School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Housing student wins KZN National Achievement Award in Leadership

Master of Housing student and former Howard College SRC President Ms Kuhlekonke Ntuli won the prestigious KZN National Achievement Award in Leadership during the KZN Young Achievers Awards (KZNYAA) held at the Durban ICC. The award recognises her community contributions at provincial, national and international levels.
Ms Kuhlekonke Ntuli
Ms Kuhlekonke Ntuli

CEO of the Rural Youth Development Foundation SA, Mr Mthobisi Mkhize said, ‘The KZN Young Achievers Awards ceremony is a powerful platform for acknowledging youth in the province, for networking, relationship building and the development of a healthy minded, educational and economic sense of togetherness, and proudly social cohesive KwaZulu-Natal.’

Ntuli was also a finalist in season 6 of SABC 1’s educational show One Day Leader. Other achievements include heading a delegation to represent South Africa in the Global 20 (G20) Youth engagement group in Argentina; and being among UKZN’s Top 40 Most Inspiring Students.

‘I have always been involved in youth development programmes and gender activism. I want to ensure that every young person, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, gains access to Higher Education,’ said Ntuli.

Her energy, dedication and love for community development are channelled through her outreach programmes that seek to encourage young people from all walks of life to pursue Higher Education, engage in youth entrepreneurship and be agents of progressive change in their socio-political environments.

Ntuli gives of her time as a public speaker at assemblies of high school students and hosts community youth engagements with the aim of rooting out community ills and addressing youth unemployment at local level.

She is the founder of the I SPEAK LIFE SERIES, which aims to motivate learners in township high schools and communities to ‘break the chains of generational poverty and illiteracy.’

Ntuli believes that behind every successful woman is a tribe of strong women who support her. ‘This is pivotal for women in strategic leadership positions to further encourage a spirit of ethical servitude leadership. A strong woman stands up for herself but a stronger woman stands up for everyone else,’ she said.

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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.

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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.