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Latest Articles : 2005


This article attempts to bring together issues around sustainable development, tourism and poverty alleviation with reference to sustainable tourism in Nepal. In the first part, it focuses on sustainable development. Background to tourism issues and sustainable development in South Africa and Nepal is provided. Sustainable tourism issues in Nepal are then discussed. The article also includes examples of the use of foreign development aid in Nepal, before turning to consider nature conservatio ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:44:26

After more than a decade of democracy in South Africa, the eyes of the international world remain on South Africa as one of the countries on the continent that can assist in ensuring and maintaining peace, stability and greater prosperity. However, it is impossible to consider South Africa's potential role in this regard without considering the larger context of organised regionalism within which it has to operate. This article therefore examines the role of the Organisation of African Un ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:41:32

The purpose of this article is to reflect on the question whether the South African form of state has developed some distinct federal characteristics since its restructuring and democratisation in April 1994. In order to do this; the author makes some brief comments on his understanding of the concept of the federal state as well as the conceptual framework of federalism. He then continues to analyse the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to determine its formal federal charact ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:38:33

In environmental affairs worldwide, the ideals of access to information, public participation and access to justice are increasingly on the agenda. Within a wider context, these ideals form part of the initiatives aimed at strengthening democracy. This article discusses these three issues with reference to the Aarhus Convention of which they form the main pillars. Attention is focussed on environmental experiences elsewhere, while South African legislation is discussed that enshrine the princ ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:33:20

The South African government has committed itself to the equality of women and, in particular, the implementation of an equality strategy known as gender mainstreaming. Mainstreaming requires the integration of a gender perspective into policy-making programmes. This article examines the case for gender mainstreaming as well as the prerequisites or basic requirements for its effective implementation. Based on these criteria, the second part of the article addresses the extent to which an enab ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:30:39

This article addresses the need to develop the South African public sector employees and the potential benefits this will have for effective service delivery. It considers the issue of developing human resources in the public sector, before discussing in greater detail the country's Human Resource Development Strategy. The strategy is specifically discussed in terms of its potential positive impact on public services. It also focuses on the challenges involved in the relationship between ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:22:17

A strong trend in management strategy in recent years has been the re-organising of institutions into teams. High-performance teams can be successful particularly as a way to achieve institutional objectives more effectively and efficiently. Some activities however, are necessary to build and maintain high-performance teams. This article highlights strategies that may be valuable for team leaders in the public sector in this regard.

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2021-Jun-12 16:18:57

This article contains an overview of the complex network of labour relations dynamics and organizational flow in the new legislative landscape of labour relations. It sketches the hierarchy and protocol of the different protagonists in the labour market and explains the number of principles and influences amidst the myriad of legislative and ad hoc regulatory precepts. It also touches on the impact the general rights of workers and their representative bodies have on the economic forces and h ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:10:02

In a time of efforts to limit the nature and scope of government functions, the scope and practice of disaster management are expanding rapidly. Reasons for this include the increase in the number of natural and technological disasters, the number of people affected and dead and the rising cost associated with disasters. In this descriptive overview of disaster management the concept disaster and related concepts of hazard, risk and vulnerability are clarified. Disasters are classified into n ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:06:47

This article is an enquiry into the public policy response to the South African AIDS epidemic. Since AIDS first appeared in the country in 1982 there have been numerous good policy documents written by successive South African governments - yet the epidemic shows little sign of abating. Successive South African governments have defined the policy problem in different ways: moving from a moralistic to a biomedical approach, the most recent public policy response has been (discursively at least ...

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2021-Jun-12 16:03:24

This article focuses on the challenges associated with those foundational skills that are crucial in the initial phase of writing and submitting a research proposal for masters' and doctoral degrees at universities. A brief outline is provided of the meaning of the concepts "research proposal", "thesis" and "dissertation", as well as of what a research proposal should ideally contain. Problems associated with the contents, writing and presentation of proposal ...

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2021-Jun-12 15:59:44

The throughput rates of postgraduate research students in Public Administration seem to be relatively low, the drop-out rates very high and the quality of postgraduate research rather poor. In an attempt to address this unfortunate situation, this article focuses on the management of the selection process of prospective postgraduate students as well as the supervision of such students. It is proposed that an admission policy be employed, which provides for a period of grace during which maxim ...

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2021-Jun-12 15:54:13