Dr Mzukisi Qobo – Political Leadership is Associate Professor: Strategy and International Business at the Wits Business School, where he is also Director: PhD Programmes. He is an expert on geopolitics, international political economy, and public policy. Mzukisi serves on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

He is author of the book: “The Fall of the ANC: What Next?”, published by Pan Macmillan (Picador Africa). Mzukisi is currently working on a book focusing on “The New Contours of Transformational Leadership in South Africa”. Book through Conference Speakers

Dr Mzukisi Qobo - Political Leadership

Keynote Address

  • Transformational Leadership and Shared Value
  • Managing in the era of Geopolitics
  • South Africa’s Political Economy Outlook

Mzukisi co-founded the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria and became its deputy director between 2012 and 2014. He has had a stint as deputy director at the NRF-funded South African Research Chair on African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, at the University of Johannesburg, where he taught courses on International Political Economy, Foreign Policy and Political Risk Analysis. 

Mzukisi has many years of experience in the public sector and corporate advisory. He developed South Africa’s trade policy when he was Chief Director: Trade Policy at the Department of Trade and Industry. Mzukisi has worked in the policy think-tank environment as Head: Emerging Powers and Global Challenges at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), where he pioneered research on the role of emerging economics in global governance, as well as South Africa’s changing role in the global economic environment.

Mzukisi has advised various government departments at national and provincial levels on aspects of public policy. He led a team that advised government on illicit financial flows, focusing on improving transparency in beneficial ownership, for the South African government in 2018. He has also developed the International Relations Strategy for the Department of Small Business Development. Mzukisi sits on the boards of Corruption Watch and Earn International.

Dr Mzukisi Qobo – Political Leadership obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; MA from the University of Stellenbosch; and BA from the University of Cape Town.

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The Fall of the ANC

The Fall of the ANC
What Next?

On the basis of the current state of politics in South Africa of corruption, factionalism, the use of politics as a means of accumulation, all of which are abundant in the ANC we have come to the conclusion that, if the party does not make a serious U-turn, it will ruin itself, and our country at the same time. This will not go on forever, for newer generations will, to avoid further ruin, act to bring about political change. We have faith in the rational capacity of human beings, even as we know that history reminds us that humankind can sometimes be foolish.

Political governance in South Africa has collapsed. Scandals of corruption, evidence of nepotism, rampant maladministration in provinces, incompetence in public offices and a general decline in the quality of leadership are there for all to see.

In the authors view, this state of affairs has its origins in the messiness and collapse of the African National Congress. As helplessness deepens in our society, concerned citizens ask: What will happen to South Africa?

The Fall of the ANC: What Next? seeks to answer this question of the fate that awaits the country.