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127897The Influence of Filmic Representations on Narratives of Place and Tourist Destination Image: Johannesburg, South AfricaJohannes Hermanus Engelbrecht2022The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of popular media representations, specifically film and television, on narratives of place and tourist destination image. The argument is based on the premise that popular media representations of potential tourist destinations, through wide dissemination and use, construct and sustain specific expectations and perceptions in potential tourists. This may ultimately influence motivational indicators for travel to or deterrents from travel to a specific destination. The dissertation reflects on various aspects in films, at destinations, and inherent to audiences that can have an influence on location filming, film tourism and filmic destination marketing. It further explores certain infrastructural arrangements that make location filming, film tourism and filmic destination possible. These aspects are first examined through international examples, then related to a South African context and finally to specific filmic representations of Johannesburg in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and by Director Neill Blomkamp between 2009 and 2018.University of PretoriaDissertationN4FUYHAX2DSF-245590710-1052022/07/14 17:40:53THE INFLUENCE OF FILMIC REPRESENTATIONS ON NARRATIVES OF PLACE AND TOURIST DESTINATION IMAGE: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Submitted as requirement for the degree http://sp19prd01:8100/ResearchRepo/Shared Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
127898The Role of Tourism in Local Debates on Contested Heritage: A Case Study of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South AfricaNhlanhla Lucky Nkobi2022From the advent of democracy in South Africa, colonial and apartheid-era heritage has been a source of on-going robust debates as this nation state grapples with the question of national identity and collective remembrance. In line with the Constitution‟s aspiration for a South African society that is “united in diversity”, the democratic government has been adamant that the question of national identity must be tackled within the ambit of “reconciliation”, “social cohesion” and “nation-building”. Drawing on the case study of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, this investigation highlights the evolution of the meaning of contested heritage from the colonial period, through the apartheid era, up until the democratic dispensation.University of PretoriaDissertationN4FUYHAX2DSF-245590710-1062022/07/20 12:23:30THE ROLE OF TOURISM IN LOCAL DEBATES ON CONTESTED HERITAGE: A CASE STUDY OF DURBAN, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA Submitted as requirement for the degree To all of those who have http://sp19prd01:8100/ResearchRepo/Shared Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf
128058Enabling small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) survival and growth during post covid-192022The interim report provides the context of the study focusing on enabling small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) survival and growth during and post the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that has had devastating impacts on SMMEs that have high levels of vulnerabilities associated with the lack of resources and capacity to respond to disruptions. The aim, objectives and research questions are presented. In relation to the rationale and purpose of the research, the importance of SMMEs generally and tourism SMMEs in the South African context is highlighted. Specifically, SMMEs are deemed to be critical to driving entrepreneurship and innovation, economic development and job creation. Supporting tourism SMMEs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic is not only important for socio-economic development, but is central to ensuring that the tourism sector is on pathways to recovery, sustainability and future resiliency.University of KwaZulu-NatalReportN4FUYHAX2DSF-245590710-97http://sp19prd01:8100/ResearchRepo/SeminarDocs/UKZN_%20enabling%20SMME%20survival%20and%20growth%20during%20_post%20COVID19.pdf?csf=1&e=gbgHR9Presentation2022/06/20 11:01:30FINAL REPORT ENABLING SMALL, MEDIUM AND MICRO ENTERPRISES (SMMES) SURVIVAL AND GROWTH DURING/ POST COVID-19 DEFINITIONS Entrepreneurship: setting up a business or businesses http://sp19prd01:8100/ResearchRepo/Shared Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxpdfFalsepdf