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Studies on food security focusing on households began attracting considerable attention in the mid-1970s following a surge in the cost of food production and food prices. The surge in prices led to increasing percentage of food insecure households throughout the world. To address the growing number of people affected by hunger, countries sought to develop new technological techniques to produce food in large quantities particularly in the developing world. The thrust of the approach was to ensure the availability of food first.

Guidance and counselling is an enterprise that promotes learner performance internationally and in South Africa. Guidance and counselling is offered in schools, despite that learners continue to perform badly. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of guidance and counselling as an enterprise for promoting learner performance in rural secondary schools in Vhembe District.

Although the South African government has drafted policy documents to protect gays, they, year-in-year-out face abhorrence. Notably and shockingly, misunderstanding of the sexual orientation of gays in initiation schools has brought about conflict. It is of great significance for ulwaluko tradition to renegotiate its terms of being a tradition tolerating those with different sexualities within their adored culture.

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.

The aim of this study was to examine housing as an asset for poverty alleviation by focusing on the relationship between a property and its ability to create income-generating activities through home-based enterprises. It essentially investigated the performances of home-based enterprises in Vosloorus Township, Gauteng. The study explored the different perceptions which households held about home-based enterprise activities and how they affect their livelihoods. The study further examined the relationship between housing, home-based enterprises, and the informal sector.

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore social work managers and social work practitioners’ perceptions regarding the influence of neoliberalism and new managerialism in their daily functioning within the Child Welfare organisations in the eThekwini region, KwaZulu Natal. This study utilized a descriptive, interpretive design and adopted non-probability, purposive sample selection. The sample comprised four child welfare district offices and the umbrella body, namely Child Welfare South Africa.

White supremacist rule socially engineered impoverishment, dispossession and fomented brutality that black people in South Africa were made to endure through centuries of settler colonial history, which was intensified during apartheid and continued in the nearly three decades of the post ap era. Governance through attritional warfare, which actively worked to suppress and debilitate the black majority as a tactic of rule, used death, and the threat of death and disablement, to ensure white, and now also black, elites’ security.

Environmental education is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem-solving and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions through environmental education. Therefore, environmental education is an important aspect of the school curriculum as it is embedded in the school’s curriculum of other subjects.

Graduate unemployment is a growing problem in eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. The study’s main research question was on how policy capacity could transform this problem and reduce unemployment in eThekwini. The study used the rationale choices approach as its theoretical framework. The study used a convergent mixed methods approach consisting of a survey of 143 unemployed eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality graduates, three key informants from national and local government and document analysis.

This study examines the cultural and commercial significance of geophagy (linyonyobetsane/earth eating/soil eating) across different generations of the Basotho women using the case study of women in Mafeteng area in Lesotho. Thus, I deploy the theoretical framework of indigenous knowledge systems and an exploratory case study design to make sense of the meaning(s) of geophagy from the standpoint and experience of the Basotho women who participate in this practice on daily basis.