The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work.

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National Research Foundation rating for Prof. Ansie Fouche

Prof. Ansie Fouché recently received a rating from the National Research Foundation in South Africa. But who is Prof. Ansie and what are her interests?

Prof. Ansie studied Social Work and obtained her first d...Read article

Studying and developing capabilities at work

In his book “Hope after state capture”, Mcebisi Jonas (2019) analysed the economic and political landscape in South Africa. He argues against a system which places politics at the centre of policy-making and implementa...Read article

National Research Foundation Rating for Prof. Jaco Hoffman

Prof. Jaco Hoffman recently received his rating as a researcher from the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa. He was awarded a C1 rating. Jaco is a second generation socio-gerontologist with a focus on sub-Saha...Read article

Sibusiso Mnxuma: My first international research visit

The events leading up to my first international visit were quite testing, as there were problems getting my visa. However, with the support and help I had from my colleagues and a little prayer on my part, I got my visa two days b...Read article

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October 2019

Life course trajectories of family care.

International Journal of Care and Caring

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