School of Social Sciences

Social Sciences Staff Honoured at Culture Cluster Awards Event

The Culture Cluster within the School of Social Sciences held an awards function to honour staff, tutors and lecturers on the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses.
Prize winners at the School of Social Sciences’ Culture Cluster Awards ceremony.
Prize winners at the School of Social Sciences’ Culture Cluster Awards ceremony.

Said Cluster Leader: Culture (Anthropology and Tourism) Dr Maserole Kgari-Masondo, who pioneered the event: ‘The function is in line with the University’s strategic plan of empowerment and community involvement. It also serves as recognition to all staff of this discipline and School for the hard work they do and their commitment to the University.’

One of the award winners Mrs Hazel Rampaul said: ‘This was such an inspiration for those who attended. I truly felt so rejuvenated and refreshed in my personal capacity.  We certainly need more “feel good” events at UKZN, especially on the Pietermaritzburg campus, as they really boost staff morale.  Dr Masondo has been a true ambassador for “Ubuntu”.’

Professor Maheshvari Naidu, regarded as an ambassador for the discipline, said: ‘It is always heartening to be appreciated for the work we do, which we perform as natural extensions of both ourselves and our portfolios. Credit is given to Dr Kgari-Masondo for her vision in putting this together. It is a reflection of the type of leader she is, and I’m humbled to be among the staff she recognised. Very few would remember to include the wonderful women who take care of cleaning our workspaces – and she has. Now that is the mark of a good leader.’

Student volunteer in the discipline Ms Dintle Masondo added: ‘Getting an award is a huge achievement for me. I encourage students to volunteer in their disciplines by assisting in any way they can so we can build our University and get work experience through volunteerism.’

Dr Mabuyi Gumede, who received the award for Best Lecturer, has a teaching style which accommodates students from different social and cultural backgrounds. ‘I am grateful for this award because it acknowledges the hard work I put into my teaching. It has motivated me to do even better in the future,’ said Gumede.

Mrs Indrani Naidoo received a certificate of appreciation and also won the Administrator of the Year award. ‘My sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the academics, especially Dr Kgari-Masondo, for nominating and choosing me for both the awards.’

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