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University of Johannesburg

The manipulation of language in E.D.M. Sibiya’s novels: a stylo-linguistic critique

The aim of this study is to investigate and critically appraise E.D.M. Sibiya’s manipulation of the isiZulu language in his novels. Sibiya has contributed greatly to the growth of isiZulu literature. Despite being an award-winning novelist, his works, particularly novels, have not received the amount of attention they deserve as there is relatively less research done on them. Most research on Sibiya’s novels has focused on literary elements such as characterisation and social ills as depicted by themes. There is very little that has been done on evaluating language in his novels.

Exploring the Experiences of the Elderly with the Utilisation of ICTs in Their Health and Social Care

Research shows that elderly people want to be loved, taken care of, and live close to their families, however, they are the most socially excluded people in society. As their well-being, quality of life, health, and social care are overlooked there is also a shortage of research in this field. The care that is traditionally administered by caregivers is deemed problematic and inadequate by some scholars and therefore it was said that information and communication technology (ICT) was employed and implemented in elderly care to improve it.

An Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Domestic Violence

Numerous studies have indicated the detrimental effects of domestic violence exposure on children and adolescents. Evidence has shown that adolescent exposed to domestic violence present with poor psychosocial outcomes and negative gender attitudes which increase their propensity for becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic violence. These risk factors render them a vulnerable and an at-risk population. Effective interventions to address these risks that adolescents exposed to domestic violence present with are essential in the long-term fight against domestic violence.

Citizen Science and Environmental Justice in South Africa’s Water Sector

At the heart of the fight for environmental justice (EJ) by activists and communities is a contestation involving information and knowledge, including an understanding of the science surrounding those injustices. The focus of this thesis, through the use of case studies in South Africa, is on how people and organisations are using science to achieve EJ as it relates to the more specific water challenges they experience.

Community Water Governance for Sustainable Local Development in Northern Ghana

The development of communities and sustainability of rural water and sanitation systems could be achieved through the creation of participatory spaces and empowerment of localities for effective water governance. The objective of this study was to assess how community participation in decentralised water governance affect the distribution and sustainability of water supply and sanitation systems in rural communities of the Savannah Region of Ghana.

Communication practices of social movements in South Africa: A comparative study of Abahlali baseFreedom Park and Wits Fees Must Fall movement

Social movements have become a communicative practice that the marginalised have used and still use to speak back to systems of oppression. This study investigates the communication practices of social movements in South Africa with specific reference to the Wits Fees Must Fall (Wits #FMF) and Abahlali baseFreedom Park (AbFP).

The Lived Experiences of Primary Female Factor Infertility Within the Social Context: A Phenomenological Study

Primary infertility may be overlooked as a major life event which can lead to major changes in social participation and self-identity. Although a readily expected conse-quence of infertility is childlessness, the social context proves to play a role in creating individually specific lived experiences. The aim of the study was to establish how the social context mediates the lived experiences of infertility in South African women with diverse social identities.