Monthly Archives: April 2016

MECS Excels at Humanities Graduation


Dr Subeshini Moodley (right) with her supervisor Professor Anton van der Hoven

Yesterday, 18 April, hundreds of students from the College of Humanities graduated at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg. The School of Arts, and MECS in particular, once again featured prominently and produced a large portion of graduates for the College.

Overall, there were just over 100 Bachelor of Arts degrees conferred, with almost 20% of these coming of the MECS department.  Additionally, MECS accounted for more than a third of the Honours degrees, and 14% of the Masters degrees.


Dr Sandra Pitcher (left) with her supervisor Dr Nicola Jones

However, the highlight of this year’s ceremony was the graduation of two of MECS’ staff members, Dr Sandra Pitcher and Dr Subeshini Moodley. Dr Moodley’s groundbreaking thesis considered the role of self-reflexive film in relation to telling the stories of Hindu women in South Africa, while Dr Pitcher considered if there was space for political cartoonists in a socially responsible press, using Zapiro as a case study.

Both these lecturers have begun working on various articles for publication, based on the findings of their research, which will help maintain the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s status as the top research university in South Africa.


Honours 2015 – From left: Darisha Govender, Siphiwe Mdutyana, Thabiso Ngubane, Bongeka Sibisi, Yashen Moodley, Nolwazi Gumede, Sunehra Maikoo, Cebisa Khewbulana, Mbalenhle Sindane.


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