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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is a university in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was formed in 2002 by the merger of Technikon Natal and ML Sultan Technikon and was previously known as the Durban Institute of Technology. It currently has over 23,000 students enrolled on campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. DUT seeks to be a “preferred university for developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship.” DUT’s website>>


 The Siyazama project, started in 1998, gives the craftswomen involved a creative outlet to express their concerns about HIV/Aids and all of its complexities, through colourful beaded cloth dolls and traditional beadwork. It also allows the rural women to earn an income, as many are the sole breadwinners of their households because their husbands are migrant workers. Siyazama is an isiZulu word meaning “we are trying”. Learn more>>

Urban Food Security Programme

This program was established by the Department of Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences to address food security and malnutrition in child residential care establishments in urban areas in Durban. This is achieved through appropriate nutrition interventions established through research, while at the same time creating an opportunity for students to develop through a combination of structured learning opportunities, practice and critical reflection. The program includes the establishment and maintenance of food gardens at a children’s home coupled with ongoing nutrition education of the child care workers and the children in their care.