Jan 27, 2023

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Twist in the tale: know your twisted sister from your koesister

The koeksister and the koesister are “remarkably different,” a new study has found.

Student Rudolph Boraine, from the University of Pretoria (UP), graduated with honors as a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) ab history after she completed a research paper on the controversial history of the popular South African confectionary.

Boraine’s honorary research paper, titled The koeksister: A twisted history?, questioned the sweetness Treat “twisted historical origins” and compared the koeksister (with a “k”) of Dutch/African origin to the koesister (without a “k”) of Cape Malay origin.

His research found that the ingredients Since both were quite similar, the shapes of the two items are strikingly different: the koeksister is braided while the koesister is oblong ) and served as a pastry, while the Cape Malay version has multiple serving options en offers, including a It is a sweet treat, a breakfast item, and during religious festivals.”

Using a comparative methodology, Boraine researched the origins of both versions of the Koeksister using secondary sources as well as recipe books as a form of primary research or alternative archive.

His comparison took into account both the similarities and differences in nomenclature, geographic origin, ingredients, preparation processes, physical forms, serving traditions, as well as the shared context of the two foods.< /p>< p>“These confections have a more contentious, contested, and intertwined cultural history than is commonly believed by historians and the general public,” Boraine said.

His supervisor, Prof. Karen Harris, was impressed by the amount of research that Boraine has undertaken to develop an appropriate hypothesis and a chosen Generous discussion.

“He made excellent use of a range of sources and conducted extensive research using both academic and alternative sources to support this competitive ed history.”

The external reviewer agreed, describing Boraine’s arguments as “convincing”.

“The amount of work that the student put into this research report is certainly commendable. A great strength was the diversity of sources used in compiling this work, demonstrating an openness to combining the results of major mainstream historical scholarship with more popular and less conventional material.”

Twenty-five years old Boraine – who lives with cerebral palsy, which affects the physical functioning of his entire body – graduated from UP with honors for the second time.

In addition to his latest achievement, he was also part of the team that became with was awarded first prize in the History Honors Archive Research Project, which was part of the core modules of the degree.

He also received the 2019 award for the best sophomore history student.

“It is It is my honor to graduate from this remarkable institution for the second time. My journey to graduating with honors has been challenging given that I live with a disability. I had to make a lot of adjustments, e.g. B. Increase the time I had to write my research report and take extra time to complete some tasks because my typing accuracy and communication speed are affected by my disability. said Boraine.

He added that he received valuable support throughout his studies, from a moderator who helped him navigate campus, as well as from the UP Department of History and Studies Heritage Studies, through which he completed his honors degree.

“The staff have always been courteous, friendly, compassionate and understanding. I realized that anything can be achieved with hard work, no matter what physical challenges you may have – if you remain an optimistic student with clear goals, you can achieve anything.”

Boraine encourages his studies of psychology.