Madmen and Mad Money: Psychological Disability and Economics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

In medieval and early modern literature, people with psychological disabilities are commonly represented as nuisances, monsters, and pitiable wretches. This ableist paradigm is partly attributable to the fact that ‘mad’ characters evoke economic anxieties rooted in the socioeconomic climate of the societies in which the respective texts are created. Fictional ‘madmen’ are used as symbols of or scapegoats for economic problems such as rising poverty, price fluctuations, wealth inequality, and evolving inheritance systems. This exacerbates a prevailing belief that the psychologically disabled are undeserving of respect and care, or even that they are less than human. 

Race, class and the equity dilemma: Examining the usefulness of a biographical questionnaire in identifying Resilient-Agency (R-A) to supplement admission criteria into the University of Pretoria

The dilemma of accounting for race, class and equity in admission to university education is not a new one and yet, it remains a heated debate and an unsolved problem to this day. The grey surrounding this dilemma far outweigh the proverbial black and white areas. This study argues that the equity dilemma may have a great deal to do with the way access is granted into university. It aims to offer actionable alternatives to the debate surrounding this dilemma, i.e. should access be granted – in an attempt to redress past inequalities – on the basis of race or class? By focussing solely on race and/or class, the underlying signals of agency and resilience in students who work against disadvantage may be misread and even, at times, thrive in the face thereof. 

A Descriptive Analysis of Indigenous Xitsonga Music-Dance Compound: A Musicological Approach

It has been shown that indigenous music and dance can help one to vividly fathom the behaviour, values and morals of particular cultural groups, for particular cultural group perform its music and dance for various reasons. For instance, there are hoeing songs, weeding songs, reaping songs, songs for children, songs of mockery, game songs, protest songs, songs by the fireside interspersed with folktales, love songs and so on. All these songs are immersed in culture bound indigenous music.

South African popular music of the 1980s and the role of the Graceland project

In the 1980s South Africa was subjected to cultural embargo. However, at the height of the embargo, Paul Simon went against the political climate of the day and mounted a cross-cultural, multinational music project called Graceland. Although South African popular music can facilitate the prosperity of musicians, only few musicians have succeeded in fostering this aspect. Using popular music and pop culture Afrocentrism as frameworks, this study analyses the Graceland project in the context of the South African popular music of the 1980s.

The meaning-making practices of Grade 9 bilingual learners studying a topic of Natural Science in two learning sites in a Khayelitsha high school.

Bilingual minoritised youth face challenging conditions for learning Science in South African schools. Among these are restrictive school-level language policies; entrenched monoglossic language ideologies within the education system which play out in classroom practice; and a lack of learning and teaching materials in African languages. Despite these challenges, learners work daily to make meaning in specific Science topics. It is this meaning-making process which is the focus of this case study.

Exploring the use of parallel corpora in the compilation of specialized bilingual dictionaries of technical terms: A case study of English and IsiXhosa

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996, mandates the state to take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and the use of indigenous languages. The implementation of this pronouncement resulted in a growing demand for specialised translations in fields like technology, science, commerce, law and finance. The lack of terminology and resources such as specialised bilingual dictionaries in indigenous languages, particularly isiXhosa remains a growing concern that hinders the translation and the intellectualisation of isiXhosa. A growing number of African scholars affirm the importance of specialised dictionaries in the African languages as tools for language and terminology development so that African languages can be used in the areas of science and technology.

Development of a Christian-based intervention programme for perpetrators of intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence is a global evil and has reached pandemic proportions with ramifications that are devastating for all parties concerned. Characteristics and causal influences that were applicable to both abusive men and abusive women were identified in order to develop and streamline a treatment according to the evidence. It was purported that therapeutic change necessitates taking responsibility. Moreover, an activated conscience with concomitant empathy is pivotal in deterring partner abuse.

An Assessment of Kalanga Language and Cultural Representation in Zimbabwean Media and Self-Expression on YouTube

The study focuses on formal media regulation, formal media representation and social media self-expression of Kalanga, as an ethnic group and a minority language spoken in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Kalanga people reside on the borderlands of both Southern African countries and have a shared pre-colonial history that was discontinued by their involuntary separation through the establishment of colonial borders. Their language is the second largest spoken in Botswana and the third largest spoken in Zimbabwe. Through document analysis, the study, traces historical regulations that contributed and still contribute to the marginalisation of the language in social institutions such as media, education and formal courts of law. The other main focal point is the assessment of television and radio representation of Kalanga programmes which was done through content analysis.