The School would like to thank all of you from home and abroad who sent through messages of support and expressions of concern following the UCT fire. Thankfully our office building was unaffected and out of harm’s way. Your ongoing generous support is highly appreciated. Please visit UCT’s website to read the latest updates and the impact of this tragic event on the university community.
The Mandela School’s evolving footprint reflects the pan-African values that Nelson Mandela embodied. We are committed to building proactive programmes inspired by the legacies of Abder Nasser, Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon, and Graça Machel, whose struggles and victories continue to inspire the enduring vision of a united and prosperous Africa. Our content, our faculty, our students, our partners, and our public voice reflect and embrace our geographical spread, from Ras ben Sakka to Cape Agulhas, from Cabo Verde to Ras Hafun. The School emphasises that African people share not merely a common history, but also a common destiny. We have put together a five-year strategic plan which builds on our mandate to inspire strategic leadership across Africa. We invite you to engage with our strategic plan to help us to build on the legacies of those who went ahead of us.
Professor Faizel Ismail
The School remembers Professor Ndulu as a bold, innovative and deeply insightful thinker
Professor Benno Ndulu passed away earlier this year. The Mandela School is indebted to Professor Ndulu’s leadership and guidance throughout the years. Prof Ndulu was a member of the Mandela School’s International Advisory Board since the start of the School. His impact on the economic development of Africa is without parallel. May his legacy live on for generations to come.
Mandela School Connect - engagement space in pursuit of Africa's development
The School is elated to announce the launch of its online interactive networking platform, Mandela School Connect. The platform is designed to enable the School’s communities to connect, and supports democratic governance, sustainable development, and policy implementation, to continue constructive engagement in pursuit of Africa’s development.
A closer look at climate change and development nexus in Africa
The Mandela School, in partnership with the African Climate Foundation (ACF), launched the inaugural climate change and development lecture series in the School’s Development Policy and Practice Masters Programme. The lecture series seeks to establish that by bringing climate change to the forefront of development thinking and planning in Africa, countries have the opportunity to carve out new avenues for social and economic development.
A warm welcome to our Faculty Members
The School is growing, and we are privileged and honoured to be joined by respected experts who bring with them a wealth of industry insights.
A warm welcome to Alison Gillwald whose appointment as Adjunct Professor has been extended, and Mark Heywood who has been appointed as Adjunct at Professor level. Nimrod Zalk has been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor. Sean Philips, Saliem Fakir and Isabelle Hoyaux have been appointed as Adjunct Senior Lecturers.
Isabelle Hoyaux is an expert in the scaling up of impact proven enterprises. With a background in statistics (Imperial College, UK) and MBA in social entrepreneurship (ESSEC Business School, France), Isabelle has over 17 years’ work experience in inclusive entrepreneurship. She started as business strategy consultant at L.E.K. in the UK, then moved to the social entrepreneurship sector in France at Unis-Cité.
Professor Alison Gillwald is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa. She also served as Adjunct Professor at UCT’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor at the Witwatersrand University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management, where she founded the Learning Information Networking and Knowledge (LINK) Centre in 1999 with the purposes of fast-tracking ICT policy and regulatory training in southern Africa.
Sean Phillips is an Adjunct Senior Lecture at the Mandela School. Dr Phillips has honours, masters and PhD degrees in engineering and a master of management in public and development management. He has spent 20 years working in senior management positions in the South African government. He was Head of Department of the Limpopo Department of Public Works and Roads.
Nimrod Zalk is an Industrial Development Policy and Strategy Advisor at the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), formerly the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Prior to this he was Deputy Director-General of the Industrial Development Division (IDD) of the DTI.
Saliem Fakir is the Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation. Prior to establishing the ACF, Saliem served as the Head of the Policy & Futures Unit of WWF South Africa for 11 years. Saliem has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning and an Associate Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy at Stellenbosch University.
Professor Mark Heywood is one of South Africa’s most experienced and respected social justice activists with a track record of human rights activism spanning over thirty years. He has a rare combination of experiences: as an organiser and organisation builder; a writer; a teacher and public speaker and a public intellectual and thought-leader. He co-founded and then led for many years two of the most influential human rights organisations in post-apartheid South Africa, the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27.
We welcome you all to the Mandela School and we look forward to our long-lasting legacy building mission.
The Mandela School brought together policymakers and industry experts
The Mandela School and it's partners hosted a webinar series under the theme - The AfCFTA and Transformative Industrialisation. The webinar series preceded the much-anticipated official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This webinar brought together students, community members, policymakers, industry experts, thought leaders, activists, and the academic community. Policy briefs and summary reports were developed and can be found here.
Research Papers, Opinion Pieces and media interviews
24 May 2021 - Africa Day public symposium Keynote speaker: Bogolo Kenewendo, an African economist and managing director of Kenewendo Advisory Topic: Youth development and participation on the African continent amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Time: 10:00 - 13:00 (SAST)
Please register online to attend the virtual public symposium
27 May 2021 - Towards a New Deal: A political economy of the times of my life | Dr Rob Davies book launch
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