In issue Number#12 we report on a series of roundtables – convened in partnership between MISTRA and the Department of Public Management at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) – with representatives of the State of Delaware (USA), and Delaware University.

We also have great pleasure in announcing two upcoming strategic reflections. The first, convened in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, is a roundtable with Dr Greg Olsen, an American entrepreneur, engineer and scientist, who will speak on the topic: “Do the opportunities offered by space exploration justify the investment?”

Dr Olsen will be joined by respondents Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Dean of Engineering at the University of Johannesburg, and Dr Adrian Tiplady, Manager of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa site bid, at the discussion to be held at the University of Johannesburg on Friday 15th March 2013.

And MISTRA is proud to announce the second Annual Lecture to be given by Prof Mahmood Mamdani, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, New York. Prof Mamdani will speak on the topic: “Beyond Nuremberg: The Historical Significance of the Post-Apartheid Transition in South Africa”.