Africa: Economic, Political and Social Issues


David Murphy and Ethan Mason (Editors)

Series: African Studies
BISAC: POL053000

Africa: Economic, Political and Social Issues opens with a study wherein four research questions are addressed using the structural functionalist approach to the study of family, drawing from the views of Durkheim, Radcliffe-brown and Fortes.

A comparative analysis of social protection for older persons in Eswatini and Lesotho, countries located in Southern Africa, is provided.

The authors discuss the relevance of socio-economic rights in Kwazulu- Natal, particularly how the state should fulfil its constitutional mandate to provide the citizens of the province with access to healthcare services.

The ambiguous relationship between Swaziland as British-protected territory and Britain in the period from 1903 to 1968 ius also explored, hightlighting how the Swazi traditional authority endeavoured to protect its power and the sovereignty of the nation through British protection in 1884.

Approximately 15% of the world production of titanium dioxide is mined in South Africa, and over 60% of this is recovered from heavy, mineral-rich Cenozoic Age dune sand deposits on the eastern coastline. As such, the authors conduct a microprobe analysis of 455 rutile grains from these sediments.

The role and influence of the wildlife economy in KwaZulu-Natal is explored through a decade-long study of the wildlife sector in South Africa.

The concluding study uses bivariate scatterplots and correlations analysis to elucidate the hydrogeochemical controls of salinity in typical circumneutral coalmine groundwater.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Sons and Patrifiliation among the Matrilineal Fantse of Ghana
(Alex J. Wilson, PhD, Centre for African and International Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

Chapter 2. Social Protection for Older Persons in Two Southern African Countries: A Social Work Perspective
(Jotham Dhemba and Lungile Mabundza, University of Eswatini, Kwaluseni, Eswatini, Africa)

Chapter 3. Realising Socio-Economic Rights: A Closer Look at Healthcare Issues in Kwazulu- Natal
(Mafuku Tholaine Matadi, Department of Law, University of Zululand, KwaDlangeZwa, Kwazulu- Natal, South Africa)

Chapter 4. A Colony or Protectorate: The Ambiguities of Swaziland’s Colonial Relations with Britain and their implications, 1903-1968.
(Shokahle R. Dlamini, Department of History, University of Eswatini, Matsapha, Eswatini, Africa)

Chapter 5. Mineral Chemistry of Detrital Rutile from the Kwabonambi and Sibaya Formations (Maputuland Group) of Northern Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
(J. N. Dunlevey, Department of Geology and Mining, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa)

Chapter 6. Wildlife Economy and Its Significance in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
(Tariro Kamuti, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Global Risk Governance Programme, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)

Chapter 7. Hydrogeochemical Controls of Salinity in Acid Mine Drainage Buffered Circumneutral Coalmine Groundwater
(M. Gomo, Institute for Groundwater Studies, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)


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