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  • Literacy for all? Using multilingual reading stories for literacy development in a grade one classroom in the Western Cape 

    Prosper, Ancyfrida; Nomlomo, Vuyokazi (SUN, 2016)
    This paper reports on a literacy pilot project which investigated the use of multilingual reading books and the pedagogical strategies that were employed by one bilingual teacher and her assistant to teach literacy in a ...
  • Narrating the past: Reflections on recent Black Afrikaans writing 

    van Wyk, Steward (Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association, 2018)
    A return to the past has been a dominant feature of recent Afrikaans writing. This is evident in the many novels re-visiting the Anglo-Boer War or recounting incidents from the apartheid past. The approaches include the ...
  • Empathy’s echo: post-apartheid fellow feeling 

    Truscott, Ross (Taylor & Francis, 2016)
    The concept of empathy has been set to work, across a range of fields, to mark a break with the relational patterns of apartheid. Similarly, empathy has been identified, historically, as that which, within apartheid and ...
  • Sifiso Mzobe’s Young Blood: Spaces of getting and becoming in post-apartheid Durban 

    Wessels, Michael (UNISA Press, 2016)
    Sifiso Mzobe’s Young blood (2010) generates much of its energy, this article will argue, through its representation of social and physical mobility and its articulation of space with modes of consumption in post-apartheid ...
  • Human genetic engineering and social justice in South Africa: Moltmann and human dignity 

    Kotze, Manitza (University of the Free State, Faculty of Theology, 2016)
    The realities of social injustice in the present South African context, with its great and growing gap between rich and poor and unequal distribution of wealth and resources, are also acutely visible in the health-care ...
  • ‘The voices of the people involved’: Red, representation and histories of labour 

    Witz, Leslie (Published by History Department, University of the Western Cape, 2016)
    The installation artwork Red by Simon Gush (with his collaborators James Cairns and Mokotjo Mohulo) evokes two senses of representation. One is of symbolism, meaning, visual strategies, juxtapositions, silences and so on. ...
  • Red assembly: The work remains 

    Witz, Leslie; Pohlandt-McCormick, Helena; Minkley, Gary; Mowitt, John (Published by History Department, University of the Western Cape, 2016)
    The work that emerged from the encounter with Red, an art installation by Simon Gush and his collaborators, in the workshop ‘Red Assembly’, held in East London in August 2015, is assembled here in Kronos, the journal of ...
  • Experiences of mentorship with academic staff doctoral candidates at a South African university 

    Strebel, Anna; Shefer, Tamara (Taylor & Francis, 2016)
    Given the growing emphasis on academic research output and the challenges encountered in expediting completion of doctoral studies especially, mentorship is increasingly being utilised as a capacity development strategy ...
  • Personhood and the “multiple self” view 

    Oyowe, Oritsegbubemi A. (Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, 2016)
    This paper critically assesses the supposition that the best way to capture the intuition that the concept of personhood has practical importance is to analyse personhood in terms of multiple selves. It explores the works ...
  • Oral literature in South Africa: 20 years on 

    Brown, Duncan (Taylor & Francis, 2016)
    I offer a retrospective on the field of orality and performance studies in South Africa from the perspective of 2016, assessing what has been achieved, what may have happened inadvertently or worryingly, what some of the ...
  • Reconsidering a transplant: A response to Wagner 

    Beck, Simon (Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, 2016)
    Nils-Frederic Wagner takes issue with my argument that influential critics of “transplant” thought experiments make two cardinal mistakes. He responds that the mistakes I identify are not mistakes at all. The mistakes are ...
  • Challenges in digitising liberation archives: a case study 

    Anderson, Steve; Hart, Genevieve (University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2016)
    The article reports on a study of the challenges facing a liberation archive which is attempting to digitise its collections and of how the Archive has responded to the challenges. The article is framed by the critical ...
  • Identity, race and faith: The role of faith in post-Apartheid South Africa 

    Klaasen, John (AOSIS, 2016)
    South Africa has experienced an unprecedented influx of migrants in the 21st century. Immigration and race have contributed to the raising of important questions of identity and social inclusion. Immigration and race are ...
  • Use of Web 2.0 by students in the Faculty of Information Science and Communications at Mzuzu University, Malawi 

    Chawinga, Winner D.; Zinn, Sandy (AOSIS, 2016)
    BACKGROUND: Over the years, advancements in Internet technologies have led to the emergence of new technologies such as Web 2.0, which have taken various sectors including higher education by storm. Web 2.0 technologies ...
  • What French for Gabonese French lexicography? 

    Assam, Blanche Nyangone; Ndinga-Koumba-Binza, Hugues Steve; Ompoussa, Virginie (SUN, 2016)
    This paper is a response to Mavoungou (2013a) who has pleaded for the production of a dictionary of Gabonese French as variant B of the French language. The paper intends to comprehend the concept of "Gabonese French". It ...
  • Mandela in the Arabic media: A transitivity analysis of Aljazeera Arabic website 

    Mohammed, Tawffeek Abdou Saeed; Banda, Felix (University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, 2016)
    The paper uses an eclectic approach combining systemic functional linguistics (SFL), critical discourse analysis (CDA) and corpus linguistics to reveal how Mandela is presented in the Arab Media. SFL and CDA enable the ...
  • To Write Liberty 

    Krog, Antjie (Taylor & Francis, 2018)
    The keynote for the International Conference, Writing for Liberty, held in Cape Town in 2017 is a response to the contradictory demands made on writers: to respond to the suffering in the world and to refrain from ...
  • Last Word: What does “hospitality” really mean? 

    Krog, Antjie (Duke University Press, 2018)
    115 Last year I filled out an endless number of forms on the internet and had my photo taken this way for an American visa, that way for a Schengen one, another way for Britain. I stood in queues to gather freshly ...
  • Multilingual examinations: towards a schema of politicization of language in end of high school examinations in sub-Saharan Africa 

    Antia, Bassey E. (Taylor & Francis, 2018)
    In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, the release of each year’s results for the end of high school examinations heralds an annual ritual of public commentary on the poor state of national education systems. However, ...
  • The social act of exchange in power relations: The study of the phenomenon of Nichekeleko at the weighbridges in Zambia 

    Phiri, Chidongo (CODESRIA, 2017)
    This article examines the widely practiced phenomenon of Nichekeleko at the Weighbridges (WBs) in Zambia. The commonly held understanding of Nichekeleko by the Zambian people is that, it is corruption; ranging from ...

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