Tshwane University of Technology
ANDRIES DE JAGER BOOYSEN
“According to research, over 70% of the African population in South Africa relies on traditional healing methods as its preferred choice of medicine. Despite this, Western medicine is almost universally recognised as the only ‘official’ treatment method in South Africa,” comments De Jager Booysen.
For this reason, research on traditional healing methods has largely been neglected, providing a unique opportunity. Entitled ‘Centre of Healing’, De Jager Booysen’s thesis aims to provide a platform for traditional healing to be recognised as an official method of medical practice in South Africa. It is a contemporary interpretation of an ancient spiritual space, stating the arrival of a new dialogue in the healthcare sector.