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01 Vidyo - Installation from website

 Installation of Vidyo
Posted on 12/12/2017 15:24:36

Call for papers : A Colllection on the meaning of transformation in South Africacial

CALL FOR PAPERS Quality Transformation – Meaning and Evaluation Edited by Alon Serper and Keyan Tomaselli The aim of the collection is to produce a clear, concrete and meaningful definition of the terms ‘transformation’ and ‘quality transformation’ by way of an interdisciplinary, dialectical and critical engagement with and enquiry into the meanings of these terms by different authors from various disciplines, universities and areas of practice. Authors from different disciplines, universities and areas of practice inquire into the concrete meanings of the terms ‘transformation’ and ‘quality transformation’. These authors include economists, natural and life scientists, sociologists, psychologists, environmentalists, anthropologists, innovators, politicians, philosophers, development study experts, human rights experts, educators, historians, political scientists and lawyers from the academy and different organisations. They reflect on their fields and their practice in it, and account for what these terms mean to them, how they think these terms should be approached, conceptualised, studied, evaluated and summoned up, and how these terms have been engaged with in their disciplines and in general. The authors also account for what these terms do not mean for them, and how these terms should not be approached, studied, assessed and summoned up. They look at the hindrances and mistakes that have been done in their fields and disciplines in regard to transformation and quality transformation, and how they can amend and solve them. They produce insights for public dialogue, debate and discussion on and methodological engagement with the type of transformation South Africa and the world need and how to achieve it, and what should and should not be done for the construction of a constructive and quality transformation in South Africa and elsewhere. The main rationale for producing this collection is that the linguistic term ‘transformation’ has become manipulated, overused, confused, abstracted, and non-problematised in South Africa. It was turned into an empty abstraction, at best, and a void and meaningless linguistic utterance and sign, at worst. The word ‘transformation’ is mentioned and reiterated repeatedly in public meetings and speeches, political discourse, and meetings between administrators and management and their staff and employees until it lost real meaning. The collection aims to address and amend this situation by critically engaging with, problematising, deconstructing, debating and reconstructing the terms ‘transformation’ and ‘quality transformation’ and producing real, concrete, meaningful and focused meanings into them and definitions of them. Required length: 5000 to 12000 words For more details please emails Alon.Serper@Nmmu.ac.za Please send abstracts and drafts to Alon Serper at Alon.Serper@Nmmu.ac.za
Posted on 10/07/2016 13:40:32

Questions on transformation

Apartheid entailed rules, laws, policies and ways of lives that ensured and secured the minority rule and domination of the whites over the non-whites for economic and domination reasons. It aimed to secure the ‘superiority’ and domination of the whites over the blacks and to preserve the inferiority, degradation and dependency of the non-whites by the whites in all spheres of life and practices. For centuries of colonialism, and particularly during the five decades of apartheid, whites benefited from considerable preference, preferential treatment and superior conditions, services and funding in all spheres and areas of life than the non-whites who were meant to serve the whites.
Posted on 04/07/2016 11:15:24

Applied socio-economics

I would like to share with you something that my life partner and I working on.
Posted on 04/11/2015 09:59:21

Settinng up an ethical publishing endeavour and education

I received a license to publish and be an independent branch of Trébol Press in SA, an ethical publisher. I have three ideas Literacy promotion and improvement and democratization through promotion and development of African languages: i. creating a catalog of classic books and text books written in local languages ii. working with South Africans on publishing their embodied, knowledge, life and living experiences, ontology etc. iii. translations of African languages Authors will bear no expense whatsoever, will retain copyright, and get 50% of the profits, and close mentoring and support
Posted on 05/10/2015 18:16:03

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African Languages

Hello. I need some help if you are from anywhere in Africa. In your language do you have a phrase that means"Bravely finding a new way forward"or something similar.  
Posted on 24/10/2017 11:54:57


 Hallo,I would like to congratulate our President of the SRC. I hope the President in her term will make an effort to connect with part-time students like us. In my years as a part time student, I have not had a feeling that these important community is viewed as part of the university popul...
Posted on 03/02/2015 09:52:21

Purchasing of Tablets/Laptops with Nfas book allowance

The move to allow students to use their book allowance to purchase laptops and tablets is great. however the products on offer from van schaik (george campus) is not of great quality and overpriced. we can only buy product from approved vendors or rather vendors listed on the merchant list a...
Posted on 03/07/2014 11:00:33

RE:AcerEdu discounts

This reply is from Jacques Wessells, Facilities Planner, ICT Services.Both the Acer and Lenovo prices and products to students are the result of the ASAUDIT working group for student laptops and supported by the PURCO group. In short ASAUDIT is a standalone organisation made up of all participati...
Posted on 15/02/2012 13:16:35

AcerEdu discounts

Is anyone else not impressed at all by the AcerEdu discounts? Every notebook for sale can be purchased either for less (R1600 less in the case of the most expensive model) or at very similar prices from major online retailers in SA. The bundled Windows 7 Professional and Office 2010 Professional ...
Posted on 10/02/2012 11:23:19


The gym at 2nd ave was managed by the Sport Management staff and students (academic programme) The swimming pool was never part of the gym. We as sport management did however agree to keep an eye on the pool in terms of who was using it etc. The maintenanvce and upkeep of the pool was - and...
Posted on 27/01/2012 14:58:22


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