Archive for April, 2008

Slice of Life by Quraisha Daya

April 22, 2008

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Editorial- The end of a credible South Africa

April 21, 2008

Editorial
The end of a credible South Africa

       by Azad Essa

Indeed, the imagery of a nation that narrowly avoided bloodshed through tactical Gandhiism by all sides are what make up bedtime stories in troubled places as far afield as Kashmir and Armenia.  In fact, no matter how hard Manto tried to match perceptions of South Africa’s intellectual capacity with those preconceived, dangerous, and racist stereotypes of Africans with the help of her beetroot fantasies, and no matter how many times the media has showcased Zuma publicly exposing his medialized macho Zulu ego, and belief in shower cure-alls across the globe, South Africa’s hold on the moral high ground was secure. Until last week, that is..

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/CR13992.aspx

 

Undressing Durban

April 21, 2008
 

Book Review
Hats off to Reflexive Sociological Texts: Undressing Durban (2007)
          by Shafinaaz Hassim

Edited by Rob Pattman and Sultan Khan, both lecturers in Sociology at UKZN, the collection of essays allows the reader a guided tour behind the scenes of Durban’s tourist façade in order to reach beyond the one-dimensional lure of tourist-getaway brochures.’Undressing Durban’ effectively undresses Durban as a metaphor of SA-tourism in order to uncover the theatres of challenge within the city

 

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/UD13990.aspx

 

 

 

Italian Social Cooperatives

April 21, 2008

Labour
Italian Social Cooperatives
       by Sabeeha Maithir

The mammoth task of poverty alleviation places much strain on governments around the world. In Italy, it has been found that cooperatives brought relief to the financial strain on the national system of social welfare. Like South Africa, Italy had rather high unemployment rates. Cooperatives were developed to supply welfare services to the economically weaker layers of society. The primary objective of the Italian Social Cooperative is to facilitate integration of the disadvantaged back into society, through job creation

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/Ita13989.aspx

The Basic Income Grant

April 21, 2008

Society
The Basic Income Grant: An extensive engagement with poverty alleviation tactics and challenges
      by Siyanda Nombika

While the Basic Income Grant has not been implemented, because it has not yet been granted approval by government, the civil society organizations view the B.I.G. as a potential future positive contributor towards poverty alleviation and they are calling for its introduction. However, even though contribution towards poverty alleviation is anticipated, some of the features and potential impact of the B.I.G. remains unchallenged, thus leaving unpacked realities which make it unclear as to whether the B.I.G. will lessen poverty or create undesirable consequences

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/big13988.aspx

Skills development or Labour Exploitation?

April 21, 2008

Labour
Student Employment at University: Skills development or Labour Exploitation?
      by Brian Zondo

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/Ap13813.aspx

Slice of Life by Quraisha Daya

April 9, 2008

Editorial- South Africa is not immune to food riots

April 8, 2008

Editorial

South Africa is not immune to food riots

      By Azad Essa

 

The latest fad doing the rounds these days: hints on how cash strapped South Africans ought to save, well, cash. In these particularly harsh economic times where $1 will buy you up to three loafs of bread in Harare, but just one loaf and perhaps a couple of chappie bubble gum in Durban – even Black Economic Empowerment candidates have asked their rock star wives to take it easy on the SUV pedals. So has the meltdown finally begun?

 

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/azf13818.aspx

 

 

 

Eleventh Time of the Writer Fest

April 8, 2008

Culture
Writers imagining another world at the Time of the Writer Festival
by
Ashshema Hosany

 

Serving as a cultural marker of our times, the now well-acclaimed Time of the Writer 2008 Festival was hosted by the city of Durban on the 25th to the 30th March.

 

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/tw13814.aspx

The Power of Food and Fuel

April 8, 2008
Africa
The Power of Food and Fuel
   by Shafinaaz Hassim
On a recent trip to Malawi the social scientist in me could not help but notice how far advanced the country was in relation to South Africa in terms of power failures, regal fuel prices and ludicrous inflation rates. And, with wry abandonment, I quickly realised the folly of not taking into consideration that we might be following in hot pursuit of such trends.  

 http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/SHH13816.aspx