What Nelson Mandela can teach us about lifelong, dialogue-rich learning

Peter Rule, University of KwaZulu-Natal Nelson Mandela’s life and writings reveal his fascination with education. The late statesman’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, often profiles characters by their education and what he learnt from them. Mandela pursued his own learning actively, curiously and indefatigably in many different settings. He is also an exemplar of a …

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The lingering, unspoken pain of white youth who fought for apartheid

Theresa Edlmann, University of South Africa The legacies of apartheid in South Africa can only be understood by making sense of the complexities of the past. This includes recognising what those who were young during the apartheid era – and who are now the elders and leaders of our society – experienced during that time. …

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Book Review: ‘Reader’s Digest Illustrated History of South Africa’

(This book review was originally published in the New York City Tribune on Wednesday, August 2, 1989, before the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the legalization of anti-apartheid political groups such as the ANC, and five years before South Africa’s first multiracial, democratic elections.) RICHARD SINCERE An Outstanding Work Condemned to Obsolescence by …

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Apartheid continues to cast shadow on equality of opportunity

Patrizio Piraino, University of Cape Town Countries with a more unequal distribution of income tend to have less economic mobility from one generation to the next. This relationship is often referred to as the “Great Gatsby Curve”. Generational mobility refers to the extent to which individuals have the opportunity to succeed economically regardless of the …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 25 June 2015

Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle, by Jacob Dlamini Release Date: June 25, 2015 Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd ‘Comrade September’, a member of the ANC and its military wing, MK, was abducted from his hideout in Swaziland by South African security forces in August 1986 and taken …

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