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?”
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
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).
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