Projects

Being South African: Moving Beyond Race

This project is about South African identity and the key question to be answered would be: what does it mean to be South African as opposed to a white, coloured, African or Indian South African? My methodology here will be to interview a cross-section of South Africans on the topic and to intersperse their comments … [Read more]

Flexibly-bounded Rationality and Marginalisation of Irrationality Theories for Decision Making

In this study the theory of flexibly-bounded rationality which is an extension to the theory of bounded rationality is studied. Rational decision making involves using information which is almost always imperfect and incomplete together with some intelligent machine which if it is a human being is inconsistent to make decisions. In bounded rationality, this decision … [Read more]

mHealth for Burn Diagnostic and Care in South Africa

In resource-poor settings, poor and marginalised populations have little access to burn injury emergency care, which is crucial to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes. The mHealth system developed in this project can safeguard timely and equitable access to high quality care in acute injury situations. Visual and textual information can be captured via a … [Read more]

Constitutional protection of economic and social rights in South Africa

This proposal forms part of a larger project on economic and social rights in general, and the right to housing in particular. Some jurisdictions are reticent about affording constitutional or even legislative protection to such rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, for example, entrenches civil and political rights in the Constitution, but is … [Read more]

Revised edition of the book “Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms”

A second edition of the book (entitled “Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms. The molecular bases of periodic and chaotic behaviour”, published by Cambridge University Press in 1996, and in paperback edition in 1997, will be prepared. The book is devoted to the study of the molecular bases of cellular rhythms by means of mathematical models … [Read more]

South Africa in the Region. Gateway or Gatekeeper?

The main purpose of this project is to analyse South Africa’s Foreign Policy towards its own region and towards Latin America (Brazil and Argentina) on a comparative basis and to discuss its role as a regional-middle-emerging power: Leadership? Bandwagoning? Follower? Gateway or Gatekeeper? Africa and South Africa are nowadays more attractive than in the past, … [Read more]

How did Homo sapiens become Homo docens? On the evolution of social learning and teaching during the Paleolithic

The purpose of the project is to analyse why teaching has evolved only in the line leading to Homo sapiens. This will be done by combining theoretical models with an analysis of archaeological material, primarily material from South Africa. The theoretical part of the work views teaching and language as two forms of cooperation. Current research … [Read more]

Biological Chemistry: Metal transport by proteins

While DNA contains the genetic information, a large number of different proteins are the ‘workhorses’ in living organisms executing the orders given through the DNA code. In order to function, most proteins (synthesised as long polypeptide chains) must fold into compact globular structures such that chemical groups are placed at the right positions for each … [Read more]

Legal Traditions and the New Logics

Over the last three centuries western legal thinking has been driven by notions of nation-states, national legal systems and classical forms of logic. The emphasis has been on consistency and uniformity within states and relations of conflict between states (‘the conflict of laws’). Globalisation and the mobility of human populations have, however, changed the background … [Read more]

Punishment and Legitimacy: A Kantian Perspective

This project seeks to contribute to our understanding of the moral values that underpin procedural rights in criminal trials, with a particular focus on the sentencing process. It is common to explain the moral significance of legal processes in instrumental terms, as a reliable means of arriving at correct outcomes. This research will explore the … [Read more]