EMERGENCY CARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT INAUGURAL LECTURE

EMERGENCY CARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT INAUGURAL LECTURE

UKZN academic in the School of Nursing and President of the Emergency Nurses Society of South Africa (ENSSA), Professor Petra Brysiewicz, delivered her inaugural lecture titled: "Further Developing Nursing Ideals within Emergency Care in South Africa;" at the Howard College Theatre on 18 October.

 

The month of October is significant in the field of Emergency Care as it marked World Trauma Day on October 17 and Emergency Nurses Week which ran from 09-15 October.

 

In her address, Professor Brysiewicz, with her depth of experience in the field of emergency care and her active involvement in the promotion of emergency care among nurses, addressed some of the challenges faced by health care professionals. She is currently conducting research that highlights a deficit in the psycho-social care and support of family members of critically ill trauma patients as well a lack of psycho-social support between staff working in Emergency Care.

 

Professor Brysiewicz said emergency care in South Africa presents a unique challenge. ‘With the high prevalence of patients involved in road traffic collisions and violent crime; emergency care workers are dealt the heavy task of not only having to save the lives of their patients but of appropriately caring for the family members of those patients.’ She said there were minimal formal processes in place to guide and equip emergency care workers to better support and communicate with the patient’s loved ones.

 

'It is particularly challenging in South Africa where Emergency Care takes place in a multi-cultural environment; a melting pot of cultures, further impacted by limited resources. The nurse, the doctor and the patient often each hail from differing cultures; and as such each has their own interpretation of what is deemed appropriate behavior in a traumatic scenario,' she said.

 

Professor Brysiewicz also talked to the challenge of effectively managing death in the Emergency Room; 'Death is often perceived as a failure for health care professionals and this together with the stress of working in the emergency room may lead to secondary traumatic stress as a result.' Professor Brysiewicz said most hospitals don’t have sufficient support structures in place to counsel affected staff.

 

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EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM FOCUSES ON TEACHING AND LEARNING

EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM FOCUSES ON TEACHING AND LEARNING

The third Annual Educational Research Colloquium was held on the Edgewood campus earlier this month by UKZN’s Faculty of Education.

 

Academics and students from a variety of institutions of higher learning came together to explore new ways of enhancing teaching and learning in South Africa’s education system under the theme: Education at the Crossroads.

 

Professor Michael Samuel, Dean of the Faculty of Education, presented some fundamental questions pertaining to the teaching profession, questioning, such as: ‘Who are we? What we teach? Whom we teach? What they learn?’

 

Samuel indicated that professional educators were at an identity crossroads, that curriculum was at a crossroads as well as student achievement. He said there should be a particular focus on research – research of practice, research in practice, for practice, and research for theory, policy and ideology.

 

The colloquium resonated three of UKZN’s strategic goals: pre-eminence in research, excellence in teaching and learning, and responsible community engagement.

 

Participants shared experiences and research insight that could shape the future of education in the country. One of the keynote presentations delivered by Professor Relebohile Moletsane was titled: "What’s Rurality, Gender and Development got to do with it?" Towards Universities for Social Change in South Africa.

 

‘Education is often seen as a way into economic opportunities, access to the job markets and other assets, and therefore, as a way out of poverty,’ said Moletsane, who is the Dr JL Dube Chair in Rural education at UKZN.

 

‘Yet, access to basic education continues to prove elusive for many, particularly the poor and among these, those who reside in rural contexts.’

Online Teaching and learning is a growing phenomenon in Higher Education which challenges teaching professionals to move beyond the traditional Face-to-Face method,   thus providing a more convenient and technologically savvy education to 21st Century students.

 

UKZN has embraced eLearning for undergraduates and postgraduates over the past few years, making extensive use of Moodle as an Online teaching tool. Moodle allows students to receive and upload assignments, have discussions blogs, download notices, and study materials, and have other services relating to their modules.  

 

Women in Leadership and Leverage (WILL) held a workshop focusing on Online Teaching titled: Reconceptualising the way you teach: Online learning.

 

The workshop, held at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, was conducted by Professor Fatima Suleman, Head of School and Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

 

WILL was established by senior women academics in the health disciplines in 2006 to motivate, support and contribute to the development of women in the sciences.

 

During the discussion, Suleman encouraged staff to reconceptualise the way they taught specifically on Moodle. She carefully explained the various teaching methods such as the traditional Face-to-Face, integrative and online methods.

 

However, the focus of the workshop was to introduce academics to the benefits of online technology as an ideal method of teaching. Academics were exposed to the usage of Moodle tools in order to properly teach and manage the online course appropriately.  Suleman also showed postgraduate supervisors how to use and organise Moodle to their specific student needs.

 

At present, Suleman co-ordinates two Masters programmes in the School through Online learning. Suleman logged in to Moodle and showed the workshop participants how she organises the Masters courses and how the students participate on the discussi
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ON WITH THE BATTLE AGAINST AIDS-RELATED DEATHS

ON WITH THE BATTLE AGAINST AIDS-RELATED DEATHS

UKZN has brought World AIDS Day to the fore early this year to reach more students before exams start.

 

The 2011 theme for World AIDS Day is: Getting to Zero-Zero AIDS Related Deaths, and the message has been well received by Durban's youth, a sector seriously affected by the virus. 

 

A World AIDS Day event took place at the Howard College campus and brought together health and support units such the Campus HIV/AIDS Support Unit, the Campus Clinic, the Marie Stopes Cato Manor Clinic, and the DCC Hope Centre Clinic. These Units worked on the day to educate and support students on various aspects of HIV and AIDS.

 

Professor Alan Whiteside, founder and Executive Director of Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD), presented a public lecture on the financial implications of HIV and the peoples’ rights and responsibilities in the pandemic. His talk was titled: "Economics and HIV: Costs and Consequences."

 

The Support Unit organised for 50 pupils from Durban’s Glenwood High School to attend the lecture and engage with dialogue affecting the youth.

 

‘It is time to revisit the costs and consequences of the pandemic as we are seeing a flat lining or decline in resources for it from the international community…it is clear AIDS is no longer on the agenda as it once was,’ said Whiteside.

 

Whiteside also questioned whether there were visible, measurable macro-economic indicators of HIV and AIDS which were causing slower economic growth nationally. ‘Academics have steered clear of this question, yet we are left with the intuitive feeling that increases in ill health and death have a national impact. But it is very difficult to measure and attribute this,’ said Whiteside.

 

Hear Me Alone, written by author and UKZN Research Office staff, Thando Mgqolozana, was launched in Johannesburg this month in the presence of South Africa’s Nobel Literature Prize winner, Nadine Gordimer, who described the novel as ‘daring, highly original’.

 

The book, published by Jacana Media, was first presented at the inaugural Open Book festival in Cape Town in September.

 

 In Hear Me Alone, Jesus’ paternity is used as a literary concept to address, in the main, women’s struggle against patriarchy.

 

Mgqolozana’s creative writing career was sparked by his love for reading which he nurtured during his time at the University of the Western Cape. ‘Something spurred me to look at my library record and I realised that I had read over 40 novels in less than three months. They were all by African writers,’ he recalls. He then started writing ‘short stories’ about life around him. ‘And because I thought I was an important politician, I wrote my autobiography thereafter and circulated it among my friends. I’m still embarrassed by that,’ he said.

 

His first published book, A Man Who is Not A Man (UKZN Press, 2009), won critical success. This controversial novel tackles traditional male circumcision head-on.

 

Hear Me Alone, on the other hand, is inspired by his observation of how ‘Black women use religion to find a humane social space which the world denies them and which is a somewhat different notion from what those who introduced us to the bible planned. I think black people in general go to church not to find God but for fellowship and just to yell their frustrations out loud. It’s therapy.

 

Dr Martin Chiona, a plant breeder and graduate of UKZN’s African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI), is now the leader of Zambia’s Root and Tuber Improvement Programme (RTIP), an initiative of the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI).

 

Chiona’s training at ACCI is reaping rich rewards, for under his leadership ZARI has developed four new varieties of cassava which mature early and provide high yields. Cassava is Zambia’s second staple food, after maize and thus its optimum propagation is of immense strategic importance.

 

Members of ZARI’s Root and Tuber Improvement Programme (RTIP) conducted laboratory tests before running field tests in Zambia’s Luapula province. The improved cassava varieties produce between 30 to 40 tons a hectare, compared to seven tons of maize per hectare in the same region.

 

Rural habitants of Luapula use cassava for more than food. The leaves are used in floor polish, hair chemicals, animal and fish feed. Stems are used for firewood and peels for animal feed.  'There are so many things you can do with cassava which you cannot do with other crops like maize or wheat,' said Dr Chiona.

 

RTIP aims to produce high-yielding cassava strains which are less susceptible to insects, pests and diseases, require no pesticides and can thrive in a variety of environments, including poor soil. In particular, the cassava strains are easily propagated, drought-resistant and can be harvested all year round.
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LAUNCH OF RELIGION AND HIV AND AIDS: CHARTING THE TERRAIN

LAUNCH OF RELIGION AND HIV AND AIDS: CHARTING THE TERRAIN

Edited by Dr Beverley Haddad and published by UKZN press, Religion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain, was launched earlier this month in Pietermaritzburg.

 

This landmark publication explores the interface between HIV and religion and makes a significant contribution to a growing body of scholarship that recognises the importance of religious engagement with the reality of the epidemic. 

 

The book emerges out of a collaborative project between academics and community practitioners, including people living with HIV.  Each chapter includes an analytical essay with a response from a practitioner.

 

The analytical essays are based on a bibliographic database of literature on the interface of religion and HIV.  This database is an ongoing project of the Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology (CHART) with more than 2000 entries and is available at:  www.chart.ukzn.ac.za.

 

The launch, hosted by UKZN Press and chaired by the Head of the School of Religion and Theology, Dr Simanga Kumalo, was attended by more than 60 people. Among those present were the Chair of Indigenous Health Care Systems Research at the Medical School and leader of the Traditional Medicine programme, Professor Nceba Gqaleni; Research Associate at the School of Religion and Theology, Professor Ronald Nicolson;  Editor of the book, Dr Beverley Haddad; contributor, Ms Bongi Zengele and UKZN Press Editor, Ms Debra Primo.


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WORKSHOP ON PROTOCOL, ETIQUETTE AND DIPLOMACY

WORKSHOP ON PROTOCOL, ETIQUETTE AND DIPLOMACY

Corporate Relations recently hosted a one-day workshop on the Introduction to Protocol, Etiquette and Diplomacy as part of the University's internal marketing initiatives.  

 

The response was overwhelming and 188 staff members from across the five campuses attended the half-day interactive workshop held at the Senate Chamber on the Westville campus.

 

Aimed primarily at all front line staff who interact with University stakeholders, the objective of the workshop was to create an understanding and an awareness of regional, national and international protocol. 

 

Training consultant and motivational speaker, Mr Thulani Munerenyu, outlined the principles underlying professional etiquette, diplomatic protocols and the correct use of national and international flags

 

Munerenyu’s participatory and vibrant presentation style was well received. Staff were unanimous in their comments and described the workshop as: excellent, interactive, engaging and a brilliant presentation’.

 

Ms Nomonde Mbadi, the Executive Director of Corporate Relations, applauded the participants for the keen interest in self-improvement and reiterated the importance of treating UKZN’s main customers - our students - with pride and dignity. I hope that all of you will learn a lot and go back to your workstations to implement the ideas and fundamental principles that guide best practices regarding protocol. I am pleased that staff have used this opportunity to further develop their skills in the workplace.


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USE RENEWABLE ENERGY, SAYS GREENPEACE AFRICA

USE RENEWABLE ENERGY, SAYS GREENPEACE AFRICA

Developing practical solutions which help curb the devastating environmental crisis has given rise to the creation of niche campaigns, including Greenpeace Africa’s, Use Me More, which aims to promote the use of renewable energy.

 

Greenpeace Africa’s team of volunteers and activists visited UKZN’s Howard College, Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses between October 11 and 13 in a bid to continue raising awareness about alternative energy options.

 

Greenpeace is a movement formed in 1971 by a group of people outraged by the intention of the United States government to do nuclear testing at Amchitka near Alaska. It’s a non-profit organisation using peaceful demonstrations and creative communication initiatives to solve environmental issues.

 

Today, Greenpeace Africa is actively working in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal - countries which have serious environmental issues, affecting the entire continent, including climate change, over-fishing and the mass destruction of rain forests.

 

The organisaton’s objective to promote informed debate about societal environmental choices requires an effective campaign which was developed under the banner: Use Me More. The campaign’s message is simple: Ask the government to switch from fossil fuel to cleaner renewable energy.

 

The visual impact of the campaign is colourfully illustrated through signage which features an animated smiling, bright yellow sun and a grey-blue bubble-shaped wind character with the words Use Me More above the illustration. This message was displayed in the mobile campaigns held on the UKZN campuses where Greenpeace's pro-renewable energy petition was signed by supportive students.

 

The passionate volunteers and activists showcased hands-on alternative energy sources which are inexpensive on a long-term basis while informing students about the organisation’s core activities.

UKZN’s ability to produce well-educated, competent and sought-after graduates was on display when final year BComm Accounting students presented their top research projects.

 

The presentations were in the form of a competition in which the top three student groups competed against each other. The presentations were held at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) on the Westville campus and were sponsored by auditing firm, Ernst and Young.

 

Accounting 300 students on the Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses initially presented their research projects in July to supervisors, lecturers, fellow students and representatives from Ernst & Young. Students compiled their research throughout the midterm school break, conducting primary and secondary research using newspaper clippings, literary and internet searches, annual reports and interviews to gather information.

 

The top three research presentations were then chosen and given the opportunity to present again for first place and prizes from Ernst & Young. These groups were Symanic, Protege, and Imbokodo and George.

 

Imbokodo and George were awarded first place for their presentation on South African supermarket chain, SPAR. Group member, Ms Snenhlanhla Zikalala, believes the strong teamwork and team spirit won the group top honours. ‘This was a wonderful opportunity to work with other students and be committed to achieving a common goal. We learnt to communicate more effectively with each other and handle everyone’s weaknesses. The chance to actively apply theory and pursue processes that are critically engaged within the corporate world, was indeed exciting for us,’ she added.

 

Second-placed Protege, researched the media giant, Naspers Limited. Group member, Ms Shagufta Khan, said: ‘The content of our presentation was directly addressed to the company and easily understandable for the public. We worked really well as a team and seeing everything come together was a big highlight for us.’

 

Symanic analysed Vodacom Limited as their case study, investigating Vodacom’s competitive edge against its mobile competitors Cell C, MTN, and Telkom.

 

Horticulture Masters student, Mr Matabaro Ziganira, is one of the eight international student delegates from the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) who will represent the youth and children at the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Durban next month.

 

UNFCCC’s international environmental treaty, produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, is aimed at preventing dangerous anthropogenic interference of the climate system. UNFCCC holds annual meetings titled COP with COP 17 being held at Durban’s International Conference Centre from November 28 to December 9 where the primary goal will be producing a global climate agreement.

 

Each year, IFSA sends a delegation of forestry students who are interested in climate change as well as the processes which occur during the Conferences of the Parties (COP).

 

 UNFCCC will bring together in Durban representatives of the world's governments, international organisations and civil society. The discussions will seek to advance, in a balanced fashion, the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed at COP 13 in 2007 and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP 16 last December.

 

Ziganira, who holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Entomology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany, received a competitive bursary last year from the Counsel of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) under Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) to pursue research in plantation forestry. Since then, he has been absorbed by climate change issues and its impacts on natural resources and environment.

 

The Top 15 percent of UKZN’s high achievers are now members of the esteemed Golden Key International Honour Society.

 

They were awarded their membership on October 13 and received certificates of membership at a ceremony organised by UKZN’s Golden Key Chapter Officers at the Edgewood campus.

 

The Golden Key International Honour Society offers tertiary students around the globe a life-long commitment and opportunity to be associated with the world’s most outstanding academic achievers. This creates a culture of academic excellence for its members and encourages other UKZN students to follow suit. The Society focuses on three pillars of success - academic excellence, leadership development and community service.

 

Professor Soornarain Naidoo of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine gave the new members a captivating talk about educational excellence and its holistic benefits.

 

Director of Golden Key South Africa, Ms Charlene Gunter, told students about the benefits of their new membership and accompanying academic responsibilities. Members have opportunities to receive bursaries; actively engage in community projects; receive job offers exclusive to Golden Key members; and have world-wide recognition as members. Golden Key encourages the active involvement of its lifelong members.

 

Deputy Dean of Students for Howard College campus and Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Dr Bhekithemba Ngcobo, and Psychologist and Career Counsellor at Westville, Mrs Busi Ramabodu, attended the ceremony as Golden Key Chapter Advisors. 

 

New members were encouraged to be actively involved in their Campus Chapter activities. Pietermaritzburg Campus Chapter President, and Drama and Media Student, Mr Kline Smith, actively introduced community development and involvement to new members. 

 

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HARD WORK PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR ACCOUNTING STUDENTS

HARD WORK PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR ACCOUNTING STUDENTS

Hard work during the June vacation paid off for a group of UKZN accounting students who were named winners during the Top 300 presentations and award ceremony earlier this month.

 

The University’s Accounts 300 lecturer, Mrs Navitha Sewpersadh, approached auditing firm Ernst and Young to sponsor a dinner and prizes for the Top 3 group presentations and the Top 3 book reports and received a positive response from the company’s Director, Mr Sean Kerr.

 

The aim of the event arranged by Sewpersadh was to reward the efforts of young and upcoming Chartered Accountants.  The three top groups of final year Accounting students on the Pietermaritzburg campus presented their research at the dinner.

 

Each of the groups had been tasked with analysing a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) company and reporting on their findings in the form of a presentation and a bound report.  They were required to present on Tax, Financial Accounting, Auditing and Management Accounting aspects of the companies.

 

Sewpersadh said the six-member winning group had been eloquent and humorous covering all the fields required using an excellent powerpoint presentation.

 

The group had researched Distel, South Africa’s leading producer and marketer of wines, spirits and ciders etc with more than 600 branches around the country.  A member of the group, Ms Nontokozo Mkhwanazi, said the members were proud of themselves as they had put in a lot of work and their focus was now on passing their examinations and enrolling for Honours degrees.

The second group researched Telkom presenting in a form of a television show. Some of the issues raised were cable theft and the strategies Telkom has put in place to counter the scourge. The third group presented on, Tongaat Hullets, in a boardroom setting which included the CEO, the chairman, internal and external auditors and the financial director addressing potential investors.

 

Professor Philip Stegen, Auditing Honours lecturer and Head of School, thanked Sewpersadh for obtaining sponsorship for the event and for successfully arranging the dinner which was a first for the Accounting Department.

In an effort to foster relationships between government departments and the University, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Administration resident Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the South African Public Service Commission (PSC), Ms Phelele Tengeni, addressed Masters’ students in the School of Public Administration at a guest lecture.

 

Tengeni, a UKZN alumnus, encouraged students to enjoy their academic independence, saying she was heartened to see the young group of students as it ‘represents the hope of a better Public Service’.

 

One of the Masters students, Ms Thabi Mfeka, who spoke on behalf of the group, said they were privileged to have Tengeni spend time with them.

 

The lecture focused on ethical foundations in the Public Service.  Tengeni said South Africa should not experience ethical problems as it had an excellent ethics infrastructure, adding that government departments did not have whistle blowing policies in place and people who reported corruption were afraid of being victimised.

 

Tengeni said investigations were underway to root out government employees abusing public resources and the commission had just finalised cases of financial misconduct which had cost government about R3 million.

 

She said the commission had started doing unannounced visits to check on the backlog of cases in the courts.

 

The PSC is an independent and impartial body created by the Constitution to enhance good governance within the Public Service by promoting a professional and ethical environment and adding value to a public administration that is accountable, equitable, efficient, effective, corruption-free and responsive to the needs of the people of South Africa. The PSC and the Public Protector have a Memorandum of Understanding with the PSC handling cases which relate to public servants while the Public Protector investigates anybody including politicians.
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NEW CHAPTER IN THE LIFE OF FACULTY OF EDUCATION STUDENTS

NEW CHAPTER IN THE LIFE OF FACULTY OF EDUCATION STUDENTS

Spring 2011 marked new beginnings for students in the Faculty of Education following the launch of a student chapter which promises to address far more than concerns students may have before entering the teaching profession.


The Margaret Martin Lecture Theatre was a hive of activity when students filed in to register as members of the new Chapter.

 

One of the focuses of the Chapter is to reintegrate the status, importance, roles and responsibilities of being an educator, especially at a time when the country’s education system is constantly under review to ensure quality curricula and teaching and learning best practices. 

 

Following Convocation’s decision to challenge final year students to set up the right kind of networks to bridge students with professionals in various disciplines, more and more student chapters have been launched at UKZN. Through these chapters, the University will groom final year students helping them to deal with professional issues and concerns they may have.

 

‘A student chapter like this helps you sort out your professional readiness. It’s not just another student discussion forum,’ said Mr Len Mzimela, Director for University Relations and Marketing Support. ‘Our Alumni Office runs a series of workshops for UKZN graduates. These aim at augmenting work readiness.’

 

‘When I was an undergraduate I was unaware what Convocation was,’ said Advocate Reshwant Brijraj, now a member of UKZN’s Convocation. ‘Convocation and alumni are synonymous,’ he explained, highlighting some of the amazing work done by Convocation within the University community and externally. He encouraged students to get involved in as many activities as possible while at UKZN as this created many unexpected opportunities.

 

Acting Deputy Dean for Initial Teacher Education, Professor Labby Ramrathan, expanded on the opportunities the chapter would provide once students join. He recommended students make UKZN’s Alumni Relations Office a central point of networking and interaction. ‘Forming networks is a very strong part of teacher training,’ he said.

 

The honours class of UKZN’s Drama and Performance Studies on the Howard College campus are celebrating the success of an outstanding production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s hard-hitting thriller The Love of the Nightingale which they staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from October 11-16.

 

Directed by Drama lecturer Ms Tamar Meskin, the Honours Class was challenged to collaborate as actors while designing the set and costumes, composing and arranging the music, creating the visual accompaniment, sourcing and constructing the props and puppets, managing publicity as well as working extraordinarily hard to create performances doing justice to Wertenbaker’s marvellous text.

 

Every year, the honours acting class works on a production to test their developing skills in a performance situation. ‘I decided to run this project as if we were a collective – a company that would make all decisions together and share the responsibility for the work,’ said Meskin. 

 

Wertenbaker is a feminist writer and her questions are couched in a narrative based on ancient mythology but rooted in our immediate present which interrogates the often-fraught relationship between men and women. The Love of the Nightingale confronted painful and searing heartache in its subject matter.  The play is exciting because it asks us to think out the box about men and women, the relationship between them, and particularly about the way we interact sensually and sexually,’ said Meskin.

 

In Wertenbaker’s world patriarchy is the status quo; men experience the world as a playground and women are all too often the toys with which they play to satisfy their own needs. The play is an eye opener to the unjust notions of shaping masculinity, patriarchy, rape and violence, hierarchy and the silencing of women.

 

Kamini Govender and Kivithra Naicker played alternate characters as Procne; Jethro McNamee and Brett Collopy played Teresu; Brandon Moulder was Theseus with Vedarsha Singh as Captain. Special acknowledgment went to Donna Steel, Julia Wilson and Ainsleigh Ingle who play
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OPTOMETRY STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO DO RESEARCH

OPTOMETRY STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO DO RESEARCH

Final year Optometry students recently completed their research projects and presented their findings to external examiners, lecturers, and fellow students on the Westville campus.

 

The Head of School, Professor Johan van Heerden, spoke at the function about the optometry profession with great zeal and encouraged students to pursue a holistic view of it as they started their careers.

 

‘Visual science is magical; I am speaking from the heart. Remain a practitioner and be scientific and analytical in your practice. Your profession is about the service you deliver, not what you can sell. A simple refraction technique leads to being able to see the evidence of the impact of Optometry in someone’s life. And this is what differentiates an excellent optometrist from an average one,’ said van Heerden.

 

The essence of his speech and the theme of the research symposium focused on research and evidence-based optometry.  Six groups of students presented on various topics ranging from primary eye care to the effects of tinted lenses, and gender comparisons of corneal parameters among other topics.

 

The adjudicators of the research presentations were Professor Alan Rubin from University of Johannesburg, and Professor Mathew Oriowo from University of Limpopo, who also acted as external examiners for the projects. They critiqued the final research findings, PowerPoint presentations and the informative posters from each group. Professor Rubin and Professor Oriowo both encouraged the students to conduct more research in the field of Optometry and were impressed by the professionalism shown in the research done.

 

The top research articles in optometry will be posted on the South Africa Optometrist Online Journal which is edited by Rubin and currently features top stories including those of UKZN academics. The Discipline Academic Co-ordinator, Mr Khathutshelo Mashige, highlighted the importance of the research presentations: ‘We aimed to develop research and presentation skills in our graduates, and demystify the notion that research is a separate entity from the profession of optometry and is only the role of academics. We want to highlight that research is pivotal to optometry and optometric practice,’ he said.

 

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UMCULO NOMDANSO WASE-AFRKA KU‘CULTURAL CALABASH’ E-UKZN

UMCULO NOMDANSO WASE-AFRKA KU‘CULTURAL CALABASH’ E-UKZN

Abafundi be-African Music Outreach: Community Development Programme esikoleni somculo e-UKZN bashukumise izihlwele eHoward College Theatre ngekhonsathi nombukiso oqhakambise amasiko e-Afrika yonkana, i-6th Annual African Cultural Calabash.

Minyakayonke esikhathini esingangesemester, abafundi bahlanganisa imiqondo, bathole izindlela zokwenza imali eyenza lomcimbi ube yimpumelelo. Kulonyaka bakhethe ukubandakanya ezokholo kulomcimbi. Lomgubho usukhule wadlula akubeni umculo nomdanso qha, kepha ufundisa izihambeli ngomlando we-Afrika nobuciko obubusa lelizwe. Isiqubulo somcimbi wakulonyaka besithi: “Celebrating Religious and Cultural Diversity through Music and Dance”.

Kujabule izihlwele ngenkathi kucula abesonto leZion, amaShembe, amaRasta, iqembu lomculo wokholo, umdanso waseNdiya, kanye nomculo nomdanso odidiyelwe abafundi be-African Music and Dance eNyuvesi. Kuphinde kwanandisa iqembu lakwaZulu-Natali likamaskandi, Ingwemabala. Izihlwele zathokozela ukudla obekudekwe amazwe ngamazwe ase-Afrika.

Abawuvalanga umlomo bebona amakhono abafundi. UDkt Joseph Shabalala ongumsunguli weLadysmith Black Mambazo, ehambisana noMnu Welcome Nzimande odume ngelika “Bhodloza” owayengumphathi woUkhozi FM waphinde wasakaza umculo wamaskandi kwaSABC, Ezodumo, yibo abebeyizihambeli ezikhethekile kulomgubho.

Ekhuthaza umculo wasekhaya, uNzimande uthe: ‘INingizimu Afrika inezilimu eziningi ekubalulekile ukuthi zihlonishwe. Awukwazi ukucwasa izilimu uma uhlala ezweni elinenkululeko.’ Uthe kusemqoka ukugqugquzela abafundi be- African music. ‘Lokhu kuzobakhuthaza ukuthi balinyuse izinga lalomculo, nabathengi bawo bathokozele izinga lawo eliphezulu.’

‘Uma ungowaseNdiya qhubeka ube yiNdiya, akukho okubi ngalokho. Uma ungumuntu omnyama qhubeka ube ngumuntu omnyama, akukho okungalungile ngalokho,’ kusho uDkt Bhekithemba Ngcobo oyiDeputy Dean of Students ezikhungweni zeNyuvesi, iHoward College kanye neNelson R Mandela School of Medicine. Ukhuthaze abafundi ukuthi bazwane ngokuhluka kwabo, baziqgaje ngalapho bephuma khona. 

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KZN PUPILS EXCEL IN MINTEK MINQUIZ COMPETITION

KZN PUPILS EXCEL IN MINTEK MINQUIZ COMPETITION

Four KwaZulu-Natal matric pupils have won the 2011 National Mintek Minquiz Competition held in Randburg, Gauteng. The pupils were chaperoned by Dr Nadaraj Govender, the KZN provincial co-ordinator of Minquiz based at UKZN.

 

Science education lecturers and students in the Faculty of Education at the Edgewood campus have co-ordinated the annual provincial Minquiz Competition for the past decade as part of their contribution to community work for the advancement of science and technology in South Africa.

 

The winning youngsters are Shivan Sukdeo and Kehlin Moodley of Star College in Durban, William Chabalal  of Merlewood High on the South Coast and Kelen Pillay of Wingen Heights in Shallcross, who were all finalists of the KZN provincial Minquiz competition.

 

Minquiz, which has been running since 1988, is regarded as South Africa's premier annual national Science competition for Grade 12 learners. The competition aims to encourage interest in careers in science, engineering and technology, and to promote an awareness of the importance of minerals and metallurgy in South Africa.

 

The students, who participated in team building motivational tasks as well as a written and oral quiz, interacted with various industrial companies which demonstrated their technologies in mineral processing and offered information about bursaries.

 

Students were tested on their ability to solve problems quickly and on their knowledge of science, maths, astronomy and mineralogy.

 

 It is the first time KZN participants have won the National competition. They were awarded individual and school cash prizes.


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SPORT BANQUET HONOURS UKZN’S HIGH FLYERS

SPORT BANQUET HONOURS UKZN’S HIGH FLYERS

UKZN alumnus and now AmaZulu Football Club star player, Ayanda Dlamini, was the guest speaker at the University’s 2011 Sport Banquet.

 

The theme for the evening was Greek Athens and students, family and friends were there in large numbers to support the award winners.

 

Dlamini gave an inspirational keynote address, sharing how he got into professional football at the relatively late age of 24 but soon proved himself as a leading goal scorer for AmaZulu.

 

‘You must love what you do,’ said Dlamini, who spoke about the severe pressures faced by young sportsmen and women who turned to drugs and alcohol. ‘The only weapon you have as a player is your body and if you don’t take care of it you are not taking care of your career,’ he warned.

 

He told of the joy of now being able to support his family after coming from a very disadvantaged background.

 

Dlamini said he studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at UKZN while pursuing his long-held dream of becoming a professional soccer player and that had stood him in good stead.

 

“Education is the key to life - it is the only thing to fall back on if your sporting career does not succeed.’

 

Students were moved by his life story and the windows of opportunity which education opened for him, ultimately leading to the fulfilment of his dream. ‘God is the only way of doing things. He takes his own time,’ said Dlamini.

 

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