Transformer Journal Volume 20 Number 1
First published in 1996, the new Online Transformer continues to be an interesting and thought-provoking read. It began with six issues produced per year then on a quarterly basis and for a few years produced bi-annually. Afesis-corplan’s team of mainly in-house writers aim to inform, entertain and challenge readers to reflect on issues relating to development, ethical governance and public participation in the Eastern Cape and beyond.
Mostly, the new online Transformer aims to inspire conversation!!
This article grapples with some of the questions that many ask in conversations about the 4th industrial revolution, such as: what is this 4th industrial revolution exactly and how does it, or is it likely to, affect the way we do things and most importantly, the kind of governance required in the 21st century? Is the 4th industrial revolution even relevant in our context at municipal level, or do we see it as the implementation of high-tech urban innovation exclusively modelled on developed countries and therefore bearing little relevance to our context? Can we even afford it?
“…government largely facilitates public participation to meet its compliance requirements as opposed to facilitating meaningful opportunities for co-creation and consensus-building.”
At the close of the last voter registration weekend facilitated by the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), only 16% of 18 to 19 year olds eligible to vote registered, alongside 54% of eligible 20 to 29 year olds.
Almost half of South Africans who are eligible to vote remain unregistered to vote despite widespread voter education campaigns spanning a quarter of a century.
“…the stigma around youth in South Africa is that they are foolhardy people, callous and disconnected from the things that happen in their country, and only require a celebrity social media campaign to be persuaded into participation. The South African Youth Manifesto dispels this notion. Youth in South Africa are incredibly connected to the challenges their communities face and are wholly invested in making things better.”
The impact of social justice activism and community development work on one’s emotional and physical well-being
It is the destruction of the world in our own lives that drives us half insane, and more than half. (Wendell Berry cited by Macy & Young Brown, 1998)
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