Academic research

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

Sexual harassment in the South African workplace from a human rights perspective

Anri Botes Academic research 2019-11-01

“Sexual harassment – simply described as unwanted conduct or advances of a sexual nature – is one of the most atrocious acts of misconduct of relevance to the workplace.”

The strategic role of the business sector in combating corruption

Peter Goss, Johan van Graan Academic research 2019-10-31

“Despite South Africa’s assent to international anti-corruption efforts the country is continuously confronted with negative perceptions about high levels of corruption.”

“You must love the earth as yourself” 

Johan Buitendag Academic research 2019-10-30

“We need nature, but nature does not need us.”

“In the most intense moments, all distances dwindle to zero”: Relationality in Die derde spoel of S.J. Naudé

Adéle Nel Academic research 2019-10-30

“How does relationality manifest in Die derde spoel?”

The political eschatology of Groen van Prinsterer and its impact on Christian conservatism in the USA

J.A. Schlebusch Academic research 2019-10-30

“Nonetheless, with Groen there is no hard distinction between past, present and future, and these interplay in his worldview as reflected in his writings.”

Pure act(s) for all Christians: dancing, paving and Van Gogh’s The starry night

Jannie Pretorius Academic research 2019-10-30

The starry night is a manifestation, a pulsating picture, of God’s Spirit hovering over the dark earth immediately before He said ‘Let there be light.’”

The transformative effect of a mystical reading of Scripture

Celia Kourie Academic research 2019-10-30

“Reading Scripture through a mystical lens, as exemplified by Elizabeth Catez’s interpretation of Paul, effects mystical illumination and transformation.”

Wilderness of human experience in Die troebel tyd (Ingrid Winterbach)

Susan Meyer Academic research 2019-10-21

“In Die troebel tyd the nuanced portrayal of depression, a still stigmatised phenomenon in our society, creates critical awareness of ‘otherness’ at a human level, that is, deviation from the socially constructed norm.”

A system-theoretical analysis of user interactions around Deon Meyer's Twitter profile: a reception study in the digital age

Burgert A Senekal Academic research 2019-10-15

“Because social media allows users to engage with writers and works themselves, it creates new opportunities to focus specifically on the reader.”

A network analysis of the institutional network in Orania

Burgert A Senekal Academic research 2019-10-15

“The current article studies a list of 36 institutions at Orania and their shared directors from the perspective of network theory.”

Louis Althusser and Jacques Derrida. Interconnections of sense and the sensual in two contemporaneous texts

Jaco Alant Academic research 2019-10-15

“The focus is on Althusser’s and Derrida’s use of ‘sensual’ words (metaphors) in the communication of their (highly abstract) philosophical ideas.”

Land reform: Is expropriation without compensation the magical “silver bullet” or is it a (calculated) shot in the dark? 

Juanita Pienaar Academic research 2019-10-10

“This contribution explores the recent developments in light of the land reform programme, in particular whether expropriation with nil compensation is indeed the solution so desperately needed.”

Perceptual skills, concept formation and the executive function of the brain at pre-primary level – an exploratory study

Ansie Lessing, Marike W de Witt Academic research 2019-10-09

“Meaningful reading requires different perceptual skills, including figure background discrimination, perception of form, sequence, analysis, synthesis, association and memory.”

Holistic Christian spirituality during times of illness and crisis: a hermeneutical-pastoral perspective

Martin Khoaseb, Christo Thesnaar Academic research 2019-10-09

“The article investigates holistic spirituality as a basis to reflect upon the role of African spirituality during times of illness and crisis.”

A reconceptualisation of the term “Land” in an investigation of the role of Land-based education in South Africa

Krystle Ontong Academic research 2019-10-07

“A more nuanced awareness of the issue might lead to a decline in protest actions.”

Investigating the barriers to implementing precision farming in the Eastern Free State

Christo Bisschoff, Bertie Michau Academic research 2019-10-02

“South Africa has a fast-growing population, and all indications are that by 2040 South Africa will have to import approximately 66% of its basic produce to feed the nation.”

The development of the South African military doctrine

Leopold Scholtz Academic research 2019-10-02

“Is there a typical South African military doctrine?”

Conceptualising sustainable rural livelihood development in South Africa as an extension of sustainable development planning: a research and overview article

Menini Gibbens, Carel Schoeman, Juaneé Cilliers Academic research 2019-09-30

“Sustainable development and, consequently, sustainable rural livelihood development, will always be relevant topics for analysis, as these affect people's lives on a daily basis.”

Visual portrayals of miscarriage in the artwork Loss: A critical application of Freud’s theories of loss and trauma

Nathani Lüneburg Academic research 2019-09-27

“I investigate trauma theories of loss and argue that mourning is a natural therapeutic way of dealing with and reacting to loss.”

China’s first overseas military base in Djibouti: A contextualisation of the objectives, political interests and future prospects

Theo Neethling Academic research 2019-09-25

“This article touches on the features of China’s military base in Djibouti and what some observers regard as the newly created Chinese gateway to Africa.”