This thesis investigates the ways in which the crime novel genre has been taken up and adapted in order to depict and grapple with ideas of justice in selected postcolonial contexts. It approaches this investigation through the figure of the returnee detective’ in these texts and determines how this recurring figure is used to mediate the reader’s understanding of civil conflict in the postcolonial world.
The primary research question in my study is what extent resources such as letters contribute to the narrative in biography?. With reference to JC Kannemeyer’s biography Leroux: ‘n Lewe and Charles Bukowski by Barry Miles. The secondary research questions are: What roles do fact and fiction play in the construction of a biography? When can letters be trusted as the truth. Amd therefore as a vehicle, so to speak, to convey an accurate account? To what extent does an author have the right to manipulate or use official / authentic documents such as letters to complement his / her work of fiction? Seeing as the biographer makes a selection of letters he / she uses in the telling of the life story, does this not mean that the biographer inadvertently becomes a creator of a specific storyline?
This study investigated the resilience among Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in KwaZulu-Natal schools. It identified OVC challenges and developed a psychosocial model of intervention. The Social Ecological Model was adopted as a framework for the study. The study adopted the mixed method research design.
This study explores the different ways that South African novels have represented fatherhood across historical periods, from the dawn of apartheid to the post-transitional moment. It is argued that there is a link between narrative power and the father, especially in the way that the father figure is given authority and is central to dominant narratives which support pervasive ideologies.
This research is a qualitative study that utilises a phenomenological research study, by means of five geography lecturers at a particular university in South Africa, to fulfil its purpose. This study employs a critical paradigm. This paradigm has been utilised because the study aims at exploring the reimaging of Moodle as an effective learning management system, through the experiences of geography lecturers at a selected South African university. The methods of data generation employed are reflective activity, use of artefacts, and semi-structured interviews.
During apartheid, the spatial structures of South Africa’s administration were based on racial profiles, both at the macroscale and the microscale. The rise of democracy brought with it one of its primary aims, which was to create a new sense of nationhood. One way in which this aim has been sought was by reshaping the country’s administrative structure from the former racially segregated structure to a wall-to-wall structure to symbolise a de-racialised nation that is built on democracy and equality. In 1996 the final Constitution (South Africa, 1996) made provision for three categories of administrative entity in the country: category A (metropolitan municipalities), category B (local municipalities), and category C (district municipalities).
The dilemma of accounting for race, class and equity in admission to university education is not a new one and yet, it remains a heated debate and an unsolved problem to this day. The grey surrounding this dilemma far outweigh the proverbial black and white areas. This study argues that the equity dilemma may have a great deal to do with the way access is granted into university. It aims to offer actionable alternatives to the debate surrounding this dilemma, i.e. should access be granted – in an attempt to redress past inequalities – on the basis of race or class? By focussing solely on race and/or class, the underlying signals of agency and resilience in students who work against disadvantage may be misread and even, at times, thrive in the face thereof.
The study examined a wide range of socio-economic rights in the Buffalo City Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. Premised on the mixed methods approach and using both purposive and random stratified samples, the study found that the post-apartheid state has achieved a mixed result regarding the enjoyment of socio-economic rights in the Buffalo City Municipality. There were certain instances where the state excelled and also where it failed badly.
Background: The poor mental health and psychological wellbeing of drug addicts, especially users of Nyaope, have continued to raise serious concerns among psychologists, health experts and stakeholders in South Africa. Nyaope has contributed to the development of different psychopathologies among young adolescents, which invariably have negative implications for the general and mental health of many South Africans.
South African research has paid scant attention to the role of psychological strengths in coping with stress and the impact these have on the overall mental health of adolescents living low-income communities. However, an understanding of the role of psychological strengths in mediating the impact of stress on the mental health of adolescents is necessary as it could indicate those factors that may be pivotal to interventions targeting mental-health promotion and mental-illness prevention for vulnerable adolescents.