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Journal of Consumer Sciences

The Journal of Consumer Sciences is an official publication of the South African Association of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences (SAAFECS).

Prof. Corrie du Preez, from the University of Zululand was appointed Editor of the Journal of Consumer Sciences, hosted by African Journals Online, at the Annual General Meeting held on 12 May 2022. Prof. Du Preez takes over from Prof. E Kempen who served as editor for several years. For more information on the scope of the journal and author guidelines refer to the journal website www.ajol.info/index.php/jfecs.

Enquiries and articles for consideration for publication can be sent to JournalConsumerScience@gmail.com.

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The Journal of Consumer Sciences (JCS) publishes articles that focus on consumer experiences in different places and from different perspectives and methodological positions. The journal will consider research from within the fields of consumer studies, consumer science, home economics, family studies, consumer education, consumer rights and consumer behaviour.  We also consider household and/or individual food security to be a facet of food consumerism and hence those working in this field should consider publishing in this journal. The journal also welcomes current consumer-related research that examines the impact of environmental, community and sustainability issues.

The journal is published through African Journals Online at Journal of Consumer Sciences – African Journals Online

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Journal of Consumer Sciences – Vol 49 (2021)

Harnessing education through entrepreneurship in consumer studies to address youth unemployment in South Africa.

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Inpatients’ perspective of foodservice quality in selected public hospitals of South Africa’s Gauteng province: a gender comparison.

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ME Letsoalo, LJ Ncube

Contextualized interpretation of food (in) security by rural youth in KwaZulu-Natal.

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T Kheswa, U Kolanisi, M Siwela

Statistical modelling of key body dimensions in developing a size chart for the full-figured, pear-shaped South African women.

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O Ola-Afolayan, PE Zwane, A Mastamet-Mason

Effects of the four realms of experience and pleasurable experiences on consumer intention to patronise pop-up stores.

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E Cassel, B Jacobs, M Graham

Sustainable packaging materials for processed fruits and vegetables in East Africa: A case study of Nairobi, Kenya.

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C Chen, GO Abong, S Hartwig, G Keding

Special Edition. Food and nutrition challenges in Southern Africa. Vol 6 (2021)

Evaluation research on the food security programme effectiveness towards managing food insecurity at a South African university.
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SC Sabi

U Kolanisi

D Naidoo

M Siwela

Journal of Consumer Sciences – Vol 47 (2019)

Learners’ views on the entrepreneurial activities engaged in during practical work in Consumer Studies
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LNL Shange


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JC Ngwenya, LNL Shange


Special Edition: Diversifying clothing research in Southern Africa. Vol 2 (2017)

The development and application of a fabric objective measurement data system in the South African apparel industry: Hygral expansion and formability

S Das, L Hunter, AF Botha

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Anolyte as an alternative bleach for stained cotton fabrics

K Seiphetlheng, HJH Steyn, R Schall

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Perceptions of Seshoeshoe fabric, naming and meanings of motifs on fabric

B Pheto-Moeti, DM Riekert, AJ Pelser

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Special Edition: Food and nutrition challenges in Southern Africa Vol 1 (2017), Vol 2 (2017)

Journal of Consumer Sciences – Special Edition. Food and nutrition challenges in Southern Africa. Vol 1 (2017)

Lipid profile, hyperglycaemia, systemic inflammation and anthropometry as cardiovascular risk factors and their association with dietary intakes in children from rural Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, South Africa

W Oldewage-Theron, AA Egal, C Grobler

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Does social capital play a role in climate change adaptation among smallholder farmers for improving food security and livelihoods?

JM Thamaga-Chitja, N Tamako

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Assessment of dietary challenges faced by Sub-Saharan immigrants residing in Gauteng province: a pilot study

TP Mbombo-Dweba, AO Agyepong, JW Oguttu, CA Mbajiorgu

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Situational analysis: Implementation of the National School Nutrition Programme in low socio-economic primary schools in Nelson Mandela Bay

A Gresse, A Nomvete, C Walter

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Journal of Consumer Sciences – Special Edition. Food and nutrition challenges in Southern Africa. Vol 2 (2017)

Consumers’ knowledge about and attitudes towards lucerne (Medicago sativa L.)

A Mielmann, C Bothma, F Steyn, CJ Hugo

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Food choices, physical activity levels and other factors associated with weight gain in primary school educators

Z Seme, A de Villiers, NP Steyn, M Senekal

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Response of total phenolic content and antioxidant activities of bush tea and special tea using different selected extraction solvents

PL Mathivha, FN Mudau

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Journal of Consumer Sciences – Special Edition. Food and nutrition challenges in Southern Africa. Vol 3 (2018)
School snacking preferences of children from a low socio-economic status community in South Africa

K Govender, A Naicker, CE Napier, D Singh


Dietary diversity amongst adults who buy at shopping malls in the Nelson Mandela Bay area

E de Bruin, A Gresse

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Black South African Women’s perceptions of obesity in the Msunduzi district of Pietermaritzburg

P Dandala, U Kolanisi, A van Onselen, JM Green

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A self-help weight-management manual limits weight gain in first-year female students living in university residences

M Senekal, C Lombard, J Harbron

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What motivates consumers to choose sugared dairy products? A cross-sectional, online survey

J Botha, A Mielmann, H Dreyer

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An exploration of the consumption, cultivation and trading of indigenous leafy vegetables in rural communities in the greater Tubatse local municipality, Limpopo province, South Africa

N Mungofa, F Malongane, FT Tabit

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Special Edition. Diversifying clothing research in Southern Africa. Vol 3 (2018)

The comfort properties, measured with a Sweating Manikin (WalterTM), of clothing ensembles comprising suits of different fabric constructions and fibre blends

AF Botha, L Hunter, L Britz

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The popularity of seshoeshoe dress for Basotho women

B Pheto-Moeti, DM Riekert, AJ Pelser

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Journal of Consumer Sciences Volume 25 (2017)

The physical fibre properties of Gonometa postica after degumming the cocoons with different methods

I Van der Merwe, HJH Steyn, C Hugo, R Schall

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Consumer decision-making and psycho-social well-being as complementary perspectives: a narrative review.

N Le Roux, D Van der Merwe, C Wilders, MP Wissing

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Newsletter from IFHE

Calendar for IFHE

4 – 11 August 2023

Asian Regional Association for Home Economics (ARAHE): 21. Biennial International Congress, Integrating culture & innovation in home economics towards industrial revolution, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (more)

24 – 25 May 2022

16. International Conference on Home Economics and Technology, Barcelona, Spain (more)

4 – 10 September 2022

XXIV IFHE World Congress 2022: Home Economics: Soaring towards Sustainable Development, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (more)

26-28 February 2021

16th Canadian Symposium on Home Economics Education, Canada (more)

28 – 30 March 2021

Caribbean Association of Home Economists Inc. (CAHE), 24th Biennial Conference: Home Economists Mindset, Reset: Navigating the New Normal

8 – 9 May 2021

Latvia University of Agriculture/Institute of Education and Home Economics, 13th International Scientific Conference: Rural Environment. Education. Personality (REEP-2020), Jelgava, Latvia (more).

20 – 21 May 2021

European Association for Home Economics (EAHE) & Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI): Workshop on Consumoption and Care, Galway, Ireland (more).

25 – 29 October 2021

IFHE African Region, 11th Regional Conference: Securing Family Future for Sustainability in Retirement: A Home Economics Perspective, City of Benin, Nigeria.

28 – 30 October 2021

11. International Conference on Food Studies: Making Sense from Taste: Quality, Context, Community, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark (more).

IFHE Beginning in 1982…

The 2019 theme, “Creativity and Innovation in Home Economics for Sustainable Development”, highlights our profession’s contribution to a sustainable future. Sustainable development begins at home. Home Economicsas a field concentrates on households as building blocks of societies and aims at improving the quality of life for individuals, families and their communities.

It respects households as an environment, where individuals are educated to reach their potential, understand their local and global interdependence,and positively contribute to communities.Home Economics encompasses a diversity of disciplines and assuch stands for the integrated approach needed to achieve sustainability which is higlighted by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The achievement of these Goals will require knowledge in many areas that are covered by Home Economics experts such as: food,nutrition and health, housing, textiles, consumer behaviour, household technology, education and community services.

Increased Home Economics knowledge paves the road towards achieving many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is a strength ofour profession that it draws on the expertise of both, researchers and practioners, to contribute to

•Gender Equality.Home Economics invests in gender equality at household level. Here is the nurturing ground for behaviour and values which, once acknowledged among household members, can be confidently pursued beyond.

•Good Health and Wellbeing.Health problems deprive affectedhouseholds of resources households and impede development. Home Economics focusses on health ecudation and research, especially for vulnerable groups.

• Clean Water and Sanitation.Water may be perceived as a local good, but our field also educates and advocates on the global implications local household activities and consumption have.

•Responsible Consumption and Production.Home Economics is concerned with how individual behaviour, priorities and choices shape our future living at household level, in local communities and on our globally interdependent planet.

For a description of Home Economics contribution to six major Sustainable Development Goals please refer to www.ifhe.org

59th Session of the Commission for Social Development – CSocD59

World Home Economics Day


21 March is World Home Economics Day! - Click for more . . .

This year’s theme is “Waste Literacy” and how home economics contributes to education for sustainable development. Learn more about this long-established IFHE public relations event and download our new mini-posters here: https://www.ifhe.org/events/world-home-economics-day

Reflecting on World Home Economics Day
21st March


Age friendly homes and communities- Click for more...

Populations around the world are rapidly ageing and this demographic transition will impact on almost all aspects of society. Home Economics research and education address individual households, institutional homes, and communities as the environment where older people can age safely. It promotes healthy ageing in an environment that meets physical demands, is free from poverty, allows for personal development and where the elderly can contribute to their communities while retaining autonomy. Home Economists focus on accessible and supportive living environments for older people with varying needs and capacities and also include the “elderly of tomorrow”.

The WHED theme 2021 is aligned to the WHO declared Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.

What's New

For information on what is happening in the world of Consumer Sciences and the related fields, click to open. HOWEVER, click on the CONFERENCE tab for information about the upcoming 16th International SAAFECS conference in conjunction with IFHE Africa, 2024

2024 Nutrition congress

Please see the Save the Date attached for the 2024 Nutrition Congress.

The congress will be held 2-4 October 2024 at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban.

The call for abstracts is open until 18 March 2024 on the congress website www.nutritioncongress.co.za

2023 Nutrition congress

The Nutrition Congress will be hosted 18-20 April 2023 in Somerset West, South Africa.  For more information, see the brochure below or visit the website www.nutritioncongress.co.za 

World Social Marketing 2023

The World Social Marketing Conference will be held in Johannesburg, 24-26 April 2023.

Call for papers are now open.

For more information, please visit the website: https://wsmconference.com/

IFHE Publications

The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) hosted the 2022 World Congress.  The theme related to the textile and design exhibition, and outputs were often connected to sustainable production practices and are published at the IFHE website.

You can download and view the resources here

2020 South African Society of Dairy Technology’s one-day symposium on 24 March 2020

Where: The Premier Hotel, OR Tambo International Airport

Conference Package

SASDT Member – Full Conference Package (1 day) – R 1,800.00
Non-SASDT Member – Full Conference Package (1 Day) – R2,350.00
Bona Fide Student – Full Conference Package (1 Day) – R550.00
SASDT Honorary Member – Full Conference Package (1 Day) – R550.00
EXHIBITOR – (Exhibition space only, delegate fee not included) – R2,000.00

Reflecting on World Home Economics Day 21st March 2019
Each March, beginning in 1982,members of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) celebrate World Home Economics Day to promote family and consumer issues. The 2019 theme, “Creativity and Innovation in Home Economics for Sustainable Development”, highlights our profession’s contribution to a sustainable future. Sustainable development begins at home.
2019 Short course: The influence of Context/Environment and Psycho-graphics on Product Design and Evaluation
The Department of Consumer and Food Sciences is offering a short course CONSUMER RESEARCH WITH FOOD AND OTHER PRODUCTS presented by Prof Meiselman from the 6-8 August 2019.