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Academic Voices : A Multidisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
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Applied Mathematics and Nonlinear Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Australian Field Ornithology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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AZimuth     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Bangladesh Journal of Scientific Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Bilge International Journal of Science and Technology Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bioethics Research Notes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
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Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Butlletí de la Institució Catalana d'Història Natural     Open Access  
Central European Journal of Clinical Research     Open Access  
Chain Reaction     Full-text available via subscription  
Ciencia & Natura     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Conference Papers in Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Current Issues in Criminal Justice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Current Research in Geoscience     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Dalat University Journal of Science     Open Access  
Data     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Data Curation Profiles Directory     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dhaka University Journal of Science     Open Access  
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Diálogos Interdisciplinares     Open Access  
Digithum     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Discover Sustainability     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Einstein (São Paulo)     Open Access  
Ekaia : EHUko Zientzia eta Teknologia aldizkaria     Open Access  
Elkawnie : Journal of Islamic Science and Technology     Open Access  
Emergent Scientist     Open Access  
Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Enseñanza de las Ciencias : Revista de Investigación y Experiencias Didácticas     Open Access  
Entramado     Open Access  
Entre Ciencia e Ingeniería     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Ergo     Open Access  
Estação Científica (UNIFAP)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian Journal of Education and Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
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Ethiopian Journal of Sciences and Sustainable Development     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
European Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Evidência - Ciência e Biotecnologia - Interdisciplinar     Open Access  
Exchanges : the Warwick Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Experimental Results     Open Access  
Extensionismo, Innovación y Transferencia Tecnológica     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Facets     Open Access  
Fides et Ratio : Revista de Difusión Cultural y Científica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Fırat University Turkish Journal of Science & Technology     Open Access  
Fontanus     Open Access  
Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 372)
Frontiers for Young Minds     Open Access  
Frontiers in Climate     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Frontiers in Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Futures & Foresight Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Gaudium Sciendi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Gazi University Journal of Science     Open Access  
Ghana Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
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Globe, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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Heidelberger Jahrbücher Online     Open Access  
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Himalayan Journal of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
History of Science and Technology     Open Access  
Hoosier Science Teacher     Open Access  
Iberoamerican Journal of Science Measurement and Communication     Open Access  
Impact     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Indonesian Journal of Fundamental Sciences     Open Access  
Indonesian Journal of Science and Mathematics Education     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Ingenieria y Ciencia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Integrated Research Advances     Open Access  
Interciencia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Interface Focus     Full-text available via subscription  
International Annals of Science     Open Access  
International Archives of Science and Technology     Open Access  
International Journal of Academic Research in Business, Arts & Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Review     Open Access  
International Journal of Advancement in Education and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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International Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Computational and Experimental Science and Engineering (IJCESEN)     Open Access  
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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Innovative Research and Scientific Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Innovative Research in Social and Natural Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Network Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Recent Contributions from Engineering, Science & IT     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Research in Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Science & Emerging Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Sciences : Basic and Applied Research     Open Access  
International Journal of Social Sciences and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Technology Policy and Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Review of Applied Sciences     Open Access  
InterSciencePlace     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Investigación Joven     Open Access  
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Investigacion y Ciencia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transactions A : Science     Hybrid Journal  
iScience     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Issues in Science & Technology     Free   (Followers: 7)
Istituto Lombardo - Accademia di Scienze e Lettere - Rendiconti di Scienze     Open Access  
Ithaca : Viaggio nella Scienza     Open Access  
J : Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal     Open Access  
Jaunujų mokslininkų darbai     Open Access  
Journal de la Recherche Scientifique de l'Universite de Lome     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Advanced Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Al-Qadisiyah for Pure Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Journal of Analytical Science & Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
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Journal of Diversity Management     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
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  • Facilitating emergence : the metaphorical ‘order-chaos continuum’ in
           an engaged research context

    • Authors: C.J. Burman
      Abstract: An article in New Generation Sciences with the title ‘The Taming Wicked Problems Framework: reflections in the making’, explained how community-university partnerships can contribute to building resilience to wicked problems by focusing on systems and complexity thinking. The purpose of this article is to provide a fuller explanation of the theoretical perspectives that underpin the design of the Taming Wicked Problems Framework (henceforth Framework). The Framework is an engaged action research technique that was designed in the genre of Mode 2 knowledge co-production to facilitate the opening of creative opportunities to build resilience to wicked problems. The Framework enables the identification and subsequent harnessing of the potentials of novel emergence within complex, anthropogenic systems during periods of transition for the benefits of engaged partnerships. At a theoretical level the Framework is underpinned by perspectives associated with transdisciplinary forms of complexity and, at an implementation level, associated with systemic action research techniques. Both are explored using a heuristic labelled as the ‘metaphorical order-chaos continuum’ in order to provide more detailed insights into the theoretical perspectives that underpin the Framework.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Understanding beer festival attendee motivations to a craft beer festival
           in South Africa

    • Authors: U.P. Hermann; L. Boshoff T.T. Ncala
      Abstract: Over the past decades, the craft beer industry has witnessed a tremendous growth worldwide and it has also been the case in South Africa. This growth is responsible for creating a developing niche market in tourism, namely beer tourism. When looking at the growth and the development of beer tourism, craft beer and the understanding of this niche, it is deemed important to understand the market in order to successfully market it to tourists and to sustainably develop entrepreneurship in this sector. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine those motivational factors of attendees to the Capital Craft Beer Festival in South Africa. This was determined by applying a quantitative research method by distributing questionnaires at the festival. A total of 377 (n) completed questionnaires were received and included in the statistical analysis. A factor analysis revealed four factors, namely: Entertainment and Socialisation; Loyalty; Gastronomy; and Novelty. These factors will assist festival organisers to better understand the needs of beer tourists and consequently also enhance the development of future festival products.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Teaching and learning sciences in times of disruption : blended Learning
           in action

    • Authors: L. Louw ; M. Thukane
      Abstract: The hierarchical nature of the science disciplines requires face-to-face interaction between lecturers and students for the explanation of concepts and for improved understanding. Due to student protests that disrupted lectures at many South African universities during 2016, teaching and learning had to be altered to complete the academic year successfully. This study was conducted as part of a larger research project aimed at gaining insights into how the use of technology assisted the university in continuing academic activities – both during and in the aftermath of the lecture disruptions. This paper reports on the teaching and learning in the science disciplines and draws on the data collected in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS). A mixed method research design was chosen for the institutional study, but the paper will report primarily on the qualitative data obtained from NAS. Data was obtained from group interviews with students, individual interviews with lecturers and questionnaires completed by students and lecturers. The activity theory was used for data analysis to understand and explain how the use of technology influenced teaching and learning during lecture disruptions. Lessons were learned on how to best use good practice of blended learning in teaching science.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Conceptualising the role of local government in community-based tourism
           development in the south coast, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

    • Authors: E.M. Mnguni; A. Giampiccoli O. Mtapuri
      Abstract: The aim of community-based tourism (CBT) is to empower and emancipate disadvantaged communities. It is a pathway for communities to take charge of local tourism development. This article investigates the role of local government in CBT by examining a local municipality in South Africa. It is based on a literature review on the role of government in tourism. It proposes the establishment of a local CBT organisation (LCBTO) supported and facilitated by government at the national and district levels with the involvement of stakeholders such as universities, the private sector and non-governmental organisations for capacity building. This capacity building process is a precondition for the establishment of the LCBTO and local CBT projects. The proposed LCBTO can coordinate CBT interventions; facilitate the democratic nomination of CBT project leaders; formulate a CBT strategy at the local level. This conceptual model is the major contribution to knowledge of this article.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Balancing societal norms and communication practice in creating attention
           in advertising communication

    • Authors: A van Niekerk
      Abstract: This research aims to address the misperception that controversy in advertising is primarily related to sex and nudity. This research is based on an investigation of South African print advertisements in which controversy is deliberately used as a strategy to draw attention to the brand. The research investigated the exploitation of pragmatic instruments to evoke intended (potential) controversy in advertisements in order to encourage debate and thus attention for the brand. A study of controversial advertising may offer user-orientated research results that are of value to the deeper understanding of modern society, especially in terms of the overlap between regulatory bodies such as the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) or the new (November 2018) Advertising Regulatory Board of South Africa (ARB) and business industry and the public in general. Analysing examples from the theoretical insights of the maxims of cooperative communication thus makes a lot of sense. Businesses try to create an image for their brands in order to sell their goods. The public sector sometimes disapproves of these communicative appeals, as is evident from complaints to the (previously known) ASA, newspaper letters and debates in the media. What one target population views as controversial at a particular time, is not necessarily seen as being controversial by another population, or even at another time.
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Emerging wisdom on the values and principles to guide community engagement
           in South Africa

    • Authors: R. Bhagwan
      Abstract: Values and principles are fundamental to institutionalizing and guiding community engagement in higher education. This paper documents findings made from a qualitative inquiry with engaged academics, administrators and students who have been involved in successful engagement projects. Data was collected using interviews and focus group discussions from six universities across South Africa. Six core values and four principles emerged as being important to guide community engagement in South Africa. This emergent data cohered with the growing literature in the field and provides valuable direction for those working towards creating and sustaining successful community partnerships.
      PubDate: 2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
       
  • Towards the indigenisation of mode 3 knowledge production : an engaged
           research schema

    • Authors: C.J. Burman ; S.S. Semenya
      Abstract: This article describes the rationale for the development of an engaged, Mode 3 research schema that aims to contribute to reducing the unintended consequences associated with medical pluralism in rural Limpopo Province, South Africa. The research schema re-frames medical pluralism from the perspective of resilience thinking, placing emphasis on resilience investment. The article critiques current efforts to reduce the unintended consequences of medical pluralism for being based on an imbalanced investment strategy. The imbalance is that current efforts to reduce the unintended consequences of medical pluralism typically focus on either ‘structure’ (healthcare systems) or ‘agency’ (health seeking practices) which tends to produce sub-optimal health-related outcomes. The research schema seeks to overcome this imbalance by reconceptualising the pluralistic healthcare environment in a way that is inclusive of both ‘structure’ and ‘agency’ — using indigenous decision making as the referential axis of enquiry. The research schema uses the Mauri Model decision making framework and intentionality as guiding heuristics which are activated using a research method called ‘AART (abduction, abstraction, retroduction and testing)’.
      PubDate: 2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
       
  • Supply Chain constraints in the South African construction industry –
           perspectives from Supply Chain practitioners

    • Authors: Rid Pooe; P. Pillay
      Abstract: In the face of slowing economies globally, the construction industry faces many challenges such as socio-economic stress, resource shortages, institutional weaknesses and a general inability to respond to key issues. These have intensified and become more severe in recent years. Empirical research in supply chain management points to barriers that limit construction industries in developing countries such as South Africa. This paper aims to explore supply chain constraints in the South African construction industry. Relevant literature was reviewed and insights from 15 experienced supply chain practitioners were elicited by means of semi-structured interviews. Content analysis was employed using the ATLAS.ti (version 7) software to analyse qualitative data. Six themes emerged from the interviews, which include lack of investment in supply chains, lack of supply chain innovation process constraints, supply chain change management, supply chain collaboration, supply chain leadership, and time management. It is recommended that construction companies adopt supply chain management systems, integrated solutions, and collaborative project management tools and technologies.
      PubDate: 2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
       
  • An observational checklist of health dialogue elements : development and
           evidence of reliability

    • Authors: M. Reid; A. Joubert P. Nel
      Abstract: Various tools assess health communication skills as exhibited in health dialogues between healthcare providers and patients. This paper explains the phased process used to develop an Observational Checklist of Health Dialogue Elements (OCHDE), and discusses evidence of its reliability. Grounded in a participatory paradigm this two-way health communication skills tool reflects the values of respect, humility and trust, and avoids a one-way approach to communication by the healthcare provider. A concept analysis enabled the identification of elements of health dialogue, namely, characteristics, antecedents, empirical referents and consequences. Each empirical referent measured a characteristic and thereby enabled assessment of the heart of health dialogue. The equality inherent in a participatory paradigm required the simultaneous observation, guided by the OCHDE, of patients and healthcare providers. Though reliability test results of other communication skills assessment tools are not readily available, the conclusion is that the OCHDE is as reliable as other communication skills assessment tools. The OCHDE offers assessment in a real life clinical setting, particularly those involving patients with chronic conditions, but is also suitable as a tool to train and assess health communication skills or to conduct research.
      PubDate: 2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
       
  • Does age Influence Biltong Hunters’ behaviour and spending'

    • Authors: P. van der Merwe ; M. Saayman
      Abstract: Hunting is one of South Africa’s core wildlife tourism products, and the key market, based on size and economic contribution, is local biltong hunters. However, South African hunters’ frequency of hunting trips is decreasing due to the tough economic situation that is currently experienced in the country. Therefore, for hunting businesses, it has become challenging to compete for the same market. One method to position product owners better in the market is through well-developed marketing strategies. This research aims to determine whether the demographic variable, ‘age’, as the dependent variable, impacts hunters’ behaviour. The questionnaire administration took place by posting a link on the website of the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) and Pot-Shot, a hunting newsletter in South Africa, whereby 493 (n) usable questionnaires were obtained. The research found that age does have an impact on hunters’ behaviour and, in this case, on their motives for hunting and spending behaviour. The main contribution of this research is that product owners will become aware of the most lucrative hunting market, and that the primary motives that can be used in marketing strategies have been identified.
      PubDate: 2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
       
  • Model for the continuance use intention of mobile learning games

    • Authors: M.I. Venter; L. de Wet
      Abstract: Mobile educational applications encompass some of the most valuable learning tools that have ever been developed. Games for learning are most effective when multiple sessions are involved. Previous research on the use of educational games in mathematics education has focused primarily on the learning potential of these games and has not adequately addressed the continuance use intention of these games. The purpose of this paper is to provide a model for the continuance use intention of mobile mathematical learning games. A mixed method research methodology was employed where qualitative and quantitative data was gathered through surveys and interviews. Sixty children, aged 8 to 12, from selected schools in one of South Africa’s provinces, participated in the study. The results indicated that a combination, balance and interplay of the various dimensions of enjoyment and engagement (cognitive, affective and physical) in a mathematical mobile learning game influenced the continuance use intention of learners. The resultant theoretical model could provide educators, parents and educational game designers with an integrated approach that should allow them to design and evaluate specific mathematical mobile learning games for motivational potential.
      PubDate: 2019-06-30T00:00:00Z
       
  • Trust in banking relationships : lessons for South African banks on bank
           selection in Saudi Arabia

    • Authors: J. Coetzee
      Abstract: This paper investigates the selection criteria that students in Saudi Arabia and South Africa respectively use when selecting a bank for the first time. The rationale for such a study stems from exploring the difference in selection criteria based on students' cultural and banking (Islamic vs conventional banking) backgrounds, so as to identify marketing opportunities for South African banks, given the relative infancy of the Islamic banking industry in South Africa. An exploratory factor analysis reveals that the two student groups place particular emphasis on the functional criteria relating to the provision of banking products and services, albeit it that the South African students appear to have a more generalised view on what function means to them. A cluster analysis further reveals that the Saudi students in general appear to be more indifferent with regards to the relative importance of the identified factors. However, the main finding of the paper is that the Saudi students place more implicit emphasis on trust-related criteria than the South African students. From a marketing point of view, South African banks must acknowledge that trust drives the relationship-based approach they adopt to Muslim students and specifically with regards to complying with Shari'a Law. Given that the South African students regard criteria related to the functional role of banks as relatively more important, there is a case to argue that the marketing campaigns for Muslim students need to be differentiated along the lines of drivers of trust in the relationship, as opposed to merely the functions performed by a bank.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The professional development of mathematics and science teachers :
           insights gained from an action research project

    • Authors: R. Ghanchi Badasie; S. Schulze
      Abstract: This article demonstrates how the professional development of teachers in key subjects such as Mathematics and Science can be facilitated by means of action research in consideration of relevant learning theories. Since South Africa is faced with a shortage of qualified teachers in Mathematics and Science, the aim of this particular study was to promote the teachers' professional development at a selected primary school. The theories of socio-constructivist and situated learning were used as conceptual framework. The sample involved 14 teachers of one school who participated in the three-year study. The project implemented a three-stage model which involved a subject Community of Practice (CoP), and thereafter a grade CoP, before it was individualised for implementation by each teacher. Three different grade groups completed between two and six action research cycles involving about 30 meetings each. Programme evaluation was by means of observation, typed minutes, focus groups, individual interviews, teachers' files and learners' books and achievements. The results illustrate the professional development of these teachers by means of this model of action research which could be useful to secondary schools and higher education institutions, as well as to practitioners in other fields.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • An instrument to assess neonatal chest image quality

    • Authors: B. Kotzé; H. Friedrich-Nel B. van der Merwe
      Abstract: Depending on their condition, most neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit require multiple diagnostic imaging examinations. Therefore, radiographers who perform these diagnostic imaging examinations should use optimal imaging techniques, to limit radiation dose and to ensure optimal image quality. The study wished to determine if radiographers were producing consistent optimal chest images and limiting radiation doses for neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit. A descriptive quantitative study was done by utilising a checklist compiled from literature to evaluate 450 neonatal chest images. Evaluation of the images indicates that radiographers seem unable to adhere to radiation control regulations. The authors propose including the checklist as part of a radiation safety improvement process, as it proved to be an assessment tool for identifying areas in image quality that require improvement.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Exploring engineering students' understanding of techniques of integration

    • Authors: N.J. Ndlazi; D. Brijlall
      Abstract: This study explored engineering students' understanding of the techniques of integration in calculus. There were 30 first year engineering students who participated in the project. The concepts were covered as part of a mathematics course at a university of technology in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Activity sheets, constructed with tasks based on integration were administered to the participants. Their written responses, which were used to identify the mental constructions of these concepts, were analysed using the three worlds of mathematics framework and interviews were carried out to clarify the written responses. The discussions and written work indicated that students seemed to be operating in the conceptual-embodied world of cognitive development and students displayed the ability to manipulate symbols and embedded procedures. The findings raised some didactical implications for higher education and also provided applications of the three worlds of mathematics framework.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Performance management implementation challenges in the Lesotho Ministry
           of Social Development

    • Authors: L.T. Ramataboe; L. Lues
      Abstract: An Integrated Performance Management System was introduced in the Public Service of Lesotho, in the Ministry of Social Development, to enhance public officers' performance and ultimately service delivery. The study identified challenges that impeded the implementation of the Integrated Performance Management System within the Lesotho Ministry of Social Development. The purpose of the study was to promote effective service delivery based on the implementation of the Integrated Performance Management System within the thirteen departments of this Ministry. The research established that several legislative directives and policies have been introduced to support the implementation of the Integrated Performance Management System in the Ministry of Social Development. However, challenges still seemed eminent. A case study was conducted within the thirteen departments of the Lesotho Ministry of Social Development. A quantitative approach, using self-administered questionnaires, was used to collect data. The analysis was done through the Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 23. The research showed that challenges in the implementation of the Integrated Performance Management System revolve around (i) a lack of training on performance management (i.e. a lack of orientation on performance management, monitoring and evaluation, and laws and policies supporting the implementation of the Integrated Performance Management System); (ii) limited management involvement in the implementation of the Integrated Performance Management System; and (iii) poor communication in performance planning, reviews, feedback, and monitoring and evaluation of performance. The article highlights the need for support and leadership from managers when it comes to the successful implementation of performance management in the public service. The findings provide preliminary insight that adds to the body of knowledge concerned with the implementation of performance management in the Lesotho public service context as well as the broader service delivery environment.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The role of information technology in the risk management of businesses in
           South Africa

    • Authors: B. Schutte; B. Marx
      Abstract: Information Technology is a dynamic and constantly evolving field which has dramatically changed the way in which businesses operate. Organisations now have to ensure that information technology is incorporated into their risk management processes and the strategies to mitigate those risks.

      This study investigated the role of information technology in risk management processes, focusing on the type of information technology risks and threats that affect organisations. An empirical study of the integrated reports of the top 40 companies listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange was conducted to investigate the information technology risk management disclosure practices. The study was completed in 2016, before the King IV Code of Corporate Governance for South Africa became effective and accordingly, focused only on the King III principles of information technology governance and risk management.

      The study found that companies are mitigating information technology risks and have included information technology into their risk management processes. The results also revealed that awareness of information technology risk may be industry-driven, as companies operating in information technology environments were more likely to be exposed to information technology risk.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • School board members' self-efficacy beliefs about their governance tasks :
           a case study of two districts in Lesotho

    • Authors: S.L. Senekal; M.K. Mhlolo
      Abstract: Although decentralization has led to greater autonomy for school boards [SB]; many of them seem to be ineffective. This paper examined the extent to which SB members perceived their tasks as challenges or as threats. Bandura's self-efficacy theory framed this qualitative study in which 108 participants were purposively sampled. A Skills Confidence Inventory (SCI) was used to collect data. The results from this study show that SB members have moderate to high self-efficacy beliefs in 5 of the 7 roles that were investigated. Further studies should be conducted to determine the responsive levels existing within the school governance environments.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Synergizing technology and health promotion for the prevention of
           tuberculosis

    • Authors: S.C. Srinivas; L.T. Mtolo, T.O. Duxbury K. Bradshaw
      Abstract: With the rapid global increase in the prevalence of tuberculosis, health promotion is crucial to raise communal health awareness. This service-learning health promotion activity aimed to increase awareness of TB amongst school learners in attendance at the 2016 National Science Festival. A computer-based pre- and post-intervention quiz, an educational poster, an interactive word search game, and a take-home information leaflet were utilized in a health promotion exhibit.

      Junior and senior school learners who participated in the exhibit showed significant improvements in their post-educational intervention scores. The exhibit was effective as a preliminary measure in reinforcing health information and raising awareness.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01T00:00:00Z
       
 
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