TD: 2017 Volume 13 No 1
July 2017Editorial comment
- One supervisor, two students: Experiences and anxieties of PhD journeys / Hove, ML & Nkamta, PN
- Politics without morality and accountability: the Nkandla case from a deontological perspective / Koenane, MLJ
- Geography versus institutions and sub-Saharan aid / Callaghan, CW
- Public lies, private looting and the forced closure of Grootvlei Gold Mine, South Africa / McKay, TJM & Milaras, M
- Changing teachers’ practice in the Creative Arts classroom: the case for educational technologies / De Villiers, AC & Sauls, MM
- Experiences of music listening among rugby players at North-West University / Aslett, TL; Van der Merwe, L & Kruger, JH
- Staff perceptions on pigeon control strategies on the University of South Africa’s Muckleneuk campus / Harris, E; De Crom, EP & Wilson, A
- After Izimbizo, what next? A participatory development communication approach to analysing feedback by the Limpopo Provincial Government to its citizens / Baloyi, ML; & Lubinga, EN
- Challenges in reporting on predetermined objectives to the Auditor-General: the case of Limpopo provincial departments / Diedericks, M
- Linking energy efficiency legislation and the agricultural sector in South Africa / Lekunze, JN & Lekunze, AR
- Fusion of time and space in Hans Roosenschoon’s music: a pre-analytical strategy / Spies, BM
- The capacity of personnel in disaster risk management in South African municipalities / Wentink, GJ & Van Niekerk, D
- To blend or not to blend? Consumer attitudes towards mandatory use of ethanol-blended fuel in Zimbabwe / Muposhi, A & Dhurup, M
- Exploring judgement and internal bias of Life Orientation teachers in sexuality teaching / Swanepoel, EH; Beyers, C & De Wet, L
- Exploring the epistemology of transdisciplinarity in public policy and administration in South Africa / Ndaguba, EA & Ijeoma, EOC
- The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the implementation of the Ezulwini Consensus: Challenges and prospects / Tunamsifu, SP
- Learners’ constructions of bullying in a South African school context / Hlophe, ZL; Morojele, PJ & Motsa, ND
- Community development workers as agents of change and conduit of authentic public participation: the case of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa / Mokoena, SK & Moeti, K
- Aligning mathematics with tutoring platform topics / Haskins, B & Botha, RA
- ’n Verkenning van Suid-Afrika se veranderende posisie in die wêreldhandelnetwerk 1948–1994 / Senekal, BA
- Die positiewe invloed van esteties bevredigende geboue en ŉ goed versorgde skoolterrein op die skep van skoolklimaat / Pretorius, JPH & Combrinck, OGP
- The Expanded Public Works Programme: perspectives of direct beneficiaries / Hlatshwayo, MS
- The impact of collaborative strategies on disaster risk reduction in Zimbabwe dairy supply chains in 2016 / Chari, F & Ngcamu, BS
- The San values of conflict prevention and avoidance in Platfontein / Mollema, N
- Transition from growth point policy to liberal urban development in Zimbabwe: the emergence of Ruwa Town, 1980–1991 / Nyandoro, M & Muzorewa, TT
- Using systems thinking to conceptually link the monitoring and evaluation function within development interventions and public policy / Wotela, K
- Climate wars and fat wars: a new role for law / Kroeze, IJ
- Shifting boundaries of racial space in post-apartheid South Africa: the case of Afrikaner youth in East London / Ntombana, L & Bubulu, T
- The effects of leadership traits on transformation: a case study of a South African university / Ngcamu, BS
- Roux, A.P.J. & De Beer, C.S. 2016. On the way to the best possible science: an intellectual travel guide [Book review] / Wessels, JS
A coalescent space for bio-cultural knowledge to flourish
At the end of its second year as open access journal in the AOSIS stable, The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa is clearly in the process of acquiring a more nuanced identity. For one, the editorial content suggests that there is a greater tendency towards diversity and explorative encounters beyond the confines of singular disciplines.
Another interesting development is more material from neighbouring southern African states. Muphoshi and Dhurup report on consumer attitudes to ethanol-blended fuel in Zimbabwe, while Chari and Ngcamu explore collaborative strategies in disaster risk reduction in the Zimbabwe dairy supply chain. Nyandoro and Muzorewa focus on the transition from growth point policy to liberal urban development in the case of the town of Ruwa in Zimbabwe. Tunamisifu discusses the Ezulwini Consensus in the early 2010s when the African Great Lakes Region was affected by violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The study forms part of the continental work conducted at the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa at the University of South Africa.
For readers with an appetite for the debate between science and society, there is also food for thought. Kroeze provocatively argues that science is in serious trouble as a result of clashes between interests of people and those of influential corporate and political role players. This has cast a shadow of doubt on science and its methodologies. Society, at large, is becoming critical of science and its ‘groundbreaking’ findings. Kroeze’s argument is informed by two apparently contested areas: climate change and new trends in dietary sciences. In the scientific realm, where induction or empiricism and deduction or rationalism are dominant foci, the conflict areas between science and politics are critical thinking in legal studies. She argues that the apparent conundrum has reached the point where law is equated with politics. The readers are therefore left to grapple with intellectual spaces where ‘science is politics’.
While multidisciplinary practice maintains a strong presence in most research output, there remains a growing need for transdisciplinarity. Given the rapid rate of development in a large number of fields, transdisciplinarity is singled out in some circles as tertiary education’s development route for the next decade (Murday 2013). There has been convergence in the fields of nanotechnology, biology and information communications systems. American futurists now suggest that there are indications of new emergent trends. There is a high degree of integration of some substantially greater knowledge sets in new spaces of intellectual activity. The process requires attention in an environment in which the physical infrastructure will increasingly make more complex demands on society. Data analytics and comprehensive digital data sets are bound to become more important in the fields of social sciences and humanities. Relying on statistical inferences is increasingly becoming more pervasive in the fields of cognition and emotion and our understanding of human behaviours.
In our own backyard, southern Africa, there is much promise. Although we may not yet be at the forefront of the latest developments in the politics and economics of private enterprise’s artificial intelligence and robotics research breakthroughs, we are getting there – albeit it on a different development pathway. Currently the disciplines of public management and governance as well as disaster studies amongst the avant-garde social science-related disciplines have made significant inroads into transdisciplinary spaces of engagement. In this issue, there is evidence that our researchers are broadening their vistas and are becoming more literate and familiar with the challenges of the local, national and international environments.
Other contributions in this edition blend sports studies and music, while educational thinking is extended to the aesthetics of architecture and spatial planning. In history, there is a focus on international economics in the second half of the 20th century. It is material that deserves the attention of serious economists. Similar contrib utions of geography, politics and economics are represented in this issue. There are promising signs of a broadening knowledge gaze.
These initiatives deserve support. On the African continent – potentially one of the last underdeveloped regions of the world – there is a distinct need for the production of knowledge that explores fields of importance for development and the continent’s growth. There is good reason for practitioners of transdisciplinarity to take pride in their successes in working towards resolving complex problems. Africa still has many issues that need to be addressed. For one, we have to explore international and exogenous knowledge with a view to working towards its greater integration with our indigenous African knowledge systems. It is necessary to create a coalescent space for integrated bio- cultural knowledge to coexist and flourish. Transdisciplinary research can make a valuable contribution in this respect.
(AOSIS, 2017)This article investigated the effects of leadership traits on transformation in a merged and incorporated higher education institution in South Africa. Few studies have been conducted on leadership traits in universities, ...
Shifting boundaries of racial space in post-apartheid South Africa: the case of Afrikaner youth in East London (AOSIS, 2017)South African democracy has brought about changes like freedom of associations, as opposed to apartheid which emphasised separateness of races and cultures. This social change warrants new ways of living among South Africans, ...
(AOSIS, 2017)Public trust in science is eroding because of a number of conflicts. In the sphere of climate science and of nutrition science, a basic methodological difference between scientists has escalated into what can be called ...
Using systems thinking to conceptually link the monitoring and evaluation function within development interventions and public policy (AOSIS, 2017)The monitoring and evaluation function provides for accountability and to some extent transparency and, therefore, governance. However, this function can only be effective if it is conceptually linked within development ...
Transition from growth point policy to liberal urban development in Zimbabwe: the emergence of Ruwa Town, 1980–1991 (AOSIS, 2017)This article traces the transition from growth point policy to liberal development in the emergence of Ruwa Town in Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 to 1990/1991 when the town was declared an urban area under the ...
(AOSIS, 2017)The aim of this article is to identify measures that can prevent violent conflict through the maintenance of traditional cultural values that guide conflict avoidance. Moreover, the article focuses on the concepts of ...
The impact of collaborative strategies on disaster risk reduction in Zimbabwe dairy supply chains in 2016 (AOSIS, 2017)Disasters are on the increase globally with accompanying devastating effects on dairy supply chains. The devastating effects, caused by disasters on economies in various countries such as United States of America, Japan, ...
(AOSIS, 2017)Scholarship on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in South Africa tends to focus on quantitative evaluation to measure the progress made in the implementation of EPWP projects. The number of employment opportunities ...
Die positiewe invloed van esteties bevredigende geboue en ŉ goed versorgde skoolterrein op die skep van skoolklimaat (AOSIS, 2017)The positive influence of aesthetically pleasing buildings and well cared for school grounds on the creation of school climate. In this article the positive effect of beautiful school buildings and well-kept school grounds ...
(AOSIS, 2017)An exploration of South Africa’s changing position in the World Trade Network 1948–1994. The World Trade Network (WTN) has been studied as a network in numerous studies. However, countries with smaller economies are usually ...
(AOSIS, 2017)Dr Math was a mobile mathematics tutoring service, used by school learners across South Africa. The wealth of historic data available, with regard to the conversations between tutors and learners, may contain valuable ...
Community development workers as agents of change and conduit of authentic public participation: the case of Mpumalanga Province in South Africa (AOSIS, 2017)This article explores the role of community development workers (CDWs) in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. The CDWs are by law expected to regularly communicate, inter alia, government initiatives in a way which ...
(AOSIS, 2017)Drawing on social constructionism as a theoretical paradigm, this article foregrounds learners’ voices to depict the profiles of bullies and bullying victims within a cultural context of one coeducational secondary school ...
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the implementation of the Ezulwini Consensus: Challenges and prospects (AOSIS, 2017)This article is evaluative assessing the implementation of the Ezulwini Consensus by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). In early April 2012, a mutiny started in the eastern part of the Democratic ...
Exploring the epistemology of transdisciplinarity in public policy and administration in South Africa (AOSIS, 2017)This article seeks to address and direct future research collaboration in public policy and administration from a transdisciplinary perspective in South Africa, by answering three major questions: Firstly, how can public ...
(AOSIS, 2017)There are various challenges in the teaching of sexuality within a South African multicultural context, as there is no uniform knowledge across learner backgrounds. As such, teachings often revert to the teacher’s beliefs, ...
To blend or not to blend? Consumer attitudes towards mandatory use of ethanol-blended fuel in Zimbabwe (AOSIS, 2017)Worldwide, the use of bioethanol is proliferating as an alternative to fossil fuels. Consistent with this trend, the Zimbabwean government mandated the blending of unleaded petrol with 10% ethanol. As the use of ethanol-blended ...
(AOSIS, 2017)Since 1994, fundamental transformation in South Africa in terms of disaster risk reduction taken place. The transformation process led to the promulgation of the Disaster Management Act (57/2002) (DMA) that introduced a ...
(AOSIS, 2017)In order to promote access to non-tonal music, the fusion of musical time and space may be considered as a point of departure. As a pre-analytical strategy, it relies on direct experience of the music as it is heard instead ...