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Community caregivers' perspectives of community well-being in a mining community

Vicki Koen, Elizabeth Hermina Ryke, Martha Jacoba Watson, Elize Sonja Van Eeden
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 22 | a1061 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v22i0.1061 | © 2018 Vicki Koen, Elizabeth Hermina Ryke, Martha Jacoba Watson, Elize Sonja Van Eeden | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 January 2018 | Published: 15 December 2017

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Vicki Koen, School of Nursing Science, North-West University, South Africa
Elizabeth Hermina Ryke, Social Work, North-West University, South Africa
Martha Jacoba Watson, Nursing, North-West University, South Africa
Elize Sonja Van Eeden, History, North-West University, South Africa

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Mining communities throughout the Southern African Development Community are faced with numerous challenges impacting on their wellbeing. As part of an integrative multidisciplinary research project, this study sought to explore aspects that affect community wellbeing in the informal Bekkersdal mining community in South Africa from the perspective of local community caregivers. An explorative-descriptive qualitative study including 22 mainly female (91%) participants who were purposively sampled was conducted. As part of data collection, participants answered a series of open-ended questions in a questionnaire and kept journals. Thematic analysis was used to analyze that data. The results indicate aspects that either promote (contribute to) or hinder community wellbeing.


Community wellbeing; Community caregivers; Integrative multidisciplinary; research; Mining community; Wellbeing


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