NWU research looks at the experiences of unemployment

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:14

NWU research looks at the experiences of unemployment

Three PhD students from the Optentia research focus area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently invited role players from the community to join them around the boardroom table to discuss the very real problem of unemployment. 

Melinda du Toit, Leoni van der Vaart and Rachele Paver each had the opportunity to take role players on a short journey through their respective part of this study which looks at the experiences of unemployed South Africans, elements that contribute to it and possible interventions that may remedy the problem.

The role players include community leaders, representatives from local and provincial government, academics and small businesses. These role players form the Unemployment Advisory Board which is a vital part of the research endeavour. It unites members from the community and serves to gather their insights about unemployment.

Melinda du Toit   Leoni van der Vaart   Rachelle Paver

Melinda du Toit, Leoni van der Vaart and Rachelle Paver sharing their findings thus far with the delegates in attendance.

Also in attendance on the day were their study promoters from the Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium, Prof Hans de Witte and Prof Anje van den Broeck. Since the study is part of a joint PhD between the KU Leuven and the NWU, their co-promoter, Prof Ian Rothman from Optentia, also attended the day to review their presentations on the progress of the project.

Melinda is the qualitative researcher on the project while Leoni takes on existing literature and the quantitative side of the research. Rachele is looking into creating a new intervention to remedy the current situation, or adjusting an existing intervention in order to provide some kind of a programme that may lead to a solution, minimise the problem or at least benefit the unemployed.

The three students are expected to hand in their completed studies by the end of the year.