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SASSA Post ConCourt Ruling 23 Mar 2017 Mlungisi Makhanya

In this article, Mlungisi Makhanya, Intern in the Operations unit reflects on SASSA debacle.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S NATIONAL SYSTEM OF INNOVATION- TW ... 16 Feb 2017 Duduetsang Mokoele

Duduetsang Mokoele, Assistant Researcher at Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement faculty at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) reflects on the evolution of South Africa's system of innovation.

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Losing the Dream, Winning the Politricks! 20 Nov 2016 David Maimela

Losing the Dream, Winning the Politricks is an article by Researcher, David Maimela that was published on the 20 November 2016 by the Sunday Independent.

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THE PROCESS OF BENEFICIATION OF MINERALS IN SOUT ... 4 Nov 2016 Zamanzima Mazibuko

Zamanzima Mazibuko, Researcher in the Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement Faculty reflects on the process of beneficiation of minerals in South Africa, following alarming statistics from both the public and private sectors at a MISTRA roundtable on Platinum Group Metals and Fuel Cells Application.

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Students Must Discard Unconstructive Tactics 25 Sep 2016 David Maimela

The strategies used so far in the #FeesMustFall fight may undermine the entire struggle, writes David Maimela, MISTRA Researcher at the Political Economy Faculty.

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Getting to the Core of State Capture 27 May 2016 Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director

The issue of state capture relates to what the ANC characterises as “sins of incumbency”. How do liberation movements lose their sense of idealism? And how insidious can this become?

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Troubled SA Cannot Afford to Have Leaders Withou ... 25 Apr 2016 Jeffrey Sehume, Researcher

The March 31 Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla arguably changed our country for the better. Before this ruling most of us were blasé about the expression that SA is a constitutional democracy. Now we have been reminded of the duties entailed in being a public representative. Supremacy of the Constitution as the ultimate law is restored.

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ANC NEC Need to Fire Zuma Themselves 3 Apr 2016 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

Failing to act against Zuma now will mean the party has been completely deformed, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Bad Year to Dethrone King 30 Mar 2016 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

“Sabatha did something unheard of in the House of Thembu – he showed courage,” quipped Mda Mda, the Mthatha-based former activist of the Unity Movement.

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ANC Buys Itself Time as the Unravelling Begins 23 Mar 2016 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

Even that family, if people feel it has to be brought to book, structures must do that, the officials must call them and talk to them and give them a marching order not through shouting outside because all of us in the NEC [African National Congress National Executive Committee] have our small skeletons and we don’t want to take all skeletons out because hell will break loose.

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SA's Game of Thrones Not Over 20 Mar 2016 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

Zuma faces mounting pressure from traditional leaders over the imprisonment of AbaThembu king Dalindyebo, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Moving on From Dead White Men 13 Mar 2016 Jeffrey Sehume, Researcher

Focusing on Western thinkers leads to epistemic racism within academia, writes Jeffrey Sehume.

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Our 'Super-Democrats' Prefer Silence to Debate 19 Feb 2016 David Maimela, Researcher

The Monday Letters by Thabo Mbeki have elicited much public debate.

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Coloured People Constantly Reduced to Tired Ster ... 2 Feb 2016 Danielle Bowler, Part-time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says negative stereotypes reduce an incredibly complex group to caricatures.

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South Africa Must Shift its Research Focus From ... 29 Jan 2016 Velaphi Msimang, Faculty Head: KESA

Renewable energy makes up a very small part of South Africa’s energy mix. This needs to be improved as the country’s reliance on coal is still very high. An increase in renewable usage will result in lower carbon emissions and set the country on a more sustainable path. But adding more renewables to the energy mix research and development is essential.

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Entry-Level Discrimination: Internships and the ... 26 Jan 2016 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says the circle of pale-moneyed privilege remains intact in all sectors.

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Maimane's Moment of Truth For All of Us 24 Jan 2016 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

White denialism and black myopia cannot hide causes of inequality, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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#ForBlackGirlsOnly and 'Black Girl Magic' 19 Jan 2016 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler looks at the backlash against the upcoming #ForBlackGirlsOnly event.

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Question Time with David Maimela on #FeesMustFall 18 Jan 2016 David Maimela, Political Economy Researcher

"Why are University students still adamant to continue with the ‪#‎FeesMustFall protests?"

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The Stories we tell Ourselves in SA 11 Jan 2016 Danielle Bowler, MISTRA Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says the importance of owning our stories has become an often repeated warning.

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Scene Set for Ugly Succession Fight 10 Jan 2016 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

Ramaphosa will have to take the gloves off if he is to avoid handing the presidency over to a proxy expected to save Zuma’s skin, writes MISTRA Fellow, Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Is Cyril Fit to Replace Zuma? 29 Nov 2015 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

ANC diehards left the National General Council vowing to do better, but Mcebisi Ndletyana sees no change.

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Hair and Hugh Masekela 3 Nov 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler asks why women are vilified because of what they do or don’t do to their hair.

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Student protests force us to look in the mirror 22 Oct 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says the #FeesMustFall protests are shining a light that extends both inward and outward.

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In Transforming Society, We Must Not Simply Beco ... 20 Oct 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says the terms & conditions of society need to shift, not simply the names, faces & elites.

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A Woman President: Borgen, Dlamini-Zuma and 'Fir ... 13 Oct 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler asks what it means to be still speaking of ‘firsts’ in 2015.

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Thomas Pikkety, over Breakfast 6 Oct 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler gets to grips with the ideas of the famous French economist and author.

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Feminism, Bra Burning and Hating Men 28 Sep 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler questions the incorrect negative misunderstandings of what feminism really is.

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ANC Cannot Afford Anymore Hot Air 20 Sep 2015 Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Fellow

The ruling party can’t let next month’s key National General Council gathering lapse into a meaningless talk fest, cautions Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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The Question of Transformation 1 Sep 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says the transformation we seek will not be easy, because we will have to undo many things.

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Campus Struggle Necessary for New Dawn 30 Aug 2015 David Maimela, Political Economy Researcher

South African universities must change course and show a genuine desire to implement transformation measures now, writes David Maimela.

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Minimum Wage is no Magic Bullet 28 Aug 2015 Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director

Higher pay helps, but SA requires structural reform plan, writes Joel Netshitenzhe.

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The Complexity of Revolution 27 Aug 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler looks at the demands of living in Sisonke Msimang’s complexity in post-apartheid SA.

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Electoral Body Grew With Democracy 23 Aug 2015 Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

The Independent Electoral Commission has matured as an institution, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Western language helps cultures meet halfway 2 Aug 2015 Thad Metz, Researcher: MISTRA's Research Project on China

IT IS in many ways unfortunate that English dominates academic discourse across the globe, writes Thad Metz

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Linkages between South Africa’s Industrial Polic ... 23 Jul 2015 Blanche Ting

Ms Blanche Ting is a PhD research candidate from the University of Sussex. She joined MISTRA on 12 June 2015 on a temporary basis, whilst taking a break from her research work. During her time at MISTRA, she facilitated a skaftin on South Africa's Mineral-Energy Complex (MEC).

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The rise and decline and rise of China: Searchin ... 21 Jul 2015 Hester du Plessis, Head: Faculty Humanities

The impact of the current turbulence in the Chinese stock market may well have a lasting impact on China’s politics, economy and social order, writes Hester du Plessis.

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Focus on Charter takes eyes off political elite 28 Jun 2015 Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

The emphasis in our time should be on the country’s leadership and its priorities, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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To Be Here Again, Black Lives and Charleston 23 Jun 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says history keeps replicating itself and rhymes with the present.

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Rachel Dolezal and Light Skin 16 Jun 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says for mixed-raced people, race is slippery, ill-defined, confusing & problematic.

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MISTRA celebrates 5 years 3 Jun 2015 Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director

2015 marks the fifth year of the existence of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection. Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director of MISTRA, speaks about the history of, and rationale for, the establishment of MISTRA, and also touches on its most significant accomplishments in the Institute’s five year history.

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Lowered Standards Raise a Laugh 31 May 2015 Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

President Zuma is more powerful than ever. He is so powerful he is even forcing his ministers to tell tales and look ridiculous on national TV, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Time for DA's 'Black is Beautiful' Makeover 17 May 2015 Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

Maimane will have to validate the black experience, and show he’s the real deal, not a token, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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A Lecture the A NC should Listen To 13 May 2015 Yacoob Abar Omar, Director Operations

Our governing party has much to learn from the Indian National Congress about complacency and the erosion of historical support, writes Yacoob Abba Omar.

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Mourning the 'New' South Africa 5 May 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler says understanding the past and building the future are not mutually exclusive.

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The Truly National Nature of Development 4 May 2015 Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director

As the term of office of the first National Planning Commission (NPC) ends, it is appropriate to reflect on the circumstances that led to its appointment and its experiences over the past five years.

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Oponion: Lessons From Rihanna 28 Apr 2015 Danielle Bowler, Part-Time Researcher

Danielle Bowler wonders what the meaning of being a citizen is for different kinds of South Africans.

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The Road to Paris: Can We Collectively Agree To ... 15 Apr 2015 Radhika Perrot, Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement (KESA)

Radhika Perrot represented MISTRA at a meeting for progressive think tanks on climate change at the French National Assembly/Assemblée Nationale in Paris, which was held in preparations for COP21 Paris, 30 Nov-11 Dec 2015

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Cecil Rhodes Quite Simply Had To Go 12 Apr 2015 Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

Monuments are not just architectural pieces, they also hold symbolic power projecting both the foundation values of the State and consent of its people, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Xolelwa on the Transformation Debate at UCT 11 Apr 2015 Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya, Head of Consultancy Services

Xolelwa Kashe Katiya, MISTRA's Head of Consultancy Services shares her reflections the #RhodesMustFall Movement.

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Buthelezi Seeks to Revive History 29 Mar 2015 Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

That the IFP leader is now “a voice of reason” in Parliament shows how low standards have dropped, says Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Interview with Joel Netshitenzhe on the Jon Perl ... 18 Mar 2015 Joel Netshitenzhe on Kaya FM with Jon Perlman

Listen to a podcast of an interview with Joel Netshitenzhe on the Jon Perlman show, in which he discusses the role of intellectuals, African nationalism, and many of the challenges facing the ANC and South Africa today.

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Zuma just doesn't want to pay 15 Mar 2015 Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

The president has been evasive, has sidestepped the public protector, has passed the ball and is closed to reason on the Nkandla issue, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Whither to Black Intellectuals? 14 Mar 2015 Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

Onus on thought leaders to serve emotive ties to African nationalist movement and call for ethical use of power, says Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Letters to the Editor: Nuke Collision in the Bud 13 Mar 2015 Dr Velaphi Msimang, Head of Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement (KESA)

Readers speak out on nuclear safety, transformation and a visit to Parliament.

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Five years of MISTRA - Q&A with Prof Sibusiso Vi ... 11 Mar 2015 Prof Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, MISTRA Board Chairperson

2015 marks the 5th year of MISTRA's existence. The Chairperson of the MISTRA Board, Prof Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, speaks about the Institute, its history, its mission and its accomplishments.

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Brains Trust: What is to be done? 9 Mar 2015 Ferial Haffajee, City press

What should intellectuals do to make us prosper and develop, and do they know their role in post-apartheid SA? Ferial Haffajee took notes at a recent seminar.

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Intellectuals' Role in a Democratic State 8 Mar 2015 Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of Political Economy

Their ideas helped drive the Struggle, now their engagement is needed to highlight issues, shape a caring society and insist on the ethical use of power, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

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Is the state losing legitimacy? 8 Mar 2015 Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director

The Freedom Charter is 60 years old this year, but its interpretations raise issues that are open to debate, writes Joel Netshitenzhe

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Barry Gilder on Spy Cables 5 Mar 2015 Barry Gilder, Publications and Events Manager

“Barry Gilder believes SA is not facing a terrorism or espionage threat” television interview with Barry Gilder, Publications and Events Manager at MISTRA, and SABC News

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