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University of Pretoria

Development and evaluation of an augmentative and alternative communication training for caregivers of young children in a low-income rural context of South Africa

Background: Training caregivers of young children with complex communication needs to implement augmentative and alternative communication methods has resulted in various communication gains for children. Such training may be a feasible, effective and socially valid way of improving children’s communication outcomes in contexts where access to rehabilitation professionals and resources is limited.

Accommodating persons with severe communication disabilities in court: Development and appraisal of guidelines

Persons with severe communication disabilities often face violations of their basic human rights, such as exclusion from the justice system. Accessing the justice system – whether as a witness, defendant or legal practitioner with a severe communication disability – is extremely challenging.

Barriers to and facilitators of employment: Perspectives of persons with severe communication disabilities and specialised recruitment agents

Globally, persons with disabilities are facing exclusion from participation in the labour market. In South Africa, the employment rate of persons with severe communication disabilities remains low despite the implementation of legislation and policy initiatives to promote their economic participation.

Eine Andere Heimat - A Different Home: A Biographical Narrative of South African Germanness, 1864 - 2014

The growth of a distinctive German South African minority that began during the midnineteenth century, is closely related to the arrival of German mission societies in the region and the Hermannsburg Mission Society (HMS) in particular. Influenced by the tide of nineteenth century German emigration, along with sentiments of ethnic German nationalism, the HMS was far more than an agent of Christian evangelism in that it offered the means for a new life abroad without the need to forgo a connection to the “old country” or Heimat.

From 'native health' to primary health care: Transformation in rural health care service provision in the former Transvaal, 1930-1994.

This thesis focuses on the transformation of healthcare services for the blacks in the former Transvaal during the period from the 1930s to 1990s. The thesis argues that over this period the healthcare of rural blacks from Union to Republican governments had incipient features of primary health care – haphazardly driven by progressive-minded individuals within the state, by missionaries, as well as other stakeholders, motivated by concerns over the socio-economic conditions of the blacks.

A critical analysis of the oversight role and function of the standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) in promoting accountability in South Africa’s public sector.

The thesis, A Critical Analysis of the Oversight Role and Function of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) in Promoting Accountability in South Africa’s Public Sector, looks at the underlying problem of financial mismanagement in the public sector in relation to public accountability in South Africa. This problem has manifested in growing wasteful, irregular and fruitless expenditure in a post-apartheid era confronted by a multitude of social-economic challenges.

The effect of visual aids on the understanding of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) health information in persons with low literacy

Low literacy levels have been argued to partially contribute to poor health literacy and poor health outcomes. Low health literacy refers to the inability to apply health information in pursuit of good health. While several strategies have been used to assist persons with low literacy to understand health information, these strategies have been focused primarily on improving medication taking in persons with low literacy.

Environmental and Community Sustainability for Informal Settlement Communities In Namibia and South Africa: A Comparative Social Work Study

The goal of the study was to explore how environmental and community sustainability can be promoted for informal settlement communities in Namibia and South Africa. The study employed an exploratory sequential mixed methods research design, which as such combined qualitative and quantitative research approaches in two successive study phases.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Assata Shakur’s Self-writing: Torture, Authorisation and Liberation

The study conceptualises self-writing through the lived experiences of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Assata Shakur. The specific focus is on three themes, namely: torture, authorisation, and liberation. These themes are discussed through narrative and thematic analysis that aims at emphasising how the text can be analysed through meaning, symbols and patterns.