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Northern Corridor Doctoral School

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.

The influence of organisational culture on service delivery in south Africa: a case study of the city of Tshwane municipality in Gauteng province

The New Public Management (NPM) movement brought about by the changes that occurred after the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. The changes impact on how the three spheres of government; that is, National, Provincial and Local ought to operate when rendering services to the public. These imperatives inspired this research project.

Multi-flex neo-hybrid identities: liberatory postmodern and (post)colonial narratives of South African women’s hair and the media construction of identity

Hair has been a marker of identity that communicates issues of race, acceptability, class and beauty. Evidence of this was during colonialism and apartheid where South African identities were defined by physical characteristics such as the texture of one’s hair, and the colour of one’s skin.

A Critical Reflection on Complementary, Alternative and Indigenous Knowledge Medicine in Gauteng Province: A Model for Articulation and Promotion

As long as the academy continues to lag behind in investigating, revealing and teaching African indigenous pedagogies, the unrepresentative Eurocentric epistemologies that are disconnected from the African reality will continue to marginalise certain communities and professions/disciplines.