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UNISA/ Free State/ Northwest Doctoral School

The idea of social grants in post-apartheid South Africa: a decolonial interpretive analysis

This thesis examines the meanings of a social grant in South Africa using a decolonial interpretive analysis. The main objective of the research is to decode possible meanings of the social grant programme in South Africa by examining its possible transformative role in poverty and inequality, using the lived experiences of the beneficiaries of this programme.

Masculinity in Sexual Violence and Mental Health: A Mixed Methods Study among Inmates and Parolees

Sexual violence among inmates in male correctional facilities is rife and has serious psychological health implications for offenders. This study examined the role of masculinity in sexual violence victimisation and perpetration and consequent mental health among male inmates and parolees in Tshwane, Gauteng province, South Africa.

A Theoretical Framework for Constructive Interpersonal Leadership Relations in Knowledge-Based Organisations

In this qualitative study, the research objective was to present a theoretical framework for the phenomenon of interpersonal leadership relations (denoting both the dyadic relationship between two leader/followers and the leadership communication taking place in the dyad) in knowledge-based organisational contexts. It is posited that the interpersonal leader-follower dyad (LFD) may be viewed from a systems theory perspective as a system consisting of two system parts (individuals).

Measles Outbreak Control Strategies in Tshwane District: School Health Surveillance System Efficacy in Gauteng Province

This study investigated the knowledge, attitudes and practices of registered professional primary health care nurses and care givers regarding measles vaccination and surveillance among children in the public health care service delivery system, with particular emphasis on assessing the impact of measles outbreak control strategies in the health care facilities located in the Olievenhoutbosch area of the Tshwane Health District.

Being Created in the Image and Likeness of God: A Theodicy for South Africa

The objective of the study is to seek to answer the question: If Black people were created in the image of God, why do they suffer? The study focuses, although it is not limited to, the South African context. In asking this question, it became clear that there were problematic aspects of Black suffering that had to be investigated and addressed. It was argued that suffering is a hindrance to the progress of Black humanity.

On Blackness: The Role and Positionality of Black Public Intellectuals in Post-94 South Africa

This thesis explores the role and positionality of three Black public intellectuals in post94 South Africa, namely, Simphiwe Dana, Ntsiki Mazwai and Sisonke Msimang. For the purpose of this study, I analysed the twitter postings shared by these intellectuals on various social matters that concern the condition of the Black in post-94 South Africa. Using Fanon’s Native Intellectual Consciousness as a lens, the study seeks to capture and evaluate an emergent form of ‘cyber’ activism in the country.

The Motherhood Penalty – Exploring Mothering Experiences as a Pathway to Crime for Women Incarcerated in the Johannesburg Female Correctional Centre.

Globally there has been a rise in the population of incarcerated women over recent decades. Yet, despite this increase, female offenders only represent about 5% of the total incarcerated population. South Africa is no different – female offenders on average total less than 3% of the incarcerated population in South Africa, one of the ten largest correctional systems in the world.

Psychosocial pathways to psychological wellbeing and mental health of “Nyaope” users in rehabilitation: A mediation study

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.

A visual interpretation of consciousness as a continuous biological process of self-organisation and embodiment

That consciousness is ubiquitous, and relevant to autopoietic self-organisation and embodiment within every living being and/or organism, is a prevalent idea in contemporary consciousness research. However, because „consciousness‟ as a word is derived from con or cum, meaning „with‟ or „together‟ and scire, „to know‟ or „to see‟ it infers the experience of knowing with an „other‟ and/or „others‟.