In issue Number#18 we are proud to announce that MISTRA
Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe will present the first lecture in the Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual Lecture Series at Columbia
University in New York on the topic: "The Vision
of Seme 107 Years On: Is Civilization Still a Dream and is the Regeneration of
MISTRA is also happy to announce the commencement of a
book tour of the United States by Barry Gilder, former Director Operations
of MISTRA and current MISTRA Fellow, who will be speaking on his book Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance.
also takes great pleasure in announcing the finalization of release of the
integrated research findings of two of its core research projects: Poverty, Inequality and Patronage and The Evolution Of The
Post-1994 South African State.
And we report
on a recent dinner hosted by MISTRA Patron Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of the
Shanduka Group in support of the work of the Institute.
MISTRA regrets to announce the
postponement of the launch of the African Transformation Report compiled by the African Center for
Economic Transformation (ACET), which was scheduled for Monday, 11 November 2013.
We report on
media articles by Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana on “Progress is the essence of tradition” and “Why SA still love their ballot papers”.
And we are proud to announce the
appointment of Dr Tanya Abrahamse,
MISTRA Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of the
South African National Biodiversity Institute, to
a Scientific Advisory Board, announced by the UN Secretary-General, Ban
Ki-moon. And also announce the
appointment of Dr Betchani Tchereni as a Senior Researcher in the
Faculty of Political Economy.
in the Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual Lecture Series by Joel Netshitenzhe at the Institute for African
Studies at Columbia University
Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe will present the First Lecture in the Pixley ka Isaka Seme Annual
Lecture Series at Columbia University in New York on 29th October
Hosted jointly by the South African Consulate General
and The Institute of African Studies at Columbia, the title of the lecture is:
"The Vision of Seme 107 Years On: Is
Civilization Still a Dream and is the Regeneration of Africa Possible?"
Institute of African Studies (IAS) is Columbia University's central forum and
resource for African-centered academic research, program development,
curriculum administration, student advisement, and local, national, and
international dialogue and action. Founded in 1959, the IAS prepares
generations of Africa practitioners for careers in academic research, teaching,
development, diplomacy, business, governance, journalism, law, and human rights
by sponsoring courses and offering events on Africa throughout the year.
many lecture-series, conferences, seminars, and workshops, the Institute
provides a special forum for the coming together of distinguished Africanist
faculty, scholars, and students, as well as for the broader community engaged
in policy initiatives on Africa.
Date: Tuesday October 29, 2013
Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Venue: Grace Dodge
(525 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10027)
For more information click here.
Book Tour: Songs and Secrets by Barry Gilder, MISTRA Fellow
Barry Gilder, former Director Operations of MISTRA and current MISTRA
Fellow is conducting a US book tour in November. Gilder will be speaking on his book Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance.
His tour will include the following cities: New York, New Jersey, New Haven,
Boston, Cleveland, and Washington DC.
details, please contact Barry Gilder on BarryG@mistra.org.za or Julia Pentz at Julia.email@example.com or Tel: 212 726 628
Conference on Poverty, Inequality and Patronage
The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) is pleased to announce the completion
of its two-year research project titled Poverty, Inequality and Patronage.
The integrated report on the findings will be released at a conference,
which will provide an opportunity for researchers, respondents and other
interested parties to engage with some of the findings of this study. The study draws on four case studies
conducted in different provinces of South Africa and covers the relationship
between poverty, inequality and patronage in different localities.
These case studies reveal instructive lessons on the articulation among
these social dynamics and how they play out concretely in communities.
DETAILS OF THE CONFERENCE ARE AS FOLLOWS:
VENUE: Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand
DATE: Tuesday, 12 November 2013
TIME: 09h00 – 14h30
SVP: Sedireng Lerakong on 011 518 0281
Conference on The Evolution Of The Post-1994 South African
The Mapungubwe Institute
(MISTRA) is pleased to announce the completion of its research project on “The Evolution Of The Post-1994 South African
The Institute will host a
public launch on Friday, 29 November 2013 to share the findings of the
research. The findings will be released
as a collection of research papers that interrogate various aspects of the
State and in some instances, suggest policy options for consideration by key
role players in the state and society.
MISTRA hopes the public
launch will stimulate and help sustain a trans-sectoral conversation on how
best to understand and engage the post-1994 South African state.
Friday, 29 November
Time: 09:00am – 13:00pm
RSVP: Ms Hope Prince on 011-518-0276 via email:
Kindly RSVP by 22 November 2013
MISTRA Patron’s Dinner
On the 17th October 2013 Cyril
Ramaphosa, Chairman of the Shanduka Group and MISTRA Patron hosted a dinner in
support of the work of the Institute.
The dinner marked three years of MISTRA’s
existence and provided an opportunity for the Institute to report back on its
work and achievements since its establishment in 2010.
presented the Keynote address, entitled: ‘The
South African Journey To A Social Compact’ to an audience of MISTRA donors,
business leaders, members of MISTRA’s research community, and members of the
Ramaphosa, Shanduka Group Executive Chairman
For South Africa to achieve the
development and growth we seek, we need to develop a social compact that
commits every section of society to common objectives and an agreed set of
approach the 20th anniversary of the attainment of democracy, we can
point to significant progress in establishing stable and resilient democratic
institutions, in turning around our economy and placing it on a path of growth,
and in addressing many of the basic needs of the poor.
But, we are
acutely aware that we still have massive challenges of poverty, unemployment
and inequality. If we fail to meaningfully address these challenges, not only
will we be unable to right the economic and social wrongs of apartheid, but we may
find that the very achievements of the last two decades are gradually eroded.
needs substantially faster growth whose benefits are shared among all our
people, particularly the poor. Our priority is to create employment for the
millions of South Africans who are without work.
need to confront the reality that our economy does not have the skills to
compete with countries with skills intensive industries, and our cost structure
is too high to be competitive in labour intensive sectors.
would like to move up the value chain through better skills and higher capital
investment. We would like all our workers to get jobs in globally competitive
sectors that pay high wages and provide comprehensive benefits. The reality of
course is that many of the unemployed lack the skills to get jobs in these
Full Text of Speech: Ramaphosa Patrons Dinner.p
MISTRA IN THE MEDIA
Progress is the essence of tradition
By Mcebisi Ndletyana
HERITAGE Day catapulted Mdantsane to national
headlines yet again. This East London township, the second biggest after
Joburg’s Soweto, was the centre of this year’s celebration. East London hadn’t
really been pampered with such national attention since 2008. Even then, the
attraction was heritage. And just like in 2008, unseemly scenes marked this
year’s heritage activity.
The township seems determined to live up to
its reputation. In Mdantsane, the saying goes: “Inkawu ityiw’ ilila, imfene
isinda ngo-goloza” – shit happens, only the toughest survive. Though both
events were marred by controversy, they differed in meaning.
The 2008 controversy stemmed from
disagreement over representation, while this year’s suggests contestation over
ownership.Residents rejected a memorial that was erected in honour of the victims
of the 1985 massacre. They were killed on their return from Victoria Mxenge’s
funeral; a human rights lawyer who had died at the merciless hands of the
To download full article: MMB18.pdf
Why SA still love their ballot papers
By Mcebisi Ndletyana
election will see a new generation of voters casting their ballots. These are
voters born into freedom. Not only were they born free, they came into
consciousness in an increasingly hi-tech society. They were introduced to
technology much earlier than their older counterparts. Because the “born-frees”
are accustomed to the
convenience of technology, they might find long queues and the use of ballot
papers rather primitive. These folk only know a computerised world. This begs
the question: is South Africa ready for electronic voting?
Electoral Commission (IEC) probed this question in March. The investigation was
not out of character. For an organisation that has mostly been led by
old-timers such as Johann Kriegler and Brigalia Bam, the IEC has been
technologically savvy. It has won numerous awards as a result.
The idea of
exploring the possibility of e-voting, however, did not emanate from within. It
was suggested by Kgalema Motlanthe during his acceptance of the 2009 election
results when he was president. The proceedings at the IEC colloquium were quite
*Originally published in the Sunday
PDF of article: Mce13Oct.pdf
Tanya Abrahamse, MISTRA Board Member appointed to the United Nation's Scientific
Tanya Abrahamse, MISTRA Board
Member and Chief Executive Officer of the South African National
is one of twenty-six
eminent scientists, representing natural, social and human sciences and
engineering who have been appointed to a Scientific Advisory Board, announced
by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
The new Board will provide
advice on science, technology and innovation (STI) for sustainable development
to the UN Secretary-General and to Executive Heads of UN organizations. UNESCO
will host the Secretariat for the Board.
The fields covered by the Board range from the basic
sciences, through engineering and technology, social sciences and humanities,
ethics, health, economic, behavioral, and agricultural sciences, in addition to
the environmental sciences.
will aim to ensure that up-to-date and rigorous science is appropriately
reflected in high-level policy discussions within the UN system, offering
recommendations on priorities related to science for sustainable development
that should be supported or encouraged; providing advice on up-to-date
scientific issues relevant to sustainable development; identifying knowledge
gaps that could be addressed outside the UN system by either national or
international research programs; identifying specific needs that could be
addressed by on-going assessments; and advising on issues related to the public
visibility and understanding of science.
“The creation of the Scientific Advisory Board follows on a
wide-ranging consultation work entrusted to UNESCO by the UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “It brings
together scientists of international stature, and will serve as a global
reference point to improve links between science and public policies.”
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Dr Betchani Tchereni – Senior Researcher in
the Faculty of Political Economy
Betchani Henry Mbuyampungatete
Tchereni holds a PhD at the North-West University and Bachelor of Social
Science (Economics) and a Master of Arts (Economics), received in in 2004 and
2008 respectively, from the University of Malawi.
Dr Tchereni has worked as a trade
and business promotion officer in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Malawi
before embarking on his academic and research career at the University of
Malawi, where he was the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Commerce. During his
tenure at the university of Malawi, Dr Tchereni managed several research
projects commissioned by the United Nations and the Southern African
He was also
a Research Fellow in Development Economics at the North-West University and has
published widely in research areas of development economics, the political
economy of energy, energy poverty and economic growth.
joining MISTRA in October 2013, he was a senior lecturer and researcher at
Regenesys Business School in Sandton, Johannesburg.
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