Meet your PR Team
|Telephone||+27 (031) 2602525|
|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.
|Telephone||+27 (031) 2603849|
|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 for public relations, community engagement and science communication was generated.
Sosibo holds a Management B-Tech degree and a Public Relations Management Diploma from the Durban University of Technology. She also holds an NQF8 Professional Certificate in Government Communication and Marketing from the University of Witwatersand.
Lihle is passionate about writing, specifically science writing and media relations.
Sosibo has an incomparable sense of humour and loves life.
|Telephone||+27 (031) 2604718|
|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 Studies: 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