Academic research

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

The end of transcendence in continental philosophy of religion?

Anné Hendrik Verhoef Academic research 2016-05-06

"Transcendence, or at least the search for it, is deeply embedded in human existence – whether biological, spiritual or both – and for this reason transcendence is continually being understood and interpreted anew."

The assessment of home languages in the South African National Senior Certificate examinations – ensuring fairness and increased credibility

Colleen du Plessis, Sanet Steyn, Albert Weideman Academic research 2016-04-29

"Inasmuch as the curriculum and assessment standards may help to organise what should happen in the classroom, they provide no guarantee of contributing towards the quality of education and assessment practices, or of ensuring equivalence across different language examinations."

The aunt from the Netherlands as a liminal character in Etienne van Heerden’s Kikoejoe (1996) and 30 nagte in Amsterdam (2008)

Joan-Mari Barendse Academic research 2016-04-25

"I investigate whether Aunt Geertruida and Aunt Zan as liminal characters ever reach the postliminal phase or remain caught in the liminal phase."

The hadeda as liminal animal in Kaar by Marlene van Niekerk

Marius Crous Academic research 2016-04-20

"In this collection the interaction between humans and nature plays an important role, in that several poems deal with the intricate relationship between the poet as observer and a particular animal as the observed."

The claim for wrongful life: Can the law of delict accommodate such claims or is the common law extended beyond its limits?

Marike Rabie Academic research 2016-04-15

Wrongful life claims pose difficult ethical, moral and social questions. The law, and especially the law of delict, cannot shy away from these questions.

The impact of the Gothic on Afrikaans literature: an investigation into the existence of a distinctive Afrikaans Gothic by means of the Faust motif

Gerda Taljaard Academic research 2016-04-05

"It is thus evident that a unique Afrikaans Gothic does exists, a distinct brand of Gothic that does not merely duplicate or imitate the European tradition, but is an original genre with its very own characteristics."

Delictual liability for an omission: wrongfulness and negligence

Johann Neethling, Johan Potgieter Academic research 2016-03-29

"If the essential functions of these two delictual elements are kept in mind, namely, in the case of wrongfulness of and omission, whether there was a legal duty on the actor to prevent harm by positive conduct, and if so, in the case of negligence, whether the reasonable person would have foreseen damage and taken steps to prevent it, there can be no question of confusion."

Predestination and evangelical spirituality

Vincent Brümmer Academic research 2016-03-29

"In the end Murray had to admit that there was a logical contradiction between human responsibility and divine predestination that faith accepts even though the mind cannot resolve it."

(Ir-)Responsible filmmaking: The representation of farm murders in Darrell Roodt’s Treurgrond (2015)

Dian Weys Academic research 2016-03-23

"The penultimate scene, together with the poem recital at the funeral, Steve Hofmeyr’s direct-to-camera stare and AfriForum’s advertisement before the credits not only simplifies the position of the white Afrikaner in South Africa, but also reveals the film’s political agenda."

Groupings in nominal relative constructions in the Greek New Testament

Herman du Toit Academic research 2016-03-17

"Only a few examples occur in the New Testament where a personal pronoun functions as head nominal of a relative construction."

The authorization required for a structural alteration of part of a section and the adjoining part of the common property in a sectional title scheme

C.G. van der Merwe Academic research 2016-03-09

"Non-luxurious improvements could be carried out only if authorised by a special resolution adopted at a general meeting. Likewise, the alteration of the portion of the wall and window inside the section was impermissible without the approval of the body corporate."

From opera to “politopera”? New developments in South African opera composition and reception

Mareli Stolp Academic research 2016-03-07

"Opera composition in South Africa has been on the increase, especially since 2010. A general observable trend in these compositions is the connection, through dramatic and thematic material, to topics and concerns relevant to the current South African historical moment."

The securitisation of South African politics – a trend analysis

André Duvenhage Academic research 2016-03-02

"It is clear that the next five years will be a crucial period in South African politics that will decisively influence the trajectory of the state. In this regard, the national and provincial elections of 2019 will be a key barometer, particularly in terms of the role that the national security establishment will play in its run-up and aftermath."

Adult students within higher education institutions: The portfolio development course as a preparatory mechanism for academic success

Faith Langeveldt, Liezel Frick Academic research 2016-02-23

This article provides an older adult student perspective on the portfolio development component of the RPL process at one South African higher education institution.

Literary prestige: The case of Eleanor Baker

Marian Human-Nel, Hennie van Coller Academic research 2016-02-19

"Although the female perspective that Baker consistently applied is convincing, the typically "feminine" themes of homes and relationships most probably led directly to negative evaluations by male critics and were responsible for her marginalised position in the Afrikaans literary canon."

Evoked meaning in literary translation: Translating dialect and register in Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena by Elsa Joubert

Maricel Botha Academic research 2016-02-05

"Joubert does employ foreignising strategies to a degree (especially in the retention of foreign words); however, overt translation is not carried out consistently and its effects are adversely affected, or even negated, by the formality and literary quality of the English translation."

Judicial and legislative responses to sexual crimes committed by and against children and the potential use of restorative justice practices

Rushiella Songca, Michelle Gail Karels Academic research 2016-02-02

"We argue that formalised restorative justice, practised in communities and implemented by courts, can take over where punitive justice leaves off, and contribute a more effective solution to the challenge of sexual crimes in South Africa."

Depolarisation of teaching and research, reflection through action research at a traditional university

Linda du Plessis Academic research 2016-02-02

"It is important to shift the focus from a result-oriented approach to teaching and learning, to a professional approach which leads to deeper insights within a discipline."

Letters to a diva: the concealment of gay identity in Gordon Jephtas's letters to May Abrahamse

Hilde Roos Academic research 2016-01-28

"Apart from his work with a string of international operatic stars, many aspects of Jephtas’s letters comment on salient issues of the human condition that go beyond the disciplinary boundaries of opera as a format in and for itself, or what may be deemed a “successful career” or a musician who “made it” abroad."

Paul Kruger and the press in the ZAR, 1890–1895

Heinie Heydenrych Academic research 2016-01-26

"Kruger obviously regarded the government’s right to govern and the independence and very existence of the state as one and the same thing. That is why he virtually saw strong opposition to and criticism of the government as treason against the Republic."