Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

Putative self-defence as a defence in South African criminal law: A critical overview of the uncertain path to Pistorius and beyond

Rinda Botha Academic research 2017-07-26

"In crime-ridden societies such as South Africa it often happens that people genuinely though mistakenly believe that their lives are in danger and that, should they act, they would be acting in self-defence. When these people are then criminally prosecuted and suddenly find themselves in the dock, the only defence available to them is putative self-defence."

The changing meaning of the Voortrekker Monument: heritage gain or heritage loss?

Anton van Vollenhoven Academic research 2017-07-19

"Monuments form part of the cultural heritage of a country, and heritage management implies that a historical site has meaning for the contemporary community."

D.J. Opperman's covenant with God who creates: an interpretation of Heilige beeste and Negester oor Ninevé

Lina Spies Academic research 2017-07-19

"In my investigation into the religious motif in Opperman's poetry in this article I come to the conclusion that in the most important poems in Opperman’s first two volumes of poetry, the God of the Old Testament is revealed as the Creator and Covenant God. Opperman, as a man and poet, gives his own individual meaning to the covenant."

The liturgy of the 1995 Rugby World Cup: a spatial-liturgical reflection through the lens of a social cohesion model

Daléne Flynn Academic research 2017-07-13

"There are moments in history that contribute greatly to the social cohesion of an entire community and even nation. In this article, the author reflects on a specific moment in the history of South Africa that captured the attention of people all over the world as an example of such a contribution."

An overview of the problems concerning the modernisation of the SANDF for participation in multinational peace support operations in Africa

Theo Neethling Academic research 2017-07-11

"This article revisits the reasoning of authoritative defence analysts that a too heavy focus on the primary function of the SANDF has not facilitated or enabled the execution of the secondary or non-traditional tasks – tasks which the SANDF increasingly had to assume as a foreign-policy instrument after 1994."

The influence of self-directed learning readiness level on the acquisition of the technique of touch-typing

Elsie Lubbe Academic research 2017-07-07

"The QWERTY keyboard is used worldwide to key in data on computers. People who possess the technique of touch-typing with regard to keyboard skills are able to key in data much faster."

Power, the state and the church in South Africa

Johann Rossouw Academic research 2017-07-07

"If the church is asked to be aware of power or to focus on its workings, it should be done with great circumspection, lest the church, under the guise of being in tune with the latest and best social theory, ends up giving further legitimacy to a concept that is ultimately its own bastard offspring."

Site-specific digital literature: ensemble and interaction in new contexts

Franci Greyling Academic research 2017-06-29

"In light of the far-reaching impact which mobile and geospatial technology has already had on society in a very short time, creative work that makes use of this technology can provide insight into the evolving relationship between people, technology, literature and space."

The new wrongfulness test: A Trojan horse endangering delictual principles?

Johan Potgieter Academic research 2017-06-28

"The trial judge pointed out that the existence of a legal duty on the part of the school to prevent injury to Jaco and the school’s failure to do so were common cause between the parties and not in dispute."

Titus Matiyane, cartographer and transnational flâneur

Elfriede Dreyer Academic research 2017-06-21

"Matiyane creates a model for global, transnational identity by exceeding his own physical and material limitations and by his deconstruction of the power hierarchies of First and Third World cities."

Caveat magister! The expulsion of boarders from public school hostels due to non-payment of hostel fees

Danie Kloppers, Henk Kloppers Academic research 2017-06-20

"A number of public schools in South Africa indicate on their websites, on application forms and in letters to parents that a learner will be expelled from the school’s hostel if the hostel fees are not paid. In this article the legality of such expulsion is considered."

The use of fiction in the development and presentation of research in the social sciences

Julian Müller, Marguerite Müller Academic research 2017-06-20

"As such, fiction is used to grapple with theory, but also to bring it to life and create a text in which we can explore our understandings, and also look beyond the limits of what we understand."

Environmental discourse in science fiction for children with reference to the Anna Atoom series by Elizabeth Wasserman

Henriëtte Loubser Academic research 2017-06-15

"The value of nature relative to the community is a critical issue. The Anna Atoom series shows the beauty of nature and emphasises the worth of the non-human."

The civil service in the South African Republic under Paul Kruger, 1890 to 1895

Heinie Heydenrych Academic research 2017-06-15

"It is clear that there were serious shortcomings in the civil service of the South African Republic during the early 1890s. Obviously it is the head of state who is ultimately responsible for good governance, which in turn necessitates an efficient civil service."

Performativity as phenomenon in education

Milton van Wyk, Lesley le Grange Academic research 2017-06-05

"Teachers should take responsibility for their professionalism, otherwise there is a danger of their continuing to function merely as technicians of the state or agents of the markets."

“Enduring foreignness and unfamiliarity.” The implications of Michael Welker’s theology of the Spirit for a theological hermeneutic for strangers

Henco van der Westhuizen Academic research 2017-06-05

"For a long time the separation of South Africans from one another in every conceivable way brought about serious, disconcerting challenges. Due to numerous divisive measures over many years, people became alienated, estranged from one another, in a variety of ways."

A comparative study of the standardisation of the development of school leadership in the USA and South Africa

Clarence Williams Academic research 2017-05-31

"Although not beyond criticism, the ISLLC model provides a possible solution for the South African attempt to standardise leadership development in schools."

The role of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Afrikaans and Dutch in the development of Afrikaans lexicography through its involvement in the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (Dictionary of the Afrikaans Language)

Gerda Odendaal Academic research 2017-05-30

"Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, is the WAT’s role in recording the Afrikaans lexicon in its widest sense. This includes lexical items from spoken as well as written Afrikaans, regionalism, idioms, as well as loan words from Khoi, Malay, Arabic and English."

The yoke of asceticism: Slaves in monasteries and monastic households in the Commentarii de beatis orientalibus of the missionary John of Ephesus

Chris de Wet Academic research 2017-05-23

"We find that monks and monasteries are indeed allowed to own slaves, but not in the large numbers and for the same purposes as the rich, who are criticised for their style of slaveholding."

Strangeness as opportunity: Some thoughts on the hermeneutical potential of an uncomfortable concept

Bernard Lategan Academic research 2017-05-18

"Instead of domesticating the stranger and trying to absorb the other into the world of the self, otherness must be allowed to retain its integrity and to do so in all its sharpness."

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