Transformational Leadership in 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife  

Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza


After spending over a decade in Nursing, she joined Ukhozi FM, after the former Station Manager, Mr Hawu Mbatha saw great potential in Dudu Khoza’s captivating tactics when interacting with her audience.She auditioned for a radio presenting job, which she did gracefully and mastered outstandingly. That was the beginning of her successful career as a radio presenter on the number one radio station in the country. Her 25 years with Ukhozi FM has proven that Dudu Khoza is a Living Legend of Ukhozi FM and the entire SABC family. She has progressively become high-much-a-muck and a lodestone to international and local brands, corporate and government; endorsing their products, projects and programmes. She has become the most preferred personality, because of her special charismatic ways of winning people’s hearts. Once she opens her mouth, everyone’s heart melts like a metal grilled in a furnace.

Professor Betty Claire Mubangizi

Keynote speaker

Prof Mubangizi, is a full Professor of Public Administration and Governance and an NRF-rated researcher. She holds the NRF/Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in UKZN’s School of Management, IT and Governance where she previously served as Dean and Head of School. Prior to that Prof Mubangizi was the Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Law and Management Studies. She also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies in the College of Humanities of the same University. With over 20 years of experience in a University environment, Prof Mubangizi has a passion for excellence in teaching underscored by reflective practice, as well as an understanding of the needs of students from various backgrounds. She is widely published and has successfully supervised many Doctoral and Masters Students while serving as an external examiner for several universities.

Prof Mubangizi is the Managing Editor of the African Journal of Governance and Development and Guest Editor of the Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. As Research Chair in Sustainable Local Rural Livelihoods, Prof Mubangizi endeavours to understand and explain the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of rural policy while building research capacity of senior students in that regard.

Dr Maryam Amra Jordaan


Dr Maryam Amra Jordaan is an award winning researcher, mother of 3 and wife. She studied at the University of the Free State (UFS) from 2001-2013 and obtained her BSc Chemistry and Physiology, BSc Hons., MSc and PhD degrees in Organic Chemistry. She lectured at the UFS from 2009-2013. She was then awarded an NRF postdoctoral fellowship in 2014 which she completed in 2018 at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT). She lectured within the department of chemistry and is currently the National Research foundation (NRF) Administrator within the Research Directorate at MUT. As an HIV/AIDS researcher she investigated the photochemistry of specific antiretroviral drugs which have caused photoallergic dermatitis. These photosensitive drug reactions can be either photoallergic or phototoxic as HIV itself induces photosensitivity.

Successively, her research interests have been extended to the application of Computer Aided Drug Discovery (CADD) methods to identify FDA approved drugs as potential inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 as treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has furthermore, published papers addressing mounting environmental concerns from mining and industrial practices and subsequently received recognition by MUT as one of the best researchers in the faculty of Natural Sciences in 2019. She was the winner of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) female investees’ award for Social Innovation in 2019 and also received an award for the best women-led team for TIA’s Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) in 2019. As a Leader in Innovation fellow (LIF), she received first place for her HIV-related innovation in London in 2020.

Dr Ntombizodwa



Dr Linda is a lecturer at the Department of Nursing Science (DNS) at the University of Zululand. She has been in the teaching and learning field for at least sixteen (16) years. Her clinical experience as a Professional Nurse and nurse educator inspires her in an effortless and joyful sharing of nursing values with nursing students through practical and real-life experiences. Depicting the reality of common conditions and challenges which potentially prevent meeting the health needs of individuals, families and communities underpins Dr. Linda’s teaching philosophy. Her pragmatist teaching philosophy which capitalises on real-life approach, not only promotes students’ understanding of the subject matter but it also allows students to make sense of “caring” while they create their own knowledge.

Scholarship of Learning and Research

Dr Linda views her career path into academia not only as welcoming scholarly teaching & learning but also as a means to embrace and engage in the scholarship of learning and research. As such, Dr Linda has presented numerous scientific papers at national and international conferences and other related platforms. Dr Linda loves supervision of postgraduate students as it affords her an opportunity to be a lifelong learner. As a full-time academic practitioner, Dr Linda conducts critical reviews for several accredited and peer-reviewed journals.

Community Engagement and Contribution:

Dr Linda is a regular speaker on various radio stations giving talks and education on health-related matters. Her contribution to communities is realised through her participation on the Scientifeast 101 Programme.

Areas of Interest

Promoting positive mindedness, healthy living, good nutrition and physical exercise.

Belinda Lehnerdt


Belinda started her nursing career at Greys hospital where she qualified as a Registered nurse in 1994.

She worked in JHB in various hospital groups after qualifying. She then went to London in 1997, working at Royal Marsden, Royal Brompton and many other hospitals. She then returned to SA in 1999 and joined Netcare, where she specialized in Intensive care nursing and remained with Netcare hospital group until the birth of her first child. Belinda then worked in real estate, fast becoming a top agent country-wide whilst raising two boys, however her heart remained firmly in nursing and as soon as they were old enough she returned to Netcare Kingsway as NM in 2014.

A mere two years later, Belinda was promoted to Netcare Umhlanga hospital and is currently studying towards Bachelor in business management whilst holding an extremely demanding role of Nursing manager of a 290 bed hospital.

Belinda has a high EQ, exceptional people and leadership skills and has a true passion for her job. She leads with integrity and passion and her energy is not easily matched. Belinda’s positive energy and warm spirit is infectious and these characteristics set her apart in the field of management.