Mandela's Economic Legacy

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Mandela: Myth and Reality

The Reality of Power and Mandela's leadership role - the economy, government and foreign policy
Mandela's Economic Legacy: Evaluating Socio-economic Inequality in South Africa's Political Economy

Dr Desne Masie
(Royal African Society and University of Edinburgh Business School)

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is convening a seminar to discuss the complexities of Mandela’s ideology, political relationship with other liberation movements within South African society, his record as the first black President of South Africa; and his contribution to South Africa’s reintegration in the international system , after decades of ostracism.

5th December 2014 marks the first anniversary of his death. At his passing, an enormous amount of media material was produced reflecting on multiple aspects of his life and work: a considerable amount of this was relatively superficial, and understandably hagiographic. Now more time has passed, there is both opportunity and need for a more dispassionate assessment of the complexity of the Mandela phenomenon: the continuing importance of debates about the armed struggle and his relationship with the SACP; Mandela, the ANC and Africa during the liberation struggle; the role and position of Mandela in the overall South African liberation struggle and relations within the ANC and with other movements and strands of thought, including Black Consciousness; serious discussion of his place in the critical time of negotiated transition; and a sober assessment of Mandela’s record in office, as revolutionary leader turned administrator, and national leader in the rapidly changing post-Cold War world; and his role in Africa and the international system. This seminar intends to contribute to the on-going debate of myths versus realities of Mandela, and the complexities of his legacy.

The conference is being organised by the ICWS, in conjunction with two of its Senior Research Fellows, Keith Somerville (former BBC World news programmes editor and currently Lecturer in Humanitarian Communications, Centre for Journalism, University of Kent; and Martin Plaut (Africa Editor, BBC World Service News).

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
Dr Desne Masie (Royal African Society and University of Edinburgh Business School)
Event date: 
Friday, 5 December 2014 - 12:00am
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