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Ideas to change Africa

By Mpikeleni Duma | Jun 13, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 9 ]

MOELETSI Mbeki, despite the "burden" of being the brother of former president Thabo Mbeki, has managed to carve a niche for himself as a formidable intellectual and visionary as well as being a savvy businessman.

Mbeki is one of the most outspoken critics of his own continent.

Mbeki is also a journalist, private business entrepreneur, political commentator and author. He has published a number of stimulating books in which he has somewhat traced the socio-economic development of South Africa and the African states generally since independence.

He has presented thought-provoking analyses of pressing issues hampering growth and preventing the rise of millions of people out of poverty. He particularly identifies the question of leadership as one of the key factors holding African states back.

Criticism is one thing, however, but garnering solutions is another matter entirely. In this latest book - edited by Mbeki - he has put together hands-on suggestions on how to solve Africa's development challenges. Here we find hard-headed, rational analysis and innovative ideas which would hopefully bring about the transformation of an economy.

This book however, does not pretend to know all the solutions to change Africa's future. But in this book Mbeki relies on experts in a wide variety of subjects, such as education, entrepreneurship, economic and social affairs, as well as mining, to describe the solutions they have come up with after years of research and experience.

It is gratifying that these experts hail from various African countries, but as this work shows they all have an unwavering will to contribute to a more prosperous Africa.

This work focuses solidly on possible solutions that would move Africa ahead. It is an urgent call for action.

The introduction to the book is written by Mbeki himself. He refers to his prior work, Architects of Poverty: Why African Capitalism Needs Changing, in which he examined why African people comprise the majority of the world's bottom billion.

The book suggests strongly that Africa essentially lacks a dynamic and innovative political and economic leadership. Also, Africa's second most important problem is that it lacks power; most of the governments are minnows in world terms.

Other contributors to this powerful, introspective work are Seeraj Mohamed, Paul Jourdan, David Everatt, Jonathan Jansen and Sindiso Ngwenya

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It's a must read i reckon.

Jun 13, 2011 11:53 | 0 replies

I must get myself a copy of this it really is interesting ...!!!

Jun 13, 2011 3:3 | 0 replies

most definately, I'm also gonna buy it.

Jun 13, 2011 3:48 | 0 replies

The analyses of the book on this article, the critic makes a lot of over statement as MOELETSI being one of the most outspoken critics of his own continent?! Says who? There is Anglophone Africa, francophone, Portuguese Africa and even one that is Spaniard. Moeletsi being xenophobic himself how credible is his analysis in this perspective?Seeraj Mohamed, Paul Jourdan, David Everatt, Jonathan Jansen and Sindiso Ngwenya, are not enough contributors for a work of such magnitude, Africa is a mosaic of culture and language.
There are so many things we just don’t know or understand about Africa.

Besides, we south African see Africa in white men’s point of view

Anyway, the book itself is a good attempt, but which African politician is listen or any African for that matter?

Jun 13, 2011 10:2 | 0 replies

I have the greatest admiration for Moletsi Mbeki and wish we had him as president of our country.
If this was the case we would move forward and we'd see economic growth with everyone having the opportunity to improve themselves and get ahead.

He is also prepared to ask for and listen to solutions from people with expertise and experience.
Probably because he is educated he knows help is needed from other that are educated too - not pie in the sky promises from ignoramuses.

>>This book however, does not pretend to know all the solutions to change Africa's future. But in this book Mbeki relies on experts in a wide variety of subjects, such as education, entrepreneurship, economic and social affairs, as well as mining, to describe the solutions they have come up with after years of research and experience.<<

Jun 14, 2011 6:30 | 0 replies

definitely adding on to my collection.

Mbeki has a brain, I'm sure this book worth a read and should be shoved down the education systems throat. our kids are not exposed to this kind of intellect but rather rubbish about big brother and kadashians

Jun 14, 2011 8:25 | 0 replies

Did he come up with the ida of African reniacence? If the answer is yes bad couse now it open the fload gates of economic migrant and all sorts of criminals,now lately huge rates.Please bloggers gime an answer to this our children's futer it's in denger from all angles which ever you look at it.It's scary guys really it is!

Jun 14, 2011 1:37 | 0 replies

Moeletsi should have been in the ANC's NEC and tried to influence change there. It does little to offer solutions from outside. But hopefully someone will read your book and be an SA president one day.

Jun 17, 2011 6:15 | 0 replies

What are the Mbekis feeding their kids. They seem to have a very high IQ.

Nov 21, 2011 11:43 | 0 replies