ON 31 July 2017, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and the UJ Library, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, hosted a public lecture by Dr Mamphele Ramphele on ‘(Re)imagining the State and Society: A Conversation’.
The facilitator was Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.
The panelist was Bomikazi Njova, local president, Junior Chamber International, University of Fort Hare.
About Dr Mamphela Ramphele
Mamphela Ramphele has had a celebrated career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and political thinker.
She holds a medical degree from the University of Natal, a PhD in Social Anthropology, a B Comm degree, a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene, and a Diploma in Public Health. In 1996 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor of UCT. In 2000 she became a managing director of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC. She is currently a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She was a founder of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Citizens Movement.
On January 2013, Dr Ramphele became the leader of Agang SA, a party for all South Africans which won two seats in the national elections held in May 2014. Post elections she retired from party politics to return to her work as an active citizen.
Dr Ramphele is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa, including A Passion for Freedom, Laying Ghosts to Rest, Conversations with my Sons and Daughters, and a new release, Dreams, Betrayal and Hope. She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in spearheading projects for disadvantaged people in South Africa and elsewhere.