Join Atlas Network for a Global Policy Perspectives presentation by Temba Nolutshungu, Director of the Free Market Foundation in South Africa, on Wednesday, April 25 at the Cornell Club of New York.
In February, President Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own party due to corruption charges. While this might have signaled hope for the future, new President Cyril Ramaphosa has shored up his political coalition by supporting a parliamentary motion favoring the confiscation of land without compensation (although not explicit in the motion, it's clear that its advocates mean to confiscate white-owned land specifically). The move seems to echo similar land reform that took place in Zimbabwe two decades ago with disastrous results.
Ironically, Free Market Foundation has had recent success with a different sort of property rights project, helping blacks reclaim title to property they occupied but could not own under apartheid. This project – Khaya Lam – earned Free Market Foundation recognition as a finalist for Atlas Network’s Templeton Freedom Award in 2015."
Temba Nolutshungu is a director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF). He is also chairman of the Langa Heritage Foundation and trustee of the Helen Suzman Foundation, the Cape Town Carnival and is also a council member of the (SA) Institute of Race Relations. He is a past director of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Langeberg Holdings Ltd. Temba has recently (2017) been appointed as chairman of the Center for Development and Enterprise Great Lakes, a policy thinktank that covers Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo where the office is based.
His political background is rooted in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. In the early 1970s, he was a pioneer activist of the black consciousness movement. is dedication to the overthrow of the apartheid system was based on the fact that it was an omnipotent and all-embracing system which sought to limit and control every facet of black people’s lives, from the cradle to the grave. He was detained twice under the Terrorism and General Law Amendment Acts and kept in solitary confinement The influence of his personal experiences is manifested in his writings and interventions in debates on public policy and generally fires his determination to contribute to the enhancement of the individual liberties of all people. He visited America in 1995 as part of a delegation sponsored by the US – SA Leadership Exchange Programme. He went there again in 2003 as a member of the International Visitor Programme and in 2007 as a member of a panel which addressed the New York State University.
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