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    Launch & Conference: Nation Formation and Social Cohesion in South Africa

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     August 14 2014

    Conference on Nation Formation and Social Cohesion in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation

    On the 14th August 2014 The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA), in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will host a conference to release the Research Report for its project on Nation Formation and Social Cohesion.  The report is titled: “Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans”.


    MISTRA’s project on social cohesion sought to examine the different interpretations and meanings that diverse social actors attach to nation formation and social cohesion.  The project, which undertook ethnographic research in four sites in Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Northern Cape, also sought to explore the efficacy of these concepts to present day South African society.

    The findings will be released at the conference. 

    The programme director will be Ms Febe Potgieter Gqubule, Project Team leader and Advisor to AU Commission Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma.  Speakers include:

    ·       Sello Hatang, Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

    ·       Joel Netshitenzhe, MISTRA Executive Director

    ·       Professor Andries Oliphant, University of South Africa (UNISA) and Project Member

    ·       Prof Melissa Steyn, Wits University

    ·       Yershen Pillay, Chief Executive Officer of National Youth Development Agency

    ·       Mr Mosibudi Mangena, former Minister of Science and Technology and current member of the MISTRA Board of Governors.  

    To download the programme PDF click here:Nation Formation Conference Programme .pdfNation Formation Conference Programme .pdf

    ​To download a PDF of the Executive Summary of Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans”: Nation Formation Executive Summary smaller.pdfNation Formation Executive Summary smaller.pdf

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