Decolonisation and Africanisation of spaces emerging from administrative and settler colonialism have been suggested as forms of challenging colonial legacies that are still largely present in the Global South and particularly within the African continent. Mainly, this has also been the case in recent South African discourses that have called for the decolonisation and transformation’ of key areas in the country to build a decolonised African country of the future.
Gauteng Doctoral School
Given the proliferation of challenges facing teachers in the current South African educational dispensation, this mixed methods study investigated the support needs of, and intervened in, the challenges being faced by teachers in the North West Department of Education and Sport Development (NWPDoE). In many respects, teachers painted a bleak picture with reference to poor infrastructure provisioning, largescale learner indiscipline, disengaged parents and a general lack of proper functioning of their schools.
Across time and place, housing has always been a basic human need that is essential for individuals, families and communities to realise their full potential. Thus, the housing discourse and practice, particularly in post-apartheid South Africa is inseparable from the struggles for human rights and social development. Despite efforts by the post-apartheid government to deliver houses at scale, the implementation processes have been criticised for lacking a pro-poor, participatory developmental focus.
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.
Although South Africa is home to nine indigenous African languages, English remains the dominant official language in democratic South Africa. This continues despite the fact that the country’s Constitution and the Use of Official Languages Act (UOLA) of 2012 oblige the government to safeguard that all official languages are equitably used and indigenous languages developed and promoted.
This thesis critically analyzes the phenomena of Issa-Afar violence in Ethiopian in the post-1991 period. It interrogated the explanation for the self-perpetuating nature of the violence militating against successive peace-making efforts and the way forward towards its constructive transformation. Previous studies on the topic have either focused on the nature of the Issa-Afar conflict, in general, or conceived the violence as war violence per se. However, given the long history, multiple and overlapping contexts and types of violence involved, the reason for the continuity of the violence and how to transform the violent relations constructively have not been analyzed. Because the nature, utility and dynamic of the violence, on the one hand, the explanation behind its self-perpetuating nature, on the other was not analyzed.
The lack of parental support and the use of English as the language of teaching and learning are two of the main factors that influence poor learner performance in South Africa. Although a significant amount of research has been conducted internationally, the need for research tailored for the South African context still exists. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to contribute to knowledge about parental support concerning learner development of second language proficiency.
By posing a provocative question, “What is a Woman?” this thesis intended to deconstruct normative conceptions of womanhood which are essentialised to marriage. To achieve these ends, I located the key questions of this thesis within intersecting theoretical premises of decolonial, African and Black feminisms.
In this thesis, I examine the centrality of travel geographies with a specific focus on urban commuter railway lines between Mamelodi and central Tshwane and their influence upon political identities of South African workers. By adopting a historical approach to our understanding of the South African working class, the thesis brings into sharper focus the relationship between the social dynamics of apartheid and how workers perceived the concept of a train. These have permeated into the new era with the formation of the Mamelodi Train Sector (MTS), as an organisation dedicated to organising workers on the trains since 2001. The emergence of MTS in the era of the neoliberal labour regime and its associated assault upon labour movements present opportunities for labour revival strategies. Drawing on the data collected, I show that the train can be used as a strategic site of mobilising, particularly for those workers without workplace representation.