Academic research

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

A critical reflection of the Gijima judgments

Loammi Wolf Academic research 2019-04-03

"The facts in the Gijima case were briefly that the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) concluded a state contract with Gijima Holdings to provide IT services to the Department of Defence but failed to follow the procurement proceedings prescribed by section 217 of the Constitution and legislation regulating procurement."

A network perspective on the use of cooperative base groups as a technique to improve collaboration in distance higher education

Christa van Staden Academic research 2019-03-27

"The students were actively and meaningfully involved in the learning process, deeper forms of learning were promoted and the collaboration in groups had a positive impact on the academic success of distance education students."

Environmental governance, the human being and the social order: a reinterpretation

Martin de Wit Academic research 2019-01-15

"The objective of this article is to reinterpret the increasingly dominant economic approach to environmental governance. This objective will be achieved by focusing on three interrelated factors, namely the importance of the human person in environmental governance, the images of social and moral order, and the implications for human behaviour and decision-making."

Translating proper nouns in the work of Deon Meyer: an investigation into consistency

Marius Swart, Ruchelle Kleyn Academic research 2018-12-20

"The conclusion is that names are translated using domestication as a translation technique in some cases and foreignisation in others, while there are also cases where both techniques are used, or where techniques seem to be used at random."

Human-animal relationships in Thomas Mofolo’s historical novel Chaka (1925, 2017)

Sonja Loots Academic research 2018-12-18

"By way of introduction the article points out how prominently animals and animal metaphysics feature in texts about Chaka written by early European visitors to southern Africa."

The Arabic trajectory in the post-Carolingian period of Medieval philosophy

Johann Beukes Academic research 2018-12-13

"Although acknowledging the importance of niche research from and within Arabic and other Semitic languages and contexts, the lack of reference to Medieval Arabic scholars in almost every introduction and compilation of Medieval philosophy over the past century needs to be addressed rather urgently."

The Arabic trajectory in the Carolingian period of Medieval philosophy

Johann Beukes Academic research 2018-12-13

"Can we as Westerners ever speak of 'Medieval philosophy' as a historical-discursive given, without our Other voice?"

Self-directed learning: The experiences and opinions of life sciences student-teachers worksheets in a cooperative teaching-learning environment

Neal Petersen Academic research 2018-12-12

"The literature indicates that citizens need to have social skills and higher cognitive thinking skills, such as problem-solving and creative thinking skills, in order to cope with the challenges posed by globalisation and the information explosion."

Hybridity and authenticity as cultural markers in the music of Nico Carstens

Susanna Louw, Nicol Viljoen, Martina Viljoen Academic research 2018-12-11

"The question on which we focus highlights the ways in which Carstens, both as a composer and as a piano accordion player, succeeded in enriching traditional boeremusiek idioms by way of the fusion of a variety of musical influences and styles in order to produce a stylised, yet highly accessible and marketable South African popular music identity."

The Word as flesh with Martinus Nijhoff and D.J. Opperman

Lina Spies Academic research 2018-12-11

"This illustrates that two great poets can have an absorbing conversation with each other over time and distance."

Moral leadership: The school principal as an agent in establishing moral values for the promotion of the school climate

Branwen Challens, Leentjie van Jaarsveld, Charl Wolhuter Academic research 2018-12-10

"A qualitative study was used to determine the contribution of the school principal in establishing moral values to promote a positive school climate in well-performing schools."

Possible solutions to reading comprehension problems of non-mother-tongue speakers in Afrikaans Home Language classes

Maylene Basson, Michael le Cordeur Academic research 2018-12-07

"The study, its findings and recommendations can therefore be used as a resource for the development of training programmes to improve teacher PCK regarding the enhancement of the reading comprehension of non-mother-tongue speakers."

The leadership styles of principals of academically performing schools and the impact thereof on the school climate

Leentjie van Jaarsveld, Branwen Challens, Charl Wolhuter Academic research 2018-12-04

"The leadership style determines the attitude of the educators and learners, which, in turn, affects the climate of the school."

Multimodal idiolectal language use and authorship verification: a corpus analysis of Joan Hambidge’s idiolect across the borders of genres

Mariska Nel, Jako Olivier Academic research 2018-12-04

"It can therefore be said without a doubt that Hambidge has a unique multimodal idiolect functioning across the boundaries of genres. Furthermore, the methodology followed in this article presents a possible set of variables to be used in similar comparisons between texts in terms of the verification of authors."

The Battle of the Chambinga, 9 and 11 November 1987: a tactical and operational analysis

Leopold Scholtz Academic research 2018-11-28

"Previous analyses of the two battles held that the commander of the main attack force, Commandant Leon Marais, was not vigorous enough, and that this allowed the enemy to escape. New information from a published and translated Soviet source, however, indicates that 16 Brigade had been so damaged that it could no longer function as a coordinated formation under a single command."

The role of political parties and elections in consolidating democracy in societies, with special reference to contemporary South Africa

Chris Nelson Academic research 2018-11-25

"The negative experiences by millions of voters in democratic systems worldwide as a result of the actions by political parties during and in the aftermath of elections have also led to an alienation between electorates, parties and elections. This development is also discernible in contemporary South Africa."

Silent prayer and creativity: To create out of silence

Johann Rossouw Academic research 2018-11-20

"In this article the relationship between artistic creativity and hesychast prayer in the Orthodox Christian tradition is examined within the context of a broader consideration of art as a means of spiritual elevation in the contemporary world."

Socmint: The monitoring of social media for community safety purposes within a big data framework in South Africa with specific reference to Orania

Burgert A Senekal Academic research 2018-11-14

"The current article discusses Socmint against the background of big data with specific reference to how it can be applied to enhance community safety in Orania."

A study on the use of cultural-orientated, task-based vocabulary lessons for Afrikaans language acquisition students

Elbie Adendorff, Mari Koegelenberg Academic research 2018-11-12

"This article covers a preliminary investigative study on the incorporation and the use of culture in a task-based class for first-year Afrikaans language acquisition students."

Can a trust institute a defamation action? An exploratory investigation

Danie Kloppers, Henk Kloppers Academic research 2018-11-07

"The action for defamation can be extended to trusts in two ways: through statutory intervention or through judgments of the high courts. It is argued that the latter is preferable, because statutory changes take time and may result in some undesired effects."