It is these decisions that have to be taken as an executive affecting others that I find hardest.
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Formerly, I could harden my heart and cut people off from the hospital without too much trouble. Now there is always a sense of conviction of failure if that has to be done. To stretch the analogy, such reflections are testament to the inevitable ruptures and conflicts that are the almost daily experience of families. Further confidential correspondence reveals too how MH nurses and doctors were just as prey to the full range of social and individual troubles as anyone else.
For a small number of staff and patients who came to train or work, or convalesce at MH, the pervasive conservative Christian orientation was experienced as restrictive, even suffocating. On the other hand, there is much evidence in correspondence, Board Minutes, Isibuko newsletters and interviews that many of MH trainees and staff actively embraced this ethos.
These included organising hospital social functions, such as annual Christmas lunches — where the Medical Superintendent, the Matron, doctors and nurse supervisors acted as waiters to the great delight of the nurses — as well as annual Easter parties and USA-inspired Thanksgiving dinners, regular hamburger suppers and braais barbeques , Sunday teas, annual prize-giving and candle-lighting services, and many fund-raising events.
For, not only did discipline and hard work characterise MH, but so, too, did the regular expression of gratitude, grace, joy and celebration. While these were often articulated via religious commemoration, the hospital has long had a vibrant culture of levity.
MacNeill — and the first nurse trainees. Not much older than her charges when she took her position at MH in , James B. To lighten routine, Mac staged plays that frequently satirised the more serious parts of hospital life. And she planned and rehearsed plays and other entertainments with fully as much zest as the student nurses. These became traditions within the hospital and while decorous by most standards, they permitted both light-hearted and sometimes more trenchant commentary on the characteristics — even the prudishness — of the senior staff, most especially the Superintendents.
In the evening we played games by the seaside until pm, after which we had our evening prayers and sang choruses. The McCords and Taylors, as well as other MH members of staff, were often invited to funerals and weddings of existing or former employees, to share in their sense of loss but also moments of happy celebration. She is known by name. Dr Taylor has photographed her. Individuals and organisations which did not toe the apartheid-party line would feel the full wrath of the law. In the health care sector, these policies did not amount simply to idle threats.
Even partial reliance on government funding was not uncomplicated for this urban hospital. Nor was MH immune from the negative effects of race-based policies.
THE PEOPLES CITY: AFRICAN LIFE IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY DURBAN
This is evident in numerous ways. Its practice, until the s, of having white upper-level managers also kept decision-making power in white hands. For its nurses, who were mostly made up of African women, the hospital decision-makers decided to follow the scale set out by the NPA for African nurses. For many medical interns and doctors, the work experiences they had at MH were life-changing.
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As one African doctor who did his internship in aptly captured it: at McCords…everybody was community, nobody was seeing each other as different and it was…ideal. Even the number of interns they took was a balance of all the races. They consciously did that…Orchard was intentional about making sure that he created an environment that was as close to normal as possible and he did well.
Often composed late at night or in the early hours of the morning, either in his home or in his office, and sometimes waiting to be called in to perform a surgery, these letters were written whenever he could carve a moment to write in his busy schedule. For more than a century, McCord Hospital has self-consciously moulded its own identity — and that of those who have studied, worked and been tended to there — in Christianity and in public service. Similarly, hospitals and their hierarchies were strongly influenced by the ideology of the domestic, particularly with regard to the position and value of nurses, most of whom in South Africa but unlike much of other colonised regions of the continent were women.
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Over the last several decades however, historians have shown just how intimately connected were the public and the private; they have demonstrated too that hospitals — in Africa as elsewhere — reflected and reinforced the wider social orders of which they were a part. While MH has certainly not been without its internal inequalities, frictions, frauds, strikes, protests, rivalries, tragedies, and critics — some of whom regard it as having a conservative ethos or being prepared to work closely with those who do; for instance, PEPFAR under George W.
As one wrote recently: Thank you kindly for the extremely positive experience that we had with McCord Hospital on Monday, 8 February Contact with McCord was pleasant and welcome from the moment we arrived. We experienced all the staff as supportive and friendly. This was visible from the security guards at the parking entrance and right through to our site visit in the hospital. McCord definitely displays a calmness, being contended, working together for a larger cause, helping one another and care as a heart matter. Being both reborn Christians, our visit to McCord brought us back to basics.
With beds and more than staff, McCord Hospital is one of the largest in the region. Our emphasis. The subject of race and health in South Africa has received much attention in recent years. Unlike many other African contexts, the nursing profession in South Africa developed as a predominantly female one. See Marks, op.
Risse Guenter B. McCord James B. Ibid Letter from Albert J. Luthuli to Dr A. Enter your access token to activate and access content online. Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token. Have Institutional Access? Forgot your password? PDF Preview. Table of Contents. Related Content. Sithole also refutes claims by some scholars that the sacred dance was a response to colonialism and oppression, showing that in fact the sacred dance in Ibandla lamaNazaretha is considered to be a form of worship and is thought to exist on earth and in heaven.
Author: Marthe Hesselmans. This church once constituted the religious pillar of the Afrikaner apartheid regime Today, it seeks to unite the communities it long segregated into one multiracial institution. Publisher: University of Natal Press. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket. This is a collection of essays on African life in 20th-century Durban. It brings alive a vibrant city culture of crowds and violence, militant women, beer brewing, ricksha-pulling, shebeens and popular music and dance.
Histories of Lamontville, Inanda and Clermont complement studies of workers, trade union organisation and political resistance. This is an engrossing picture of the city, which evolved the 'Durban system' of control and exploitation, prototype for the rest of South Africa. And it shows why such a system could not endure.
Nasson, University of Cape Town? For those who teach modern South African history, this is precisely the kind of material for which one is always on the lookout?