In issue Number#13 we have great pleasure in announcing an upcoming strategic reflection: A lecture by Dr Francis Fukuyama entitled: “The end of the end of history: the lessons of the global economic crisis” to be convened in partnership with the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) at the University of Cape Town, to take place on 10th May 2013.

We report on Y Abba Omar, MISTRA’s Director Operations’ appointment to the board of the Institute of International Management Practice (IIMP) in Cambridge, UK.   And we report on a recent roundtable “Do the opportunities offered by space exploration justify the investment?” convened in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, at which we hosted Dr Greg Olsen, the third person to privately embark on a journey to outer space.

We share the full text of the second Annual Lecture presented by Prof Mahmood Mamdani, the Director and Professor at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala, entitled: “Beyond Nuremberg: The Historical Significance of the Post-Apartheid Transition in South Africa”.

And we share a range of media articles written by MISTRA staff including “Lest we forget our struggle Heroes” by Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Head of the Faculty of Political Economy.  As well as two articles on MISTRA’s second Annual Lecture, by Leonard Martin, Head of the Faculty of Humanity and by Janet Smith of The Independent. And also an op ed by Tebogo Matsimela, an intern in the Faculty of Humanity entitled “Space Science to Develop SA” on the recent roundtable with cosmonaut Greg Olsen.

And we’re happy to announce the appointment of two new interns: Sedireng Lerakong who has joined the Faculty of Political Economy and Linda Zwane who has joined as an intern in Communications and Outreach