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CANCELED - How South Africa Works and Must do Better, by Jeffrey Herbst & Greg Mills

Jeffrey Herbst, President & CEO, Newseum, Washington, D.C.Greg Mills, Director, Drenthurst Foundation, Johannesburg
The overwhelming challenge that South Africa faces, and has to date failed to address, is unemployment, which falls especially on African youths who were promised a better future after 1994. If the current unemployment challenge is not addressed, it will be impossible to sustainably lift many millions of people out of poverty. 
How South Africa Works reviews the country’s major economic achievements over the past two decades. Through numerous interviews with politicians, business leaders and analysts, it examines the challenges and opportunities across key productive sectors -- including agriculture, manufacturing, services, and mining -- illustrative of the policy challenges that leaders face. It scrutinises the social grant and education systems to understand if South Africa has established mechanisms for people not only to escape destitution but be ready to be employed, and identifies steps that some of South Africa’s most notable entrepreneurs have taken to build world-class enterprises. Recognizing the essential challenge to cultivate more employers to employ people, How South Africa Works concludes by offering an agenda and active steps for greater competitiveness for government, business and labor.
Jeffrey Herbst is president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. From 2010 to 2015, he was president of Colgate University.  He is also a trustee of Freedom House.  Previously, he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of political science at Miami University in Ohio. For 18 years he taught at Princeton University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in 1983. Herbst earned a master’s degree from Yale University in 1985 and a doctorate in 1987, also from Yale. He is the author of the award-winning “States and Power in Africa” and, with co-author Greg Mills, “Africa’s Third Liberation” and the just-published “How South Africa Works and Must Do Better.” In addition to many books and articles, he has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other papers across the world.
Greg Mills directs the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation, and the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor – and what Africans can do about it (Penguin: 2010) and, with Jeffrey Herbst Africa’s Third Liberation (Penguin: 2012). In 2008 he was deployed as Strategy Advisor to the President of Rwanda, and has directed strategic advisory groups in Malawi, Mozambique, and Afghanistan, and worked for heads of government additionally in Liberia, Lesotho, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD from Lancaster University and an Honours degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town. A member of the Institutional Institute for Strategic Studies and Chatham House, and of the Advisory Board of the Royal United Services Institute, in 2013 he was appointed to the African Development Bank’s High-Level Panel on Fragile States. His book Why States Recover (Picador), was launched in 2014, and (with Jeffrey Herbst) How South Africa Works during 2015/16.



Tuesday, February 16, 2016. 04:30PM


CISAC Central Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Encina Hall Central, 616 Serra Street


Center for African Studies




Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.