Tawanda Sydesky Nyawasha's research while affiliated with University of Limpopo and other places

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South Africa’s 2019 elections, like others before, will be remembered for the historical significancearound the ANC ruling party’s sharp decline in polls, the surging and re-emergence of theideologically extreme parties, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Freedom Front Plus(VF+). This election, for the first time since the rebranding of th...
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In this article, I examine the state of knowledge construction within the South African academe. This, I do by looking at how issues of epistemology and ontology are prioritised or negated in the social construction of knowledge. Focusing on what I have called ‘the problem of perspectives’, I show how ‘epistemological narcissism’ has often limited...
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In this article, I discuss how the use of violence has become a mechanism for mostly poor citizens in contemporary South Africa to contest the moral functioning of government and state institutions. More essentially, the article locates the place of violence within the broader state-society relationship. I argue that this interaction between the st...
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Based on the Afrocentric perspective, the central thesis of this paper is that if the African National Congress (ANC) is to evade the wrath of coalition politics in the near future (year 2019); it needs more than its traditional support base and appeals for liberation rhetoric. Like other liberation movements cum ruling political parties in Souther...
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This article is a study of democratic policing in contemporary South Africa. The attempt in this article is to offer a scholarly analysis on the nature of civil policing in South Africa. Empirically, our focus is on everyday observations and also public discourse shaped and transmitted within the civil and political realms of the broader South Afri...
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This article uses African critical theory (also known as Afrocentricity) to appraise US-Kenya inter-state relations. It does this first by contemporaneously historicising the relationship between the two countries and also looking at the current state of the US-Kenyan affair. Largely, the study carries a historical sensibility as it traces the rela...
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This article is an attempt to reflect on nationalist politics and its accompanying political imaginations in South Africa, in the process questioning the assertion of a single ‘rainbow nation’, by locating the ways in which community is imagined in post-apartheid South Africa. It looks at the ‘other’ South Africa, which has yet to realise the gains...
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Children community radio programmes are among the very few programmes in Southern Africa that seek to raise HIV/AIDS knowledge and awareness on children. These programmes are designed to enable children to learn useful life skills as well as contribute to broader public awareness on issues facing Southern African children in the context of poverty...
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South Africa has put in place policies to curb the HIV and AIDS pandemic and adopted the multi-sectoral approach to effectively implement the policies and manage the scourge in terms of prevention, treatment, care and support. However, the implementation of the policies has been hampered by lack of human capacity. This article focuses on the result...
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In this study, we assessed the relevance and effectiveness of radio broadcasting as a strategy that facilitates the adoption and use of safer sexual practices among students at a South African university. Based on ethnographic data, the article highlights that the essential and critical contribution of campus radio lies in its ability to create a s...
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Zimbabwe has adopted a comprehensive response to the needs and challenges of orphaned children. The support for orphaned children has seen the collaboration and synergy between government, non-governmental agencies and communities. This article focuses on the results of an evaluation conducted to assess the effectiveness of the cash transfer initia...
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This study assessed the different psychosocial and empowerment interventions offered provided to orphans and vulnerable children in a peri-urban district of Zimbabwe. A qualitative design was adopted with the aim of documenting and capturing the views and narratives of the participants. Data was collected through focus-group discussions and persona...
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Although neighbourhood social capital is considered useful and beneficial for individual health, supporting evidence in South Africa is very scant and thin. Against this backdrop, this study assessed the association between neighborhood social structure as a source or dimension of social capital and HIV/AIDS prevention. The purpose of the study was...
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This study recognises the importance of social capital in community health interventions. It presents the results of a qualitative study exploring the role of community-level social capital in creating and facilitating pathways through which HIV/AIDS infection can be prevented and mitigated. Drawing on ethnographic narratives of the participants ca...

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... Moreover, they do not even write papers of their own and invite their potential emerging supervisees as co-authors to show their confidence in the young researchers. This article contends that such interaction should happen, since scholarship is all about knowledge production, motivation of young emerging scholars, and the contestation of ideas (Nyawasha 2020). There is no doubt that all of these combined challenges jeopardise the future of young emerging scientists and prevent them from enhancing their research skills and publishing in high-impact journals; an undesirable situation that jeopardises their careers, since they are without any knowledge of research and publishing. ...
... While Nyawasha (2012) made a general position about the positive relationship of HSCT programming and child welfare, this study further noted and argues that orphans who participated in HSCT got access to money to meet their basic needs including food, clothes educational related complimentary such as stationery and school uniforms. Whilst Nyawasha (2012) observed that 68 per cent of the participants in a study had indicated that the HSCT program significantly impacted in helping address the socio-economic challenges faced by orphaned children. This study noted holistic improvement in orphaned children's welfare transforming from being beggars of food to enrolling on schools. ...
... While this confusion is loud in his current paper, one wonders as to what might have gone wrong with his mind. Nyawasha has previously co-published no less than two papers in the Journal of Public Affairs and Commonwealth Youth and Development, both of which were underpinned by the theory of Afrocentricity (Shai & Nyawasha, 2016;Shai, Nyawasha & Ndaguba, 2018). He also co-supervises revolutionary doctoral students whose research work are also foregrounded in Afrocentricity. ...
... Thematic Content Analysis (TCA) was employed as a tool for data analysis. It involves observing, identifying and creating themes and subthemes developing from the data collected (Nyawasha, 2012). Braun and Clarke (2006) also notes that TCA is a qualitative data analysis used in identifying, analysing and reporting patterns in the data. ...
... When children lose their parents and enter orphanage care, they suffer a series of bereavements (Atwine et al., 2005;Evangelou et al., 2009;Nyawasha and Chipunza, 2012). For instance, Larose et al. (2005), Beek and Schofield (2004), Van Dyk (2007) and REPSSI (2016) established that social conditions related to orphan hood influence the psychological wellbeing of children with regard to their need to make new and rapid social and psychological adjustments. ...
... Given the official abolition of white minority rule in the 1990s, songs like Senzeni Na? can be argued by some to be irrelevant. This is an intellectually lazy argument though as events like the Marikana massacre, which is a post-1994 event, reinforce the continued relevance of this song (Nyawasha & Mokhahlane, 2017). Those who were killed during the massacre were all Blacks, reflecting that at all times when Blacks are brutalised, it is not necessarily because of their skin colour but their socio-economic status (Muswede, 2017). ...
... One of the central analytical questions in our paper has to do with not just the provision of decolonised education but quality education which enhances competing skills among young black South Africans. According to Nyawasha (2016), notwithstanding all the promises and hopes that democracy and modernity have come to be associated with, political modernity for the poor living in the 'other South Africa' has not resulted in economic liberation and emancipation together with quality education. Interestingly, at the peak of the #FeesMustFall protests, thousands of students across different universities in the country carried placards saying 'Asinamali' (we don't have money) and 'Free Education Wanted', in a passionate appeal for funding and protest over a proposed 10 per cent tuition fee increase. ...
... It can directly attain those who might not have access to health information and facilities due to cost or distance and, most notably, it is an interactive medium encouraging constant dialogue and discussion even after the broadcast. These discussions are often associated with a change in attitude and behaviour, as stressed Nyawasha (2015) in a study that assessed the relevance and effectiveness of radio broadcasting as a strategy facilitating the adoption and use of safer sexual practices among students at a South African university. The paper assessed the relationship between exposure to radio broadcasting messages and the adoption of safer sexual practices suggesting that broadcasting in the university could be instrumental in promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and education. ...