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

Flying the UKZN Flag High

Click here for isiZulu version Associate Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, Saul Cobbing is spending his sabbatical as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto (UofT) in Canada. During his three months in Toronto, Cobbing, who is a fellow of the UKZN College of Health Sciences’ DRILL

Academic Reaches Pinnacle of His Career

Click here for isiZulu version Dean and Head of the School of Health Sciences Professor Khathutshelo Percy Mashige has been promoted to the position of a full professor – a high honour in the career of an academic. Mashige, an optometrist by training, has more than 20 years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience with

Optometry Team Wins Intervarsity Debate Contest

UKZN Optometry students won the Annual Specsavers Optometry Intervarsity Debate competition, scoring individual and discipline prizes, including cash, equipment for the optometry clinic, and sponsorship for the final year ball! The Discipline’s academic leader, Dr Urvashni Nirghin, congratulated the students and their lecturer/leader Ms Lungile Buthelezi on the national victory. ‘This is an exceptional achievement.

Top Biokinetics Student

Ms Leah Jamie Sim was named UKZN’s Top Biokinetics Honours student and Best Overall Achiever. Sim is passionate about sport, and learnt the importance and value of rehabilitation through individualised exercise programmes while playing at provincial level. She aims to work as a Biokineticist so as to improve other people’s lives. ‘Studying during COVID-19 was a

Research Investigates Intimate Partner Violence Against HIV Positive Women

Dr Felix Apiribu was awarded a PhD in Nursing for his research on Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence against HIV Positive Women Following Status Disclosure: A Phenomenological Study in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Supervised by Professors Busisiwe Ncama and Sinegugu Evidence Duma, the study explored and described men’s perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV)

First Class Bachelor of Physiotherapy Awarded Posthumously

Ms Charlotte Dube will graduate with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy despite being tragically killed in a violent taxi incident on 10 April 2021, a month before her graduation ceremony. Staff from the Discipline of Physiotherapy paid an emotional tribute to Dube – who was to be awarded her degree first class. Dube grew up in

CHS Welcomes New Dean and Head of School of Health Sciences

Click here for isiZulu version Professor Khathutshelo Percy Mashige is the new Dean and Head of the School of Health Sciences at UKZN. ‘I am proud and ecstatic,’ said Mashige. ‘I felt I was in with a chance of being appointed but was a bit anxious and apprehensive about it.’ He aims to encourage and