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  Name MaryAnn Francis
Telephone +27 (031) 2602525 / +27 829062167
Email francism@ukzn.ac.za

Campus Howard
Designation Manager: Public Relations
MaryAnn Francis is an expert in the field of communications with an ardent passion in new technologies. Currently employed as the College’s Public Relations manager, she leads a team of two Public Relations Officers and a web administrator. They are responsible for the complete public relations portfolio in the College ranging from strategic marketing, events management, international relations, conceptualisation and production of publications as well as translating scientific research into a community context.
Being passionate about new technologies, the College of Health Sciences is the only one at UKZN to have its own active Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as an online chat feature.
She began her career in the Department of Education as a Locum School psychologist in a School for Mentally Challenged learners. She then obtained permanent employment in the Department of Labour as a Senior Vocational Counsellor providing career guidance to members of the public and high schools in disadvantaged areas as well as assessments of mentally challenged unemployed people for either the open labour market or sheltered employment. She was responsible for the coordination of the selection and continuous mentorship of South Africa’s first Learnership project as funded by DANIDA in the late 1990’s and led the teams up skilling programme for companies engaged in retrenching of staff.
She hold a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Psychology and Criminology, an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. Her dissertation focused on Understanding how the socialization of women in society impacted on their Engineering studies. She is currently enrolled for the UKZN Leadership Development Programme.


  Name Lunga Memela
Telephone +27 (031) 2603849 / 0839655184
Email memelal@ukzn.ac.za

Campus Howard
Designation Public Relations Officer: School of Health Sciences and the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences
Lunga Memela is a Public Relations Officer for the College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds an Honours degree in Cultural and Media Studies following which he obtained his Masters in Art, Literature and Society at Maastricht University in the Netherlands in 2014 where he did an internship with the organisation, ART2Connect, evaluating its role as a mediator between artists and audiences in the Meuse–Rhine Euregion. Lunga is  a 2008 recipient of the Golden Key International Honor Society Award and he intends to further pursue his passion for advertising, photography and travel writing.

  Name Nombuso Dlamini
Telephone +27 (031) 2604718 / 0824980676
Email dlaminin10@ukzn.ac.za

Campus Howard
Designation Public Relations Officer: School of Clinical Medicine and School of Nursing & Public Health
Nombuso Dlamini is a Public Relations Officer for UKZN's College of Health Sciences. She is a Journalist by profession and a Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholar. She has a National Diploma in Journalism from DUT formerly Technikon Natal and a number of communication and journalism related certificates including an advanced sub-editing certificate from Wits and an International Mass Communication Certificate from The American University in Egypt.  She has over 15 years of experience in the media industry and her previous work experience includes:
Ndalo Media - Digital Copy Editor
The Citizen newspaper - Web Editor 
Soul Beat Africa/Communication Initiative – Senior Journalist/Web
Soul City/Sangonet – Development Communication Information Coordinator
SAPA - General Reporter and Weekend Sub-editor.
SABC - TV/Radio News Reporter and Zulu Current affairs producer

  Name Fhumulani Andrew Liabara
Telephone +27 (031) 2603849 / 079 156 4584
Email liabaraf@ukzn.ac.za

Campus Howard
Designation Web administrator
Fhumulani Andrew Liabara is the Web Administrator for the College of Health Sciences within the Public Relations Office. His Interests are currently in the development and maintenance of websites. Fhumulani has a growing passion of new trends within the IT world as a whole, more specifically Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).
He hold a BSc. Honours Computer Science and BSc. Computer Science & Info Systems degrees. His research interests are in line with Information Systems Security and Cloud Computing.

 

 Name

 MaryAnn Francis

Telephone

+27 (031) 2602525 / +27 829062167

Email

francism@ukzn.ac.za

Campus

Howard

Designation

Manager: Public Relations

MaryAnn Francis is an expert in the field of communications with an ardent passion in new technologies. Currently employed as the College’s Public Relations manager, she leads a team of two Public Relations Officers and a web administrator. They are responsible for the complete public relations portfolio in the College ranging from strategic marketing, events management, international relations, conceptualisation and production of publications as well as translating scientific research into a community context.

Being passionate about new technologies, the College of Health Sciences is the only one at UKZN to have its own active Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as an online chat feature.

She began her career in the Department of Education as a Locum School psychologist in a School for Mentally Challenged learners. She then obtained permanent employment in the Department of Labour as a Senior Vocational Counsellor providing career guidance to members of the public and high schools in disadvantaged areas as well as assessments of mentally challenged unemployed people for either the open labour market or sheltered employment. She was responsible for the coordination of the selection and continuous mentorship of South Africa’s first Learnership project as funded by DANIDA in the late 1990’s and led the teams up skilling programme for companies engaged in retrenching of staff.

She hold a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Psychology and Criminology, an Honours Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies. Her dissertation focused on Understanding how the socialization of women in society impacted on their Engineering studies. She is currently enrolled for the UKZN Leadership Development Programme.


 

Name

Lihle Sosibo

Telephone

+27 (031) 2603849 

Email


Campus

Howard

Designation

Public Relations Officer: School of Clinical Medicine and the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences

  Lihle Sosibo started her career as a peer educator at Love Life and that is where her passion in public relations, community engagement and science communication science got generated. Sosibo holds a Public Relations Management qualification from the Durban University of Technology and a Professional Certificate in Government Communication and Marketing from Wits School of Governance.
Lihle is passionate about writing, specifically science writing and media relations.

Sosibo has served on different communication portfolios, in the private and in the public sector. She has developed vast competencies in public relations, community engagement and corporate marketing. Sosibo has an incomparable sense of humour and loves life.


 

Name

Nombuso Dlamini

Telephone

+27 (031) 2604718 / 0824980676

Email

dlaminin10@ukzn.ac.za

Campus

Howard

Designation

Public Relations Officer: School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing & Public Health

Nombuso Dlamini is a Public Relations Officer for UKZN's College of Health Sciences. She is a Journalist by profession and a Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholar. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree with two merit certificates in Strategic Corporate Communication and Cultural & Media Stud: Critical Methodology. She has a National Diploma in Journalism from DUT formerly Technikon Natal and a number of communication and journalism related certificates including an advanced sub-editing certificate from Wits and an International Mass Communication Certificate from The American University in Egypt.  She has over 15 years of experience in the media industry and her previous work experience includes:

Ndalo Media - Digital Copy Editor

The Citizen newspaper - Web Editor 

Soul Beat Africa/Communication Initiative – Senior Journalist/Web

Soul City/Sangonet – Development Communication Information Coordinator

SAPA - General Reporter and Weekend Sub-editor.

SABC - TV/Radio News Reporter and Zulu Current affairs producer


 

Name

Ziphezinhle Biyela

Telephone

+27 (031) 2603633 

Email


BiyelaZ@ukzn.ac.za

Campus

Howard

Designation

Intern

  Ziphezinhle is a strategic thinker who hold a BA in Creative Brand in Communications specializing in copywriting. Additionally, she holds a BA Honours in Brand Leadership. Both qualifications were attained from the Vega School of Brand Leadership.
Design thinking and systemic thinking is my approach to ideation, simply because I’m a firm believer that ‘thoughts shape the world’.
Currently serving as an NRF intern at UKZN’s Public Relations Office College of Health Sciences.


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