Theme 1 - Development within the Built Environment

 

New Picture.pngRichard Dobson is the co-founder and Project Leader of Durban-based NPO, Asiye eTafuleni.  He is an architect by profession, and based on his integral involvement in urban regeneration work in Durban’s inner-city since 1996, he co-authored the book “Working in Warwick: Including Street Traders  in Urban Plans”.  His field of experience is in urban regeneration, urban management and the ‘informal’ economy.

 

 

 

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 New Picture (1).pngNontobeko Lynette Mnyandu was born and bred at ESikhawini Township in Empangeni. She matriculated at Hlamvana High School in 2007. She then went to the Durban University of Technology in 2008 where she enrolled for a National Diploma in Translation & Interpreting Practice. In 2011, she enrolled for a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Translation & Interpreting Practice and that is when she did her dissertation which focused on Sign Language Interpreting in courts. Currently she is registered for an MTech Degree in Language Practice at DUT.
 
 
 
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Theme 2 -  Localising Economic Development and Job Creation
 
 
 New Picture (4).pngKathryn Terblanche is a consultant for the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department (EPCPD) in the eThekwini Municipality. She provides research and technical support for the EPCPD’s large implementation programmes. Kathryn completed her BSc Honours in Environmental Management at UCT in 2011 and is looking to do a MSc in Restoration Ecology through UKZN next year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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 New Picture (5).pngDr Nyasha Mboti has got a PhD in film from the University of Zimbabwe, where he also lectured in film, media, gender studies and popular culture in the Department of English and Media Studies. He is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Communication and Media in Society (CCMS) at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Howard Campus. Dr. Mboti’s doctoral thesis researched the nature of the filmic image, proposing a theoretical refutation of the assumptions of Hollywood films about Africa that tended to assert and postulate universals about Africa. The fascination with the mechanics of the filmed image has led to Dr. Mboti’s post-doctoral research interest in “visuality”. For his post-doctoral studies he is putting together an emerging theory of visuality which he calls “visuality forensics”, a systematic study of the behaviour of images in human societies in every day contexts. Dr. Mboti is also directing a five-year primary research project launched by the CCMS to study the value-chain of the eThekwini film industry. His research interests include media and film studies, cultural studies, popular culture and public health communication. He has published in African Identities and Critical Arts.
 
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New Picture (6).pngLinda Mbonambi has worked in areas of town planning, strategic planning, and integrated development planning. He is currently an Area Manager for Inanda Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu area-based management, eThekwini Municipality which has also been a presidential lead programme. His areas of professional and research interests include local economic development, urbanism and decentralization as a tool to promote sound and effective governance, empowerment and self-reliance.

 
 
 
 
 
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 New Picture (7).pngProf Betty C Mubangizi is an academic in the School of Management Information technology and Governance of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  She holds a B. Sc in Agriculture from Makerere University; a Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education from the University of South Africa; an M. Sc in (Rural) Development from the University of London and a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 
Prior to joining the UKZN, she worked as Project Coordinator and Assistant Manager for the then Environment and Development Agency – an NGO that was involved in rural development and community governance in the Eastern Cape and Southern KwaZulu-Natal.  She is as such experienced in rural governance and development systems and is familiar with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rural and peri-urban Development Programmes.
Prof Mubangizi has researched and published in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, community governance, service delivery and poverty alleviation with specific regard to the rural-urban divide. 
 
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New Picture (8).pngTasmi Quazi is a master’s graduate of Development Studies and has been serving as a Research Officer in the Durban-based NPO, Asiye eTafuleni, in the realm of urban design and planning with the 'informal economy'.  With a  background in architecture and design, particularly community-based approaches, she has been merging aspects of this training with the field of development research and implementation.
 
 
 
 
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Theme 3 -  Natural Environment, Climate Change, Water and Energy
 
 
 New Picture (9).pngDr Andrew Mather is the Project Executive: Coastal Policy at the eThekwini Municipality.  His coastal management responsibilities include the development of a coastal management programme, the development of coastal and catchment policies, providing input into national and provincial legislation and projects, coastal setback line development, shoreline management and other coastal related issues.
 
Andrew has completed his PhD in Environmental Science at the UKZN on sea-level rise, beach response and adaptation along the Southern and Eastern African coastline.  He was the main technical author of Sea-level rise: trends, impacts and mitigation for South Africa, In: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): South Africa Country Report, 2009.
 
As a result of his work Andrew was nominated by the Minister of the Environment to serve on the IPCC. The IPCC has recently confirmed his appointment as an Expert Reviewer for Working Group II. Andrew will be working on Chapter 5: Coastal systems and low lying areas in the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): Climate Change 2013: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. 
 
Andrew is a registered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers and a Member of the South African Institute of Municipal Engineers.
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 New Picture (10).pngDr. Sheena Kumari Santhosh Kumar
 
Current Designation:  
Research Associate at the Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology, Durban University of Technology
Area of research: 
Wastewater microbiology

Academic Qualifications:
Post Doctoral experience in Water and wastewater microbiology from the Durban University of Technology (2008-2011) PhD in Biosciences from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Mangalore University), India (2008)
 
 
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 New Picture (11).pngDr Taurai Mutanda is working at the Durban University of Technology as a Research Associate working on renewable energy projects as well as rain water harvesting technology projects. Dr Mutanda has published widely and he is currently co-supervising Masters and Doctoral postgraduate students at DUT. He has done his Postdoctoral Fellowship at DUT and his research activities were funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Claude Leon Foundation, EThekwini Municipality and DUT. Dr Mutanda was conferred with his PhD in Biochemistry at Rhodes University in 2008, MSc in Biotechnology in 2000 at the University of Zimbabwe and BSc Honours in Biological Sciences in 1998 at the University of Zimbabwe. Dr Mutanda’s research interests are bioenergy production systems, bioremediation, enzymology and water and wastewater research. He can be contacted at tauraim@dut.ac.za.
 
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New Picture (12).pngNtandoyenkosi Malusi Mkhize was born on September 21, 1984, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Growing up he was interested in Mathematics and Physical Science subjects and fortunately his parents and Maths and Science teachers encouraged those interests. In 2002, he graduated as a top student at Sukuma Comprehensive School, Pietermaritzburg. Then he earned a BScEng in Chemical Engineering at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in 2007. Prior joining CSIR-NRE/UKZN Forestry and Forest Products Research Centre as an MScEng in Chemical Engineering candidate in 2011, he was a Process Engineer  from Pulp and Paper industry.
 
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 New Picture (14).pngBheka J. Nxele  is a Programme Manager for the Biodiversity, Climate & Green Project Implementation Branch of the Environmental Planning & Climate Protection Dept. (eThekwini Municipality). In the last seven years, he has served as an Ecologist within iSimangaliso Wetlands Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and also as a Bioregional Planner for the KZN Province (both positions under Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife). Bheka has an MSc. in Conservation Ecology, through the University of Stellenbosch and is now in the process of starting a PhD, in Conservation Planning, also through University of Stellenbosch. 

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Derek Morgan is the senior manager of the eThekwini Municipality Energy Office in the city of Durban. The Energy Office is broadly responsible for renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation program conceptualization and initiation. The energy office plays an driving role in sustainable energy program development in the city.  Derek is also a founding board member of the KwaZulu Natal Sustainable Energy Forum, which facilitates the development of the sustainable energy sector in KZN. Prior to joining the eThekwini municipality in 2010, Derek was contracted to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation to establish the Durban Industry Climate Change Partnership Project. Derek was also a founding member of the PACE Centre, a not for profit organistation mandated to “make carbon work for the poor”.  Derek has a Masters in Environment and Development from the UKZN and a BSc Hons in Marine Botany for UCT.
 
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Errol Douwes is currently the Manager of the Biodiversity, Climate and Green Project Implementation Branch of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department within the eThekwini Municipality. The branch oversees the rollout and operation of several large-scale implementation programmes, which aim to achieve biodiversity protection and climate change adaptation while driving/supporting socio-economic development through active green job creation.


 
 
 
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 Theme 4  - Fostering Governance and Local Government Responsiveness
 
 
 
 New Picture (17).pngQhubokuhle, aka Qhuba Dlamini was born in Durban. He did his primary degree in Law and Politics at the former University of Natal, Durban in 1998 via Kearsney College. He enrolled for the LLB degree where he passed Administrative, Constitutional and Labour Law with Distinction in the year 2000. He became an interactive Lecturer teaching Constitutional Law and Commercial Law I from the year 2000 to 2001. Afterwards, he was employed by the SADC-Health Sector Unit as a Project Coordinator for WHO’s Rolling Back Malaria for which he was awarded a Certificate of Merit for excellent service in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he was employed as an Assistant Protocol Officer for Africa and the Middle East in the Ministry of Health. During the same time he graduated with LLM in Constitutional Litigation and Human Rights He also worked as Project Coordinator for the Rights of Prisoners in Durban in 2006-2007. To date, he has been assisting in the Consultancy Work for various Municipalities and some Programmes emanating from the Office of the Premier in KwaZulu-Natal. He is currently Researcher and Legal Member for the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee at the University of KwaZulu Natal.
 
 
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Dr. Fayth Ruffin from Public Governance School of Management, Information Technology & Governance at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus. Dr. Ruffin’s career spans across law, business, government, the non-profit sector and academia.  She served as a lawyer for, consultant to, or manager of various public, commercial, non-profit and meta-sector organisations prior to joining academia.  The current UKZN senior lecturer’s multi-inter-transdiciplinary research interests include public-private partnerships, global/local nexus of municipal governance, global governance and law, and socio-legal studies.
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 New Picture (20).pngUdo Richard AVERWEG is employed as an Information Technology (IT) Project Manager at eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa. He entered the IT industry during 1979 and holds a Masters Technology degree in Information Technology (cum laude), a second Masters degree in Science from the University of Natal and a third Masters degree in Commerce from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa.
 
 
 
 
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 Theme 5 - Health
 
 
 New Picture (21).pngThabani Robert Khumalo is originally from Pietermaritzburg in a village called eNcwadi. He matriculated at Mehlokazulu Commercial High School in 2006. He then furthered his studies in 2008 in DUT, where he completed his National Diploma in Translation and Interpreting Practice in 2010. He further enrolled for his BTech in 2011 which he managed to graduate with a Cum Laude and received the Dean’s Merit certificate for academic excellence. He is currently registered for a Master’s degree in Language practice and works as a freelance Language practitioner.


 
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 Theme 6 -  Enhancing Social Equity
 
 
New Picture (3).pngRowan Gatfield is a PhD candidate, in Visual Anthropology, at the School of Social Sciences, UKZN. He is also currently the Programme Leader of the BTech Graphic Design degree course, and Creative Director and Studio Manager of Workspace, a Work Integrated learning Design Studio, within the Department of Visual Communication Design at the Durban University of Technology. Workspace is currently the official advertising agency of the DUT. Rowan has a MTech in Graphic Design is a co-founder of Workspace established in 1999, as part of an internationally partnered research project with the University of East London, England. Rowan is also currently leading the Durban Rickshaw Restoration Project. Rowan has academically published and has presented at various South African and international conferences.

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 Theme 7  - Safety and Security

 

New Picture (22).pngCrispin Hemson is Director of the International Centre of Nonviolence, which is based at Durban University of Technology, and honorary senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal.   His teaching has included social justice in education, adult education and leadership.  He has been involved also in sports development and youth education.  He is an active researcher and writer on such issues migration and education, violence and learning, pedagogies for peace, and generally on issues of violence and peace-building.
 

 

 

 

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Keval Singh, matriculated from Glenwood High School and went on to pursue a degree in Geology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has notched many academic accolades during his undergraduate studies including coming top of his geology class at that years graduation. His interest in geology led him to study a postgraduate degree specializing in Environmental and Engineering geology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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Mal Reddy is a Lecturer at the Durban University of Technology. Mal has a B Admin Degree (UDW),  B Admin Hons Degree (UDW), MPA  (UPE) and a PhD (North West Univ: Potch)

 

 
Areas of focus include: Programme & Project Management, Leadership/Good Governance Communication & Customer Focus Strat, Leading Change, Policy Formulation & Implementation
Disaster Risk Management.  

 

 

 

 

 

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 New Picture (25).pngFestus M. Mwangi

 Graduated with honours in B.Sc. (Mechanical) Engineering in 2000 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

 In 2009, graduated Cum Laude with an M-Tech (Mechanical) Engineering degree from the Durban University of Technology (DUT); Research field: Impact energy management systems.

 Currently a Doctoral student focusing on Metal-Matrix-Composites at DUT.

 Holds a Lecturing post at the DUT’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

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