Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s​ COMMUNIQUÉ

Volume 2 | Issue 1

Professor Brian McArthur

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head (Acting)
College of Law and Management Studies

We find ourselves in heritage month with more than half of 2021 behind us. The past 8 months have been challenging in so many ways, including the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, online teaching and learning, remote working, social unrest in the province and the concomitant economic pressures on students and staff alike. I once again acknowledge and commend the professionalism and resilience of academic and professional services staff in navigating a way through the challenges, and applaud students for persevering and succeeding in their studies.

In this context of tackling various challenges, it is important to acknowledge the wonderful achievements of staff and students over the past months. Individual achievements (appointments, graduations and promotions), awards to Schools, Women’s month celebrations, GBV deliberations and research highlights serve to remind us of our need for good news. I am most grateful to the College PR team for gathering these gems together into this communique.

I trust that you will be inspired by these achievements, nourished by the positive news and that the remainder of 2021 will provide many more achievements to celebrate!

Look after yourselves and keep well!

We find ourselves in heritage month with more than half of 2021 behind us. The past 8 months have been challenging in so many ways, including the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, online teaching and learning, remote working, social unrest in the province and the concomitant economic pressures on students and staff alike. I once again acknowledge and commend the professionalism and resilience of academic and professional services staff in navigating a way through the challenges, and applaud students for persevering and succeeding in their studies.

In this context of tackling various challenges, it is important to acknowledge the wonderful achievements of staff and students over the past months. Individual achievements (appointments, graduations and promotions), awards to Schools, Women’s month celebrations, GBV deliberations and research highlights serve to remind us of our need for good news. I am most grateful to the College PR team for gathering these gems together into this communique.

I trust that you will be inspired by these achievements, nourished by the positive news and that the remainder of 2021 will provide many more achievements to celebrate!

Look after yourselves and keep well!

Issued by:
Professor Brian McArthur
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head (Acting): College of Law and Management Studies

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Staff Achievements

Advocating for social justice inspired by his meetings with Nelson Mandela; establishing one of the first university Law clinics in South Africa; being a National Research Foundation A-rated researcher; and teaching some of South Africa’s best legal minds, are some of the iconic achievements for which Professor David McQuoid-Mason of UKZN’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies will be honoured during the celebration of his 50th anniversary in academia at the University.

Dr Thea van der Westhuizen has been elected Chairperson of the national Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (EDHE) Community of Practice (CoP) in Learning and Teaching.

College of Law and Management staff members continue to make the College proud by graduating with their qualifications at UKZN’s annual graduation ceremonies. During the May graduation ceremony, 10 staff members graduated with their masters and doctoral degrees.

Managerial Accounting and Financial Management Academic Leader Professor Rajendra Rajaram was appointed as a member of the Technical Working Group on Resolving Insolvency under the Ease of Doing Business Programme.

School of Law academic Professor Donrich Thaldar served as an *amicus curiae, enlisting the assistance of postgraduate students Mr Bonginkosi Shozi and Ms Roasia Hazarilall for behind-the-scenes research. The case QG v CS made South African legal history as it was the first of its kind to consider several key issues relating to artificial fertilisation and parenthood in South African law.

Student Achievements

Click here for isiZulu version PhD candidate and doctoral fellow, Mr Bonginkosi Shozi (25) is the youngest author in the 40-year history

UKZN BCom student Ms Ntandokazi Buthelezi is passionate about using the power of technology, leadership and entrepreneurship to serve and impact communities

Two students in the Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Unit, Ms Aneesah Mackie and Ms Trishmika Ghazi are the proud recipients of the prestigious Steven Wallace Trust Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded by the Maritime Law Association of South Africa (MLASA) in honour of the late Mr Steven Wallace in recognition of his immense contribution to the field of Maritime Law.

ACADEMIC STAFF PROMOTIONS​

The College is very proud of academics who have been promoted and looks forward to their continued excellence.

School of Accounting Economics and Finance
Peter-Moors-Pitt

Dr Peter Brian Denton Moores-Pitt

Senior Lecturer
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Pietermaritzburg

Dr-Michelle-Hatch

Dr Michelle Hatch

Senior Lecturer
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Westville Campus

dr-sanele-gumede

Dr Sanele Gumede

Senior Lecturer
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Westville Campus

Graduate School of Business and Leadership
Dr-Bhasela-Yalezo

Dr Bhasela Yalezo

Senior Lecturer
Graduate School of Business and Leadership
Westville Campus

Significant Developments

The Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) has been ranked second in the 2021 Professional Market Research Africa (PMR.africa) annual national survey of South African Accredited Business Schools offering MBA degrees.

The Aerotropolis Institute Africa (AIA) is now strategically located in the College of Law and Management Studies. The Institute aims to contribute to the body of knowledge on aerotropoli and mainstream aviation industry through research and development. The AIA in partnership, with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, recently held a webinar investigating contingency plans to Rebuild Brand SA/KZN: The impact of the recent social unrests and Covid-19 on the Aviation and Tourism Sector.

CLMS Celebrates Women’s Month

The College of Law and Management Studies hosted and collaborated on various initiatives celebrating Women’s month.

The College of Law and Management Studies’ Women’s Month Power Connect event saw dynamic female alumni share how their UKZN journey shaped their success. The virtual event is part of the College Public Relations Office’s on-going alumni campaign aimed at creating an engaged alumni network to create awareness among prospective and current UKZN students on where their degree could lead them.

The College hosted a two-day UKZN CLMS GBV symposium featuring academics, lawmakers, activists, state departments, survivors, students and student representatives who conversed robustly on the nature of GBV, the violent impact and how we can successfully eradicate the GBV virus. The College is also proud to acknowledge that this initiative was inspired by Mr Bathandwa Mki: College Representative, Pietermaritzburg Campus Representative Council.

The College of Law and Management Studies’ Women’s Month Power Connect event saw dynamic female alumni share how their UKZN journey shaped their success. The virtual event is part of the College Public Relations Office’s on-going alumni campaign aimed at creating an engaged alumni network to create awareness among prospective and current UKZN students on where their degree could lead them.

Members of UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies put their green fingers to work to honour Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Wiliams-De Bruyn who led the march of 20 000 women to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956.

RESEARCH

Articles written by Law academics Professor Warren Freedman, Professor Ann Strode, Dr Chantal Badul, Dr Sheetal Soni and Ms Jacintha Toohey in the niche field of bioethics and medical law featured prominently in the Vol 14, No 1 (2021) issue of the SA Journal of Bioethics and Law (SAJBL).

Cyber law expert Ms Priya Singh’s paper titled: Can an Emoji Be Considered as Defamation? A Legal Analysis of Burrows V Houda [2020] NSWDC 485, has made it onto the Social Science Research Network’s (SSRN) Top Ten download list for the African Law journal, Communication Law & Policy: Africa and Communication Law & Policy: Asia & Oceania.