During the last couple of months, the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) has reached several important milestones and been involved in a number of exciting projects and initiatives.

One of these key millstones was the launch of our latest publication: The Evolving Structure of South Africa’s Economy: Faultlines and Futures on Thursday, 28 September. The book posits that the structural transformation of our economy demands a review of macroeconomic and micro-economic policies and calls for various re-industrialisation processes, with the aim being to reduce human vulnerability and ecological degradation.

This was followed by the launch of the MISTRA Coalitions Barometer High-Level Summary, at a dialogue on Coalitions in South Africa – emerging trends and dynamics, hosted in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa., as well as the release of the MISTRA 2022 – 2023 Annual Report.

MISTRA played a key role in the Multiparty National Dialogue on Coalitions, held on 4 and 5 August at the University of Western Cape hosted by Deputy President Paul Mashatile. The MISTRA team consisted of Executive Director, Joel Netshitenzhe, and the co-editors of MISTRA’s publication Marriages of Inconvenience: The politics of coalitions in South Africa, Prof Susan Booysen and Dr Amuzweni Ngoma.

We also spoke at the ActionSA Policy Conference which included presentation of their Draft Foreign Policy and engaged on how this relates to the government’s Framework Document on South Africa’s National Interest.

MISTRA colleagues have been working feverishly to prepare the Indlulamithi SA Scenarios for 2035 for its public launch in November 2023. During the month of October, they have briefed, inter alia, the Democratic Alliance Policy Unit, the African National Congress, and the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation.

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