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Title:A postscript as an introduction: do we know where to go with the professionalisation of community development in South Africa?
Authors:De Beer, FrikISNI
Swanepoel, HennieISNI
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community development
professional workers
Abstract:Community development came in different ways to South Africa. It was a colonial legacy, a genuine effort from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to fight poverty and a way by the apartheid regime to make the bantustans look good. In spite of how it came to South Africa, it has become established and we can now say, unique and a distinct occupation so that professionalisation is now on the agenda. But there are many obstructions to maintaining authentic community development. It is necessary to take note of the situation before 1994 and after that date in order to find a way to 'authentic' community development and to be alert to the pitfalls on the way. For this reason it is necessary to continuously be aware of the role and objectives of the true community development professional in an authentic community development environment. This article addresses these issues while simultaneously introducing the other articles contained in this issue of the journal. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]