Study Shows Improvement in South African Children’s Physical Activity

A study co-led by Professor Rowena Naidoo from UKZN’s Discipline of Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences found that South African children’s overall physical activity has improved. The recently released Healthy Active Kids South Africa (HAKSA) 2022 report card indicates that it moved up to a B-grade, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, placing the country well

Optometry Kits Worth R750 000 Donated to Optometry Discipline

The Gift of the Givers Foundation, in partnership with the Caring Sisters Network (CSN), have donated 25 Optometry kits valued at R30 000 each to the Optometry Discipline to loan out to students who cannot afford to buy their own. The donation process, which was overseen by UKZN Foundation’s Donor Relationship Manager, Mr Tebelo Kokoropo, was initiated by

Sports Day to Celebrate Ladysmith School’s 33rd Anniversary

Click here for isiZulu version UKZN’S Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (BELS) Discipline assisted the Inkanyezi Special School in Ladysmith organise a 123-Awareness and Sports Day to celebrate the founding of the school 33 years ago. The day began with a march along the main streets of Steadville, led by the school’s drummies, followed by

Prioritise Your Eyes!

UKZN’s third-year Optometry students helped mark World Sight Day at an Eye Care Awareness event in KwaMashu, Durban. The students together with their lecturer Dr Zamadonda Xulu-Kasaba and representatives of the Phumlani Dube Foundation, USAWA, Essilor and other partners, conducted eye screenings at the KwaMashu Indoor Sports Centre. To honour the global theme, I Pledge

Professor Shenuka Singh’s Inaugural Lecture

‘I am glad to present this lecture in front of my mother who instilled in me the value of investing in life-long education.’ These were the words of UKZN’s Professor Shenuka Singh, Full Professor in the Discipline of Dentistry, at her inaugural lecture. Singh is also an appointed member of the National Health Research Ethics

Blind Cricket Makes History

In collaboration with UKZN, Blind Cricket South Africa (BCSA) hosted the T20 National Tournament for the first time. The main aim of the tournament was to select the national squad that will travel to India in December for the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup. Six to eight matches were played daily at different venues. The

Professor Hosts National Sitting Volley Championship

Sports Science Academic Leader in the School of Health Sciences Professor Rowena Naidoo hosted the inaugural National Sitting Volley Championship from 26 to 28 March on UKZN’s Westville campus. Naidoo’s keen interest in promoting physical activity and sport among children and adults with disabilities led to the introduction of sitting volleyball in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). She

UKZN Alumnus is Mrs SA Semi-Finalist

Click here for isiZulu version UKZN alumnus, businesswoman, wife and mother Andile Pieterson is a semi-finalist in the 2022 Mrs South Africa contest. A qualified optometrist, Andile runs a service TwinsOnEyes with her twin sister Ayanda – also an optometrist – catering specifically for children at underprivileged schools. ‘We provide free glasses to children in need

UKZN Academic Leader Delivers Keynote Address in Canada

Click here for isiZulu version Senior Optometry lecturer and Academic Leader for Teaching and Learning at UKZN Dr Diane van Staden made a keynote presentation at a Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) meeting in which she called for improved access to care for persons with visual impairment. The CCB works to improve the lives