Kalk Bay Books & Jonathan Ball Publishers
invite you to the launch of
The Great African Society
Hlumelo Biko will be in conversation with
journalist & author Tim Butcher
(former Africa Bureau Chief for The Daily Telegraph)
Please note that this discussion will run from 6-7pm
and Mr Biko will depart immediately after the event.
He will be available from 5pm to sign copies of his book before the event,
and signed copies will be available for purchase after the discussion.
The ANC, in its rush for political control, chose power over the people instead of power of the people. History will judge them harshly.
Only a dramatic, imaginatively crafted intervention – a massive redistribution programme managed by the private sector, far-reaching policy changes in schooling, housing and health, and better, disciplined governance – will deliver the genuine liberation South Africa’s still-poor millions expected from the 1994 settlement. Without the real promise of a free, meritocratic society, South Africa will flounder and fail as corruption, crime, social decay, hopelessness and anger engulf society.
This is the compelling thesis of Hlumelo Biko’s hard-hitting, thoughtful analysis of South Africa’s past, present and future, a sobering assessment of where we stand today, and where we need to go.
Biko, the son of two great South Africans, Steve Biko and Mamphela Ramphele,
is generous in acknowledging achievements to date, but unsparing in judging the flaws and failures of the ANC-led government, of business, unions and civil society. He offers a comprehensive survey of the profound and continuing devastation visited on the country
by its unjust history, and plain, rational proposals for repairing the damage.
No debate from here on about the South African future can be taken seriously without weighing Biko’s insights and his warnings. The Great African Society is vividly moral in its intentions, but sober and unsentimental in examining political and economic imperatives.
It is guaranteed to make the reader sit up and take stock afresh.
This important book launch is one you won’t want to miss.
When: Thursday 21 February 2013
Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Time: 5.30 for 6pm
RSVP: asap 021 788 2266 between 9am and 6pm daily.
Please note: this is a free event but RSVPs are required for catering purposes.