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
We are proud that MISTRA has some of the best managers 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.
Chairperson of the Board of Governors
Download a PDF of the 2013/4 MISTRA Annual Report: Annual Report 2014.pdf