Moeletsi Mbeki talks “the African experience”

Political economist and South African Institute of International Affairs deputy chairman Moeletsi Mbeki discusses South Africa’s future by looking back at Africa’s past. Mbeki attended Democracy Works’ launch event, which featured a discussion panel hosted by our Executive Chairperson, William Gumede.

The panel also included former South African Minister for Intelligence Services Ronnie Kasrils and independent political analyst Dr. Somadoda Fikeni. During his opening statement, Mr. Mbeki touched on political as well as personal experiences throughout Africa, helping to contextualize South Africa’s current trajectory as he sees it.

Mbeki makes a strong appeal for support for civil society and Democracy Works Foundation in particular.


Fakhamzadeh knows how to throw together a pretty effective combination of web services. He has designed a method to geotag Flickr photos (2006) before Flickr itself was doing it, brought photo marathons to Africa (2007) and won the Highway Africa New Media Award (2007) with Ismail Farouk for

Added to this, Fakhamzadeh created what was probably the first mobile phone based city tour (2004), as well as one of the first (if not the first) QR-code assisted smartphone-based city tours (2009). His latest software projects are Dérive which gets you pleasantly lost in your city and Sliders (for Flickr), a free digital photo frame.

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