Academic research

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

Rehabilitation in South African consumer insolvency law: International trends and guidelines

Melanie Roestoff Academic research 2016-07-06

"Ultimately a balance should be struck between the interests of the debtor, creditors and society. It is submitted that current South African law and law reform initiatives currently on the table do not yet represent or achieve this balance."

An “original” Aramaic New Testament? A critical evaluation of the Peshitta Primacy theory, Die Pad van Waarheid tot die Lewe translation (Afrikaans Lamsa Bible), and the cultural lure of orientalism

Chris L. de Wet Academic research 2016-07-01

"From a scholarly perspective on the Bible, the Lamsa Bible and PWL Afrikaans translations fail miserably in their use of 'authoritative and original' primary texts."

AuII: Rare or neglected? A critical literature review

Helgard Raubenheimer Academic research 2016-06-17

"Applications in catalysis, biomedicine and the role of AuII as promotor or intermediate in nanogold or material synthesis, require further study. Extremely promising in the context of heterogeneous catalysis is the observation that AuII is stabilised on certain solid supports such as zeolites."

"Six degrees of Gerben Kamper": An exploration of cooperation networks in the Afrikaans theatre industry (2010–2015)

Burgert A Senekal Academic research 2016-06-14

"The current article follows these publications by analysing social networks in the contemporary Afrikaans theatre industry (2010–2015). Collaborations on theatre productions that were staged at three of the main Afrikaans cultural festivals, namely the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn, Aardklop in Potchefstroom and Vryfees in Bloemfontein, are studied."

Complexity and the desire of philosophy

Rèné Eloff Academic research 2016-06-03

"In this article I critically consider the significance of complexity theory for philosophy in light of Alain Badiou’s argument that philosophy is sustained by the four-dimensional desire for revolt, logic, universality and risk."

Intoxication as a defence in South African criminal law: A sober approach?

Rinda Botha, Marina van Rooyen Academic research 2016-05-27

"This article explores whether that legislation, the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1 of 1988, and in particular section 1, has been optimally formulated to provide a sober criminal law approach to intoxication as a defence."

The role of selected motivational factors and learning strategies in academic achievement of Economic and Management (EMS) education students

Louis van Staden Academic research 2016-05-27

"Academic support at higher education institutions should not be generic in nature, but subject specific, because specific terms, concepts and situations should be understood well."

Paul Kruger, the Uitlander franchise and the English language newspapers in the South African Republic before 1895

Heinie Heydenrych Academic research 2016-05-25

"Kruger’s thinking about full citizenship was rather simplistic. It made no provision for the possibility of Uitlanders’ becoming loyal citizens of the Republic."

Near-death experiences: a critical analysis of out-of-body perceptions during cardiac arrest

Pieter F Craffert Academic research 2016-05-24

"At this stage the conclusion seems inevitable that NDEs during cardiac arrest do not confirm that consciousness can exist or function independently of an embodied brain."

The learning practice formation of high school learners in a rural working class town

Aslam Fataar, Henry Fillies Academic research 2016-05-17

"It is the way they built their commitments to their learning, via developing strategic identities and practices, in terms of which they were able to position themselves as productive learners in their community context."

Postapartheid as a wound culture within a pathological public sphere: Mark Gevisser’s Lost and Found in Johannesburg

Leon de Kock Academic research 2016-05-11

"To enrich the reflexive play, Gevisser combines this visual evidence with his own, considered interpretation of the various data he offers up for inspection."

Interlingual and cross-cultural movement between Afrikaans and Dutch in Marlene van Niekerk’s volume of stories Die sneeuslaper [The snow sleeper] (2010)

Louise Viljoen (US) Academic research 2016-05-11

"This article explores the interlingual and cross-cultural movements between Afrikaans and Dutch in this volume, more specifically in “Die sneeuslaper”, the story that lends its title to the volume."

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-Gilson 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."