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Mr Thando Masiko was awarded an Honours in Media and Cultural Studies. His dissertation recorded the inspiring stories and testimonies of individuals who pursue their passion.
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Music lecturer and renowned pianist Dr Andrew Warburton graduated with his PhD in Music for his thesis on Towards a personal interpretation of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in E, Op.109.
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Dance and Performance Studies lecturer and founder of the Flatfoot Dance Company, Dr Lliane Loots, graduated with a PhD for her research titled, Choreographies of Identity, Self and the ‘African’ Dancing Body in Negotiating Contemporary Dancing Histories and Practices in KwaZulu-Natal Post 1994: A Case Study of Flatfoot Dance Company.
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Lead singer of the highly acclaimed Heels over Head band and UKZN staff member Ms Thulile Zama was awarded her Honours degree in Social Sciences.
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Up-and-coming Hip Hop artist Mr Bongani Ndimande graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree. He is passionate about music, having started his musical journey three years ago.
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Ms Hazel Ncube, daughter of MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mrs Nomusa Dube-Ncube, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree.
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Mr Andrew Bevis graduated with his Masters degree in Linguistics. His research falls within the field of theoretical linguistics, specifically syntax, which deals with the structure of language.
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Bachelor of Arts Honours graduate Ms Germaine Cecil conducted a study on print media’s effect on in-store Point of Sale Materials. As someone who works in print media, she is of the view that ‘there will always be a space for print media even though a lot of the world is moving digital (in advertising).’
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Known by many for his way with words and his creative clothes and hairstyles, Mr Yanga Sibembe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He was headhunted by the Daily Maverick to join their team as an intern and says that this has been an exciting experience.
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Ms Nomfundo Zuma was ecstatic to receive her Honours in Applied Ethnomusicology cum laude. Her dissertation topic was “The role of music in traditional Sangoma ceremonies and Zionist church services as a medium that connects humans to spirits”.
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Ms Nokubonga Komako’s Honours dissertation examined the phenomenon of Black Tax and whether it is a responsibility or a burden.
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Ms Nonkululeko Dlamini, who graduated with a Masters degree in Population Studies examined the history of home-schooling in South Africa, its advantages and disadvantages, the reasons why parents choose to home-school their children, the impact of home-schooling, and curriculum options.
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Mr Seluleko Ngcobo was awarded his Masters in Population Studies cum laude. His research investigated early childbearing from the perspectives of young mothers and fathers in Durban, many of whom are still studying.
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Ms Bongimpilo Zulu received a Masters in Population Studies for her dissertation on the factors facilitating and inhibiting contraceptive use among white students.
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South African child rights activist and former Director of Childline Dr Joan van Niekerk graduated with a PhD in Social Work.
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UKZN’s Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) graduates Ms Lungelo Ndlovu, Mr Jean-Luc Hardy, Ms Holly Wasserfall, Ms Tamanda Masambuka, Ms Nonjabulo Ndwandwe, Mr Johannes Pretorius and Ms Nothando Ntake, were thrilled to receive their honours degrees in media and communication cum laude while Mr Clifford Jani also graduated with his Masters cum laude recently.
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House musician, Ms Holly Wasserfall, aka, Holly Rey has graduated with an Honour’s degree in Media and Communication cum laude, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She was awarded her degree at a graduation ceremony on the Westville campus last night, 01 April 2019.
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Ms Shannon-Leigh Landers graduated cum laude with her Master of Social Science in Media and Communication. Her dissertation examined soap opera as a feminine genre through the theoretical lens of semiotics, focussing on the role of myth, ideology, power and hegemony which are often used to inculcate skewed gendered stereotypes.
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Ms Bongolethu Diko graduated with her Masters in Criminology and Forensic Studies for her research on the role of the criminologist in compiling pre-sentence reports in the Durban High Court.
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Ms Desiree Sangeetha Pandaram received her Masters in Education cum laude. She dedicated her degree to her mom, who became ill in the midst of her study and passed away. ‘This was completely devastating. The hardest part was getting back on track. Losing your mother is the biggest loss one can ever suffer. I was gutted to the core.’
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UKZN staff member Mr Vusumuzi Mlotshwa received his Honours degree in Technology Education cum laude. His dissertation examined how two technologies (3D printing and Maker spaces) have been used to teach technology in South Africa.
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