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The School’s cutting -edge laboratories and research equipment compare favourably with the best in the world. Caring and enthusiastic lecturers ensure that students emerge highly employable, with a rich university experience and an excellent degree in Chemistry or Physics to their name.

CAES Catch-Up newsletter

This newsletter details activities, events and news from the college from the first semester of 2021.

Open Day Information

Take a look at all the information that was discussed at our virtual Open Day webinar.

PhD Student Opens her Own Manufacturing Plant

With R1 200 in her pocket and loads of determination, PhD student in UKZN’s School of Chemistry and Physics, Ms Nomandla Ngcoya dreamt of opening her own detergent and cosmetics manufacturing plant. Now she has officially cut the ribbon to her facility, which has the capacity to produce 10 000 litres of products a day.

Master’s Students Tackle International Physics Challenge

Click here for isiZulu version Master’s candidates in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) Ms Tanita Permaul, Ms Amy Rouillard and Mr Brandon Willnecker took part in the 2021 PLANCKS online hackathon, which saw them compete against teams from 50 countries to answer challenging physics problems. Calling themselves the Springblochs, a play on the name of South Africa’s

Large-Scale Structure of the Universe Focus of PhD Research

In 2017, when Ayodeji Ibitoye watched a newsclip celebrating the efforts of UKZN Professor Yin-Zhe Ma to solve the “missing baryons” problem, he decided that this was the supervisor he wanted for his PhD. And so began his association with UKZN …. Now Ibitoye has graduated with a PhD degree in Physics. His study focused on the

UKZN Launches Exciting New Degree in GIS and Earth Observation

Click here for isiZulu version The 4th Industrial Revolution has seen an increase in the use of spatial data for decision-making in line with promoting evidence-based and knowledge driven economies. Responding to these paradigm shifts, a new programme (BSc GIS-EO), has been created in the School of Agricultural Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES). The programme, which

From Science Foundation to Master’s Degree!

Mr Sanele Shange grew up in iXopo (Springvale) in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands where his teachers saw great potential in him so they urged his parents to move him to a well-equipped school in an urban area. In Grade 9, Shange was moved to Zwelibanzi High School in Umlazi where he excelled and matriculated, going on