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KwaZulu-Natal Doctoral School

Mother, daughter, sister, wife? Interrogating constructions of South African Indian women’s identity – a study of South African Indian Women playwrights and our plays

This thesis interrogates the gendered constructions and representations of Indian South African women (ISAW), South African Indian women (SAIW), and/or South African women of Indian descent’s (SAWOID) identity through a study of such playwrights and their plays, including my own work. ISAW, SAIW and/or SAWOID lives are critically affected by the roles we are expected to perform in our families, namely those of daughter, sister, wife, and mother. Sylvia Walby (1990) distinguishes two key forms of patriarchy: public and private.

A survey of non-isizulu students’ attitudes towards learning isiZulu as a communicative language at a university in the Gauteng province, Pretoria

Several students come from different provinces and enrol at a University of Technology (UoT) in Gauteng for the Language Practice programme, because it offers a range of five indigenous African languages as subjects: isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. Students who are not native speakers of these languages are expected to choose and learn one of them for communicative purposes. Nevertheless, when non-isiZulu students are offered isiZulu as an option to study, they seemed to be hesitant.

The effectiveness of guidance and counselling as an enterprise for promoting learners’ academic performance in rural secondary schools in Vhembe district

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.

Housing as an asset: examining asset accumulation through home-based enterprises in Vosloorus township, Gauteng

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.

Neoliberalism, new managerialism and social Work practice: perspectives of child welfare Social work managers and practitioners

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.

Transforming Graduate Unemployment Through Policy: A Case Study of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality- KwaZulu Natal.

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.

An investigation into the cultural and commercial significance of geophagy across generations of Basotho women: the case of Basotho women in Mafeteng, Lesotho

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.

Picturing Orphans’ Vulnerability, Resilience and Agency: Using participatory visual methods as transformative pedagogies to address sexual violence among orphans attending a township secondary school in KwaZulu-Natal.

The study reported in this thesis examined the vulnerability and agency of a group of adolescent orphans in the context of sexual violence in and around a township secondary school. This qualitative study was located within a transformative paradigm and employed a participatory visual methodology in its objective to pursue the notion of research as an intervention.

Capturing New Forms of Video Footage in Remote Locations through the Design, Development and Deployment of an Autonomous, Open Source, Unmanned Aerial System: A Case Study of South African Enduro Motorcycle Racers

This study explores the use of an autonomous Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), in the capturing of video footage of sporting events, specifically enduro motorcycle racing, in remote areas of southern Africa. Remote areas are defined as those that are far removed from urban centres, are inaccessible by motor vehicle and that have no internet or cell phone coverage.