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    An exploratory study on mentoring in the South African construction industry

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    Abstract: Mentoring is important for all young employees entering the workplace. Despite the growing research on both sets of individuals, mentors and proteges, mentoring from the perspective of the organizational remains comparatively under reported. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of mentoring in the construction industry.Further more it will identify the drawbacks, benefits and examine future prospects of formal mentoring in medium sized and large organisations in South African construction industy. The paper focuses on how organisations view mentoring. The study was mainly a literature review with a special focus on formal mentoring. The data used in the report was mainly qualitative, based on the, case studies and historical data. The review is into formal mentoring of young employees entering the work place. The scope of this review is confined to the literature that discusses formal mentoring internal to the workplace which support on and off job learning. The results revealed the organisation current situation and the issues that are important to the HR function. Mentoring is primarily used to transfer tacit knowledge from those near retirement to younger employees, foster the personel development and create well being at work. Career advancement and work performance are not as impotant as might have been thought. Young employees, in particular may demand the use of social media, along side mentoring

    Physics 1B

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    Exam paper for second semester: National Diploma (Biomedical Technology

    Belasting 300

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    Exam paper for second semeste

    The good, the true, and the beautiful : toward a unified account of great meaning in life

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    Three of the great sources of meaning in life are the good, the true, and the beautiful, and I aim to make headway on the grand Enlightenment project of ascertaining what, if anything, they have in common. Concretely, if we take a (stereotypical) Mother Teresa, Mandela, Darwin, Einstein, Dostoyevsky, and Picasso, what might they share that makes it apt to deem their lives to have truly mattered? I provide reason to doubt two influential answers, noting a common flaw that supernaturalism and consequentialism share. I instead develop their most plausible rival, a naturalist and non-consequentialist account of what enables moral achievement, intellectual reflection, and aesthetic creation to confer great meaning on a person’s life, namely, the idea that they do so insofar as a person transcends an aspect of herself in some substantial way. I criticize several self-transcendence theories that contemporary philosophers have advanced, before presenting a new self-transcendence view and defending it as the most promising

    Liner shipping cascading effect on Southern African Development Community port strategies

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    Abstract: Background: The cascading effect in the liner shipping industry has forced the ply of larger ships to Southern African Development Community (SADC) ports. This requires these ports to revise their strategic development to accommodate the resulting shifts in cargo flows to and from these strategic ports in conjunction with hinterland corridor development. Objectives: The purpose of this research was to understand the changing landscape of strategic SADC ports and develop future strategies with regard to liner shipping services. The main objective was to assess the future development needs of the SADC port system in relation to the cascading effect in liner shipping, linked to the development of hinterland corridors, identifying the limitations and opportunities of each port. Method: Descripto-exploratory research and analysis of secondary data were used. An extensive research of 552 sources (journal articles, research reports, books, newspaper and magazine articles and webpages) dating mostly from the year 2000 onwards were analysed. Results: Durban will remain the preferred container hub port for the foreseeable future if the port can increase its capacity and offer superior customer service in relation to competing ports in the region, such as Maputo, Walvis Bay and Ngqura. Durban is well adapted to accommodate the port and landside requirements resulting from the cascading effect. This is most evident in the depth of the port and port-side handling equipment. The findings confirm that the success of other SADC ports and corridors are subject to regional cooperation and integration without which the dominance of the port of Durban and the Maputo and North–South corridors will continue. Conclusion: The findings of the research indicate that Durban is ideally suited to develop further as a container hub port for the SADC region. This development is subject to a more competitive port landscape in the region as other ports such as Maputo, Walvis Bay and Ngqura improve their liner shipping service offering

    Political economy of trade with the European Union : South Africa’s pursuit of narrow self-interest

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    Abstract: This paper explores how South Africa fits into the regional pattern of trade and what a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) meant for South Africa’s regional trading partners. The trade agreement provides an illustration of this facet of South Africa’s foreign policy with a particular consideration for how this has affected SACU and the SADC region. It clearly demonstrates an instance when South Africa opted to negotiate with a major global economy without taking into consideration its SADC partners, choosing to “go it alone” instead. This is an interesting scenario as it demonstrates South Africa’s potential to act in isolation – independently from its region. It puts into question South Africa’s need to bring its region along with it to the negotiation table. At the same time, however the tensions that have emerged in the region, among SADC members, about this very position, have been difficult for South Africa to manage. As such this is a scenario of South Africa acting alone highlighting its pursuit of narrow national interests and the resulting repercussions for its regional partners. The primary research question in relation to this instance is the extent to which the SADC region was a constraint or an opportunity for South Africa during these Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) negotiations. The paper begins with a brief account of the reasons for the selection of this external relations example which is followed by a short description of the economic constraints of South Africa. A detailed synopsis of the main events relating to the South Africa/EU trade negotiations from 1995 to 2008 is then presented, before this process is analysed in relation to objectives and..

    Cost and Financial Management 1B

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    Exam paper (last assessment opportunity) for second semester 201

    Meta-synthesis on learners’ experience of aggression in secondary schools in South Africa

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    This meta-synthesis is on research conducted by different researchers in a team research project on learners’ experience of aggression in secondary schools in South Africa. The objective was to obtain a broader understanding of their experience of aggression in different contexts in South Africa, as well as possible ways to assist learners to address the experienced aggression. Eleven completed research projects were purposively sampled. Data were collected utilising the following headings: objectives, sampling, research design, research method, and research results, and guidelines. At the end of the meta- synthesis process the results are described, with supporting direct quotations from participants and a literature control. Guidelines for learners to cope with aggression are described

    Accounting 2B

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