6 COLUMN Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA Former South African President Nelson Mandela Incumbent President Jacob Zuma ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa The past haunts the present STRIDES with Uncle Bob Kandetu The momentum towards a ‘New South Africa’ was characterised by some developments central of which were the mini revolution in the racist Nationalist Party that saw F. W. de Klerk ascending to power. Suddenly Nelson Mandela was released from prison alongside other political prisoners. The African National Congress (ANC) was caught on the back foot and had to organise things mid-stream, so as to hit the ground running and the hitherto liberation movement managed to harness the different liberation support formations consisting of labour, progressive churches, youth and women organisations. The ANC had been banned and could only operate outside South Africa. To this effect churches were expressive against apartheid and boasted dynamic leaders such as Bishop Manas Buthelezi, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Frank Chikane, Reverend Allan Boesak and, that undying religious spirit of the South African white church, Beyers Naude. The leadership of labour in turn produced dynamic leadership the likes of Howard Gabriel and others. And this broad liberation support platform produced and nurtured young professionals the likes of Cyril Ramaphosa into the ranks of the leadership of South African’s labour and slowly into the arena of South Africa’s national politics. Mandela was released from prison alongside other political prisoners, the likes of Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and Govan Mbeki. Political exiles returned to South Africa in tandem with the new political environment. The stage was thus set for South Africans to enter constitutional negotiations. Ramaphosa led the ANC delegation to the negotiations that culminated into national elections which the ANC won to form democratically elected government with Mandela as president. This vindicated Brenda Fassie’s famous song, ‘My Black President’. Mandela surprised the world on more than one occasion during the constitutional dispensation. First, he cultivated the political spirit that would account for F.W. de Klerk to take precedence over Cyril Ramaphosa as second Vice President in the transitional government. Secondly, when it was time to compose South Africa’s civil ser- for the presidency. Frank Chikane President and Jakes Gerwel for and Chikane, who was believed to be the more capable of the two, Thabo Mbeki. As soon as he became President, Mandela set the stage for succession and debate ensued in the broad South African society on who would succeed Mandela. This was a sensitive matter since those whose cards were stacked in favour of Ramaphosa had not relented and hoped that an environment would still obtain for him to emerge in the not so distant future. While on a European visit, Mandela was asked by a reporter whom he thought would succeed him and he left the impression that Thabo Mbeki would be the person. Upon return he was confronted and implicitly charged with unilateral decisions on succession. True to his magnanimity, Mandela apologised for the error of judgment and this debate was put to bed. But the statement was made and it was too ghastly for the African National Congress to contemplate alternative thinking against the public position pronounced by Mandela. So, Mbeki became the next president of South Africa. As the world turned, Mbeki fell out of favour with large sectors of the ANC. He was deposed and Jacob Zuma was elected president of the African National Congress. Now the ANC is faced with a situation demanding President Zuma’s removal. By many accounts Zuma is embattled and the ANC knows that. Zuma cannot with ease manage the business of state, and opposition parties in parliament are bent on making the Zuma regime inoperative. The business community in South Africa and globally, seem to have accepted the new developments in the leadership of the ANC and approve of the Ramaphosa leadership, as can be viewed against the backdrop of the fact that no sooner was Ramaphosa elected president of the ANC, the South African Rand jumped in strength in juxtaposition to the United States Dollar. But the ANC is contending with a crisis at home as their house is the elective congress been hard at work to sort the politics of succession while South African society at large has waited with bated breath. For all indications are that, should Zuma stay on as President of South Africa, the country will remain ungovernable because the opposition is resolute. 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Since the new South Africa, the ANC had two break-away formations and judging from remarks cal players believed to be close to Jacob Zuma, the prospect for yet a break away formation from the ruling party looms high. ‘As we speak’, the ANC has formally requested Zuma to resign within 48 hours or face being recalled by the party. This comes after protracted consultations within the ANC; and between ANC leadership and Zuma. Meanwhile opposition parties in South Africa’s parliament are up in arms. They are resolute that the Zuma regime has been nothing but an embarrassment for South Africa, demand his departure and want parliament to be dissolved immediately, in favour of fresh national elections. The nation and the world have waited patiently for the leadership of the ANC to guide the nation out of this political uncertainty that has contained the potential to plunge South Africa into an unprecedented constitutional conundrum. The arrival of Ramaphosa as president of the ANC is believed to be good for the South African economy and good for business. Ramaphosa is regarded as an astute businessman of repute and expected to be a friend of big business and global investment. expect Ramaphosa to understand the wisdom of economic mobility through capital investment. They expect him to understand mining, tourism and agriculture better than the incumbent. But Ramaphosa and his ANC have a hurdle to jump and this hurdle seemed to become higher by the day, until the ANC leadership decided to force Zuma out of circumspection on the part of the ANC, seemingly the stakes have remained high and only time will tell what course events will take now and the extent to which ANC will emerge magnanimous.
Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA ADVERT 7 February 2018 BULLETIN Faculty of ICT Develops New Qualifications IUM Faculty of Information Communication Technology and Systems Development students during a lecture in the Computer Laboratory The IUM Faculty of Information Communication Technology and Systems Development is dedicated to providing a range of programmes that equip graduates with innovative skills to operate at international standards in business. The Faculty integrates its education and research programmes into a cohesive system thus providing students with modern technology platforms for relevant and industry-responsive education with a high degree of work-integrated learning. the Bachelor of Science Honours degree (with specialisations) and Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Software Development. Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Electronics (with the following specializations): The main objective of the Bachelor of Science in students as electronics professionals for a successful moulding electronic systems professionals with a strong background in, among others, electrical and electronic circuit analysis and design, computational platforms and software applications, analogue and digital communication techniques as well as digital signal processing and embedded systems. Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Electronics Honours must have a minimum of 25 points in the of D grade in English, a D grade in Mathematics, and a D grade in any three other subjects (should include Physics, Chemistry and/or Technical Drawing). Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours Degree The Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Software Development is aimed at equipping graduates with the knowledge of computer systems, programming, and management. and be able to analyse, design and implement information systems solutions in a wide range of real world problems. As software developers, they will perform analysis, design and implementation using principles of computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Applicants for the Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Software Development must have a English and a D grade in Mathematics. until 28 February 2018. For more information visit the University website: www.ium.edu.na. IUM and the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia Train Pharmacist Assistants IUM in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia (PSN) in Pharmacist Assistants programme at Dorado Park Main Campus. in partnership with the Pharmaceutical the academic year 2018. It is aimed at contributing to the optimal pharmaceutical care and services in Namibia and beyond. Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor stated that the collaboration between the University and PSN was important as it strengthened further the Faculty of Health of Sciences. He called on other public and private institutions to collaborate in such fruitful partnerships with IUM in order to enhance the delivery of high quality education for their members. Prof. Mchombu also declared that that IUM was ready and open for similar collaborative ventures. The event was attended by the new students, lecturers and representatives from the IUM Faculty of Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia, and the National Health Council of Namibia, amongst others. At the launch, thirty-two (32) students were inducted into the programme. Speaking at the event, Prof. Kingo Prof. Arowolo Appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Research Mr. Uli Rittler, Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia (PSN) expressed his gratitude to IUM for the the implementation of the programme. Prospective students must be employed in credible pharmacies for a minimum of three (3) years to enable them to carry out their programme For more information on the programme visit the website, www.ium.edu.na from January 2018. Prof. Arowolo joined IUM in January 2017 as a Professor for Social Sciences and Coordinator for PhD programmes. Before joining IUM, he was an African Research Fellow and Chief Research Specialist, Research Use & Impact Assessment at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, RSA. Prof. Arowolo worked as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Population and Development University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was later appointed Professor of Sociology and Head of Department of Social Sciences at the Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Humanities. He also worked in the United Nations (UN) with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). His assignments with UN were mostly in the area of policy, programme design and management, including monitoring and evaluation. Prof. Oladele O. Arowolo, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Research at IUM Prof. Arowolo also served as an independent international consultant and successfully completed numerous research and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in dozens of African countries and in the Middle East. As a seasoned academic and researcher, he published widely in peer reviewed academic journals, books, chapters in books and technical monographs. Prof. Arowolo holds a PhD and Masters Degree in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, A UNIVERSITY DEDICATED TO ITS PEOPLE’S FUTURE