Speaker of Parliament and UKZN’s first Chancellor.


Computer whizz, Mr Ross Lagerwall was deemed to be the best Honours-level student


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UKZN SCIENTIST NAMED AFRICA’S MOST OUTSTANDING

UKZN SCIENTIST NAMED AFRICA’S MOST OUTSTANDING

Professor Salim Abdool Karim received the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) award for being its Outstanding Senior African Scientist in 2011 during the closing ceremony of the organisation's forum in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia held on the October 12.

Abdool Karim is UKZN's Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).

He is also Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Cornell University, New York, and Associate Member of the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard University.

Abdool Karim was the co-principal investigator of the CAPRISA 004 trial of tenofovir gel last year which provided proof that the antiretroviral drug, tenofovir, can prevent sexually transmitted HIV infection in women. He was involved in the development, as patent co-inventor, of clade C HIV vaccines and subsequently led the first HIV vaccine trial in South Africa while his clinical research on TB-HIV treatment has impacted on and continues to shape the clinical management of co-infected patients. 

Abdool Karim is a Member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPfAR).

He was was also recently awarded the South African Medical Association’s Gold Medal Award for Fellowship in Art & Science of Medicine for 2011. This award recognises persons who contributed significantly to medicine in particular and healthcare in general, or have added to the esteem of the profession. 

The EDCTP and SAMA awards are among numerous others Abdool Karim has received in recognition of his excellence in research on microbicides, vaccines and TB-HIV treatment. Earlier this year he accepted the Drug Information Association's “President's award for outstanding achievement in world health”; the South African Department of Science and Technology's NSTF-BHP Billiton award for "Research leading to Innovation"; and the Allan Rosenfield Alumni award for 2011. &lt


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SCIENTISTS ELECTED AS FOUNDING MEMBERS OF SAYAS

SCIENTISTS ELECTED AS FOUNDING MEMBERS OF SAYAS

Professor Jerome Singh, Head of CAPRISA’s Bioethics Department and Lecturer in UKZN’s School of Law, and Dr Penny Moore from the AIDS Virus Research Unit at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of the National Health Laboratory and CAPRISA Collaborator, were recently elected as founding members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Professor Singh was also elected as Co-chairperson.

SAYAS was officially launched by the Deputy Minister for Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom, at a function in Pretoria recently. Twenty leading young scientists were inaugurated as founder members of SAYAS. The group were selected from among the best scientific minds in South Africa and represent a diverse range of talent in terms of race, gender and scientific discipline.

SAYAS was borne out of the need for young scientists to contribute towards solutions to the important national and global challenges facing society. It will represent the voice of young scientists on national and international issues and give them a platform to influence policy decisions. It is envisaged that SAYAS would become one of the apex advisory structures to government on science and policy matters, along with Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the SA National Innovation Council and the Council for Higher Education.

SAYAS also aims to contribute towards the development of scientific capacity in South Africa, through mentoring and role-modelling of future scientists, and by fostering opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations between young scientists. It particular, it will bridge the gap left between the more senior and well established Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the younger scientists who represent the future but are not part of ASSAf. SAYAS will also promote science awareness among learners, young scientists and society in general and act as a bridge between young and senior scientists.  At a global level, SAYAS will link up with the Global Young Academy of sciences to provide opportunities for South African young scientists to interact internationally with other young scientists.

ASSAf has blessed the formation of SAYAS, recognising the importance of establishing a forum for younger scientists and has provided support for turning the concept into a reality. The Department of Science and Technology has also given its approval and will meet with SAYAS in the near future to discuss future opportunities. SAYAS was taken from a concept to launch by a dedicated team of young scientists working with ASSAf in less than a year. At the first General Assembly, the founding members thanked the working group for their dedicated hard work and promised to work hard to make SAYAS a success.


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CHAMPION OF HUMAN RIGHTS HONOURED

CHAMPION OF HUMAN RIGHTS HONOURED

The legacy of late Professor Tony Mathews lives on in the pages of a book: Law, Order and Liberty: Essays in Honour of Tony Mathews, launched by UKZN’s Faculty of Law earlier this month.

Fine scholar and champion of human rights, Professor Mathews contributed tremendously to the University. During his long academic career he wrote on subjects including criminal law, constitutional law and the law of property.

Mathews was a founding member of the South African Journal on Human Rights and established the Centre for Criminal Justice (CCJ) in 1989 together with Professor John Milton. The Centre was formed in response to the failure of the system to deal effectively with the political violence in the greater Pietermaritzburg area.

UKZN Law academics Professor Marita Carnelley and Professor Shannon Hoctor are the editors of the book published by UKZN Press which contains contributions from a number of authors including local and international law academics and members of the legal profession Professor George Devenish, Professor John Dugard, Professor Cora Hoexter, Professor Michael Kidd, Professor David McQuoid-Mason, Professor Pamela Schwikkard, Professor Avrom Sherr, Professor Hugh Corder, Professor Marinus Wiechers, Professor Jan Froestad, Professor Catherine Mathews; Mr Justice Plasket and Mr Justice Davis; Dr Ann Skelton; Ms Winnie Kubayi; and Mr Clifford Shearing.

The editors describe the book as follows in their preface: ‘Tony Mathews’ principled and powerful critique of the apartheid laws that negated human rights and eviscerated the legitimacy of the South African legal system remains as a monument to both his moral courage and his legal brilliance. His compelling defence of the rule of law and his unremitting championing of the cause of human rights inspired a generation of law students and practitioners in the darkest days of apartheid.’ Speaking at the launch,


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YOUNG RESEARCHERS COMPETE FOR PFIZER TOP SPOTS

YOUNG RESEARCHERS COMPETE FOR PFIZER TOP SPOTS

Ongoing collaboration between UKZN's College of Health Science and Pfizer resulted in the 5th Annual Young Health Scientist Research Symposium’ (YHSRS) this year to encourage research among undergraduate students.

Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in South Africa and aims to improve human life in the battle against disease and disabilities.

The symposium, held at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) on the Westville campus, is one of Pfizer’s corporate social programmes and initiatives. This year it comprised 10 research presentations from all areas of Health Sciences.

The presentations were co-adjudicated by Professor Michael Ormsby of the United States; Dr Patrick Govender, a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Biochemistry, and Professor Olalekan Oduntan of the Discipline of Optometry. 

Professor Ormsby, who was the guest speaker, is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University where he is Head of the Human Performance Laboratory. His research interest is in exercise training and nutritional interventions in the prevention of obesity and obesity-related diseases, particularly in achieving human performance.

Professor Ormsby's presentation focused on the causes of obesity such as not combining nutritional diets with adequate exercise patterns. He suggested additional research-related topics on which students could conduct further research.

‘It is imperative to conduct research because it assists in scientists finding solutions to numerous problems,' said Ormsby. ‘I challenge you to probe into my research and become scientific pioneers.’


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UKZN ACADEMIC ATTENDS AUF CELEBRATION IN CANADA

UKZN ACADEMIC ATTENDS AUF CELEBRATION IN CANADA

Professor Bernard De Meyer attended the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) in Montréal, Canada, recently.

The event started with a forum on inter-university co-operation and was followed by a colloquium on the role of Francophonie in the production of knowledge and development.

Four round table debates were held, in the fields of education, democracy, health and climate change. The proceedings ended with an official dinner attended by 400 people from about 60 countries, including ministers of education, vice-chancellors and other decision makers.

The AUF has a membership of almost 800 Higher Education Institutions. UKZN joined the AUF in 2009 and some collaborative programmes have started, in particular the Regional Doctoral School under the banner: ‘Languages, plurality and development’. Twelve students were selected for this programme last year and three of them have a co-supervisor at UKZN.

At the gathering, Professor De Meyer interacted with delegates to promote the 13th quadrennial International Conference of Teachers of French being co-hosted by UKZN in Durban in July next year. Between 1 500 and 2 000 delegates are expected at the conference.


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BALUJABULELE ABAFUNDI USUKU LOKUGUBHA AMASIKO AHLUKENE e-UKZN

BALUJABULELE ABAFUNDI USUKU LOKUGUBHA AMASIKO AHLUKENE e-UKZN

Umculo, umdanso nokwabelana ngolwazi namasiko yikona obekuhamba phambili osukwini lokugubha amasiko obubanjelwe ezikhungweni zase Howard College, eMgungundlovu nase Wesitville eNyuvesi yaKwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Abafundi basezikhungweni iNelson R Mandela School of Medicine neEdgewood nabo bebemenyiwe.

Abasebenzi nabafundi bathamele lomcimbi obuhanjelwe nguMqondisi wesigceme seTurquoise Harmony Institute, Mnu Atilla Dag; uMphathi eMnyangweni Wezobuciko Namasiko, uDkt Raj Govender; Umqondisi jikelele waseCorporate Relations eUKZN, Nksz Nomonde Mbadi; Umqondisi wezokuxhumana nezokukhangisa eNyuvesi, Mnu Len Mzimela kanye noMphathi omkhulu wezabafundi, Mnu Themba Khumalo.

Usuku lomgubho lwamasiko kuyinto eyenzeka minyaka yonke. Isiqubulo sangalonyaka i- Embracing Diversity, besigqugquzela ukuhlangana kwamasiko ahlukene. I-UKZN inabafundi bangaphandle abalinganiselwa ku2500 abavela emazweni angu-1000 emhlabeni. I-UKZN inezivumelwano ezingu85 namanye amanyuvesi nabafundisi bangaphandle abangu300 abaxhumene ne-UKZN.

 ‘Imcimbi enjengalena ibalulekile  ngoba sithola ithuba lokuxhumana nabanye abafundi abavela emazweni ahlukene…sense nabangani abasha.’ kusho uNksz Yidan Zhang ongumfundi weHonours ezifundweni zeFinancial Mathematics ovela ePeople’s Republic of China.

Enkulumeni yakhe, uMzimela wamukele abahambeli bomcimbi eMgungundlovu wathi: ‘Nisitshele ngamazwe enu. Sizimisele ukufunda kunina. Uma ungakalitholi ithuba phakathi kwezifundo zakho ukuba ubone lesisifundazwe esihle, usithinte ehhovisi labafundi bangaphandle usitshele ukuthi singakusiza ngani ukuthi ufunde kodwa ukwazi nokubona lelizwe laseNingizimu Afrika.’

Imigubho ezikhungweni zontathu ibimnandi kukhona nemiculo, imidlalo yasesitegi nemidanso yamasiko ahlukene obekwethulwa abafundi. Abafundisi bebewuthamele lomcimbi basho nabo izifiso zabo zokukhulisa isizwe esiwahloniphayo amanye amasiko.

UMbadi enkulumeni yakhe ukhumbuze bonke abantu bakwamanye amazwe ukuthi noma ngabe bakude nasekhaya, nalapha kusayikhaya labo. Uphinde wakhuthaza abafundi ukuba bahloniphe imvelaphi yabanye abantu. ‘Sibaningi, sihlukene, sisezikhungweni ezinhlanu kodwa siyiNyuvesi eyodwa. Yikhaya lenu nani leli ngakho ke jabulani kulo njengoba nathi sijabula,’ kusho uMbadi

Uqhubeke wagcizelela ukubaluleka kokusebenzisana nezinye izikhungo zemfundo ephakeme emhlabeni. ‘Kubalulekile ukuqhubeka nokuxhumana nabafundisi baseNyuvesi la e-UKZN ukuze siqhubeke ukwakha ubudlelwano ukuze kube khona ukushintshana ngolwazi sithuthukise izwe lethu.’

Umfundi wonyaka wesibili ezifundweni zeBCom, uNksz Nuria Cadete wase Angola uthe: ‘Ngiyayithanda iNingizimu Afrika. Izwe elihle lokufunda, usebenze uphinde uhlale kulo…Ngiyajabula ukunikezela ngolwazi ngezwe lami ngoba kwenza ukuzwana ngamasiko nokubekezelelana.’

UKhumalo uphinde waqhubeka enkulumeni kaMbadi wakhuthaza abafundi ukuba baye ngomqondo ovulekile uma beya kwabanye abafundi bakwamanye amazwe.

Isikhulumi sosuku uDag utshele abafundi nabafundisi ngomsebenzi wenkampani yakhe. ITurquoise Harmony Institute inkampani ezimele ethuthukisa amasiko nokubekezelelana phakathi kwabantu.

‘Umgubho wamasiko kuwumgubho obalulekile ngoba kwenza inkululeko, ubulungiswa, namalungelo abantu. Kuyasiza nasekulweni nezinkinga ezibheke abantu njengezimpi nendlala. Nogkwakha ukuthula ekuhlaleni kwabantu singalwenza ushintsho,’ kusho  uDag.

Izipho zomgubho eMgungundlovu bezinikezelwe abakwaMomentum Health.  &l
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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

The Faculty of Management Studies hosted the second International Business Management Conference (BMC) at the Westville campus which brought together a number of multi-disciplinary experts to discuss business and management related problems in Africa and beyond.

 The conference themed: "Business Management Challenges in the Decade Ahead," provided an opportunity for delegates to discuss, network and learn from each other. Discussions for the duration of the conference were divided into a number of plenary sessions each with a discipline in various break-away venues.

 

UKZN’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi, said hosting the Conference had special significance for the University and the College.

 

‘Through research conferences such as the BMC, the University is able to realise its third strategic goal which promotes pre-eminence in research.

 

‘The hosting of the BMC is one of the strategic steps adopted by the College in order to contribute to the realisation of the University’s strategic goals. Hosting international conferences and engaging in inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research are part of many initiatives we committed ourselves to,’ said Professor Mubangizi.

 

Five keynote speakers presented on both days on different issues. In his keynote address, Mr Russell Loubser, Chief Executive Officer responsible for the strategic repositioning of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), said many countries had serious and complex economic problems.

 


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SPRING SCHOOL BUILDS SOUTH AFRICA’S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

SPRING SCHOOL BUILDS SOUTH AFRICA’S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is to most an unfamiliar component of computer science which deals with robotics but to experts in software development it is a cost effective and essential part for software verification.

AI can be used to validate the design specification of computer software so that the quality and functioning of a program can be accurate and guaranteed to be free of bugs. This is important especially for mission-critical software, such as air traffic control software and software for medical devices. Unfortunately, experts in the field are few and far between in South Africa, but UKZN’s School of Computer Science is making waves in training engineers to specialise in the field.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR- Meraka) holds schools - funded by the European Union project Net2 - annually attracting international researches and experts in particular fields with the purpose of building capacity and skills development.

This year CSIR in collaboration with the School of Computer Science and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR), held its 4th Annual Seasonal School titled Masters Artificial Intelligence Spring School 2011 (MAIS’11) at the Westville campus recently. MAIS’11 was attended by national experts and post graduate students in AI from several universities as well as international researchers from Italy.

MAIS’11 co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Dr Maria Keet, said the purpose of the spring school was two-fold. First, it aimed at capacity building of postgraduate students in South Africa in AI by providing an opportunity to learn state-of-the-art theory and technology in this area at an advanced level and present ongoing work in the field to a wider audience so as to practice scientific communication skills and receive feedback on their research.

Secondly, it was an opportunity for networking and consolidation of collaboration among AI researchers in South Africa with the aim of building up critical mass and a viable research community in AI in South Africa.

UKZN’s Associate Professor, Dr Nelishia Pillay, presented new research in AI focusing on Hyper Heuristics, which aims at providing a general solution to combinatorial optimisation problems.  Dr Alessandro Artale from Italy’s Free University of Bozen-Bolzano was the head presenter throughout the week, o
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RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP

RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP

A three-day research proposal writing workshop was convened recently by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Health Sciences, Professor TS Pillay.

Invited speakers were Professor Rajiv Erasmus of the University of Stellenbosch and Professor Tandi Matsha of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Additional speakers included Professor Umesh Lalloo, Dean of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

Areas covered included Choosing a Topic, Literature Management and Study Design.  The workshop was aimed at all postgraduate students within the College of Health Sciences.


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SCIENTISTS DEVISE SOLUTIONS TO COMPLEX BUSINESS CHALLENGES

SCIENTISTS DEVISE SOLUTIONS TO COMPLEX BUSINESS CHALLENGES

Baie groot sukses (a very big success) is how the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS) Board of Directors, Professor Elmarie Venter, described the outcome of the 23rd SAIMS Conference hosted by UKZN’s School of Management in Durban last month.

"Finding a Silver Lining for Business in Global Economic and Political Dark Clouds" was the theme of a conference at which about 120 management scientists gathered to discuss possible solutions to address complex business challenges.

Dr Namane Magau, Chief Executive of B&D Solutions, delivered a thought-provoking keynote address titled: Innovation and Leadership.

To address dynamic business and social challenges, Magau recommended a multidisciplinary approach involving a strong partnership between government, industry, Higher Education, communities and universities. She believes that powerful new insights can be realised through these partnerships.

Magau’s address also highlighted community engagements as an essential part of the existence of any university. She encouraged management scientists to view communities as a source of innovation saying they should value the indigenous knowledge and uniqueness the communities have and use them to solve complex societal and business challenges.

Delegates were also addressed by Mr Henry Pretorius, Senior Executive Advisor to the CEO of Toyota SA.

"South Africa: A Competitive Supplier of Automotive Products," was the title of Pretorius’ address which gave the delegates a good perspective on the performance and prospects of the automotive industry. He demonstrated the importance of the industry in addressing complex economic challenges such as unemployment, skills shortage, investment challenges and others.


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SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH FAIR

SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH FAIR

Research taking place at various Schools and Centres by staff and students was showcased at a Research Fair organised by the Faculty of Management Studies in the GSB Auditorium early this month.

The fair was attended by academic staff and postgraduate students from the various Management Studies disciplines.

Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, Professor Lesley Stainbank, said: ‘I attended on two separate occasions and I thought it was really nice to see the across-school discussions taking place. I was also very impressed with the standard of the posters and the effort taken to set up power-point presentations. There was also a real atmosphere of collegiality.’

Professor Anesh Singh, who welcomed the gathering on behalf of the Deputy Dean, Professor Krish Govender, noted that the Fair attracted far more participants than the annual Faculty Research Day, even though it had been scheduled so close to  the Faculty Business Management Conference. He commented that this augured well for future such events.


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EI WORKSHOPS A HIT WITH STUDENTS

EI WORKSHOPS A HIT WITH STUDENTS

Third-year Chemistry students on the Westville campus participated in workshops recently on Emotional Intelligence (EI) as part of their Integrated Project.

An initiative of the Career Counselling and Student Employment Centre in collaboration with the School of Chemistry, the workshops are aimed at facilitating the holistic development of students by preparing them for the working world.

The workshops, facilitated by Psychologist and Career Counsellor Mrs Busi Ramabodu, were introduced in 2010 as a pilot project. Feedback from the students indicated they valued the workshops and felt they should be offered to all students.

EI is relevant for students because when recruiting employers look for both technical and behavioural competencies such as communication skills, attitude, achievement drive, interpersonal skills, team work, stress resilience and customer orientation. Students were encouraged to engage in activities which will enable them to develop and improve on these competencies thereby also enhancing their marketability to potential employers.

 The objectives of the workshops were:

UKZN postgraduate students and academic staff in Agricultural Economics walked off with the lion’s share of awards at the recent national Conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) in Pretoria recently.

Mr Stanley Sharaunga, a Masters student in Agricultural Economics, won the award for Best Student Essay, which was based on his 4th year (Honours) project. He was supervised by Dr Edilegnaw Wale, Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics.

Mr Garreth Sparks, who graduated with an MScAgric (Agricultural Economics) degree summa cum laude in April this year, won the Protein Research Trust Best Masters Thesis award for 2010/11. He also won second prize for the AEASA Best Masters Thesis award. He was supervised by Professor Gerald Ortmann.

Ms Michelle Brown, who recently completed her MScAgric (Agricultural Economics) degree cum laude, won second prize for the Best Contributed Paper at the 2011 AEASA Conference. Her co-authors were Professor Ortmann (supervisor) and Professor Sheryl Hendriks of the University of Pretoria (co-supervisor).

Professor Gerald Ortmann and co-author Professor Rob King of the University of Minnesota, won second prize for the Best Paper published in Agrekon (the official, ISI-accredited journal of AEASA) for the 2010/11 period.

Professor Mike Lyne, Honorary Professor in Agricultural Economics at UKZN, and his co-authors, won second prize for the Best Paper published in other journals (except Agrekon).

Dr Edilegnaw Wale and Mr Majola Mabuza (PhD student) also presented papers at the AEASA Conference.


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UKZN MUSIC LECTURER ADJUDICATES AT DGC VOCAL COMPETITION

UKZN MUSIC LECTURER ADJUDICATES AT DGC VOCAL COMPETITION

Ms Debbie Mari, a Lecturer in the School of Music, was invited to adjudicate at the prestigious Durban Girls College (DGC) 2011 Annual Vocal Competition recently.

Talented singers from the school entered various categories, which included solo and ensemble singing for Grades 3 to 12, with several trophies on offer for those who excelled.

Mari was impressed by the extremely high standard of the competition as well as the sight of so many young learners eager to participate. She said it was important for the UKZN School of Music to engage with schools in KwaZulu-Natal not only as an opportunity to recruit students and motivate learners to consider a career in the music industry but also to ensure that more schools had the opportunity to include some kind of music education throughout the basic education years.

Mari said the University had a huge role to play in bridging the gap between the many schools in KwaZulu-Natal which did not offer music as a subject and university entrance requirements towards the study of music.


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DIVERSITY TRAINING WORKSHOP

DIVERSITY TRAINING WORKSHOP

UKZN’s College of Health Sciences held a diversity training workshop recently with the focus on important aspects in diversity and cultural awareness.  It was the first time such an event had been presented by the College. The programme, which proved to be lively and entertaining for the participants, was facilitated by Mr Brian Moore and Mrs Arthie Moore from Celebrating Humanity.


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WOMEN OF TROY AT THE SQUARE SPACE THEATRE

<em>WOMEN OF TROY</em> AT THE SQUARE SPACE THEATRE

A talented cast of UKZN students recently staged the play, Women of Troy, at the Square Space Theatre on the Howard College campus under the directorship of Professor Mervyn McMurtry of Drama and Performance Studies.

The play, a classic tragic drama originally presented in about 415BC by the Greek playwright, Euripides, was written soon after the Athenians had butchered the men and enslaved the women of the Sparta-aligned island of Melos.

Professor McMurtry’s adaptation of the play commented on the current situation of women in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The choral odes featured in the play were a sincere tribute to the courage and resilience of women in those countries.

Women of Troy is an exciting example of a play that fuses its environment (the stage) with simple props, powerful imagery and the inclusion of a few modern items in order to recapture the desolate situation faced by the Trojan women.

Professor McMurtry is to be congratulated on the staging of the play in the Square Space Theatre which gives the audience a feeling of being an extension of the action on stage, creating emotive interaction. The set, costumes and slick cast added to the play’s moving message.

The atmopshere created by the production was impressive thanks to the sound and theme music co-ordinater, Jason Barber; set construction and lighting’s Rogers Ganesan, and wardrobe’s Bemil Fynn and Claudette Wagner.


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