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 Dr Maxwell Mudhara and Colleagues Publishes New Book

The book, capturing lessons learned from their projects and titled Community Innovations in Sustainable Land Management: Lessons from the field in Africa, was launched on 28 September at the UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi. This book highlights the potential of a new methodology of uncovering and stimulating community initiatives in sustainable land management in Africa. Read more...




 Prof Brian Purchase Responds to Prof Albert Modi's Article on Rural Poverty

Your article relating to rural life and agricultural opportunities (Sunday Times and Friends of UKZN Agriculture newsletter) could not go past me without evoking a desire to thank you for your positive input and your contribution to hope for the future.  Read more...

Prof Brian Purchase is an UKZN alumnus and was the Director (CEO) of the Sugar Milling Research Institute in Durban from 1988 to 2003


 Prof Albert Modi's Article, "Rural does not have to equal poor", Published in the Sunday Times Newspaper

FOR the past two decades or so, I have witnessed what I believe is a deterioration in the quality of life of rural people in South Africa. I observed this particularly in the Eastern Cape, where I was born and bred, and KwaZulu-Natal, where I was later "bred" through tertiary education and very close interaction with rural communities. Read more...


Article "Sunday Times" 25 September 2016

 Seed Science Class take Lessons from Industry

The 2016 class of Advanced Seed Science and Technology took their practical lessons to ProSeed and Advance Seed on Thursday the 29th of September. The module is taken by 4th year and Honours students to learn about the biology, biotechnology and regulations related to seed science. Students are required to have a good background in plant science and they learn about the theory and practice of seed science. Read more...


Prof Albert Modi (Centre) and his students

UKZN and Biowatch Hold Round-Table Discussion

 Staff in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) and Biowatch recently hosted a round-table discussion on the topic of ‘Strategies to support resilient farmer-led seed systems through the conservation and sustainable management of agrobiodiversity’.  Read more...


Anglo-American visits Geological Sciences

A recent visit by Anglo-American to Geological Sciences highlighted the benefits of close cooperation between industry and academia. Mr Zach Masindi and Mr Steven Kalunga of Anglo-American, the former also a committee member of the Mineral and Energy Trust Fund (METF), met with the Dean and Head of School, Professor Albert Modi, and Professors Steve McCourt and Andrew Green of Geological Sciences.

Professor Steve McCourt, Mr Zach Masindi, Professor Albert Modi and Mr Steven Kalunga

The meeting was aimed at addressing industry perceptions surrounding UKZN, and in particular, disciplines that are strongly allied with Anglo-American interests. Both Mr Masindi and Mr Kalunga praised the discipline for their current degree structure and its applicability to industry requirements. It was raised that better linkages to industry could be fostered. The meeting opened new avenues between Anglo-American and UKZN, especially concerning constructive inputs from the industry with regards Geological Science’s undergraduate and postgraduate offerings. This precedes an impending meeting between Geological Sciences and the METF which comprises senior members of the mining industry. This is an annual meeting between senior academics from the country’s Geoscience departments where curricula and research are discussed in order to ensure that industrial ties and standards are maintained.

A Distinguished Teacher and a Dean

Dean and Head of the School of the Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), Professor Albert Thembinkosi Modi, received a Distinguished Teachers' Award for 2015 – only the second UKZN Dean to have received the honour! Read more...


Graduation 2016!

SAEES would like to congratulate all students and staff who were officially recognized for their academic achievements during the annual Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, 19th of April, 2016.


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