In this insightful book, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala provides an overview of the Fourth Industrial Revolution from a uniquely African perspective. Using African examples, Professor Marwala examines the continent - and particularly South Africa's - technological and socio-economic readiness for the socio-technical change being ushered in by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He also presents strategic action points that are worth the consideration of every business leader on the continent.
Every South African knows that we urgently need “new ways to fix old problems”. This astute collection of essays by 15 experts therefore provides action-oriented recommendations on a broad range of priorities. From Ann Bernstein to Thuli Madonsela, from Bonang Mohale to Temba Nolutshungu – they scrutinise the forces that shape society, in order to strengthen democracy and bring about productive change.
With a successful (and scandal-free) track record of four decades, Martin Kuscus proved himself one of a rare breed of credible public sector leaders who shaped the South African democratic landscape for the better. His memoir calls on emerging leaders to redefine the game of power, and live with admirable character in a world dominated by self-serving compromise.
Offering a broad historical perspective, this compelling read brings clarity (and activates a new awareness) as to how the interplay between economic and political institutions create either poverty, or widely-shared wealth.
The Prosperity Paradox reveals why so many investments in economic development fail to generate sustainable prosperity, and offer a disruptive solution for bringing about lasting positive change. “What if we considered this problem through a different lens? What if, instead of trying to fix the visible signs of poverty, we focused instead on creating lasting prosperity? This may require a counterintuitive approach to economic development, but one that will cause you to see opportunities where you might least expect them.”
Written by two veteran journalists, this is a mature overview of South Africa's current political and cultural complexities, traced back to the historical factors that have shaped – and continue to shape – the country.
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