Professor Malegapuru Makgoba to launch his memoir at UJ



Professor Malegapuru Makgoba to launch his memoir at UJ

He was the first black Deputy Vice-Chancellor of one of South Africa’s English-language and metropolitan universities. He later joined the South African Medical Research Council, which he headed between 1999 and 2002, and was involved in developing South Africa’s AIDS strategy and the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative. More recently, he was the health ombudsman tasked with investigating the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

Now, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has released a tell-all book, titled Leadership for Transformation since the Dawn of South Africa’s Democracy: An insider’s view. In it, he reflects on his experience of South Africa’s transformation for over 29 years since his return to the country after working for 13 years in the UK.

Former public protector, Professor Thuli Madonsela, succinctly describes the book as follows: “[It] was motivated by the downward spiral and crisis in national leadership that characterises South Africa today and the role politics and the media have played in the project. A country of so much hope in the 1994 Mandela era has fallen like a meteorite rapidly regressing and being ruined through rudderless leadership, corruption, rampant crime and violence, poor governance and poor economic growth, all increasing inequality, unemployment and poverty.”

Details of the book launch are as follows:

Date: 06 September 2023
Venue: The Kerzner Building, School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus
Address: 57 Bunting Road & Cottesloe Road, Johannesburg
Time: 17:00

Members of the media are invited to attend the book launch.

Should you wish to attend, please RSVP to me by Wednesday 06 September 2023, 12pm.

Note to the Editor: Space is limited and therefore RSVPs are essential. Members of the media WILL NOT be admitted to the event without having RSVP’ed. 

For enquiries, please contact:

Masego Panyane
Media Liaison
University of Johannesburg
Tel: +27 11 559-1571

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