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    2013-14 MISTRA Annual Report

    Message from Chairperson of the Board of Governors: Prof Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo

    This year of 2013/2014 has been a period of further growth for the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). The focus on strong leadership, fulfillment of the MISTRA research agenda and the attraction of top quality staff is testimony to the Think Tank's drive towards competitiveness. It is for these reasons that MISTRA has been ranked globally. As leaders of MISTRA, we underscore that "The MISTRA proposition is a unique and necessary addition to the intellectual landscape in South Africa and further afield."

    We are proud that MISTRA has some of the best ma​nagers who have demonstrated efficiency, and effectiveness in the utilisation of the Institute's scarce human capital and financial resources. As MISTRA's Board of Governors (BoG) we were fully cognizant in 2013/2014 the fact that we carry out our business in a competitive world and the year under discussion, was pursued with this understanding.

    2013/2014 was also important for MISTRA to advance its research agenda. The Institute was able to establish research collaborations with outstanding researchers and institutions in South Africa and the world. On the latter, the leadership and BoG successfully presented the case of MISTRA to potential global partners. This has had the potential to further strengthen the future of the Institute in all respects.

    The year 2013/2014 was remarkable for MISTRA. Let me highlight a few examples of excellence and competitiveness, in both the research production and the quality of human capital that leads the Institute. First, MISTRA was ranked in the Top 10 Best New Think Tanks globally by the Global Go-To Think Tank Index housed in the Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Second, Mr. Joel Netshitenzhe the Executive Director of MISTRA delivered an excellent first P.I. KaSeme 100th Year Anniversary Lecture at Columbia University in the USA.  Third, Mr. Barry Gilder a Senior Research Fellow had a successful book (Titled: Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance) tour with Universities and the African Studies Association (The largest world gathering of African thinkers and scholars in the world) in the USA.  Last, Dr Tanya Abrahamse, a member of the BoG, was appointed to the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board. These developments are testimony to the caliber of individuals who are in the ranks of MISTRA.

    I wish to express my thanks to all the friends and collaborators of MISTRA. Your support and encouragement during the 2013/2014 financial year has been invaluable and contributed extensively not only to MISTRA but also to the development of our country in knowledge advancement. It also demonstrated your willingness to developing young thinkers who are mentored by individuals who have institutional memory.   I encourage you to read the publications produced by MISTRA that are beginning to circulate in the world.

    Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo

    Chairperson of the Board of Governors


    Download a PDF of the 2013/4 MISTRA Annual Report: Annual Report 2014.pdfAnnual Report 2014.pdf

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