This qualitative and exploratory study seeks to investigate how China’s contemporary public diplomacy promotes its foreign policy interests in Africa, particularly in a post-2008 era. In order to answer this overarching research question, three interrelated purposes are pursued in this thesis. First is to uncover how China conceptualises public diplomacy in order to respond to concerns over its global rise. Second is the exploration of the relationship between the Sinocentric world narrative (that is China’s historical position as the world centre, which some scholars believe expresses itself in its outward communication) and the narratives adopted in its contemporary public diplomacy.
Gauteng Doctoral School
The thesis explores the shifting dynamics of state/society relations in South Africa. Focusing on the case of Duncan Village township and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) in East London, I map the continuities and discontinuities of practices of the state in its everyday encounter with citizens. The thesis rests on the argument that the state has a multifaceted and multidimensional character.
The changes in education experienced by Heads of Departments (HoDs) over the past decade remain unprecedented. The available literature suggests that many teachers are promoted to the position of HoD without the relevant training for their new role and yet novice HoDs are expected to make a successful transition to their new position.
The consideration of a multi-cultural and multi-lingual context makes developing a test not only a challenge but a worthwhile venture. The empirically designed English Comprehension Test (ECT) is theorized to be measuring Verbal Reasoning and thus the construct validity and reliability needed to be established.
- 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.
The starting point for this research is the disjuncture between the functions of elections predicated in democratic theory and the reality of electoral authoritarian regimes. Mainstream democratic theory views elections as the sine qua non, that is, the institutional mechanism through which the essence of democracy - self-rule of the people - is actualized.
The question of the determinants of the fertility transitions of countries from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been widely debated in the field of demography. Some scholars have investigated individual-level variables like contraceptive use, delayed age at marriage and participation of women in the labour force. Other scholars have used cultural factors to understand fertility change and patterns in SSA.
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.
Following the implementation of National Water Resources Strategy (NWRS) as a framework to protect water resources, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) shifted from NWRS-I of 2004) decentralising water resources management in 2013 thus launching NWRS-II. In the latter arrangement, Catchment Management Agencies (CMAs) were used to transform the water sector that under apartheid regime, notoriously advance hydraulic mission and water allocation prioritising white commercial farmers and industries.
This thesis is a collection of essays. It is an attempt to critically focus on how Blacks resisted land dispossession and how the question of land in the current society has re-emerged as a need to redress the injustices of the past. The first argument advanced is that there is a need to rethink resistance and understand the conceptual importance of silence as not that which indicates the inability to speak (to be mute or non-existent).