n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - - is there a place for cultural ethos and practices at the workplace? African cultural practices and beliefs revisited

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



This article seeks to interrogate and explore whether African ethos and practices have a place at the workplace, more especially in the light of the recent decision in Kievits Kroon Country Estate (Pty) Ltd v Mmoledi and Others. Practices and/or beliefs having a bearing on only three contextual cultural issues or concepts are isolated for this purpose and dealt with in the context of absence from the workplace. The applicable cultural issues in question are cultural and spiritual ailments, family responsibilities and ancestral callings, all of which are reviewed within the broader milieu of culture in the workplace. The article conforms to the following set structural format. Following the introduction, the second part lays the theoretical framework or background to the discussion in which attempt is made in the definition, unpacking and explanation of common cultural practices under discussion. The third part will explain the relevance of those common cultural practices to the workplace. In the fourth part a summary of the current case of Kievits Kroon Country Estate (Pty) Ltd v Mmoledi and Others and the impact thereof are presented. The last part will be constituted by concluding remarks.

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