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    Address by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the launch of MISTRA

    Date published:17 March  2011
    Article category: Media

    Programme director; Chairperson and Members of the Mapungubwe Institute Council of Advisors; Chairperson and Members of Mapungubwe Institute’s Board of Governors; Executive Director of Mapungubwe Institute; Professors Dominic Salvatore, and Dani Nabudere and other international guests;  Leaders of the public, private and civil society sectors; Distinguished Fellows of the Mapungubwe Institute and Members of the Mapungubwe Society of Researchers; Members of the fourth estate;  Distinguished guests;  Ladies and gentlemen:

    It is an honour for me to take part in this launch of Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mapungubwe Institute).

    Based on the composition of Mapungubwe Institute leadership as well as the intellectuals taking part in its various research projects I made so bold as to infer that the establishment of Mapungubwe Institute is another positive step in our intellectual and reflective firmament.

    I believe that Mapungubwe Institute is poised to make a critical contribution to the national effort as we strive to crack the riddles that make success possible.

    I am encouraged by the realisation that Mapungubwe Institute offers a platform to key players in the public sector, civil society, academia and the private sector to reflect and engage on the pressing strategic issues that challenge us as a nation.

    To my delight, I have also learnt that the research agenda set by the Institute consists of fundamental issues that confront our nation.

    Indeed, most of them may be long-term; some may be high-flown; and others may even be described by some as esoteric, yet they remain relevant to our present day concerns.

    While we are all duty-bound in all sectors of society to attend to the practical problems of today, we also need to appreciate that, without long-term reflections, without abstract engagement, we stand the danger of mistaking the wood for the trees.

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