TD: 2016 Volume 12 No 1
Vol 12, No. 1, January 2016Articles
- Suid-Afrikaanse kapelaansvroue en die Grensoorlog (1966–1989): ’n Gevallestudie van denominale pastorale versorging / Bredenkamp, I & Wessels, A
- From Song to Visual Art: Exploring Sehnsucht in the lived experiences of visual artists / Cupido, CA
- Probing strategy-project alignment: the case of the South African Social Security Agency / Van Der Waldt, G
- Gendered health care labour markets? A case study of anatomical pathologists and haematologists in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa / Singh, S & Ruggunan, S
- A narrative interpretation of the cultural impressions on water of the communities along the Vaal River, Parys, Free State / Mboweni, TJ & De Crom, EP
- Fostering public accountability in South Africa: A reflection on challenges and successes / Munzhedzi, PH
- Cultivating the soft skills of future construction managers through restorying construction workers’ career narratives / Carstens, A
- The politics of service delivery in South Africa: the local government sphere in context / Reddy, PS
What does contemporary urban planning have in common with J.S. Bach’s two booklets composed in 1722 and 1742 on the Well-Tempered Clavier? Judging from a recent publication by Jonathan F.P. Rose, the answer is: just about everything. Working from the realisation that modernist urban planning is in need of substantial revision, Rose a developer, town planner and innovative thinker on the concept of the city, has courageously opened up a different way for us to understand the need for linking urban dwellers up into communities who are able to comfortably and meaningfully experience the environments in which they live (Rose 2016).
The music of Bach was responsible in the 18th century for introducing a new system of tuning musical instruments dating back to Pythagoras (~570 to ~495 BCE). The latter, as mathematician, was responsible for a theory of notes based on ‘the harmony of the spheres’. Bach, working from Zhu Zaiyu’s Fusion of Music and Calendar (1580) transmitted to Western Europe by Matteo Ricci and the subsequent work of Andreas Werckmeister (1687), changed the way we today understand music. Bach’s well-tempered clavier is not only exquisite and fine to listen to, but most inspiring for those who can simultaneously think and listen to music.
At a recent session of the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco, Rose discussed The well-tempered city: What modern science, ancient civilisations, and human nature teach us about the future of urban life. The presentation was well received by some of the leading buffs in the United States preoccupied with contemplating the past and future on time scales extending 10 000 years.
Sub-Saharan Africa is currently one of the fastest urbanising continents on the globe, and many of our urban social-ecological problems stem from an apparent inability to learn from the past and integrated with our anticipation of what we need to have to move successfully from the present into the future. Rose’s thinking is succinct. He writes with great clarity. Perhaps we in southern Africa can explore some current North American experiments in urban renewal, development and planning. As a planner, developer and creative thinker, Rose has worked internationally in collaboration with local authorities and not-for-profit organisations to add value to the quality of human lives in an urban environment. He is sensitive to the concept of integrated urban environment where there is space for community formations that accommodate the needs of the wealthy and the less than wealthy, as well as intellectuals and those engaged in industrial and commercial activities in our cities. Interestingly, he argues that after nature (the most complex system we know of) cities are increasingly becoming more complex. We need to comprehend and find solutions to issues of complicatedness in the world’s urban spaces. The city is still a great magnet for humankind in all parts of the globe. It will remain the case for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we need to explore useful ways of cohabiting in these spaces. Rose’s work is worth exploring for those of us who have an interest in wandering along the less explored transdisciplinary avenues of intellectual thought.
Gendered health care labour markets? A case study of anatomical pathologists and haematologists in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (AOSIS, 2016)This study qualitatively explored the role of gender and related factors that influence medical doctors’ decisions in selecting a specialisation within medical laboratory medicine. This study is novel in that it disaggregates ...
(AOSIS, 2016)The post-1994 democratic developmental South African state opted for a strong local government system which has been constitutionalised, in terms of Chapter 7 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of ...
A narrative interpretation of the cultural impressions on water of the communities along the Vaal River, Parys, Free State (AOSIS, 2016)This article is about the significance of the Vaal River for the communities inhabiting the area. Using the interpretation of narratives and rituals, the extent of the connection or disconnection between the communities ...
(AOSIS, 2016)Accountability and oversight are constitutional requirements in all the spheres of government in the Republic of South Africa and their foundation is in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996. All spheres ...
Cultivating the soft skills of future construction managers through restorying construction workers’ career narratives (AOSIS, 2016)Background: In the construction industry, there is an increased awareness of the importance of soft skills. However, no empirical studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of pedagogical strategies in higher education ...
(AOSIS, 2016)Public institutions, such as the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) increasingly function in multi-project environments to translate strategies successfully into service-delivery initiatives. However, this ...
(AOSIS, 2016)This article explored the experiences shared by four artists during their processes of creating an art work which represented a specific art song or Lied. During 2015, South African artists Marna de Wet, Kevin du Plessis, ...
Suid-Afrikaanse kapelaansvroue en die Grensoorlog (1966–1989): ’n Gevallestudie van denominale pastorale versorging (AOSIS, 2016)South African chaplains’ spouses and the Border War (1966–1989): A case study of denominational pastoral care. Pastoral care of soldiers during times of war and armed conflict has been part and parcel of the Christian ...