Media Statement
For Immediate Release

Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) Ethics Conference – 15 -16 September 2016

Former Judges of the Constitutional Court, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro and Justice Albie Sachs as well as Chairperson of the Board of Anglo-Gold Ashanti, Mr. Sipho Pityana and Former Minister of Finance, Mr. Trevor Manuel, including Former Auditor General, Mr. Terence Nombembe will be among some of the speakers at the Mapungubwe Institute’s (MISTRA) conference on Seeking the Ethical Foundations of the South African Nation on the 15 – 16 September 2016.


The Conference is a major milestone in a MISTRA project geared towards crafting a dedicated, comprehensive response to the ethical challenges being faced by our country. MISTRA is interested in unearthing solutions which would place South Africa on a much improved ethical trajectory based on commonly shared values, norms and virtues consistent with the promise espoused in the founding of democratic South Africa in 1994 and the ushering in of the new Constitution in 1996.

The conference will provide a platform where presentations and discussion will be framed around the following sub-themes:
1. The Ethics of Decoloniality and the Decoloniality of Ethics
2. Ethics in a Capitalist Society
3. Ethics in Society
4. Ethics in Politics and Government
5. International Experience: The Role of Ethics in Democratic Societies

The MISTRA project has been led by Prof Itumeleng Mosala, President of Azanian People’s Organisation and Dr Iraj Abedian, Chief Executive Officer of the Pan-African Research and Investment Services.

Details of the conference are as follows:
Venue: Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Headway Hill, 1258 Lever Road, Midrand
Date: 15-16 September 2016
Time: Thursday: 08h30 – 16h00 / Friday 09h00 – 13h00

If you are interested in attending or would like to arrange interviews with the panel and/or the MISTRA team, please contact:

Ms Siphokazi Sigenu
Communications Officer
Tel: +27 11 518 0260
Cell: +27 72 233 1341