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History as a Central Focus of South African Fiction: A Study of Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy (Published)

Among the popular South African novelists whose novels are read with every seriousness is Peter Abraham. His novels not only entertain but also profusely enlighten. Basically, literature writers are inspired by what happens around them so they mirror societal facts in their works and subtly craft them in a way that such works entertains the reader. However, if the sole aim of the writer in a particular work of art is to entertain, then such work should not be taken very seriously. Works of imagination are usually the author’s weapon to fight certain abnormalities in a given society. This is why it is believed that fiction is a mirror through which a society is seen. Peter Abrahams is one of those who believe that with fiction, certain abnormalities in a society can be addressed thus Mine Boy, albeit seen by some as a journalistic history of the South African society, it is a fiction, whose inspiration was drawn from what happens around the author. The researchers’ interest in this paper is basically to explore the novel and find out how adequately Abrahams has managed his facts in the writing of Mine Boy as to qualify the novel as fiction rather than history.

Citation: Nnyagu, U., Ozoh J. N.  and Onunkwo B.N. (2022) History as a Central Focus of South African Fiction: A Study of Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy, International Journal of African Society, Cultures and Traditions, Vol.10, No.2, pp.39-46

Keywords: Abrahams, Literature, South Africa., fact and fiction, protest literature

Ngos’ Advertising in South Africa and Implications for Ngos in China (Published)

In this paper, we discuss NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and NPOs (Non-Profit Organizations) in general and focus on the advertising strategy NGOs should undertake. More specifically, we compare and contrast the NGO history in South Africa and China, its corresponding past advertising, and implications for advertising strategy for Chinese NGOs going forward.


Keywords: Advertising, China, NGOs, NPOs, South Africa.

Field Evaluation of Dryland Wheat Cultivars for Aluminium Tolerance (Published)

In South Africa particularly Free State Province, most of the soils have a high concentration of Aluminum which adversely affect wheat growth and ultimately yield. This study was conducted to evaluate eighteen dryland wheat cultivars for Aluminum tolerance. Factorial design with four levels of lime regime (0, 1.6, 3.3 and 4.1 ton ha-1) was employed in three localities of Bethlehem, Ficksburg and Betania situated in the Free State province. Analysis of Variance was performed with data generated from these localities. A highly significant difference (P<0.05) was obtained among wheat cultivars for yield, hectoliter mass, protein content and falling number. Different liming rates, localities and interaction of cultivar and localities showed a highly differences for yield, hectolitre mass, protein content and falling number. No significant difference was found in the interaction of cultivar and liming rate, and cultivar interaction with liming rate and localities. Gariep, Limpopo and Elands out-yielded other wheat cultivars in grain yield, hectolitre mass, protein content and falling number and can be selected to be grown under Al stressed environment. Ficksburg locality showed a good performance in all parameters studied, followed by Bethlehem and lastly Betania with very low performance.

Keywords: Aluminum tolerance, South Africa., liming rates, wheat cultivars