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KwaZulu-Natal Doctoral School

The BRICS new development bank as alternative to the World bank and IMF: a better economic balance and Sustainable development for African region

The BRICS economies—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—represent the vanguard of emerging economies. Over the past 20 years, they have benefited from both the benefits and drawbacks of globalisation, impressing with quick, accelerated growth rates. Hence the need to study the BRICS New Development Bank As Alternative To The World Bank And IMF: A Better Economic Balance And Sustainable Development For African Region.” In recent decades, the BRICS have garnered a lot of attention on the international relations and economic scenes.

Unpacking the social constructions of motherhood: Exploring mother presence among young African women

experience of pregnancy and childbirth are life changing for women. In most African societies, childcare is often a woman’s responsibility. The motherhood journey of a young woman may be significantly impacted by the presence and/or absence of a biological mother. The presence of a biological mother is regarded as important in all stages of development, particularly for female children. However, mothers are absent for a number of reasons including their death.

The development of social work intervention guidelines for victims of gender-based violence in uMhlathuze municipality, Kwazulu-Natal

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a pervasive and alarming violation of human rights, reaching epidemic proportions in South Africa with a prevalence rate exceeding 50%. This study addresses the urgent need for effective social work interventions by developing comprehensive guidelines tailored to the unique challenges faced by GBV victims in Umhlathuze, KwaZulu-Natal. Resilience theory was used as the study's theoretical framework, the research unfolds through a phenomenological design involving social workers as purposively selected participants for this study.

The influence of corporate social responsibility on business performance of a medium-sized manufacturing enterprise in eThekwini municipal area

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an organisation's ongoing commitment to ethical behaviour and economic development, as well as improving the quality of life for its employees and their families, the local community, and society at large. It is an unavoidable requirement for long-term development, particularly in developing countries. Although there has been some focus on CSR and business performance in large corporations, research on CSR in SMEs, particularly in economically depressed African countries is becoming increasingly important.

Improving the administration of disability grants in South Africa’s social security agency

Improving the administration of disability grants in South Africa’s Social Security Agency was the primary focus of the study. Although the South African social security grant categories include the child support grant, older age persons’ grant, disability grant, grant-in-aid, care dependency grant, war veterans grant and the foster child grants, this study only focused on disability grants. In South Africa, fraud and maladministration are among the challenges impacting the quality of public service delivery. In terms of the study, the impact of this amongst other issues were investigated.

Reconceptualising academics’ experiences of using digitalised learning environments to teach agricultural sciences at a South African university

In the ever-changing landscape of higher education, the acceptance, use, and integration of digitalised learning environments have become a crucial transformation, giving another shape to knowledge dissemination. South Africa, as with any other country in the global community, has a complex higher education system coupled with diverse digital practices and experiences that are informed by the divided institutional contexts.

Police culture of isolation, solidarity and cynicism: an African criminological perspective on early career police officers

Police culture plays a crucial role in shaping law enforcement practices and the overall functioning of police organisations. In Africa, the study of police culture holds particular importance due to the unique historical, social, and political contexts that influence policing in the region. Academic research on police organisational culture has been one of the most robust and productive areas in the study of policing, uncovering many of the day-to-day realities, lived experiences and cultural meanings of police work.

University language policy management: the case of a university of technology in South Africa

The present study examined language policy management in higher education institutions in South Africa using a University of Technology as a case study. The first objective of the study was to ascertain the extent of students’ language learning problems that manifest at the University of Technology after the adoption of the English-only language policy. The second objective was to determine whether students’ biographical factors (gender, age, year of study, home language, and faculty) have any influence on their language learning problems.

Mother, daughter, sister, wife? Interrogating constructions of South African Indian women’s identity – a study of South African Indian Women playwrights and our plays

This thesis interrogates the gendered constructions and representations of Indian South African women (ISAW), South African Indian women (SAIW), and/or South African women of Indian descent’s (SAWOID) identity through a study of such playwrights and their plays, including my own work. ISAW, SAIW and/or SAWOID lives are critically affected by the roles we are expected to perform in our families, namely those of daughter, sister, wife, and mother. Sylvia Walby (1990) distinguishes two key forms of patriarchy: public and private.

A survey of non-isizulu students’ attitudes towards learning isiZulu as a communicative language at a university in the Gauteng province, Pretoria

Several students come from different provinces and enrol at a University of Technology (UoT) in Gauteng for the Language Practice programme, because it offers a range of five indigenous African languages as subjects: isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. Students who are not native speakers of these languages are expected to choose and learn one of them for communicative purposes. Nevertheless, when non-isiZulu students are offered isiZulu as an option to study, they seemed to be hesitant.