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UNISA/ Free State/ Northwest Doctoral School

Silent sufferers: a sociological exploration of gender-based violence against South African men by women

GBV has become an epidemic in Southern Africa. With a growing body of research and policies centred on GBV, the phenomenon is largely understood from the male-inflicting-harm-on-female standpoint. Consider the following quotes regarding the importance ascribed to traditional (read hegemonic) meanings associated with masculinity in African culture: “Mudi wa gwoswi a una malila” (Translated from Tshivenda it means “the house of a weak man does not stand”) (Thobejane et al., 2018).

Managing environmental education curriculum through distributed leadership strategies in the KwaZulu-Natal secondary schools

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.

African, lesbian, and married: the experiences of a black South African couple

Although South Africa has factored the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community into its constitution, this does not necessarily guarantee that those who engage in same-sex relationships enjoy these rights in practice. South African lesbian sexuality is often suppressed and silenced. This is partly due to the fact that discourses position people in power relations. Dominant sexuality discourses in Africa privilege Black African heterosexuals.

The effect of psychosocial factors on the academic persistence of undergraduate university students

The high dropout rate of undergraduate students in institutions of higher learning continues to be a concern for the higher education sector globally. Although university dropout has been studied over the years, little attention has been paid to the psychosocial factors that predict university dropout.

A practice-based and practice-led study on the impact of art fairs in promoting grassroots visual artists in south Africa from 2015 to 2017

n the global art market, art fairs have become very popular art events. This thesis examines whether and how major art fairs in South Africa empower visual artists at the grassroots level. The study used practice-based and practice-led strategies as additional units of analysis to argue that by expanding partnerships and participation networks at South African major art fairs, (namely: the FNB Joburg Art Fair, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Turbine Art Fair, and Art Africa Fair), socioeconomic inclusion of grassroots artists can be achieved.

A framework for web archiving for municipalities in the KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa

A website is one of the tools that an organisation can use to communicate information to the outside world. Some of the records published on websites are often in paper format in record-keeping systems. Other records, on the other hand, are created in a digital environment and are not captured in record-keeping systems.

The idea of social grants in post-apartheid South Africa: a decolonial interpretive analysis

This thesis examines the meanings of a social grant in South Africa using a decolonial interpretive analysis. The main objective of the research is to decode possible meanings of the social grant programme in South Africa by examining its possible transformative role in poverty and inequality, using the lived experiences of the beneficiaries of this programme.

Masculinity in Sexual Violence and Mental Health: A Mixed Methods Study among Inmates and Parolees

Sexual violence among inmates in male correctional facilities is rife and has serious psychological health implications for offenders. This study examined the role of masculinity in sexual violence victimisation and perpetration and consequent mental health among male inmates and parolees in Tshwane, Gauteng province, South Africa.