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The Sting of the Queen Bee is rooted in Toxic Masculinity

by MANCOSA academics Dr Claudine Hingston and Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh In a culture that equates masculinity with physical power, some men and boys feel they are failing at “being a man”. Hence, they adopt “toxic masculinity” whereby they suppress emotions or mask distress; maintain an appearance of hardness; and resort to violence, domination and aggression…

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Why are there so few women in senior academic positions in South Africa when there are more female graduates than men?

By Dr Claudine Hingston and Mrs Thandeka Dlamini  From statistics drawn from various sources, the percentage of women in academic senior/managerial positions in South African universities is significantly small as compared to men. The top academic echelon in most South African universities is dominated by men, despite there being more female graduates than males. What…

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Equal Education? – A Conundrum in South African Education

by Nageshwari Pam Moodley, Academic at MANCOSA School of Education “South Africa today is the most unequal country in in the world. The richest 10% of South Africans lay claim to 65% of national income and 90% of national wealth. Two decades after apartheid, the life chances of the average South African child is determined…

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Likely impact of 4IR on Business Studies Teacher Education programmes

There is little doubt that the curriculum for teacher education at MANCOSA will be in a constant state of change over the next three to five years as disruptive technologies gain momentum through social and business media. During the 1990’s, Professor Christensen of Harvard Business School coined the phrase ‘disruptive technology’ referring to any new…

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Islands in Education

The African Proverb – “It takes a village to raise a child”, reigns true as it did back then. We all know and understand the value of this proverb but we as humanity have long shifted from this practice. The ideology of “SELF” having crept into our education system, seeping its way into our school…

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Queen bees muscle out other women in the workplace

Queen Bees of the human kind are undoing the gains of gender equality in the workplace. The Queen Bee Syndrome is one in which a woman in a position of authority views or treats subordinates more critically if they are female, while favouring males when it comes to promotion. In nature the Queen Bee is…

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How reading can alleviate anxiety in teenagers

by Michelle Naudé, MANCOSA School of Education As always, Maya Angelou says it best: “If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young”. With anxiety levels among adolescents climbing steadily as we…

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Nonhlanhla shows determination can overcome any of life’s battles

20 November 2019   Failure was not an option for Nonhlanhla Dorcas Mbongwa, 43, who defied a rare medical condition to pursue a BCom degree in IT Management which she passed with 11 distinctions. The mother of two from Newlands West, Durban, was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia – which manifests in intense facial pain –…

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Discrimination in the workforce due to HIV/ AIDS disclosure is still rife

The HIV/AIDS pandemic is still having a profound impact on businesses in South Africa. Discrimination against individuals with HIV infections in the workplace still prevails. Employees living with HIV/AIDS are unable to continue working under normal conditions in their current employment for as long as they are medically fit to do so. Constructive dismissal occurs…

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Why our fuel price goes up, down, up, down

12 November 2019   Like a yo-yo, fuel prices keep going up and down. In June 2019 unleaded 93 octane petrol cost R16.57 a litre. Then in July the price decreased to R15.61. In August the petrol price went up to R15.72. In September it went up to R15.83. In October it dropped to R15.79….

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Moody’s downgrading calls for prudent management of personal finances

05 November 2019   South Africans are urged to take stock of their personal finances and better manage personal expenses following the downgrading of SA’s credit rating by Moody from “stable” to “negative” on Friday 1 November. South Africans must improve personal expenditure to stimulate the wheels of the economy, says Jithendra Maharaj, finance and…

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Aspire towards a society “Beyond the prison house of race”

28 October 2019 Now, more than ever before, South Africa needs non-racialism and selfless service to combat the threats of racist populism and corruption that has engulfed the nation, said Durban historian and author, Professor Goolam Vahed. Delivering the sixth annual Dr Chota Motala Memorial Lecture hosted by MANCOSA, Vahed said Pietermaritzburg political activist Dr…

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