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Ayesha Mall Head of Department: Ms Ayesha Mall
Tel: 031 373 5143
Fax: 031 373 6734
Location: Durban
Campus: City CampusBio: Ayesha Mall is a the Programme Co-ordinator and lecturer for the Journalism programme in the Department of Media, Language and Communication at the Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa. Prior to that, Ayesha taught Journalism and Media Studies at Natal Technikon, University of Natal and at Damelin Education Group. Ayesha has a BA Communications degree from Unisa, an Honours degree in Media Studies from the University of Natal, and a Master of Arts degree in Cultural, Communication and Media Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.Her MA dissertation was on the role and governance of Muslim community radio in South Africa.Ayesha has work in various capacities in media. She worked at broadcast production companies, Chalkface Edutainment and New Wave Productions, as a television producer; researching, scriptwriting and producing inserts and documentaries for various magazine programmes broadcast by the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC).

She headed the news team and produced the current affairs show at a Durban-based community radio, Radio Al-Ansaar.She was the news editor of Africa Perspectives, a monthly newspaper distributed in southern Africa.Currently she delivers research papers at local and international media, communication and journalism related conferences, writes journal papers, book chapters and media industry publication pieces about the media rather than for the media. Her research areas include Community Radio, New Media and Social Media.Readmore

Maud Blose Lecturer: Ms Maud Blose
Tel: 031 373 6621
Location: Durban
Campus: City Campus
Qualification(s): Master of Science in JournalismBio: Maud Blose joined the television production world at the eNews Africa Channel in Johannesburg as a producer and a desk-writer. A Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. During her time at the Medill School of Journalism (Northwestern University), she was awarded an opportunity to be part of CNN International at the Atlanta Headquarters, Georgia. She has been a columnist for two prominent newspapers for five years during which she joined her Alma Mater, i.e. the Durban University of Technology in January 2011, as one of the Journalism lecturers within the Media, Language and Communication Department. She is currently doing her PhD in Culture and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu – Natal. Her research interests include culture, gender, development, education, e-learning, media and society.Courses Currently Teaching: Media Information Management, Television Production, Contemporary Politics, and Broadcast Television

Research and Innovation focus: Her research interests include culture, gender, development, education, media and society, and multi-disciplinary projects using e-learning tools.

Mikhail Peppas Senior Lecturer: Dr Mikhail Peppas
Specialist interest: The Anglo Boer War (1899 -1902).
Poetry and Arts for Social Integration with reference to Blind and Deaf culture
Electronic Learning Systems (Member of DUT Pioneers+)Currently researching a revisioning documentary on the Battle of Spionkop and the Siege of Ladysmith (Anglo-Boer War). Presented a paper “Filming the Boer War” at The Documentary Tradition International Conference, Dallas, USA in 2006.Memberships:
South African National Society;
SAFREA: Southern African Freelancers’ Association;
South African Writers’ Circle;
eThekwini Filmmakers’ Academy;
South African Military History Association;
VANSA – Visual Arts Network of South Africa;
Alliance Francais DurbanCommittee member:
Rising Stars Community Group. Rising Stars uses soccer, music, and development media for upliftment in depressed areas such as the Albert Park region of Durban;
KZN Newsmaker of the Year;
DUT Faculty of Arts and Design Research Committee
Green Heart Ecology Movement
Gandhi Salt March Organising Committee. The Salt March is an annual event that encourages peace and non-violence in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Luthuli.

Bio: Dr Peppas has a PhD in Visual Anthropology with the focus on Film and Television for Development and Social Change (UKZN). In 1996 joined the Department of Journalism at the Durban University of Technology and teaches Photojournalism, Film, Television and Research Methodology.Originator and station manager of the first community television station in Africa: Greater Durban Television (GDTV).


Research and Innovation focus: Documentary, Media, War, and Conflict.

Robin Sewlal Senior Lecturer: Adv Robin Sewlal
Tel: 031 373 6615
Campus: CityBio: Advocate Robin Sewlal is Associate Director: Journalism. He is a BA (Law) LLB graduate, and has a Certificate in Labour Law.He lectures Radio I, Court & Crime Reporting, Radio II, Media Law and Investigative Journalism III. His research interests are radio, intellectual property law, media law and corporate law. He was Editor of “150 Bollywood Encounters – the South African Connection” as well as “250 Bollywood Encounters”. He serves on the Institutional Research Ethics Committee (Irec) at the university.
He is a Commissioner at the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), Chairperson of the Board at King George V Hospital, and member of the Board of the International Centre of Non-Violence (Icon) as well as member of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef).

Mr Zondi Lecturer: Mr Siphumelele Zondi
Tel: 031 373 6621
Campus: City Campus
Qualification(s): Master of Arts: Media and Cultural Studies (Sussex)Bio: Siphumelele Zondi holds a Master of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies from Sussex University in England. He has vast experience as a lecturer and as a journalist. Zondi is also the creator, senior producer and anchor of a technology and social media news programme called Network on the SABC News Channel. In 2017, he was named as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian newspaper.Courses Currently Teaching: Media Production III (Television)
Media Production II (Television)
Media Information Management I

Research and Innovation focus: Television and New Developments in Digital Media

Deseni Soobben Lecturer: Ms Deseni Soobben
Member: SACOMM.Output: presented at SACOMM 2009, 2010. International 2012 – paper included in conference proceedings.Deseni Soobben.National Diploma: Photography-Technikon Natal. National Higher Diploma: Journalism: ML Sultan Technikon. BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies – University of Natal. MA (Media, Culture & Communication) – UKZN. Experience – Contributor to Afrapix Photo Agency with Omar Badsha, Cedric Nunn, Rafs Mayat – photographs of the emerging UDF, violence torn KZN midlands, civil protest action distributed across the world.Worked at City Press with S’bu Mngadi & Fred Khumalo as staffers. Began teaching at ML Sultan to present DUT.Website: and Innovation focus:  photography, media, culture & gender.

Senzo Computer Technician: Mr Senzo Mnomiya
Tel: 031 373 6640
Location: Room 130
Campus: City Campus
Qualification(s): BTech: IT, NQF 6 Project Management, NQF 5 Investigations and Management of Cyber and Electronic CrimesBio: Apple Mac & Microsoft Systems:
Install and maintain computer operating systems hardware and software packages.
Provided technical assistance and resources on a regular basis.
Verified fresh hardware and software for compatibility with the departmental needs.
Upheld technology procedures in coordination with ITSS Department.
Administer and monitor the Apple Mac Server.
Assist students with Apple based editing applications.