Season’s Greetings!

As 2023 draws to a close, it’s important to look back on the year that was – what we’ve achieved and where more work needs to be done. If 2023 has taught us anything it is that the world is constantly changing and we need to keep up or we run the risk of being left behind.

Some of these changes have already been ushered in by the meteoric rise of artificial intelligence (AI), as Professor Tshilidzi Marwala explained during our 11th Annual Mapungubwe Lecture at the beginning of December. During his address Prof Marwala unpacked how AI can deliver heightened efficiency across almost every aspect of society. But he cautioned that we need to use it responsibly to avoid any negative effects.

Another future-focussed highlight was the launch of the Indlulamithi South Africa 2035 Scenarios.

The 2035 scenarios focus on the question: ‘What will South Africa look like in 2035?’ and showcase the possible future trajectories for South Africa in the hope that we can make more informed choices and decisions today.

Also in this newsletter, you can read more about:

  • Critical analysis of the medium-term budget policy statement
  • Possibilities for transformation in South Africa’s publishing industry – Writing the wrongs of the past
  • MISTRA and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) partner up
  • IEC Northern Cape thought leadership seminar on Traditional Leadership
  • MISTRA welcomes Nhlanhla Nyide as new Manager: Directorate Project Management

We hope you enjoy this issue.

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