21 September 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 47
Dr Adri Sutherland’s autoethnographic study makes a significant contribution to grief research.

In Memory and Research: A Mother’s Tribute Culminates in a PhD

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In a deeply personal and emotionally challenging journey culminating in a thesis that explores the grief experiences of parents who have lost their children, Dr Adri Sutherland graduated with a PhD degree in Ministerial Studies.

A jubilant Ms Tsholofelo Mapisa celebrates her graduation.

SA Artist’s Experiences Focus of Master’s Study

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South Africa’s Indie music scene takes centre stage in Ms Tsholofelo Mapisa’s master’s study as she delves into the nuances of her debut album, Becoming employing an autoethnographic approach.

Dr Devaksha Moodley with her parents, Dr Pragnya Desai (right) and Dr Sundran Moodley (left).

Interrogating Constructions of South African Indian Women’s Identity

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‘A PhD can be an isolating process; unless you are singularly going through it, it’s difficult to understand.’

Mr Lungisani Shange celebrates his Master’s in Development Studies with his proud mom, Mrs Zanele Shange (left), and dad, Mr Simon Shange (right).

Saving Lives or Saving Livelihoods

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Mr Lungisani Shange graduated with a Master’s in Development Studies. His research entitled: Saving Lives or Saving Livelihoods? Exploring the Impact of South Africa’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Informal Sector in the Durban Central Business District dealt with the real and sensitive issue of how the livelihoods of informal traders were affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Dr Joseph Mbalaka’s PhD studies explored gender, religion and migration in Malawian Chewa and Yawo Muslim women.

PhD Explores the Lives of Chewa and Yawo Muslim Women Migrants

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In a study described as “groundbreaking” and a “first-class piece of PhD work”, the intersection of gender, religion, and migration among Malawian Chewa and Yawo Muslim women in Durban in the last three decades formed the basis of a PhD study by Dr Joseph Yusufu Mbalaka with the aim to fill gendered gaps in the history of southern African migration.

From left: Professor Maheshvari Naidu; PhD graduate, Dr Thandeka Ndaba; and Professor Onisimo Mutanga.

Interdisciplinary PhD Study Explores Gender Influences, Vulnerability and Resilience to Climate Change

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PhD graduate, Dr Thandeka Ndaba has conducted a ground-breaking study into the relationship between gender, vulnerability, and resilience in the face of climate change.

Master of Education graduate, Ms Londekile Majola (far left) celebrates with her proud family.

Empowering Educators to Enhance Teaching Through Communication Device Proficiency

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Ms Londekile Majola, a Foundation Phase teacher who graduated with a Master’s in Education, is driven to make a difference in the lives of learners with special needs; noting that many have grown up in an environment that has marginalised them because they are “different”.

Pictured with her supervisor, Professor Bernard De Meyer (right), Dr Siphiwe Langa’s innovative thesis explores the profound impact of patriarchy on the lives of Eswatini women poets.

Eswatini Women Poets Challenge Gender Patriarchy

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Witnessing first-hand the injustices faced by women in Eswatini, as well as her involvement with the Eswatini Women’s Land Rights Alliance (EWLRA), an NGO dedicated to protecting women’s land rights, Dr Siphiwe Langa felt compelled to take action through rigorous study.

Dr Nkosingiphile Mbhele with his daughter, Qhawekazi.

PhD Study Investigates Violence in Alcohol Establishments

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An incident in Cape Town involving violence in the entertainment industry sparked Dr Nkosingiphile Mbhele’s interest, leading him to conduct a study that has earned him a PhD from the School of Applied Human Sciences.

Dr Suhana Jacobs explores bullying in physical and cyber spaces in PhD study.

Understanding and Intervening in “Extended Bullying”

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Young adult survivors’ experiences of bullying, both in physical and cyber spaces, has emerged as a concerning societal issue, according to PhD graduate, Dr Suhana Jacobs who was motivated to investigate the complex problem of bullying in the digital age.

Master’s graduate, Ms Sandhia Ganesh celebrating her achievement.

Master’s for Educator who Triumphed Over Adversity

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Ms Sandhia Ganesh, a full-time English teacher at a boys’ school in KwaZulu-Natal, is graduating with a master’s degree in Gender Studies.

PhD graduate, Dr Thobelani Majola.

PhD Study Highlights Various Aspects of Motherhood

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Several facets of parenthood were captured through research that investigated delicate matters of motherhood, mainly, the impact of both present and absent biological mothers on young mothers in Africa.

Dr Leena Ramtohul (centre) with her niece, Ms Saanvi Ramtohul, and brother, Dr Krishnadass Ramtohul.

Study Examines ICT Policy Development in Education on a Small Island

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Dr Premlata Ramtohul (Leena) graduated with her PhD in Education. The Mauritian student currently works as a Senior Researcher and Development Officer at the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) in Mauritius.

Master’s graduate, Ms Sarojini Govender’s study considers youth livelihood vulnerability during COVID-19.

Master’s Study Considers Youth Livelihood Vulnerability in the Era of COVID-19

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On a remarkable journey composed of chapters of both difficulty and reward, resolute graduate, Ms Sarojini Govender, has emerged triumphant with a master’s degree in Industrial Organisational Labour Studies just before her 60th birthday.

From left: Mr Sinethemba Ndovela, Ms Thembisile Ndovela, Dr Sithembele Ndovela, and Ms Nonjabulo Mthembu.

PhD Study Examined Accounting Teaching Approaches

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Eagerness to improve his understanding of the accounting education field and a desire to challenge teachers’ accounting teaching approaches resulted in Dr Sithembele Ndovela’s PhD study which explored teaching accounting threshold concepts in English Second Language (ESL) contexts.

Mr Ronald Bafana is all smiles as he graduates with his Master’s in Development Studies.

The Journey is Worth It!

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Achieving his Master’s in Development Studies is the realisation of a dream for Mr Ronald Bafana. An environmentalist, Bafana obtained his undergraduate and Honours degree in Environmental Science from Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe.