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					                                              PROGRESS REPORT
                                                AUGUST 2010

Introduction                                                                 and Tshilidzi Ratshitanga – together with
                                                                             members of management and the Project Team
This Progress Report serves as an update of the                              – continued to meet on a fortnightly basis to
Progress Report of May 2010. It thus covers                                  provide guidance to management and to attend
significant developments in the birth and growth                             to required formal decisions. The last meeting of
of MISTRA for May, June and July 2010.                                       the Interim Board took place on 28th July 2010.

Governance                                                                   The Management Committee (MANCO) has
                                                                             been handling the day-to-day running of the
All the proposed members of the Council of                                   Institute virtually at full strength since May 2010.
Advisors and Board of Governors have formally                                In addition to Joel Netshitenzhe as Executive
indicated their acceptance of their nominations                              Director and Barry Gilder as Director Operations,
to these bodies. On 14th July 2010 the Interim                               Ilva Mackay was appointed as Office Manager in
Board formally appointed the members of the                                  April and Leonard Martin as Content Manager in
Council and the Board. The Council and Board                                 May. A Finance and Fundraising Manager has
held their first formal meetings in early August.                            been appointed and is expected to commence
                                                                             duties in October. This committee meets on a
The members of the Council of Advisors are:                                  weekly basis and as and when the need arises.
Jenny Cargill (Chairperson), Jakes Gerwel (Vice-
Chairperson), Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Reuel                               Staffing
Khoza, Barbara Masekela, Abdul Minty, Njabulo
Ndebele and Eric Mtshali. The Chairperson of the                             In addition to the MANCO members mentioned
Board of Governors and the Executive Director                                above, Thabang Moerane was appointed as
are ex-officio members of the Council.                                       Administrator in June 2010.

The members of the Board of Governors are:                                   The Institute has completed the process of
Sibusiso      Vil-Nkomo     (Chairperson), Joel                              interviewing for two senior researchers and one
Netshitenzhe (Vice-Chairperson and Executive                                 of these started in early August and the second
Director), Tanya Abrahamse, Frans Baleni, Luli                               will start in September.
Callinicos, Barry Gilder (ex officio), Pregs
Govender, Trish Hanekom, Jean-Marie Jullienne,                               The process of interviewing for two researchers
Mandla Langa, Oyama Mabandla, Brigitte                                       has been finalised with the two successful
Mabandla, Mosibudi Mangena, Solly Mapaila,                                   candidates expected to commence work with
Jabu Moleketi, Dipuo Mvelase, Thandi Ndlovu,                                 the Institute in October.
Fébé Potgieter-Gqubule, Muthanyi Ramaite,
Tshilidzi Ratshitanga, Allister Rogan, Sibusiso                              This would complete the initial complement of
Sibisi, , Peter Vundla and Sandile Zungu.                                    management and staff for the start-up period of
                                                                             the Institute, with further appointments
The Interim Board, consisting of Sibusiso Vil-                               scheduled for the new financial year (from
Nkomo (Chairperson), Joel Netshitenzhe                                       March 2011) unless funding allows us to bring
(Executive Director), Fébé Potgieter-Gqubule                                 some of these appointments forward.

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Content                                               A workshop was held in mid-August 2010
                                                      attended by 53 subject experts to flesh out the
The key focus of the work of the Institute since      scope, approach, outline and required resources
May this year has been on establishing its            for each of the prioritised projects.
research capacity and initiating its first research
projects.                                             In addition to the above research projects
                                                      initiated by MISTRA, discussions are advanced
A Faculties Workshop was held at the end of           for the carrying out of a number of partnership
May, attended by 37 key thinkers and                  research projects. Concrete partnerships on
academics. The workshop was the first broad           some of these projects are being finalised.
engagement by the Institute with a wide range
of content partners on the Institute’s planned        In addition to the full-time researchers, we are
research work. The workshop considered a              developing a comprehensive database of
range of possible research projects and               researchers to work on a contractual basis on
elaborated on the general approach to its             research projects, as prospective Fellows of the
research work as well as on specific projects.        Mapungubwe Institute.

The Institute has now identified a number of          Partnerships
Priority Research Projects. Broadly formulated,
the priority projects are:                            Another key area of focus over the past months
                                                      has been the establishment of partnerships with
       Nation-Formation and Social Cohesion in       a range of academic and other research bodies.
        South Africa: Is it Possible to Mark Time?
       Evolution of the South African State          Meetings have been held with the Universities of
       Poverty, Inequality and Patronage: Their      Johannesburg and Pretoria, and other meetings
        Impact on the Conduct of National,            are planned for the next two months. Many
        Provincial and Local Politics as well as      areas of partnership have already been
        Community Protest                             identified in the discussions.
       The Arithmetic of Savings in South
        Africa: Do the Numbers Add Up or is it a      We have also had a number of exploratory
        Disease of the Mind?                          discussions with international institutions,
       The Use and Displacement of Strategic         including the UNDP, the African Research
        Minerals: South Africa, PGM and Fuel          Institute in the UK, the Ideas Foundation in
        Cell and Related Technologies                 Spain, the Thought and Practice Project at the
       The Concept and Application of Trans-         University of Cambridge and others – although
        Disciplinarity                                the focus for now is on South African partners.
       What Factors Influenced the Rise and
        Fall of Mapungubwe (and other African)        Fundraising
       The Philosophy, Art and Science of            The other key focus area for the Institute’s work
        Competitive Football – Charting a Long-       over the past few months has been fundraising.
        Term Strategy
                                                      The Institute’s Business Plan was finalised and
A comprehensive list of potential project team        printed in May, together with a detailed budget.
members for these projects has been drawn up.         This is being provided to prospective donors.
They will work on these projects with the full-       This document outlines the Institute’s costed
time MISTRA staff, either as contracted               plans for the period after October 2010 until the
researchers or advisors. Members of the Council       end of the current financial year in February
of Advisors and Board of Governors will               2011 as well as for the subsequent three
participate in advisory panels for these and          financial years until February 2014.
other projects.
With regard to the endowment fund, the donors         Communications
will be recognised in three main categories:
                                                      The Institute produced a professionally designed
       Core Founding Contributors: including         and printed Corporate Profile in April. A revised
        the funders who have contributed to the       version was printed in mid-July.
        MISTRA start-up budget running to
        October 2010. These will be given             The Institute launched its Website in May 2010.
        special     recognition    in    MISTRA       This has been generally well-received and usage
        publications.                                 reports for June and July indicated          an
       Founding Contributors: those who              encouraging first two months of access to the
        contribute before the end of June 2011        site.
        who will be designated by various levels
        of recognition according to the quantum       On 14th July 2010 the Institute held a dinner with
        of their contribution.                        senior editors of the media. This was attended
       Contributors: those who contribute after      by nine editors of the print and electronic media
        June 2011, who will also be designated        together with members of the Board and
        by various levels according to the            Management of MISTRA. The dinner served as
        quantum of their contribution.                an initial engagement with the media to inform
                                                      them of the establishment and plans of the
Cyril Ramaphosa of the Shanduka Group and             Institute and to engage them on our
Tokyo Sexwale sit on a Fundraising Patrons            communications approach. There was general
Committee together with our Chairperson,              consensus that MISTRA was a welcome and
Professor Vil-Nkomo. This committee will              timely initiative. A number of issues regarding
provide strategic guidance to our fundraising         MISTRA’s public profile arose.
drive, as well as referrals to high-level potential
donors.                                               Logistics
A highly successful Fundraising Dinner was held       Legal: One of the key focuses in recent months
on 7th June 2010. This was hosted and funded by       has been the proper legal establishment of the
the Shanduka Group. It was attended by over 80        Institute for purposes of the Companies Act and
senior representatives of South African business.     the Income Tax Act. The Mapungubwe Institute
                                                      for Strategic Reflection was confirmed by CIPRO
This event served as the basis for our                as the official registered name of the Institute in
subsequent fundraising activities. Follow-up          June. A Memorandum of Incorporation that
letters have been sent to a priority list of those    would comply with both the current Companies
who attended the dinner as well as those who          Act and the new Act has been finalised. These
apologised, seeking       meetings for further        documents were ratified by the Board of
discussion of possible partnership with MISTRA.       Governors.

In addition, letters have been sent to a range of     Finance: The Institute has now established a
other potential funders. Although the focus has       basic financial management system with the
been on South African funders, contact has been       introduction of Pastel Accounting and Payroll
made with international organisations, including      software, as well as online banking and in-house
the UNDP, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the         financial administrative systems.
Olaf Palme Foundation and others.
                                                      A professional accountant has been engaged to
Responses from a number of donors have been           provide accounting advice as well as to interface
encouraging.                                          with SARS on our behalf. We have also
                                                      appointed auditors for the Institute.

                                                      Our expenditure patterns for April to June 2010
                                                      are within budget.
Human Resources: We have developed basic
human resource systems, based primarily on the
approach of the public service. These include
remuneration systems, leave policy, cell phone
policy and travel policy. These will be formalised
into an integrated Human Resource Policy and
will inform employment contracts.

Office Accommodation: We occupied our new
offices in Woodmead in May 2010; and we are
effecting basic alterations to meet our

We have also          acquired     basic   support

ICT Support: Start-up ICT equipment has been
acquired, and the ICT systems will continually be

The establishment of the Institute is now moving
at breakneck speed. The more work we do and
the more we engage with potential partners the
higher the expectations. With the holding of the
inaugural Council and Board meetings, we have
completed the main elements of the
establishment phase of the Institute. The key
areas of focus going forward will be on the core
research work and on raising medium to long-
term funding. Some of the key milestones for
the remainder of this year are:

Inaugural Meetings of Council of      August
Advisors and Board of Governors       2010
Workshop on Priority Research         August
Projects                              2010
Employment of 2 Senior                Aug/Sep
Researchers                           2010
Begin work on priority research       August
projects                              2010
Phase 2 of Website development        September
Employment 2 Researchers              October
Initial Output of Priority Research   November
Projects                              2010
Second Meetings of Council of         November
Advisors and Board of Governors       2010
Public launch of Institute            December