In gesprek met Marcus Fabius Quintilianus oor aspekte van kommunikasie-onderrig in die Nuwe Suid-Afrika
Terblanche, F. H.
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On the basis of the fact that knowledge of the past often goes hand-inhand with an understanding of the present, this article provides a synoptic consideration of the question of whether the Roman orator and educator, Quintilian, does not perhaps have a useful message with regard to communication teaching in the New South Africa. In Quintilian's lnstitutio Oratoria the ideal was that the learner should be educated in such a manner that he could comply with the demands of both private and public community life as a competent communicating being with high moral values. Furthermore certain aspects of complaints revolving around inadequate communication in the South African community are noted. The conclusion is that the communication picture in South Africa looks particularly bleak. From newspaper reports it also seems that the education situation in South Africa does not fulfil the expectations of many members of society. The logical deduction that one is led to is that Quintilian would probably have said: "Given the implications of change in South Africa and the distinctiveness of the South African communication reality, you should write your own Jnstitutio Oratoria ... "