School of Built Environment & Development Studies

UKZN staffer Has Audience in Stitches at ECR Kings & Queens of Comedy

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.

Mr Mohammed Vawda.

He joined stand-up comedy heavyweights Carvin H Goldstone, Conrad Koch, Tumi Morake, Celeste Ntuli and Darren Maule onstage.

‘Comedy has always been therapy for me, especially with regard to holding up my father’s legacy. To share a stage with the comedy greats was an amazing experience that words fail to describe,’ he said.

‘The comedians on that line-up have Netflix specials, they have one-man shows and have performed on international stages. I have none of these… so being there was an honour and (gave me) a personal sense of achievement.’

Vawda had audiences in stitches, even revealing a hidden singing talent.

Considered one of the best of the new generation of Durban comedians, Vawda burst on to the comedy scene a couple years ago with his stand-out performances, clean-cut material and spot-on accents.

Audiences were treated to some new material that garnered bouts of laughter and a standing ovation.

Whether sharing hilarious stories about being a doctor (in Statistics), married life, living in South Africa or travelling abroad, this proudly South African Muslim man is on his way to becoming a household name.

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Ms Zandile Msimango

Masters student lands top Project Management Job

Masters student in Community Development Ms Zandile Msimango has landed a top position in Project Management at Ilitha Research and Management Consultants. She will be responsible for research, project planning and management for some of the company’s clients, enabling her to put her skills to good use and to lay the foundation to achieve her goals.

Professor Brian Kearney and Ms Michele Jacobs with some of the drawings and work from the UKZN architecture archives that feature in The Berea Style publication.

UKZN Architecture drawings and work feature in The Berea Style

Curator of the UKZN Architecture library archives Ms Michele Jacobs and Emeritus Professor in the architecture discipline Brian Kearney recently exhibited prints of original and measured drawings of a vast array of KwaZulu-Natal buildings done by UKZN students and other architects.

From left: Mr Juan Solis (UKZN), Mr Lawrence Ogunsanya (UKZN), winner Mr Siyabonga Khuzwayo and Mr Chris Mungle (Corobrik Sales Manager, eThekwini).

UKZN students win top architectural awards

Architecture student Mr Siyabonga Khuzwayo was named winner of the Corobrik Regional Architecture Award. He received R10 000 in prize-money, with Master’s student Mr Kireshen Chetty taking the second prize of R8 000, and Mr Mthokozisi Sibisi receiving R6 000 for third place. A further R6 000 was awarded to Mr Mbuso Msipho for the innovative use of clay masonry in his building design.