When Dr Sanele Mbambo was awarded his PhD in Town and Regional Planning from UKZN, he became the first South African graduate to achieve the degree in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mr Sthembiso Pollen Mkhize graduated with a Masters in Population Studies degree for his research which provided insight into the use of sexual health services by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in Durban.
The socially constructed meaning of ukujola casual relationships and how they fuel the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, were examined in research conducted by Dr Themba Mgwaba for his PhD in Development Studies from UKZN.
An interest in family dynamics led to Ms Nokwanele Mhlongo doing research on the effect of absent fathers on families and child care responsibilities.
Academics from the College of Humanities Professor Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan (School of Education) and Dr Mvuselelo Ngcoya (School of Built Environment & Development Studies) have been recognised by UKZN for excellence in teaching.
They both received the Distinguished Teachers’ Award (DTA) during a graduation ceremony.