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Eastern Cape Doctoral School

Izit? Hoe lyk hulle? Kom ons ǂXoa – A South African Khoe-San narrative

The foundation of the South African narrative is framed by identity politics; a politics instituted at the intersection of race and class to exclude all people considered non-White concerning the socioeconomic and political landscape of the country. The preamble of the Freedom Charter signed in 1955 declared that the country belongs to all who live in it: Black and White people. The dominant constructivist narratives of addressing the racial dichotomy obliterate the injustice suffered by the Khoe-San people whose identity was overshadowed under the homogeneous term, Coloured people.

Attitudes of heteronormative traditional male circumcision stakeholders towards the emergence of same-sex sexuality in ulwaluko: A case of Mdantsane and New Brighton, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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.

Saul Msane: Friend or Foe of the People? The Life of the late Nineteenth to early Twentieth Centuries South African Politician and Journalist

Saul Msane was a prominent founding member of the ANC and an active journalist and editor of the ANC newspaper Abantu-Batho. His career generated controversy. Towards the end of his life, he had a feud with his colleagues in the African National Congress (henceforth Congress) that led to him being labelled isitha sabantu, “the enemy of the people” for his refusal to support the Shilling strike of 1918, an accusation which was retracted a year after his death in 1919.

Demand-Side Factors and the Employment of Young People: A Case Study of the Recruitment and Selection Strategies of Selected Firms in Johannesburg

Unemployment is a long-standing and pressing socio-economic phenomenon that affects, markedly, both developed and developing countries. Although, in one way or another, many people are affected by unemployment, the reviewed literature concurs that youth unemployment is a critical component of the overall unemployment challenge.

Xenophobia in post-apartheid South Africa: a case study in the nelson Mandela bay metropolitan municipality, Eastern Cape

The central thesis pursued in this study is that xenophobia and its violent manifestation thrive in post-apartheid South Africa owing to contextual dynamics chiefly characterized by normlessness and weak law enforcement. The scourge of xenophobia and its attendant violent reaction to the presence of foreign citizens in immigrant receiving countries, such as post-apartheid South Africa, is not only a threat to global peace and security, but also an impediment to achieving our full humanity and a common future.

Critical discourse analysis of election campaigns in Zimbabwe with specific reference to 2008 and 2013 election periods

Elections are a key aspect in all communities and in Zimbabwe they are held after every 5 years. Election discourse is paramount in society and as elections are held, several persuasive elements and occasions come into play as contesting candidates try to garner votes.

An assessment of the local government monitoring and evaluation system: The case of Amathole district Municipalities

This study presents a discussion on monitoring and evaluation introduced in local government to assess both the municipality's performance and the impact of interventions by the government on the social needs of communities. This discussion is specific to the Amanthole District Municipality (ADM) and local municipalities within the Amathole District in the Eastern Cape Province.

Customary Traditional Martial Practises that are Discriminative to Women: A Study on Selected Texts

In many parts of Africa, the cultural practices and customs that were in use over the ages are still largely in place today. Many of these practices discriminate against individuals and compromise their human rights, particularly the rights of African women. The aim of this investigation is to study customary marital practices among the amaXhosa in order to establish their effect on modern amaXhosa society.

An Investigation into the Public Policy making Role of the Judiciary: Case of South Africa

Nothing is fundamental to the quality of life than the process of public policymaking. It is an indispensable public management function which the South African government is duly-bound to perform so as to alleviate the complex array of its development problems. The paramount idea behind the study was to investigate whether the judiciary as an organ of the South African government is playing a role in public policy making under the current 1996 Constitution of the country. The inquiry is the direct repercussion of the formidable gauntlet of divergent and conflicting ideas that include but not limited to the claim that the judiciary does not play a role in public policymaking because of the theory of separation of powers – a theory propounded by Charles Montesquieu, the French philosopher of the yesteryears.