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