Governments around the world have come to the realisation that in order to respond effectively to the challenges facing their societies there is a need for coordinated effort. South Africa has not been an exception to this movement towards coordinating efforts to ensure the efficient delivery of services to communities. Intergovernmental relations have been the pillar of the efforts to ensure a coordinated response to the challenges facing society.
This is a study of the life histories of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) based in uMzimkhulu in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The study sought to explore the life histories of the TBAs, their practices, rituals and attitudes. It further investigates the attitudes of women who make use of their services and those who prefer not to. TBAs fall into the cultural realm of traditional medicine and offer traditional medicine and rituals to pregnant women. UMzimkhulu is small underdeveloped town consisting mainly of rural areas where the use of traditional medicine is popular, regardless of free access to western health care facilities.
Some research has been done on the intellectualisation of African languages. However, African languages are still not used enough in academia; in fact, they are undermined. They need to be developed into languages of education, economy and social interaction. This means preparing the languages for use in more advanced contexts. The aim of this study was to examine the intellectualisation of African languages at the University of Limpopo.
This study focuses on the impact of social media towards conserving African languages, particularly Sepedi, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Social media are given attention to explore their impact in conserving African languages amongst youth. Youth is a suitable group to focus on as they are the future and are thus expected to carry their African languages and pass them on to succeeding generations. This exercise should be done to ensure that African languages should not face extinction in the future.
Institutional gangs, also known as the numbers gangs, have become a serious threat to the effective administration of correctional facilities in South Africa. Prior the 1980s, these gangs were active only in correctional centres, but due to modern trends in criminal activity and the gangs’ extensive drug operations, they have become active within communities too.
Families in communities remain vulnerable and, apart from poverty, face a host of other crises and challenges on a daily basis. Amongst the challenges that families face, children are affected most. Services targeting families with very young children therefore are imperative. This study was aimed at exploring the impact of family preservation and family reunification services on families in South Africa, with a focus on the Eastern Cape Province.
This study explored the impact of cultural attrition on youth behaviour: A case of ulwaluko and intonjane cultural practices in Mthatha and Mount Frere areas, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The study endeavoured to achieve the following specific objectives: (i) to respectively examine youth perceptions of ulwaluko and intonjane cultural practices and their impact towards their behaviour; (ii) to establish different stakeholdersâ€™ perceptions on the link between current youth behaviours and attrition of ulwaluko and intonjane cultural practices; (iii) to explore the extent to which cultural attrition has impacted upon the cultural goal posts of both ulwaluko and intonjane practices; and (iv) to establish the effectiveness of policy environment designed to uphold cultural preservation, integrity, growth and development. The study was premised on theoretical lenses of anomie theory, socio-cultural theory, cultural imperialism theory, and cultural feminism theory.
Medical education has seen the increase of previously marginalised groups (Black, female, disabled) in undergraduate training. However, this shift is not as noticeable at postgraduate level. This has led to a number of calls for the transformation of medical education. Recent student protests in South Africa have illuminated issues of access and citizenship in higher education and have led to urgent calls for decolonised curricula and the transformation of higher education institutions.
Following recent trends in the neurosciences in which the body is seen as a constituting factor in mental experience and behavior, this thesis examined the role of testosterone in mapping the state of the body.
Low literacy levels have been argued to partially contribute to poor health literacy and poor health outcomes. Low health literacy refers to the inability to apply health information in pursuit of good health. While several strategies have been used to assist persons with low literacy to understand health information, these strategies have been focused primarily on improving medication taking in persons with low literacy.