PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION, PUBLIC PROTECTOR URGES LAW GRADUATES

PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION, PUBLIC PROTECTOR URGES LAW GRADUATES

Public Protector Thulisile Madonsela encouraged young people to contribute to ensuring South Africa’s democracy flourished during her address to School of Law graduates at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Madonsela, one of the 11 technical experts who assisted in drafting the final Constitution in 1994 and 1995, said young people should explore all avenues available to them to engage in dialogues of democracy and its philosophies.

 

‘You have freedom of expression and you engage in social media on things such as philosophies which we never got to do in our age. This should continue if you want our democracy to continue.’

 

‘We have a beautiful country and a constitution that is the envy of many countries. It is a constitution with solid architectural design which is set to last and has created a foundation of a democracy that is also set to last. The rule of law is not only for politicians and lawyers, it is for everyone.

 

‘Whatever you think you can do for this country, go ahead and do it.  Always do what you do with excellence,’ said Madonsela.

 

‘Some of you are the first to graduate in your family. It has not been plain sailing and some of you have even considered quitting at one stage. You have conquered yourself and believed in the power of your dreams that is why we are here today. We look forward to your leadership,’ she added.


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PHD STUDENT AND SUPERVISOR CO-AUTHOR CHAPTER IN CYBER WARFARE BOOK

PHD STUDENT AND SUPERVISOR CO-AUTHOR CHAPTER IN CYBER WARFARE BOOK

A UKZN PhD graduate and his Supervisor have joined forces to co-author a chapter in a book on cyber warfare.

The book, Cyber Conflict-Competing National Perspectives, is edited by Daniel Ventre and published by iSTE – Wiley.

Information Systems and Technology PhD graduate Mr Brett van Niekerk and Professor Manoj Maharaj authored the chapter titled: South African Perspectives on Information Warfare and Cyber Warfare.

The book draws together studies conducted by researchers and experts from all over the world in the fields of cyber security, cyber defence and information warfare.

Van Niekerk’s PhD dissertation was titled: “Vulnerability Analysis of Modern ICT Infrastructure from an Information Warfare Perspective”. He was supervised by Maharaj. 

Van Niekerk says their chapter in the book is on the South African national perspective towards cyber conflict and what measures and legislation are in place to protect South Africa from cyber warfare.

‘The book describes the different aspects of cyber warfare and how countries use the internet and the World Wide Web as part of the modern military arsenal. Recently the new national cyber security framework was approved by the Cabinet. Other related legislature - the Protection of Personal Information Bill and the Secrecy Act - have featured in the media recently.

‘The value of Cyber security frameworks and education cannot be underestimated as our lives become ever more virtual and as critical information of all kinds is stored on computers and transmitted over the electronic network,’ said van Niekerk.

She not only scooped most of the awards during the School of Law Student Awards Ceremony but she also obtained her degree Summa Cum laude.

 

The excited Ms Tatum Govender said that her love to study law was suggested by her mother when she was younger because of her love to argue and having a “big mouth”. ‘I always thought I would be a neuro surgeon or end up in business science but I enjoyed law and I stuck with it,’ she added.

 

Her awards included the Phatshoane Henney Group Honour Medals awarded to Summa Cum  Laude  students; the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Prize for the best final year student; the Abel Torf Prize for the Best overall final year student; the Shunmugam N Chetty Memorial Prize for the final year student with best aggregate in Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Administrative Law; the Shepstone & Wylie Award for the Best Maritime Law student; the LexisNexis Book Prize given to the Best Insurance & Agency student; and the Cox Yeats Prize awarded to the Best Corporate Law student.

 

Govender is currently working as a Clerk at the Constitutional Court under Justice Johan Froneman and is thoroughly enjoying the experience. She said she owed her success to her parents and grandparents.  She would like to thank them as well as her siblings and boyfriend for all they have done in helping her obtain her degree.  She would like to thank her parents for working hard to provide her with the best opportunities possible and for putting her needs before theirs, and would like to thank her grandparents, siblings and boyfriend for their support and encouragement.  She says, “They’re the best, and I am truly grateful to have them in my life.”

 

Her highlights at UKZN include spending time with her friends, debating issues with her peers from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and working under the best minds of lecturers.

 

She added that one of her challenges was balancing academic life with family life.&
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SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTING STUDENT FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO GRADUATE

SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTING STUDENT FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO GRADUATE

Enriched Management Studies student Mr Banele Mgabi’s perseverance has led to him being the first in his family to graduate from university.

Mgabi - who is from Newcastle - refused to follow in the footsteps of others in his family and find a job after completing matric.  Instead he secured a full scholarship for himself through the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants Thuthuka Bursary Fund and pursued a career in accounting.

‘My mum is unemployed so my dad is the sole breadwinner in the family which includes 13 children.  When I finished matric my dad had already organised a job for me as a secretary at the construction company he works at in Johannesburg. However, my mom convinced him to see the bigger picture and he finally accepted my choice of going to UKZN,’ explained Mgabi.

Mgabi’s mother, Regina, said her son’s successes at UKZN had made her very proud and that she had been preparing for his graduation since he started university in 2006.

‘Our family might be struggling financially but we encouraged Banele to delay finding work and rather study further because it was his dream. When I think about what he has achieved I cannot stop crying because it has not been easy to get him this far - prayer and hard work have made it possible,’ said Mrs Mgabi.

‘The whole family is excited about the graduation and everyone wants to be there on the day to show their love and support as this achievement has brought us closer,’ she added.

Although his long term goals include training for three years at Deloitte, Mgabi’s first step is working at the University for a year to gain valuable experience.

‘Being employed at the University will expose me to the working environment which will be
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UKZN GRADUATE PART OF MASSMART/WALMART GRADUATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

UKZN GRADUATE PART OF MASSMART/WALMART GRADUATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Bachelor of Commerce Honours cum laude graduate Ms Sunira Kandielall is one of 60 students accepted into the prestigious Massmart/Walmart 2012 Graduate Development Programme.

The retail education programme targets final year and honours students studying toward degrees in Information Technology, finance, marketing, logistics and business science.

The candidates then complete a three-month theory course before going to the workplace for a year after which they will be awarded a qualification from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Kandielall, a proud recipient of a special honours award currently holds a position of the regional buyer (food) for Makro in KwaZulu-Natal, said this was the first step towards reaching her dream of becoming a buying director.  

‘The development programme has created a platform for me to integrate into a company which will provide me with global exposure as a young professional. As well as providing a reputable base to progress in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry. I initially wanted to go into the fashion retail industry as a fashion buyer, however the Massmart opportunity came my way first,’ said Kandielall.

Through her honours research titled: “An Assessment of Supplier Development in two Fast Moving Consumer Goods Companies in South Africa”, Kiendiellal decided to focus on South Africa’s thriving economy.

‘A large number of small, medium and micro businesses have vast potential, however many of these businesses require investment from larger enterprises to succeed. I choose specifically to focus on supplier development in SA as suppliers not only form the heart of a company’s operations, but developing suppliers from an early stage will result in mutually beneficial relationships for all, ultimately passing on savings to the end customer,’ she said.

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MBA GRADUATE A MEMBER OF SA’S LONDON OLYMPICS MEDICAL TEAM

MBA GRADUATE A MEMBER OF SA’S LONDON OLYMPICS MEDICAL TEAM

MBA cum laude graduate Mr Neil Viranna’s all round expertise sees him jet off to London as a member of the South African Olympic Games medical team this July.

The UKZN Alumnus, who practises as a physiotherapist at the Life Mt Edgecombe Hospital and Umhlanga Hospital, also holds a B. Physiotherapy degree and a Master of Medical Science (Sports Medicine) degree.

Although completing the two-and-half-year-long MBA programme - which supplements formal lectures with critical discussions, group presentations and case study analysis - was not easy, Viranna says it was well worth it.

‘I toyed with the idea of doing an MBA for a few years as I have always been intrigued by this programme and finally decided to satisfy my curiosity - I have no regrets! The MBA is tremendous for personal development. It will be particularly useful should I decide to change careers or even get into administration in the medical fraternity,’ said Viranna.

Other achievements under Viranna’s belt include being part of the South African medical team at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and in Beijing in 2008, and being the chief physiotherapist with the 4 x 100m swimming team which won gold at the Olympics in Athens in 2004.

Viranna counts working with renowned South African sports stars such as Hestrie Cloete and Penny Heyns as memorable highlights of his career.

‘My involvement with sports medicine has added a very interesting dimension to my career. It is extremely hard and stressful work but I have enjoyed the experience and working with SA top athletes,’ said Viranna.

However, it is the issue of Corporate Governance training in sports administration that is close to his heart. ‘Coming from a clinical background, I initially found it difficult deciding on a topic for my MBA. Negative reporting in the media r
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ASPIRING CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT GRADUATES SUMMA CUM LAUDE

ASPIRING CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT GRADUATES <em>SUMMA CUM LAUDE</em>

Bachelor of Commerce summa cum laude graduate Mr Meleron Ramsamy, received 22 out of 24 A's for his modules as well as certificates of merit for five subjects during the course of his studies.

Offering advice to others, Ramsamy said: ‘Students should just work consistently and be passionate about what they are doing, but at the same time they shouldn’t over work themselves because well deserved breaks need to be taken.’

Challenges he faced at university included always finding it difficult to concentrate and get back into study mode after the vacations and staying up late at night studying. He said he had sacrificed outings with friends during test/examination periods to remain at home to study and these sacrifices had paid off.

Ramsamy said he appreciated the support and encouragement he got from his parents and friends.  ‘It has been a great and positive learning experience. Meeting and interacting with a wide range of diverse people has aided in me developing as a student as well as an individual.

‘I also truly believe that my firm faith in God has helped me succeed,’ said Ramsamy.

He added that he had a balanced lifestyle with a keen interest in sporting activities.

‘Maintaining a balance between social and academic life is important. I am fully receptive to expanding my knowledge and I am always open to new experiences,’ he said.

Ramsamy is currently completing his Postgraduate Degree in Accounting at UKZN.


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CUM LAUDE GRADUATE COMPUTER MINDED SINCE THE AGE OF THREE!

<em>CUM LAUDE</em> GRADUATE COMPUTER MINDED SINCE THE AGE OF THREE!

Business Science IST cum laude graduate Ms Thirusha Moodley started playing with computers when she was three years old and from then on her interest in the IT world just kept getting stronger.

The fact that technology is constantly evolving is very intriguing and makes me believe that a career within this domain will keep me continually motivated and pose various opportunities and challenges that will help me grow,’ said Moodley.

 

‘The increasing adoption of technology within the business environment is highly advantageous. I therefore believe that there will always be a demand for individuals with the knowledge, expertise and experience in this field.’

 

Moodley is currently employed as a junior Analyst within the Information Technology Advisory Unit at KPMG in Durban.

 

She says the current position gives her the opportunity to gain IT advisory experience in various organisations and industries nationally as well as internationally. The experience gained in this position will offer her the opportunity to obtain certification as an Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

 

Her long-term goal includes pursuing her Masters Degree in the same field as well as getting other qualifications in the field to open up greater opportunities.

 

She said she was motivated to excel in her studies after receiving her first Dean’s Commendation. ‘The idea of being successful and independent has always appealed to me. By having an idea of where I would like to be in a few years after graduating definitely motivated me to work hard so that achieving these goals, in the near future, would be realistic.

Public Administration PhD graduate Mr Dumisani Thabethe’s determination to contribute through knowledge to his community saw him overcome personal hurdles and complete his studies.

While reading for his PhD, Thabethe’s wife was diagnosed with a chronic case of lupus, a disease which affects the immune system. To add to his woes, his daughter was diagnosed with hyprolactinema, a type of pituitary tumor.

Despite these serious concerns, Thabethe decided to carry on and complete his studies into the diverse challenges facing the water and sanitation service delivery as he felt it would assist him in his role as the Customer Services and Public Relations Manager at uThukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

‘I am definitely proud of myself and so grateful to my family for supporting me through the tough and the rough times. This study has allowed me to really understand the thinking of the politicians as compared to the expectations of the public. I am now in a better position to advise our Operations Department as well as the Board regarding the areas that are still short of services and what to expect from those communities,’ said Thabethe.

His dissertation: “An Evaluation of Water and Sanitation Provision by Uthukela Water in Selected Districts of KwaZulu-Natal”, addressed the major challenges municipalities faced in the area of service delivery.

Looking forward to the future and utilising the skills acquired through his studies, Thabethe is excited about playing a positive role in improving the life of his community which depends on the municipality.

‘I am enjoying writing papers for presentation at conferences. I am also looking forward to new challenges like heading a municipal entity or managing my consulting firm on a full time basis and helping those in need,’ said Thabethe.


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STUDY AT UKZN STEERS STUDENT TOWARDS NEW CAREER PATH

STUDY AT UKZN STEERS STUDENT TOWARDS NEW CAREER PATH

A young Durban man had dreamed of becoming a qualified chartered accountant but with the knowledge he gained while studying at UKZN, instead immersed himself in the world of investment banking and asset management.

 

Mr Shivaan Algu graduated – with distinction - with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance, Banking and Investment Management. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 2010, majoring in Accounting and Tax.

‘As I progressed through my undergraduate studies, I started to learn more and more about investment banking, asset management and the various other career opportunities in investments,’ said Algu. ‘I also took a keen interest in the stock market, where I used to manage a small portfolio of stocks on behalf of my parents. From then onwards, I knew that this was the field that I wanted to be in.’

Algu is currently working as a Trainee Equity Research Analyst at Momentum Asset Management where he is receiving training in dealing with shares and company valuations. ‘I am currently studying towards my Chartered Financial Analyst qualification. I hope to remain in the investment industry for a long time to come, and to be a successful professional servicing the South African market.

‘After I completed my BCom undergrad, it just so happened that the Westville campus introduced a new Post-Grad in Finance, Banking and Investment Management as part of their offering. I took up this excellent opportunity to pursue my interests, and I never looked back or regretted my decision. I enjoyed every bit of the year,’ said Algu.

While completing his Post-Grad diploma, he received Certificates of Merit for some of his modules.

He said he would never forget his experience at UKZN as it provided him with an excellent learning platform and allowed him to meet amazing people, some of whom he had become good friends with.

Algu advised students to have passion for what they are doing and be team players. He owed his success to always pushing himself to work harder and to
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TRIPLETS GRADUATE WITH BACHELOR OF ADMINISTRATION DEGREES

TRIPLETS GRADUATE WITH BACHELOR OF ADMINISTRATION DEGREES

There was a triple celebration when the Moonaisur triplets - Ashmika, Dimishka and Tashna - graduated with Bachelor of Administration degrees and all three decided to continue studying towards honours degrees in Human Resource Management.

The trio, who pride themselves in team work and achieving good marks, each won a special bursary of R20 000 to do their honours through UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies.

‘We are really excited about graduating and are very grateful to our parents for supporting us financially for all these years while studying.  We are happy to be sharing this moment with each other. We enjoy working with people that is why we wanted to follow in our older sister’s footsteps and pursue careers in HR,’ said Dimishka.

The girls excitedly described graduation as a memorable occasion they were happy to share together.

Although completing their degree is a great achievement, excelling in their post graduate studies is their sole mission.

‘We are still deciding on our research topics but right now we are looking at teamwork, communication and burnout in the work place. The topics are relevant to our course and prevalent in today’s working environment,’ said Tashna.


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