Several community engagement projects were undertakenin the College during the course of 2016. The School of Management, Information Technology and Governance’s Professor Henry Wissink was appointed project managerfor the Aerotropolis project – a scheme to establish the Aerotropolis Institute of Africa (AIA), with the aim of, interalia, providing knowledge support to the development of the Durban Aerotropolis.
The Schools’ Ms Lindiwe Kunene was adelegate and contributor to the African Youth EntrepreneurshipDevelopment for Sustainable Industrialisation conference in Nairobi. She was re-elected to the Board of Trustees and Chair of RemCo for KUMISA, an economic development initiative for the music industry in KwaZulu-Natal and served on the P.E.A.C.E Foundation Board of Trustees EXCO, an NGOthat promotes Rural Economic Development, and Elephants, Rhinos and People Programmes. Mrs A Beharry co-ordinated and hosted the Youth Programme at the Vedanta Institute SA in June on the importance of Higher Education.
The Graduate School and Business and Leadership’s Ms Xoliswa Majola represented the School at the Women Economic Empowerment Summit on 27 August. The School also held its Business Forum, Celebrating Women in Leadership on 12 August and continued to impact the community through Local Economic Development (LED). The funding agreement between EDTEA and UKZN was signed at the end of 2016. The R19 million contract is for the continuation of the Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative for the period 2016-2019.
Another important development was the University Council’s approval of the repositioning and relocation of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership to Umhlanga. The Law School’s Clinics on the Pietermaritzburg and Durban campuses continued to provide free legal assistance to indigent clients. On 14 April, the Chief Justice of South Africa, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered the School’s 14th Victoria and Griffiths Mxenge Memorial Lecture. In partnership with the Disability Unit, the School hosted a seminar by retired Constitutional Court judge, Mr Justice Zak Yacoob on Law’s Impact on Disability Rights on 19 April.
Finally, in commemoration of Women’s Month on 12 August, the School hosted a public lecture titled: Women: Tilting the Scales of Judicial Transformation, where Deputy Judge President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Mr Justice MandisaMaya, was the main speaker.
UKZN Law Clinics
Located on Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses the UKZN Law Clinics are numbered amongst the leading law clinics in South Africa. They serve as ‘laboratories’ of the School of Law, where students, carefully supervised by trained practitioners, are able to practice the legal
skills they have learned in the lecture theatre by dealing with real clients and solving actual legal problems. A strategic partnership between UKZN’s Law Clinic in Durban and Legal Aid South Africa has made it possible for the Clinic to increase capacity thus ensuring that it is adequately equipped to provide legal assistance to the community. Since the commencement of the funding the Clinic has almost doubled its client intake.
The Campus Law Clinic specialises in providing legal services in the areas of HIV/AIDS (e.g. unfair dismissal due to status); family law (e.g. divorce, maintenance, custody and domestic violence); and social justice (e.g. housing and eviction matters). As many of the clients served by the Clinic live in rural and semi-rural areas, the Clinic staff and students often travel to remote areas in order to provide vulnerable communities with access to justice. In addition to offering free legal services, the Clinics, together with local NGOs and paralegal advice offices, conduct workshops and awareness programmes aimed at empowering poor communities and educating them in relation to their legal and constitutional rights.
Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative
Local Economic Development (LED) has been practiced globally by the state and communities as a response to locality-specific development problems. LED can provide a flexible and an effective approach to enhance economic growth and reduce poverty. In KwaZulu-Natal, and in South Africa more broadly, there is a need to build the capabilities of those involved in development and transformation to improve the success of LED interventions.
The Faculty of Management Studies at UKZN was in 2010 awarded a contract through a public tender process to develop and deliver two Local Economic Development (LED) programmes.
In response to this, the Postgraduate Diploma (Management) and Master of Commerce
(Leadership) programmes were launched. The programmes were targeted at existing LED practitioners based within key Regional and Local Economic Development (RLED) institutions in KZN. These practitioners were identified at provincial, district and local level in government,business and civil society. When the College reconfiguration process was introduced in 2011
– the two programmes ended up being housed in the GSB&L.
After a successful pilot programme funded by Gijima KZN, the RLED Initiative was launched in early 2012, under the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and EnvironmentalDepartment of Economic Development, Toursm and Envornment in KZN (EDTEA) as the official funder and supporter.
Over the years the RLED project has evolved and now features various programmes including a
- Winter School,
- the Young Researchers Project,
- the Champions/Social Entrepreneurs of the
RLED Initiative, as well as the promotion and facilitation of the Skills and Work Journal – an edition of which is dedicated each year to RLED, and which is growing as a prestigious resource both nationally and internationally. In 2014 the GSB L and the DEDT celebrated the success of the RLED Initiative – a mutually beneficial partnership aimed at being a catalyst
for regional and local economic development through skills development, sharing research and best practices. This highlighted the significant value the programme has brought to the School in terms of developing capacity and harnessing the skills of RLED practitioners required for sustainable economic growth and development.
The work done by the School in RLED has gained international recognition. In 2014 the RLED Initiative was awarded the 2014 Global Best Practice Award for excellence and innovation in entrepreneurship and enterprise skills in Africa by the International Education Business Partnership Network.
The initiative includes a coordinated and integrated programme of teaching, learning and applied research in LED. The main aim of the Programme is to overcome current gaps in capacity for LED in KwaZulu-Natal.
- To promote LED research and learning
- To build critical thinking in relation to LED
- Continuing professional development
- The creation of a professional network of LED graduates
- To strengthen the implementation practice of LED institutions
Entrepreneurship Zone (eZone)
EZone programme developed by the School of Management, IT and Governance
Do you want to be the master of your own destiny and start a business? Or have you started a small business but needs it to grow?
Then the EZone is the place for you.
The EZone is a place to link up, network and get expert advice from lecturers and business people at no cost to you.
We can help you to:
- Generate creative business ideas;
- Conduct a feasibility analysis to identify feasible business opportunities;
- Write and present a business plan with the help of the academic panel and other experts;
- Understand and a apply a winning business model;
- Start a small business or social venture;
- Help to register your Intellectual Property;
- Connect with key business players and support; and
- Learn about entrepreneurship.
The School of Management, IT and Governance also offers an Honours degree in Entrepreneurship and in 2017, a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship will also be offered afterhours. The School also offers a Masters and PhD in Entrepreneurship where you can make a difference with your research and help develop entrepreneurship.
Let the EZone help you to develop your business ideas. Contact the team for more information.