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					COMMEMORATING                                                                       WOMEN                                                      COLUMN
100 Years of Higher                                                                 do UKZN                                                    The UKZN
Education                                                                           proud                                                      Griot
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                                                                                                                         UKZN OFFERS
                                                                                                                         Bafana Bafana Expert Assistance
                                                                                                                         Postgraduate students at UKZN’s Discipline of Sports
                                                                                                                         Science will offer their expertise to South Africa’s
                                                                                                                         national soccer team during the Fifa 2010 World Cup.




 Students arriving at the University College Campus (Salisbury Island) by ferry 1964.




 COMMEMORATING
 100 YEARS OF ACADEMIA IN KWAZULU-NATAL
 In the year in which South Africa is hosting the FIFA 2010 World Cup,                                                   UKZN’s Discipline of Sports Science boasts state-of-the-art facilities.
 KwaZulu-Natal is celebrating a milestone of its own – the 100th anniversary of                                          WORDS: NEESHA MAHARAJ

 Higher Education in the Province.

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                                                                                                                                   n Exercise Testing Team,        has sports science professionals
 WORDS: DEANNE COLLINS                                                                                                             comprising Honours and          who have the knowledge and
                                                                                                                                                                   skills to ensure the optimal per-


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                                                                                                                                   Masters students within
      n January 1910 Natal University        The centenary acknowledges           Mbadi notes: “This is an excel-        the discipline under the supervision      formance of our athletes. This is
      College – the forerunner of        the contributions of the various         lent opportunity to showcase and       of Professor Andrew McKune, an            also a fantastic opportunity for
      the University of Natal – was      institutions that evolved over the       market significant achievements        Exercise Physiologist and Dr Terry        our students – through working
 established in Pietermaritzburg.        years and joined forces with the         in the areas of research, commu-       Ellapen, the Head of the Biokinetics      with Bafana Bafana they will
 Fifty seven students – eight women      Universities of Durban-Westville         nity engagement, and teaching          Laboratory are expected to carry          see how Sports Science theory
 and 49 men – paid R3.00 per             and Natal, which later evolved           and learning.” Corporate Rela-         out performance exercise testing          is applied in the real world with
 month to attend classes in Classics;    into the University of KwaZulu-          tions will publicise all planned       on Bafana Bafana while they attend        professional athletes. There is no
 Chemistry and Physics; Botany and       Natal (UKZN).                            events.                                                                          textbook that can provide a bet-
                                                                                                                         training camps in Durban in the run
 Geology; English and Philosophy;            A special Centenary logo has             In common with the history                                                   ter learning experience,” said
                                                                                                                         up to the sporting event.
 Pure and Applied Mathematics;           been produced which will be used         of South Africa, the history of                                                  Professor McKune.
                                         on University stationery in con-         UKZN is a narrative that in-               State-of-the-art facilities in-           Over the past two years the
 Zoology; Modern Languages and
                                         junction with the UKZN logo.             cludes segregation, exclusion and      cluding sophisticated equipment           Discipline of Sports Science
 History; and Law.
                                         It will also be used on memora-          discrimination. Ms Mbadi notes         and certified biokineticists has          has performed exercise testing
     In 1922 the College began           bilia. A wide range of activities        that “It is important to acknowl-      made UKZN the institution of              on teams representing various
 operations in Durban. The Uni-          will take place to commemorate           edge and recognize the bold and        choice to attend to the national          sporting codes. These include:
 versity’s Medical School was es-        this important milestone. Plan-          tireless attempts made by numer-       soccer team during the World              the South African Sprint Kayak-
 tablished in 1950 and opened its        ning these activities has been an        ous individuals to establish a fair,   Cup.                                      ing Squad in preparation for the
 doors to students in 1951. The          inclusive process, with internal         just and equitable education for           “Together with our experi-            London Olympics in 2012; the
 University College for Indians          and external stakeholders invited        all South Africans over the past       ence, equipment, facilities and           South African Swimming Squad;
 (forerunner of the University of        to participate. The University’s         hundred years. We will com-            expertise we were able to dem-            the Golden Arrows Soccer Team
 Durban-Westville) opened in the         four Colleges have also planned          memorate their contributions           onstrate to Bafana Bafana that            and the SKISA Karate Team
 old Barracks on Salisbury Island,       a series of activities (see page 2).     through the various celebratory        they would be in `good hands’…            for a tournament in Greece last
 on the far side of Durban Bay, in           Executive Director: Cor-             activities that have been planned      This is an exciting opportunity           year.
 1961.                                   porate Relations Ms Nomonde              across the campuses.”                  to demonstrate that South Africa
                                                                                    Centenary Activities
                                                                                    The commemoration will kick off with a concert on the Pietermaritzburg campus on the
                                                                                    theme: Going Green. The concert will reiterate that in order for the students of the next
                                                                                    100 years to enjoy a decent life, we have to do more to safeguard our environment.
                                                                                    WORDS: DEANNE COLLINS




                                                                                    A
                                                                                             campus-wide photographic              A series of College-based           and Opening of Biko Museum
                                                                                             exhibition will trace the         activities have been planned to       • The Nelson R Mandela
                                                                                             history and link the different    commemorate 100 years of aca-           School of Medicine’s 60th
                                                                                    institutions that have links with          demic excellence in KwaZulu-            Anniversary Gala Dinner
                                                                                    UKZN. A souvenir publication will          Natal. These include:                 • The Nelson R Mandela
                                                                                    highlight: the history of academia         College of Agriculture,                 School of Medicine 60th
                                                                                    in KwaZulu-Natal; the history of the       Engineering and Science                 Anniversary commemo-
                                                                                    Universities of Durban-Westville and       • Four debates focusing on the          rative publication
                                                                                    Natal; the stalwarts of the ‘struggle’       College’s area of interest          College of Humanities
                                                                                    for equity and transformation;             • A Science Quiz for                  • Cultural, literary and
                                                                                                                                 high schools                          musical events
                                                                                    leaders, including student leaders
                                                                                                                               • Guest lectures pre-                 • Art and photograph-
                                                                                    over the past 100 years; and
                                                                                                                                 sented by alumni                      ic exhibition
                                                                                    prominent alumni.
                                                                                                                               • Profiling the Centenary             • Inter-faith Thanks-
                                                                                         The Centenary Endowment                 at the University’s Royal             giving Service
                                                                                    Fund that will be established for            Showground stand and at             • Panel discussion on Cel-
                                                                                    specific projects will be launched           Engineering Open Day                  ebrating Achievements
                                                                                    at a Centenary Banquet in Dur-             • A School of Chemistry Invita-         in the Humanities: Ret-
                                                                                    ban in November.                             tion Day for science teachers         rospect and Prospect
    Professor John Dugard presented a guest lecture to mark the beginning of            On 1 December (the day 100               and learners where alumni           • Commemorative
    the Faculty of Law’s centenary commemoration.                                   years ago the foundation stone of            would be invited to speak             10-chapter book
                                                                                    the Old Main Building on the Pi-           • A centenary fun run                 • College Alumni Wall of Fame
                                                                                    etermaritzburg campus was laid)            College of Health Sciences            College of Law and Man-

    Centenary Commemoration                                                         a lecture on the life and career of
                                                                                    Professor Petrie, one of the found-
                                                                                                                               • A Medico-Legal Sym-
                                                                                                                                 posium focusing on
                                                                                                                                                                     agement Studies
                                                                                                                                                                     • Centenary Guest Lectures

    in the Law Faculty Launched
                                                                                    ing professors of the University             medico-legal ethics                 • Centenary Town and
                                                                                    and an distinguished professor             • A Cultural Day                        Gown functions

    with Guest Lecture
                                                                                    of Classics, will take place on the        • Medical Research Day                • Faculty Reunions
                                                                                    Pietermaritzburg campus.                   • Steve Biko Memorial Lecture


    “… the victory of Human Rights is not complete,
    there are still important battles to be fought; the                             Welcome to your    The
    struggle continues.”
                                                                                    new look UKZNDABA! Centenary
    WORDS: SEJAL DESAI PHOTO: ALBERT HIRASEN

                                                                                                       Logo - a
I                                                                                                      symbol of
         n the first of a series of events   dismissed. “Through its harsh          In re-designing ukzndaba the aim was to produce
         to mark the centenary of the        and oppressive experience of           a campus newsletter that incorporated the

                                                                                                       unity
         teaching of law in KwaZulu-         apartheid, South Africa, albeit
    Natal, respected international law       unintentionally, made a major          latest technology in layout, design and graphic
    expert Professor John Dugard             contribution to the human rights       representations.
    presented a guest lecture at the         movement … it was the first in-
    Howard College Theatre on 1              dication where the way in which        NOMONDE MBADI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: CORPORATE RELATIONS

    March. The lecture, titled: A Century    the state ill-treated its citizens
    of Progressive Development: the          was seen to be a threat to the                                                    introductory paragraphs and all
    Individual in International Law was      international community.” He                                                      other supporting graphic ele-
                                             added, however, that: “with the                                                   ments of their colour.
    attended by approximately 180
                                             advent of South Africa’s freedom                                                      The up-to-date look and feel
    academics, legal practitioners and
                                             from apartheid, the international                                                 of the publication is achieved
    other guests.
                                             community was waiting for SA to                                                   by using modern fonts for the
        Professor Dugard traced the          take the lead in the human rights                                                 headlines and sub- heading in-
    roots of international law to the        field. It is sad that the current                                                 troductions. Sometimes the sub-
    early 1900s, when it was defined         government has failed to contin-                                                  heading could extend up to five
    as a law between states.                 ue this momentum,” he said.                                                       lines. ”If the reader only read the
        The ill-treatment of civilians           Professor Dugard singled out                                                  headlines and sub headlines they
    during World War II highlighted          two issues of international law                                                   should be left with the basic em-
    the need for individual rights to        that are of grave concern to him                                                  phasis of the entire editorial con-       The circular format of the
    be included in international law.        – poverty and the ill-treatment                                                   tent,” advised Rod Macleod an


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                                                                                                                                                                     Centenary logo suggests unity
    Individual rights were included          of civilians in armed conflict. He          t was clear that the ‘grab and        alumnus of UKZN who designed          and simulates a globe, represent-
    in the drafting of the United            noted that although South Africa            grin’ photographs which have          the publication.                      ing UKZN as a world class uni-
    Nations Charter. Binding Con-            is one of the few countries that in-        featured prominently in the               We have introduced a column       versity.
    ventions and monitoring bodies           cludes social and economic rights      old design lacked inspiration,             on the back page by our very              The colours represent the
    followed in due course. Professor        in its Constitution, this had not      movement and energy - and this             own Professor Keyan Tomaselli,        Faculties. They are placed on top
    Dugard, who served as an ad hoc          translated into real solutions for     is an important component of a             Director of the Proto Centre for      of one another surrounding the
    Judge in the International Court         those affected by poverty. He          publication. As we know, pictures          Communication, Media and So-          circle, showing that the Facul-
    of Justice, said that with the es-       added that the tragedy in Haiti        should tell a story. We will invest in     ciety.                                ties are the building blocks of the
    tablishment of an international          could have been avoided if the         well-composed action photographs.              Enjoy the Sudoku !                University.
    court “we finally had institutions       government had provided proper                                                        I hope that you enjoy your            The entire structure mirrors
    with real teeth to ensure individ-       housing that resisted shock for its        With this in mind the design           new campus newsletter and com-        a coat of arms. Coats of arms
    ual rights were protected.”              citizens. To protect civilians dur-    allows for shorter articles – which        ments are welcomed!                   are used to identify a commu-
        Professor Dugard said that           ing war, more states need to be        make for quick easy reading.                                                     nity/family. The University is a
    South Africa’s contribution to           persuaded to accept the statute of         The first design element to be                                               community and ‘family’ within
    International Law cannot be              the international criminal court.      employed was to strip headlines,                                                 itself.

2       U K Z N D A B A                                                 B R I N G I N G     Y O U    N E W S     F R O M      U N I V E R S I T Y   O F   K W A Z U L U - N A T A L     C A M P U S E S
                                                                                                                        Working together: (l-r) First year students Mr Bongani Khuzwayo, Ms
                                                                                                                        Zukiswa Makhanya, Ms Sphindile Chiliza, Mentor Ms Zinhle Bhomela, stu-
                                                                                                                        dents Ms Selina Gopaul, Ms Sanele Moyeni, and Ms Sinethemba Nkosi, and
                                                                                                                        Programme Co-ordinator Mr Cyriaque Hakizimana.



                                                                                                                        First Year Students
                                                                                                                        Take The Plunge
                                                                                                                        UKZN’s first year students are gradually adjusting to a
                                                                                                                        new teaching and learning system – and they’re getting
                                                                                                                        some help along the way!
                                                                                                                        WORDS & PHOTOGRAPH: LUNGA MEMELA




                                                                                                                        T
                                                                                                                                    he transition from high      mitment, dedication, and full co-
                                                                                                                                    school to university is a    operation from the students who
                                                                                                                                    complex one for some         sign up for it.
                                                                                                                                    first year students,” said       Social Work student Ms
                                                                                                                        Mr Cyriaque Hakizimana, Faculty          Sinethemba Nkosi said that the
                                                                                                                        of Humanities, Development, and          Programme has inspired her
                                                                                                                        Social Sciences Student Mentorship       to become a “Doctor of knowl-
 Professor Johannes van Staden in UKZN’s Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development.




 Research Reveals
                                                                                                                        Programme Co-ordinator on the            edge.” Ms Selina Gopaul, who
                                                                                                                        Howard College campus.                   intends to major in Industrial
                                                                                                                                                                 Psychology, added that it had
                                                                                                                            “Difficulties in adjusting to        been a privilege to be part of the
                                                                                                                        the University environment trace         Programme. Mr Bongani Khuz-
                                                                                                                        back to the socio-economic, so-          wayo and Ms Zukiswa Makh-



 Nature’s Unique
                                                                                                                        cio-cultural and psycho-social           anya appreciated the academic
                                                                                                                        situations the students come             input and were also thrilled to
                                                                                                                        from,” he explained.                     be given the opportunity to meet




 Regeneration Strategies
                                                                                                                            Started in 2008, the Pro-            students from diverse cultures.
                                                                                                                        gramme’s primary goals are to                First year students from the
                                                                                                                        help first year students achieve         Faculty of Humanities, Develop-
                                                                                                                        good academic performance and            ment, and Social Sciences can visit
                                                                                                                        successful and quick integration         the Mentorship Programme Of-
                                                                                                                        into the University environment.         fice in the Students Union Build-
                                                                                                                        The Programme requires com-              ing, Second Floor, Room 205.
 Ground-breaking research led by Professor Johannes van Staden and UKZN’s


                                                                                                                        Partnership
 Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development may have important ecological
 implications, resulting in an understanding of the events involved in breaking seed
 dormancy and promoting seed germination.
 WORDS & PHOTOGRAPH: VICKY CROOKES
                                                                                                                        for Language Empowerment
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     n partnership with researchers    are proposed to be a new and              conditions are most favourable


                                                                                                                        P
     from the University of            important family of naturally oc-         for germination. In a post-fire               rofessor Andrea Parmegiani from the Bronx Community College
     Stellenbosch, the University of   curring plant growth regulators.          environment it is advantageous                (BCC) visited the Humanities Access Programme on the Howard
 Copenhagen and the Academy of         They may have important impli-            for seeds to develop only once                College campus in February to launch a project which will give
 Sciences of the Czech Republic, the   cations for agronomy and horti-           there is sufficient light, water and   students from both institutions an opportunity to develop their English and
 UKZN scientists have identified a     culture because they are effective        moisture. As a result, the inhibi-     Academic Literacy skills.
 highly active plant growth promoter   at extremely low concentrations.          tor may delay the germination of
 and inhibitor in smoke.                   In their latest research, the         seeds until the best conditions are        Students at both institutions        personal narratives. Students
                                       scientists discovered another             met, and then allow the stimula-       will be composing and exchang-           from UKZN and BCC will cor-
     Previous research by the          chemical compound from plant-             tor to take over and promote ger-      ing “narratives of empower-              respond by e-mail (and perhaps
 UKZN scientists revealed that         derived smoke that may be re-             mination.                              ment,” or personal essays in             skype) to practice their English,
 smoke plays an intriguing role        sponsible for inhibiting the action           The next step in the research      which they reflect on the chal-          their writing, and their computer
 in promoting the germination          of the stimulator, thereby hinder-        process is to focus on using tech-     lenges they have had to overcome         skills. The most compelling nar-
 of seeds following a fire. The        ing germination of seeds. This            niques of molecular biology to         in order to attain higher educa-         ratives will be published in an
 scientists discovered a chemical      suggests that both compounds              study how these compounds              tion. Professor Parmegiani ran           anthology that will be used as a
 compound in smoke from burn-          – the stimulator and the inhibi-          interact and affect cellular pro-      two workshops in collaboration           learning tool in both institutions.
 ing vegetation that improves ger-     tor – could be part of a natural          cesses. This will add a further        with Dr Veena Lutchman, Co-              “It is our hope that in the future,
 mination and seedling vigour,         system regulating the re-growth           dimension to the understanding         ordinator of English Language            this project will involve more stu-
 thereby contributing to the rapid     of environments following a fire.         of the effect of smoke on seed         Development at Howard Col-               dents and grow into a faculty and
 re-growth of fire-ravaged envi-           The scientists suggest that           germination in fire-prone envi-        lege, in which Humanities Access         student exchange,” said Professor
 ronments that occurs after fires.     this new compound may ensure              ronments.                              students were guided through             Parmegiani.
     These kinds of compounds          that seeds remain dormant until                                                  the process of writing their own

EDGEWOOD        •   HOWARD COLLEGE            •   MEDICAL SCHOOL             •    PIETERMARITZBERG             •   WESTVILLE                                                  U K Z N D A B A          3
    Pietermaritzburg main building foundation stone laid by the Duke of Connaught, 1 December, 1910.       Main hall before clock installation, Pietermaritzburg.




    Staff and students 1911.                                                      Opening ceremony of Medical School Building, July 1955.




    CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF HIGHER
    EDUCATION IN KWAZULU-NATAL
    Gazing up towards the Ridge from various vantage points in Durban, the “beacon” that
    is the Memorial Tower Building beckons all those who aspire to greater heights.


O
    WORDS: GREG DARDAGAN
                                             that the beginnings of higher ed-          It was on 11 December,           some of the lecturing duties from          rica in Pretoria, was established
                   ne’s eyes travel up       ucation in KwaZulu-Natal were        1909 that the Colony of Natal’s        the teachers. By the end of the            and the Natal University Col-
                   along the proverbial      established in Pietermaritzburg      Government promulgated an              year staff comprised eight profes-         lege fell under its control along
                   long, hard road to        giving cause for great celebration   Act which formally established         sors.                                      with several other colleges al-
                   success finally resting   and ululation all round,” said Ms    the Natal University College in             The 57 students at the Col-           though it did gain some measure
    on that lofty University of KwaZulu-     Nomonde Mbadi, Executive Di-         Pietermaritzburg for the admis-        lege in 1910 - of whom 49 were             of independence in that its staff
    Natal (UKZN) landmark which stands       rector: Corporate Relations.         sion of white matriculants only,       men - paid about R3 a month for            participated in the creation of
    out on the horizon. At night the              “A variety of events and ac-    thus joining several other colleg-     tuition While waiting for a per-           syllabi and examined their own
    tower is akin to a lighthouse with a     tivities are planned to celebrate    es which presented candidates for      manent building to be construct-           students.
    glow that shines from a safe harbour     the event during 2010 and to         examination by the University of       ed, the College moved to the                     World War 1 (1914-1918)
    of academic achievement onto the         commemorate the pioneering           the Cape of Good Hope.                 Town Hall, except for zoology              caused hardships but was fol-
                                             work, often under trying circum-         It took the Natal Univer-          classes held at the Natal Muse-            lowed by post-war expansion
    city below.
                                             stances, of so many individuals to   sity College nearly 40 years to        um and chemistry classes which             which saw student numbers rise
        A mere 60 years ago there            advance higher education in our      achieve full university status.        stayed at the school as there was          to 115 in 1919, a Department of
    was no such illumination as the          province.”                               The first meeting of the Col-      a laboratory there.                        Fine Arts and a women’s resi-
    Memorial Tower Building had                    Great things – including       lege council was held on 21 Janu-          The college’s premises - the           dence being added in 1922 and
    not yet been built and Durban            major research breakthroughs         ary, 1910 while classes started        Clock Tower building designed              a residence for men completed in
    did not have a fully-fledged au-         in a variety of fields – have been   in a two-roomed wood and iron          by architect JC Tully - was com-           1929.
    tonomous university of its own.          achieved over the years at the       building at ‘Maritzburg College        pleted in 1912 on an 18ha site                   In 1922, with student
    Today it is difficult to picture the     “place of learning on the hill”      with teachers from the school          in Scottsville donated by the              numbers up to 232, the Natal
    city without that dominant sky-          as well as at the other campuses     conducting lectures.                   Pietermaritzburg Corporation               University College spread its
    line feature which has become            at Pietermaritzburg, Westville,           On 18 April of that year, Pro-    and to this day remains a promi-           wings to Durban using the
    so much part of the fabric of our        Edgewood and the Nelson R.           fessor A Petrie (Classics) and Pro-    nent feature of the campus.                Natal Technical College for
    society as has UKZN.                     Mandela School of Medicine in        fessor RB Denison (Physics and             In 1916 a new examining                lectures. A generous donation
         “This year marks a century          Umbilo, Durban.                      Chemistry) arrived and took over       body, the University of South Af-          from the owner of a stevedoring

4       U K Z N D A B A                                               B R I N G I N G    Y O U   N E W S    F R O M     U N I V E R S I T Y      O F   K W A Z U L U - N A T A L      C A M P U S E S
 Lighting the flame at the memorial to the loss of Academic Freedom, 1959.       Students demand equal and quality education, University of Durban-Westville.




 ANC President Mr Nelson Mandela is capped by University Chancellor Archbishop Denis
 Hurley. Mr Mandela received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Natal in 1993.      Mr F Waring Laying the Foundation Stone of the University of Durban-Westville, 1969.


 company, TB Davis, then led            Durban which was established in          students. Known as the Univer-         educational restructuring plans.        that stands out as one of South
 to the construction of Howard          1950 and opened its doors in 1951        sity College for Indians, student      UKZN includes the Pieterma-             Africa’s most prominent.
 College named after Mr Davis’s         admitting black students only.           numbers were never high be-            ritzburg campus, the Westville              The 2009 Shanghai Academ-
 son, Howard, who was killed on             In 1939, 440 students, includ-       cause of opposition to apartheid       campus, the Howard College              ic Ranking of World Universities
 the Somme front during World           ing 49 black students, were regis-       structures. In 1971, the College       campus the Edgewood cam-                again placed UKZN among the
 War 1.                                 tered in Durban and 418 in Piet-         was granted university status          pus, and the Nelson R Mandela           500 best universities in the world
     Howard College was officially      ermaritzburg.                            and in the following year, UDW         School of Medicine.                     – one of only three African uni-
 opened in 1931 by the Governor-            Construction on the Memo-            moved onto its new campus in               It now boasts more than             versities to achieve this distinc-
 General of South Africa, the Earl      rial Tower Building at the How-          Westville which was to be the          40 000 students on its five cam-        tion. The Institution continues
 of Clarendon, and full-time uni-       ard College campus began in              scene of scores of political ral-      puses and offers more than 2 000        to make great strides in its mis-
 versity classes began there.           1948 and was completed in 1972.          lies during the apartheid years as     academic programmes. The first          sion to be a leading research-led
     In 1932, the College’s princi-     It was built in memory of students       students fought to bring down the      Chancellor of UKZN was Dr               university and the Premier Uni-
 pal, Professor JW Bews, launched       who died during World War 2.             barriers created in education by       Frene Ginwala while the Premier         versity of African Scholarship.
 the Natal University Develop-              The University of Natal was          the Nationalist Government of          of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli
 ment Foundation in an effort to        granted independent university           the time.                              Mkhize, was recently appointed              * The main reference source for
 strengthen ties with the business      status in 1949 because of its rap-             The University became an         as the second Chancellor. Profes-       the above was an article in the Nata-
 community with his vision be-          idly growing student population,         autonomous institution in 1984,        sor Malegapuru Makgoba, the             lia magazine entitled Stella Aurorae:
 ing to incorporate the existing        its wide range of courses and its        defiantly admitting students of        first Vice-Chancellor and Princi-       Establishing KwaZulu-Natal’s First
 Adams College which catered            research achievements and op-            all races.                             pal of UKZN, is currently serv-         University written by Professor Bill
 for Africans and Sastri College        portunities.                                 On January 1 2004 UKZN             ing his second term of office at        Guest of UKZN.
 designated for Indians into a fed-         The University of Durban-            was officially formed with the         the helm.
 eral structure. His vision also in-    Westville (UDW) was established          merger between the University              UKZN celebrates a history
 cluded a Faculty for Agriculture       on Salisbury Island in the Dur-          of Natal and the University of         of mergers, consolidations, re-
 in Pietermaritzburg (established       ban Harbour area in the 1960s            Durban-Westville in accordance         configurations and the current
 in 1949) and a Medical School in       for the exclusive use of Indian          with the Government’s higher           status it now enjoys – a university

EDGEWOOD        •   HOWARD COLLEGE             •   MEDICAL SCHOOL            •    PIETERMARITZBERG             •   WESTVILLE                                                  U K Z N D A B A           5
                                                                                                                                    Women
                                                                                                                                    Do UKZN Proud
                                                                                                                                    Five female students from the School of Architecture,
                                                                                                                                    Planning and Housing have received bursaries from the
                                                                                                                                    Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to
                                                                                                                                    pursue their Masters degrees.
                                                                                                                                    WORDS: LUNGA MEMELA




    Reaching out during her stay at UKZN: Ms Raab worked with children in the KwaNdengezi community near Pinetown.



    STUDENT ACCEPTED FOR TOP
    Comparative Education PhD Programme
    School of Development Studies Masters student Erin Raab has been accepted to
    study at Stanford University in the US.
    WORDS: LUNGA MEMELA




B
             ased in the School of            graduated cum laude in 2009. Ms                 She will start the PhD pro-
             Education, she will be           Raab went on to work as a Senior           gramme at Stanford in September.
             part of the prestigious          Researcher at MIET Africa on               The University will pay her tuition
    International Comparative                 the national rollout of SADC’s             fees and provide a stipend for the
    Education PhD Programme. Only six         Care and Support for Teaching              first four years of her studies.
    percent of applicants are accepted        and Learning Programme. “The                    After that, this young go-
    to this Programme.                        Programme deepened my under-               getter sees herself working any-
                                              standing of how education sys-             where in the world, with South-
        Hailing from Minnesota,               tems can mitigate the numerous             ern Africa, Latin America or the
    USA, Ms Raab received a Ro-               psycho-social barriers to learning         States as the most likely locations.       Celebrating achievement: (back) School of Architecture Planning and Housing
    tary Scholarship and chose to do          faced by poor students, as well as         Wherever she lands, she plans              staff Mr Vincent Myeni, Ms Annette von Riesen, Dr Mohammed Ali Mulazadeeh,
    her Masters at UKZN. Her Dis-             what policy and implementation             to continue working to address             and Ms Sivani Naidoo. (front from left) Scholarship recipients Ms Tanya Dayaram
    sertation examined the fee policy         practices might inhibit the reali-         the barriers to learning faced             and Ms Sireena Ramaparsad with the Head of School, Professor Ambrose Adebayo.
    at South African schools and she          sation of this goal,” she said.            by poor children worldwide.



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                                                                                                                                            anya Dayaram, Sireena            Mr Vincent Myeni, are equally

    2010 International Music Conference                                                                                                     Ramaparsad, Manitha
                                                                                                                                            Nadesen and Maresce
                                                                                                                                    Shephanus will continue to study
                                                                                                                                                                             proud of their students. “This is
                                                                                                                                                                             a prestigious achievement and
                                                                                                                                                                             we wish them all the best in their
                                                                                                                                    at UKZN, while Amanda Cele will          studies and careers thereafter,”
    Professor Elizabeth Oehrle attended the First International Conference for Music                                                do her Masters at the University of      said Professor Adebayo.
    Education from 9-11 February under the auspices of the Faculty of Music Education.at                                            Witwatersrand.                               The CSIR is one of the
                                                                                                                                                                             leading scientific and technol-
    Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt. She was the only delegate from southern Africa.                                                  The group of friends agreed          ogy research, development and
                                                                                                                                    that hard work and the support           implementation organisations in
                                                                                                                                    of their lecturers were crucial in-      Africa. This is the second group
                                                                                                                                    gredients in their success.              of students from the School of Ar-
                                                                                                                                        Head of School, Professor            chitecture, Planning and Hous-
                                                                                                                                    Ambrose Adebayo and Hous-                ing to receive CSIR bursaries.
                                                                                                                                    ing Programme Co-ordinator,



                                                                                                                                    High Performance Computing
                                                                                                                                    Special Interest Group Meeting
                                                                                                                                    WORDS: DALE PETERS
                                                                                                                                                                                 UKZN will contribute a
                                                                                                                                        A meeting of the High Perfor-        proposed initiative to develop
                                                                                                                                    mance Computing Special Inter-           computational research skills
                                                                                                                                    est Group of the Association of          across academic disciplines, led
                                                                                                                                    South African University Direc-          by Professor Gert Kruger of
                                                                                                                                    tors of Information Technology           the School of Chemistry and
                                                                                                                                    (ASAUDIT) was held in Bloem-             Professor Francesco Petruccione
                                                                                                                                    fontein from 25-26 February.             of the Centre for Quantum Tech-
                                                                                                                                        As South African universities        nology. The co-ordination man-
                                                                                                                                    put in place significant high per-       agement of the HPC site deploy-
    Professor Mahmoud El Tayeb Nasser, President of Helwan University, Cairo presents Professor Oehrle with a gift:                 formance computing resources,            ment and integration into SAGrid
    Professor Oehrle spoke on the topic: Music Education: a vision for the Future. Her presentation analysed the state of music     their derived benefit is shared          of the regional HPC community
    education in different countries with a view to coming up with a model for the future. Concerts presented at the Conference     with the national and interna-           is conducted by UKZN’s ICT
    was included World Premiers of music from the Middle East such as Zikkrayat’s World Premier for Qanun solo. A second confer-    tional research community via            Division.
    ence is under discussion for 2012.                                                                                              SAGrid.

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                                                                                                                           Ford Foundation
                                                                                                                           Scholarship
                                                                                                                           The prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship awarded
                                                                                                                           to Ms Laura Alfers, a UKZN student at the School of
                                                                                                                           Development Studies will facilitate a three year study
                                                                                                                           tracing the evolution of institutions governing the
                                                                                                                           health of the informal worker in Africa and their lack of
                                                                                                                           Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) benefits.
                                                                                                                           WORDS: NEESHA MAHARAJ




 TATA scholorship recipients: (from left) Ms Megan Gemmell and Ms Lorika Beukes in the Microbiology laboratory on UKZN’s
 Pietermaritzburg campus.




 TATA REWARDS
 Microbiology Students
                                                                                                                           On the ground: Ms Laura Alfers with informal workers in Ghana.




                                                                                                                           M
                                                                                                                                        s Alfer’s PhD research      OHS needed to be reformed.
                                                                                                                                        on The Political Economy    Her research will extend to
 Masters Microbiology students, Ms Megan Gemmell and Ms Lorika Beukes, will                                                             of Occupational Health      Ghana and Tanzania where she
                                                                                                                           and Safety Institutions in Africa: An    will track the trade union move-
 benefit from funding from Tata Africa to pursue their research aimed at improving                                         Historical Perspective will focus on     ments and their success in secur-
 the environment for the benefit of South African society.                                                                 how political, social and economic       ing OHS for informal workers.
                                                                                                                           factors have shaped OHS systems at       Her study will also include an
 WORDS AND PHOTO: VICKY CROOKES
                                                                                                                           institutions around the continent.       understanding of OHS in Brit-



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                                                                                                                                                                    ain, France and the role of in-
         he Tata Africa Scholarships     other UKZN Tata Scholarship                crobiological quality of food              According to Ms Alfers, if in-       stitutions such the International
         are awarded annually to         recipients at an awards ceremony           in commercial and subsistence          formal workers are ever to enjoy         Labour Organisation (ILO) and
         students across South Africa    at the University of the Witwa-            farming in KwaZulu-Natal.              the protection of the OHS legis-         the World Health Organisation
 for postgraduate studies.               tersrand in Johannesburg.                     Ms Beukes will continue with        lation, organisations that govern        (WHO).
                                             The main objective of Ms               research begun in the course of


                                                                                                                           Recognition
    The students joined UKZN             Gemmell’s Masters’ research is to          her Honours degree which seeks
 Vice-Chancellor Professor Ma-           identify potential links between           to provide rural communities
 legapuru Makgoba and the six            irrigation water quality and mi-           with metal-free water.




                                         Exploring                                                                         for Chemistry Lecturer
                                                                                                                           Deputy Head of the School of Chemistry on UKZN’s
                                                                                                                           Pietermaritzburg campus, Professor Fanie van Heerden
                                         Ceramic Sculpture                                                                 was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of
                                                                                                                           South Africa.
                                         UKZN Fine Art student Ms Kim Bagley has received an                               WORDS: VICKY CROOKES


                                         Emma Smith Scholarship to study towards a PhD in
                                                                                                                           T
                                                                                                                                   he premier multidisciplinary     clude the screening of plant ex-
                                                                                                                                   scientific organisation in the   tracts and isolated compounds
                                         Ceramics at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham,                                   country, the Royal Society       for biological activity, with spe-
                                         United Kingdom.                                                                   was founded in 1908 to advance           cial emphasis on activities related
                                                                                                                           and foster all branches of science.      to significant diseases prevalent
                                         WORDS: NEESHA MAHARAJ                                                                                                      in South Africa such as Malaria
                                                                                                                           On an annual basis a limited number
                                                                                                                                                                    and HIV and AIDS; and the de-


                                         M
                                                                                                                           of Fellowships are bestowed
                                                     s Bagley will work             a multi-cultural perspective of an     on individuals “who have done            velopment of analytical methods
                                                     towards a research             African female schooled in studio      outstanding work in the furtherance      for the detection of toxic plants
                                                     degree in Contemporary         ceramics, can be used in a new         of science as evidenced by original      implicated in the accidental or
                                         Crafts, specialising in ceramics and       environment to explore surface                                                  deliberate poisoning of people us-
                                                                                                                           publications.”
                                         investigate the topic, Thrown clay         and form,” said Ms Bagley.                                                      ing plant-derived preparations.
                                         as skin: Understanding the tactile            Commenting on her achieve-              Professor van Heerden is                 Author of 60 scientific publi-
                                         metaphor in contemporary ceramics.         ment, she said: “It is a major vali-   renowned for her research on             cations in peer-reviewed journals
                                                                                    dation of Visual Arts study and        South African medicinal plants           and co-author of Poisonous Plants
                                             “This practice-based study             research at UKZN. I’m thrilled         and formed part of the Council           of South Africa, Professor van
                                         will be based in the field of ce-          that the Scholarship Committee         for Scientific and Industrial Re-        Heerden joins approximately
                                         ramic sculpture using a skin clay          values the high quality of research    search (CSIR)’s research team            seven other distinguished UKZN
                                         metaphor as the initial thematic           and undergraduate teaching at          that investigated Hoodia gordonii,       scientists who are Fellows of the
                                         point of departure. The focus of           the Centre for Visual Arts on the      a cactus-like plant celebrated for       Royal Society of South Africa.
                                         the study will be on how materi-           Pietermaritzburg campus.”              its appetite suppressing qualities.
 A Fine Arts student at work.            als and processes, adapted from                                                   Her other research interests in-

EDGEWOOD         •   HOWARD COLLEGE              •   MEDICAL SCHOOL             •    PIETERMARITZBERG             •   WESTVILLE                                                   U K Z N D A B A         7
    The UKZN Griot
    Columnists. What do they do? Why?
    With what consequences? Remember
    David Bullard? His brief was to
    provoke. Well, he provoked
    once too often – was accused
    of racism - and got fired.
    The Sunday Times even fired
    him from writing about
    cars.
    WORDS: KEYAN TOMASELLI




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             hen there was Darrel            vents himself as a car guard. My
             Bristow-Bovey who               favourite is Fred Khumalo who            UKZN students braved unfriendly weather to support The People’s Bus.
             was fired from many             manages to traverse with good


                                                                                      The People’s Bus visits UKZN campuses
    newspapers. One of my students           humour the contradictions be-
    approvingly described him as             tween tradition and modernity,
    postmodern journalist. But BB was        while Justice Malala cuttingly ex-
    so postmodern that he forgot to          poses political failings. But he’s
    acknowledge his sources. Ken Owen        protected by the ethics of press         UKZN students were entertained by The People’s Bus on 4 March.
    once wrote a column for the paper        freedom and his employer.
    he edited, Sunday Times, and got             As a scholar of African cin-         WORDS AND PHOTO: LUNGA MEMELA
                                             ema and orality I pulled out my


                                                                                      T
    fired for criticizing his own company.                                                                                    pride, learn and do the diski (soccer)
                                             publications on griots, imbongis                   he People’s Bus is a Brand                                             2010 amongst the students,” said
    He went sailing. Pinky Khoabane                                                                                           dance and celebrate Football
                                             and Medieval bards. I re-exam-                     South Africa initiative,                                               Ms Nombuso Mkwanazi, who is
    recently got dragged to the Equality                                                                                      Fridays.
                                             ined West African cinema which                     undertaken in partnership                                              majoring in Drama and Media at
    Court by an irate reader. UKZN has
                                             popularized and reinvented gri-          with MAN Truck and Bus South                Taking staff and students by         the Howard College campus.
    had its own columnists, Derek Wang
                                             ots in the modern age. The char-         Africa. It aims to mobilise the         surprise The People’s Bus did                “Its good for the country and
    once cast a lens on Natal University’s   acters in these films, and indeed,                                               shosholoza - drift swiftly - onto the    for Durban Tourism prospects,”
                                                                                      nation through bringing FIFA 2010
    foibles in the campus rag. A host        their directors, cast a withering                                                campuses and managed to gain             added Ms Pusetso Tsoeua. Her
                                                                                      World Cup Team information and
    of others used the LAN to satirise       eye on corrupt African elites,                                                   their attention with its pictur-         friend, Ms Verona Sathiyah is
                                                                                      excitement to every South African
    their dissatisfaction. Some were         abuse of power and self-aggran-                                                  esque display of soccer fever and        “excited at the prospect if inter-
                                                                                      province. The Bus was launched on
    subjects of restraining orders. One      disement. Maybe that’s why their                                                 a host of exciting activities.           acting with people from different
                                                                                      19 February to encourage South
    died and others immigrated. The          directors mostly live in Paris.                                                       “I think it’s a great initiative    cultures … It is an exciting op-
                                                                                      Africans to be good hosts, fly the
    genre was lost. The survival rates of    These are the editorialisers, the                                                raising multicultural awareness          portunity to learn about people
                                                                                      flag, sing the National Anthem with
    columnists’ are not encouraging.         satirists, the columnists of both                                                and creating a soccer spirit for         from different walks of life.”
                                             early and modern Africa. Praise
        So where does this leave me?
    Corporate Affairs has invited
                                             singers all, they reserve the right
                                             to offer critique in the courts of          Sudoku
    me to write a regular column for         kings and queens, presidents and
    ukzndaba. It wants to reinvent the       prime ministers, dictators and
    paper. No more `grin and grab’           tyrants, and democratic leaders                                          4                                                                       8
    pictures of pouting individuals          of all kinds. Our own Prof Fikile
    – the surest way to lose reader          Mazibuko was last year given a
    attention. Our politicians who
    insist that their mugs accompany
                                             fond and critical farewell by our
                                             very own imbongi, Sihawukele                                             2
    indigestible departmental adverts        Ngubane.
    have not learned this basic design           Columnists, like comics, are
    lesson. Cutting edge design and
    flow that support the stories pub-
                                             magnets. Their job is to encour-
                                             age readers to sustain their inter-
                                                                                              3                                    7                                                          4
    lished attracts readers. Also, it’s      est through the boring parts of
    a good idea to create a sense of         papers and magazines, to thread
    institutional identity and buy-
    in. Engagingly presented stories
                                             their attention through the clas-
                                             sifieds to the last page. I mean,
                                                                                                                                                                        5
    about academic action, not egos          you know, there’s always that
    is the draw card.                        expensive advert on the back
        So, how to proceed? I studied        outside cover that must be amor-                 6                       1                         8                                  7
    other columnists who still have          tized. Columnists have license.
    their jobs. Greg Ardé, now pub-          They are paid to be critical. They
    lished in the Sunday Tribune, is still
    trying to replace Durban’s invis-
                                             are expected to be controversial.
                                             Watch this space. I am not sure
                                                                                                          8                                                 1                      4          2
    ible Mayor. He wants the May-            if I will survive this column. But
    or’s job while retaining his cur-        ukzndaba will surely prosper with
    rent job. Seems like a good idea
    in a recession. Ben Trovato has
                                             its new makeover.
                                                                                                          1                        9            3                                             7
    a whole page in the Sunday Times.            Keyan Tomaselli is director of the
    If he gets fired, at least he’ll have    Proto Centre for Communication,
    a good nest egg while he rein-           Media and Society.                               4                                                 1

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