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Appointment of new GSB director

3 November 2016 Associate Professor Mills Soko has been appointed Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) with effect from the beginning of the 2017 academic year. He will take over from Professor Walter Baets, who left the GSB at the end of July this year. I would like to thank Professor Geoff […]

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Spring Awakening

“Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” —Charlotte Bronte As we begin this spring season I could not help but reflect on the words of this writer […]

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The Art of Coalitions

South Africa witnessed a massive turn out for the 2016 local elections, as a result, the elections were highly contested. With current ruling party and opposition parties in South Africa competing for the major metros in South Africa, namely Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay a majority victory was not possible, this led to the […]

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What Rising Protests in South Africa Say About Attitudes Towards Local Government

The euphoria of South Africa’s 2016 municipal elections is at its peak, with political parties parading their manifestos, all in competition for a stake in the local sphere of government. The razzmatazz is deafening. But, it blurs a vexing question: what does governing in the post-apartheid state, 22 years into democracy, mean? This question is writ large in the level of discontent […]

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Swimming Against the Current

“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman” – Margaret Thatcher The United Kingdom has been in the news lately around the ‘Brexit’ referendum and it is almost befitting to quote one of British’s strongest leaders as their vote sent shockwaves through most of the world’s markets. […]

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The Meaning of Freedom Day

Freedom celebration is an important aspect of nation building that cannot be left only to annual Union Buildings festivities, but should be deliberately weaved as a national project. The ‘dual’ history of South Africa often characterised as white and black history compounds the quest for a national meaning of freedom. Understanding the meaning of freedom […]

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A Trailblazing Intellectual with Business Acumen

THABO  MOKWENA A Trailblazing Intellectual with Business Acumen Thabo Owen Mokwena, the Director of the Centre of Public Entities (CPE)  and owner of Leago Group A man working for the public’s greater good, proclaimed family man, businessman, intellectual and experienced developmental expert Thabo Owen Mokwena is the Director of the Centre for Public Entities (CPE), a […]

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