Vuyelwa Zandile Peter


Vuyelwa Zandile Peter

Tel: +27 (0)31 260 8932

Bio sketch: Mrs Vuyelwa Zandile Peter completed her undergraduate training at the University of the Witwatersrand for the degree BA Speech and Hearing Therapy. She then completed her Masters in Communication Pathology- Audiology with UKZN. She is a bilingual clinician as she is proficient in speaking, reading and writing English and IsiZulu. However, her mother language is isiZulu and used for communication and learning at school.

She completed her community service and worked as Speech Language Therapist and Audiologist at various public health facilities in Durban for over 10 years.

She joined academia in July 2017 as a lecturer in Audiology. She is registered for her PhD with the Discipline of Audiology. In January 2018 she was appointed as the Acting Academic Leader for the discipline of Speech Language Pathology till January 2020.

Areas interest in Audiology include Pediatric HIV/AIDS diagnostic, Ototoxicity monitoring, and educational audiology. In Speech Language Therapy, her areas of interest include Acquired communication disorders, dysphagia and voice.


Sedaven High School Heidelberg, Gauteng, South Africa


  1. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy

University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng South Africa

  1. Master of Communication Pathology (Audiology)

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Research topic: “An audiological profile of school-aged children with HIV/ADIS at an antiretroviral clinic in KwaZulu-Natal”

 PHD Candidate

University of KwaZulu-Natal Natal

Discipline of Audiology

School of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

 Research area interest:

  1. Communication disorder screening program establishment for preschool aged children.
  2. Peadiatric HIV/AIDS, communication, swallowing and hearing management.
  3. Ototoxicity monitoring in children.
  4. Diagnostic audiology in children
  5. Voice disorders in children.
  6. Swallowing disorders in children.
  7. Neurological disorders and communication in adults.

Work Experience

 UKZN New Generation Academic Program Lecturer (NGAP) Scholar

Audiology- College of Health Sciences

July 2017- Present University of KwaZulu-Natal- Westville Campus


UKZN Acting Academic Leader Discipline of Speech Language Pathology

School of Health Sciences

January 2018- February 2020

First Black South African Female Academic Leader for the Discipline of Speech Language Pathology

Chief Speech Therapist and Audiologist

01 April 2013 to 30 June 2017. The first Black female HOD in the history of the department.

Senior Speech Therapist and Audiologist

01 October 2008 to 31 March 2013

Addington District Hospital, Durban, South Africa.

Acting Senior Speech Therapist and Audiologist

1 October 2007 to 31 September 2008

Clairwood Rehabilitation Hospital, Durban, South Africa.

Junior Speech Therapist and Audiologist

1 March 2007 to 31 September 2007

Clairwood Rehabilitation Hospital

Community Service Officer Service Speech Therapist and Audiologist

1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006

 Research Publication

  1. Peter, VZ, Paken, J & Joseph, L. (2020). An Audiological profile of a cohort of school aged children with HIV/AIDS attending an antiretroviral clinic in South Africa. South African Journal of Communication Disorders 67(1), a651. https:// 10.4102/sajcd.v67i1. 651.

Research Conference presentations

  1. South African Otolaryngology (ENT) , South African Speech Language and Hearing Associations (SASLHA) and South African  Audiology Association (SAA) Congress Durban International Conference Centre (ICC) South Africa November 2015
  2. International Conference on AIDS and STI in Africa (ICASA) 2015 Harare Zimbabwe
  3. KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health Research Day 16 September 2016 Pietermaritzburg South Africa
  4. International AIDS Conference 2020 Virtual Conference.

Research Scholarship

  1. Departmental of Higher Education New Generation Academic (NGAP) Scholarships


Research Grants

  1. National Research Fun New Generation Academic (NGAP) Research Grant recipients R30 000 2019-2020.