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    MISTRA Monthly

    Date published:15 March  2013
    Article category: Media

    In issue Number#12 we report on a series of roundtables - convened in partnership between MISTRA and the Department of Public Management at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) - with representatives of the State of Delaware (USA), and Delaware University.

    We also have great pleasure in announcing two upcoming strategic reflections. The first, convened in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, is a roundtable with Dr Greg Olsen, an American entrepreneur, engineer and scientist, who will speak on the topic: “Do the opportunities offered by space exploration justify the investment?” 

    Dr Olsen will be joined by respondents Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Dean of Engineering at the University of Johannesburg, and Dr Adrian Tiplady, Manager of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa site bid, at the discussion to be held at the University of Johannesburg on Friday 15th March 2013.

    And MISTRA is proud to announce the second Annual Lecture to be given by Prof Mahmood Mamdani, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, New York. Prof Mamdani will speak on the topic: “Beyond Nuremberg: The Historical Significance of the Post-Apartheid Transition in South Africa”.

    We also provide the full text of “A Lula Moment For South Africa: Searching For ‘Sugarman’?” presented by Joel Netshitenzhe, MISTRA’s Executive Director at a seminar entitled Comparing Brazil and South Africa: A Labour Perspective at the Chris Hani Institute in February 2013.

    We share a range of media articles written by MISTRA staff including “Is the future coconut?” by Yacoob Abba Omar, MISTRA’s newly appointed Director of Operations, and two articles by Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of the Faculty of Political Economy: “Is Ramphele capable of leading?” and “The potholes of faulty land reform”. And an article entitled “South Africa's fuel cell plan risks failure without support” by Radhika Perrot, a researcher in the Faculty of Knowledge Economy.

    And we’re happy to announce the appointment of Dr Thembeka Mufamadi as a researcher in the Faculty of Humanity. As well as the appointment of Yacoob Abba Omar as Director of Operations.

    And sadly, in this issue, we pay tribute to the late Mr Thabang Makubire, a nuclear physicist and knowledgeable historian, who was a member of the MISTRA research project on the Use and Displacement of Strategic Minerals (PGMs).

    Click on PDF to download MISTRA Monthly Briefing#12 1. Newsletter12.pdfNewsletter12.pdf

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