Our work addresses the range of digital economic policies and community programs needed to reduce the lifelong consequences of poverty and exclusion in South Africa’s democratic society through information and analysis in the field of human dignity and humiliation studies.
This research work contributes to understanding the concept of dignity and the manner it is entangled to the three structures of sustainability: social (people), technological (digital) and economic (profit) in one of South Africa’s largest cities, Johannesburg.
We seek to show that disengagement with the concept of dignity is revealed in much of the course of South Africa’s economic history since the 1880s, with lines converging on the industrial, and mining metropolis and on the Rand.
People have always found a way to involve Johannesburg in their lives, in their ordinary, for labour and employment as well as their more exalted affairs. As we briefly consider a few of these occasions, we begin to have a sense of how influential, inequality-reinforcing, wide-ranging and without much dispute, that the Gauteng-city region (GCR a popular inter-provincial migration destination province in South Africa) is a regional economic powerhouse that ought to play a significant role in the post-apartheid and post-corona virus economic approach to city development and that of the other eight provinces.
Life in Gauteng has not always turned out as many envisioned. Johannesburg is home to about 5.5 million people, making it the biggest metro by population size and density in South Africa. For the most disadvantaged members of society, life appears to be a stressful daily struggle. This is demonstrated inter alia, in sickness, concentrated poverty, misfortunes, and all manner of economic psychological animosity life in the city interlace. Arguably, the fantasy narratives ascribing Johannesburg as a paradise, a city of chance and opportunity has a long history of a colonial imperial city. This is to identify the problem first as one philosophical in designation. The persisting trajectory of coloniality in Johannesburg as that which lies in the historical and persisting contemporary urban rhetoricization, (we interpret the rhetoric in this light) the intimations drew to transcend this city as well as to manage the value of living in Johannesburg. Hence, it matters how we frame the city.
Methodology: Definition issues (Source: Department of Economic and Social AffairsPopulation Dynamics, United Nations.)
Lastly, this is called the organic analogy of society. Various institutions need to function properly for the city to do so. This follows from an administrative point of view. Local authorities often lack capacity, sufficient talent to design suitable intervening programmes.
The weaknesses of local government sector as an institution in South Africa to solve ongoing problems of the demos (the people) at the grass-root further indicates a lack of contentment in governance and consequently retards communities to Johannesburg, as a route to realise their full human potential (their dreams, their aspirations). Job-seeking migration into Gauteng region will certainly continue for as long as the expression that the economic advantage in modern societies lies strongly with urban areas. For as long as metro city is associated with better economic conditions and job prospects than the migrants’ home provinces. The experience of entrapment. Those who try to get out and find better lives are brought back, disgraced, defeated, and to live defeated and disgraced. Its an inter-reliant, self-generative process. A process of Social reproduction.
This research may be an opportunity to redefine what is acceptable and what is not, another opportunity to remind ourselves of our duty to serve and to rethink our approach.
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