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Northern Corridor Doctoral School

Guidelines to promote proper use of African traditional medicine in people living with HIV in selected districts of Limpopo province

African Traditional Medicine is the sum total of skills and practices based on beliefs and experiences of traditional to African cultures that are used to prevent, diagnose, improve or treat physical and mental illnesses. Traditional medicine used to be the dominant medical system available to millions of people in Africa in both rural and urban communities. Indeed, it was the only source of medical care for a greater proportion of the population (Romero-Daza, 2002).

Mahlamari eka Xitsonga hi ku kongomisa eka man’wana ma matsalwa ma mitlangu (Interjections in Xitsonga with special reference to some drama literary texts).

This study investigates interjections in Xitsonga, a part of speech that has not yet been thoroughly studied. The study uses a qualitative research method to collect, interpret, and analyse non-numerical data on Xitsonga interjections morphologically, semantically, and syntactically.

An Epilepsy Awareness Programme for Rural Communities of Limpopo and Mpumalanga Province: Development and Validation

Epilepsy is widely recognised as a global health challenge. However, within South Africa, stigmatisation of people living with epilepsy and misconceptions amongst communities persist, largely attributed to inadequate communication and education. This study aimed to develop and validate an epilepsy awareness programme for rural communities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

An exploration of the role of Traditional Health Practitioners’ dreams in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in Blouberg Municipality, Limpopo Province

Dreams have always been intriguing phenomena confronting humankind over many years. They have been perceived differently across time and space, with different meanings attached to their manifestation. The general understanding and perception about dreams was that they emanate from some supernatural powers. Dreams have been some of the subjects of inquiry within the field of psychology. In this context, dreams are commonly perceived to originate from ‘within – intra’’ the dreamer.

An analysis of the role of culture in the translation of northern Sotho idiomatic expressions into English

Human beings the world over benefit from sharing experiences and knowledge through language. African languages have now demonstrated that they also have capacity to transmit intellectualism that advances human progress and knowledge beyond human boarders. Words such as ubuntu, imbizo and lobola have broken bonds of linguistic superiority. But is it possible to translate the linguistic superiority into English without acculturation?

Guidelines to support students during practicum training at a university in Limpopo province, South Africa

Students registered for a Bachelor of Psychology are required to complete a six-month practicum during the second semester in their fourth year of study before they graduate. During their practicum, they are called student registered counsellors. These student registered counsellors also offer counseling to clients suffering from trauma. Counselling trauma clients exposes the students to various challenges which affect their normal functioning, making them less effective when they offer counseling.

Development of a support programme for nurses who care for patients with chronic mental illness in three Limpopo Province mental health institutions

Nurses working in mental health institutions experience enormous challenges sometimes without formal support structures and programmes to ease their caring duties. This study sought to develop a support programme for nurses caring for patients with chronic mental illness in three mental health institutions in Limpopo Province. A qualitative descriptive phenomenological design was used. A total of thirty participants (male = 7; females = 23) between 27 and 64 years were selected using a purposive homogeneous sampling method. Data were collected using in-depth semi-structured interviews.

An Examination of the Role of Traditional Medicine in Primary Health Care in Bushbuckridge Region, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

The historical stigmatization and demonization of African traditional practices, including traditional medicine, is well explored in scholarly discourse. However, the renaissance of scholarly de-colonial and Afro-centric research frameworks re-awakens the need to generate knowledge systems and analytical lenses that pragmatically and sustainably address global challenges using contextually relevant resources that have been maligned for centuries due to colonialism.

An exploratory study of psychological resilience factors associated with climate change adaptation by subsistence farmers in a rural community in Maruleng, Limpopo province

Climate change poses a major threat to both the well-being of people and the environment. Subsistence farmers are particularly affected because they rely on local supply systems that are sensitive to climate variation. The aim of the study was to explore psychological resilience factors associated with climate change adaptation by subsistence farmers in a rural farming community in Maruleng Municipality in Limpopo Province (South Africa).

Download culture and the dilemma of postmodern technologies: (il)legal digital music sharing and its effects on South African artistes

Digital technologies are increasingly revolutionising music consumption patterns globally. Consequently, there is an emerging culture in which online tools have become primary platforms for music consumption. In this postmodern era, digital technologies make music easily accessed, consumed and shared, thereby providing a seemingly global recognition to artistes beyond their immediate geographical market. As a result, artistes sometimes distribute their music for free with the intention to reach potential consumers.