The Clinical Resource Nurse’s Peer Mentoring Role in Seha Facilities in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The nursing profession is premised on the moral and ethical maxim: do unto others as you would they do unto you. Advanced beginner nurses progress to become fully fledged professional nurses as a result of the socialisation, support and nurturing by the proficient and expert counterparts. Socialisation engenders a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood within the nursing profession. However, there is evidence to suggest that nurses ‘eat their young’. In the event that advanced nurses consider themselves as dinner for the expert nurses, they are inclined to leave the profession due to their real or perceived unpalatable experiences of suffering under the tutelage of the expert nurses.

Aiding the Education Agenda? The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in Learner Performance and Retention in Joza, Grahamstown, South Africa

This thesis describes the network of complexities that characterise the world and work of NonGovernmental Organisations (NGOs). It examines the ways in which organisations navigate different internal, sectoral and contextual intricacies while operating under the command of their chosen developmental mandates. This description is drawn from a sociological analysis of the internal workings of education NGOs, their external affiliations as well as the negotiations which underpin their operations and survival. Collectively, the careful illustration of these underpinnings outlines both the role that NGOs play in the performance and retention of learners in the Grahamstown-east township of Joza and also their position in the town’s basic education sector.

The Tropical Environment and Malaria in Southwestern Nigeria, 1861 - 1960

This thesis is a social history of malaria in southwestern Nigeria. It contributes to the burgeoning literature in the historiography of medicine, specifically the medicine and empire debate. Key to the issues raised in this thesis is the extent to which the limitations in colonial medical policies, most especially malaria control programmes, inspired critical and ingenious responses from African nationalists, doctors, patients, research volunteers, and indigenous medical practitioners. Challenged by a wide range of diseases and a paucity of health facilities and disease control schemes, African rural dwellers became medical pluralists in the ways they imagined and appropriated ideas of Western medicine alongside their indigenous medical practices. 

A Comparative Analysis of the influence of Folklore on the works of the following African writers: Chinua Achebe, Es’kia Mphahlele, Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʹo and Andrew Nkadimeng. An Afrocentric approach.

African authors play a significant role in passing on African folklore. Their writing is often influenced by their lived experiences and the social context embedded within folklore. Folklore houses the cultural beliefs, customs and traditions of a society and is passed on from one generation to the next through oral and written literature. Many African authors’ works instil an appreciation of people’s African identity, customs and beliefs.

Developing a community-based water services monitoring framework for the OR Tambo District Municipality

Water is both a fundamental and basic human right. The study sought to develop a community-based water services monitoring framework for the OR Tambo District Municipality. This is one municipality in the Eastern Cape Province where residents share open water sources with both wild and domestic animals. Such a sad reality calls for a community-based framework for water planning and monitoring. A qualitative research approach using new public management (NPM) as a guiding theory was used for the study. The data for the study was collected using semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions.

Framing a Sinocentric Narrative? China’s public diplomacy in africa through global, regional and bilateral lenses

This qualitative and exploratory study seeks to investigate how China’s contemporary public diplomacy promotes its foreign policy interests in Africa, particularly in a post-2008 era. In order to answer this overarching research question, three interrelated purposes are pursued in this thesis. First is to uncover how China conceptualises public diplomacy in order to respond to concerns over its global rise. Second is the exploration of the relationship between the Sinocentric world narrative (that is China’s historical position as the world centre, which some scholars believe expresses itself in its outward communication) and the narratives adopted in its contemporary public diplomacy.

Supporting hearing health for pre-school children in community-based early childhood developmental centersusing mobile technologies

Unidentified hearing loss has a negative impact on a childs speech, language and communication abilities. This in turn creates a barrier to social development and educational achievement placing a child at a risk for failure and drop out from school. Within low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) like South Africa, children have limited access to early identification services due to several challenges, including a shortage of human resources for ear and hearing care, a lack of appropriate equipment as well as other health care priorities.

The impact of cultural attrition on youths behaviours: A study of ulwaluko and intonjane practices in Mthatha and Mount Frere, Eastern Cape.

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 stakeholders’ 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.