Mushkat Parker reminisces on the man South Africans simply, yet fondly, called "tata". His power of forgiveness will be hard to emulate. But where did he stand on South Africa’s foreign and domestic policy? How will his staunch 46664 HIV/Aids campaign be moved forward?
South African historian and political scientist, Dr Motsoko Pheko, who is also the former President of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), remembers a compatriot in the liberation struggle whom he describes as “a man who has lived his life for others, sometimes at the expense of his own people, in the quest to harmonise humanity.” But he proffers: “My disappointment is that I think the people with whom Mandela negotiated freedom in South Africa did not respond as they should have done. They wanted to have their cake and eat it.”
A short 13 years ago the world settled on a set of goals that at first appeared to have no political support and no popular resonance. They appealed only to the UN’s funds and programmes and, even when they got international endorsement, were thought to address themselves only to poor developing countries.
Branding expert Thebe Ikalafeng takes issue with two sources of symbolism that identify African institutions – the map of Africa and flags of African nations. “The African identity is in its people, their dreams, ambitions and goals,” he writes.
From my motherland, Ghana to the rolling plains of the Serengeti, from the Cape of Good Hope to Tunis, the birthplace of Hannibal besieging the Mediterranean Sea, for the past 7 years I have watched Africa nurse itself to health. A rude and vibrant health on the cusp of accelerated growth, like seeing the first green shoots after a long drought.
In as much as The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership (MIPAAL) is there to encourage good governance, on the ground it is actually too little and too ineffective to serve as a corruption deterrence. Why not target it towards Africa’s future, its youth?, writes Raymond Eyo.