Mandela Rhodes Scholars

Would an ANC by any other name smell as sweet?

Two scholars reflect on the implications of Lekota and Shilowa’s ANC breakaway party for South African political leadership … “Thank heavens for Shikota” The South African political situation has never truly been ideal; for the most part it has always seemed that the average South African has had a choice been the devil and the…

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The seeming irrelevance of crusty old poets

Submitted by Lionel Faull Sitting here in my ivory tower, the toiling masses only barely distinguishable several hundred feet below, I open a slightly scuffed copy of The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick. Aaah, this is the life, I murmur contentedly to myself, as I raise both my legs from the plushly carpeted floor and…

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After Mbeki: is ‘unity’ and ‘stability’ enough to meet South Africa’s challenges?

Submitted by Tristan Gorgens Listening to the various reactions to Mbeki’s resignation on Sunday I was struck by a the reaction by Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, one of the few ethical, non-aligned leaders left in our country, in which he said, “I can’t myself imagine that a party itself would say its unity is far more…

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Interesting times indeed … the CMRS on Mbeki and leadership

The Community of Mandela Rhodes Scholars is committed to four core principles: leadership, entrepreneurship, reconciliation and education. The principle of leadership requires all scholars to commit themselves to ethical leadership; leadership that places the interests of society ahead of the interests of individuals, factions or groups. In attempting to propagate its principles, the Community as…

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A crisis of opportunity: The state of education in SA

Submitted by Rachel Adams To be excluded from the opportunities that one’s society has to offer is possibly one of the most disenfranchising experiences that one can endure. But to be promised opportunity and then never see that promise come to fruition must ultimately arouse a restlessness and hopelessness that is no doubt destructive for…

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What is reconciliation? Animal, mineral or vegetable?

Submitted by Anton I Botha I thought I knew — after all, I live in a country that practically defined the term. Like many, I believed that South Africa showed the rest of the world what “true” reconciliation was, and that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was a model…

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… the hope for leadership today …

Submitted by Cynthia Ayeza Mutabaazi Who decides what is potential leadership for the continent and in what context does one then choose a leader for people? I realise that we are living in a time when the potential for leadership on this continent is great. In fact every living person has the potential to lead…

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The revolution must come full circle

Submitted by Garikai Nyaruwata revolution noun [C] a deep-seated change in method of thinking often designed to effect fundamental changes in the political and socioeconomic situation. Earlier this year the University of Cape Town ANC Youth League distributed a number of posters on campus containing a treatise in commemoration of Chris Hani. A substantive portion…

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It’s the law, stupid!

Submitted by Chris McConnachie South Africans are a relatively undemanding lot when it comes to our elected representatives. We can look past their dubious private moralities, tolerate their inconsistent public statements or even gloss over their past criminal records. What we do demand from our representatives, at bare minimum, is a level of respect for…

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Aluta continua!

Submitted by Aalia Ismail Fourteen years on and what we have seen are distorted, dark-continent hypotheses-like attempts by the media to explain South Africa’s current state. This is a direct reflection of the destruction of our identity by colonial monsters further bludgeoned by our peripheral position in the skewed international political economy, as a result…

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