In issue Number#21 we report on participation by Ms Radhika Perrot on “Innovation in Energy” on CNBC Africa Power Talk with Chris Bishop; a book talk by MISTRA Head of Political Economy, Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana on Patronage Politics at the University of the Western Cape as well as his participation at the 6th Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) Academic Forum in Brazil.  We also report on participation by Joel Netshitenzhe, Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana and David Maimela in a learning exchange on youth unemployment hosted in partnership with MISTRA and Harambee.  And we report on the participation by Ayender Makhuvela in a discussion on ‘Born-Frees in the May 2014 elections” on African Dialogues on Channel Africa. And we also report on a MISTRA skaftin on “The Evolution of Whiteness” by Prof Melissa Steyn from the Wits University Centre for Diversity Studies.

We also report on a range of media articles by MISTRA staff, including: MISTRA researcher, David Maimela on Nigeria’s new positioning as Africa’s largest economy; Dr Mceibisi Ndletyana on “Our History has reached turning point”, and “ANC’s Morality is on the line”; Oupa Makhalemele (researcher on MISTRA’s Evolution of the State research project), on “South Africa in Africa and the World”; MISTRA Senior Researcher, Dr Betchani Tchereni on The Civil Obligation of Saving; Nicola Viegi and Rachel Browne on The Arithmetic of Savings, as well as an article by Albert Pule on the story of South Africa’s path to democracy, in which he speaks to David Maimela about the meaning of ‘freedom’.

MISTRA is also proud to announce that Board member, Luli Callinicos has been nominated as the first Reading Ambassador for the 2014 Jozi Book Fair. We introduce three new appointments: Lorraine Pillay as Financial Manager, Magati Ndini as Resource Mobilization Officer and Sedireng Lerakong as Junior Researcher in the Faculty of Political Economy.