School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Centre for Civil Society produces five graduates

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.
Centre for Civil Society graduates.
Centre for Civil Society graduates.

Dr George Masimba conducted his PhD research on slum upgrading in Harare, Zimbabwe. Applying the right to the city, modernist planning, inclusive urbanism, the Slum Dwellers International model and the Social Tenure Domain model the thesis posits that incrementalism, densification, co-production and the in-situ process have been defining features of slum upgrading. Furthermore, social movements’ tactics such as community-led enumerations, community savings, and policy-uploading processes rooted in institutionalised collaborations have contributed to the success of slum upgrading.

Mr Brian Shawa undertook his Masters research on civil society and development effectiveness in South Africa. He examined how Non-Governmental Development Organisations are organised to contribute to international development effectiveness. The study draws on two theoretical lenses, the Theory of Change and the Coordination Theory, as well as Gramsci’s notions of civil society. Among his findings are that while South African Non-Governmental Development Organisations have a strong understanding of the notion of development in their own contexts, they lack awareness and knowledge of the notion of development effectiveness as expressed in the international development discourse.

Mr Thokozani Magwaza’s Masters study focused on service delivery protests in Mpofana municipality, KwaZulu-Natal. It found that there is growing social distance between citizens and their representatives, that public participation mechanisms are not working and that protests are a reaction to these issues.

Mr Sthembiso Zwane’s Masters research examined the socio-economic impact of the Child Support Grant on young, unemployed mothers in Durban. It found that the majority of the sampled households would suffer severely without the grant as an additional financial resource. His study showed that the grant contributes to food security, education, transport, and stokvel and funeral contributions.

Mr Nduduzo Majozi, who worked in the CCS Cato Manor project conducted his Masters research on housing service delivery in Cato Manor’s formal areas and informal settlements. The study identified a number of challenges in housing delivery, including shack-landlordism; politicisation of housing delivery; the quality of housing and a lack of basic services. It suggests that government’s housing policies are too stringent and inflexible to accommodate the distinctive social needs of families within these communities.

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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.