School of Built Environment & Development Studies

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The School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) held a Career Development and Employment Skills Workshop for its students on the Howard College campus.
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A photographic exhibition titled Students’ Reflection In and Of Higher Education Spaces: Post-Apartheid was held recently by South African Architecture lecturer Mrs Bridget Horner.
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Architecture students Mr Mohammed Shah and Mr Neeshailin Naicker walked away with first prize at the South African Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort Student Contest. UKZN entered for the first time last year and won first prize in Dubai.
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize and academics Professors Ernest Khalema, Maheshvari Naidu, Nobuhle Hlongwa and Nogwaja Zulu recently met with Dr Saleem Badat of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation to discuss their research projects that were made possible through funding from the Foundation.
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The School of Built Environment and Development Studies in partnership with the residents of Quarry Road West (QRW) informal settlement and the Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology hosted a photovoice exhibition showcasing photographs taken by residents as part of a broader Narratives of Home and Neighbourhood: Reimagining Urban Planning Project.
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Operations Manager in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Dr Phumelele Zakwe, graduated with her PhD in Business Administration.
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UKZN staff member Dr Zifikile Phindile Shangase received a PhD in Public Health for her study on the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients with regard to smoking; the barriers to cessation among current smokers with DR-TB and hospital staff’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practices with regard to smoking.
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Lecturer in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies Dr Judith Ojo-Aromokudu, graduated with her PhD in Architecture. Her research focused on what informs the spaces created in informal settlements and how residents live and carry out their daily activities within these spaces.
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Ms Minenhle Nxumalo was all smiles when she graduated with her Masters in Development Studies. Her research focused on the perspectives and experiences of female traders in securing their livelihoods in Warwick Market, the challenges they face, their daily working conditions and their reasons for trading.
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Ms Sinethemba Zungu received her Masters in Housing for her research on Post-settlement Support Challenges of Land reform housing beneficiaries: A case study of the Oakford Priory Housing Project. ‘I have prodigious interest in the land reform programme, and my curiosity as to why it has not been impactful in South Africa is what led me to this research topic.’
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Five students working in the field of civil society supervised by Dr Shauna Mottiar of UKZN’s Centre for Civil Society (CCS) graduated in the discipline of Development Studies.
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Staff member Mr Nkanyiso Shange was awarded a Masters in Housing for his research on the eThekwini Municipality’s allocation process in the low-income Cornubia Housing Project.
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Ms Bongimpilo Zulu received a Masters in Population Studies for her dissertation on the factors facilitating and inhibiting contraceptive use among white students.
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Ms Nonkululeko Dlamini, who graduated with a Masters degree in Population Studies examined the history of home-schooling in South Africa, its advantages and disadvantages, the reasons why parents choose to home-school their children, the impact of home-schooling, and curriculum options.
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Mr Seluleko Ngcobo was awarded his Masters in Population Studies cum laude. His research investigated early childbearing from the perspectives of young mothers and fathers in Durban, many of whom are still studying.
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Populations Studies Lecturer Mr Mohammed Vawda was one of the comedians who took to the stage at East Coast Radio’s Kings & Queens of Comedy at the Durban ICC recently.
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Community Development Lecturer Dr Zifikile Phindile Shangase of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) presented her research on virtual classrooms at an Information Communications Technology (ICT) Conference in Vienna, Austria.
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Third-year architecture students Ms Katelyn Gopaul and Mr Kreolin Naicker recently scooped first and second place at the inaugural D’Urban Rise Inner City School Architectural Competition, winning R10 000 and R5 000 respectively at the Durban ICC.
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The School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) recently hosted a workshop on setting up a virtual classroom, led by Community Development lecturer Dr Zifikile Phindile Shangase.
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A World Town Planning day commemoration conference was presented by UKZN’s School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) and the South African Planning Institute (SAPI KZN).
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Three UKZN academics contributed chapters to and edited a book titled Crisis, Identity and Migration in Post-Colonial Southern Africa.
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