Lyndon Naidoo is a 26-year-old PhD student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He received his master’s of applied sciences in chemistry cum laude in 2021, winning the Dean’s Merit Award. Naidoo says this was one of his proudest moments. “It was a culmination of all the hard work I have put in together with the support of my friends, family and colleagues over the years.” It wasn’t the first time his work has been recognised. In 2019, Naidoo received the DUT Chancellor’s Award in recognition of innovative excellence for his volunteer work helping grade 12 learners with their physical science practicals. In his work, Naidoo hopes to contribute towards establishing food and health safety regulatory frameworks in South Africa through projected research outputs in a collaboration with Germany. He also wants to slow down the academic “brain drain” he says the country is experiencing.
The learning never stops