Original Research - Mobile Technology within the 4IR era - Africa answering the call

Bridging the gap between technical and social competencies of urban and regional planning through mobile technology: The case of Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Nicholas Pinfold, Masilonyane Mokhele
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 16, No 1 | a811 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v16i1.811 | © 2020 Nicholas Pinfold, Masilonyane Mokhele | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 January 2020 | Published: 06 August 2020

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Nicholas Pinfold, Department of Town and Regional Planning, Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa
Masilonyane Mokhele, Department of Town and Regional Planning, Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

Higher education institutions are entrusted with the responsibility of training future workforces that are well equipped to function in the age of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR). This role is pertinent in light of growing concerns that with the advent of 4IR, mobile technology and robotics would take over certain roles that are currently performed by humans. Using the case of Goedverwacht community service-learning project in the Western Cape province of South Africa, this paper demonstrates ways in which mobile technology is embraced and applied in urban and regional planning education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The purpose of the service-learning collaboration between the Goedverwacht community and CPUT was to produce a spatial map depicting property boundaries so that the community could, amongst others, be ready for the imminent land tenure reform processes. With the input and guidance of community members, the map was compiled through the use of mobile and allied technology, including global positioning system-enabled smartphones, drones and mobile geographic information system.


Keywords

Community mapping; Mobile technology; Community service-learning; Fourth Industrial Revolution; Cape Peninsula University of Technology

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