Book review: Dreams, Betrayal and Hope

Author: Mamphela Ramphele

ISBN: 9781776090921
Format: Paperback
Published: April 2017
Recommended Price: R220.00

“It is time to reimagine the country and its future.”

And that is what Mamphela Ramphele invites the reader to do as she offers thoughtful analysis into what’s right and wrong in South Africa.

She does not shy away from calling a spade a spade, and pointing out areas where the ANC has failed in its duty to the people of South Africa.

But the activist does not lay the blame solely with the ruling party. Her analysis stretches to include the ordinary citizen and the role they play (both actively and passively) in civic life.

She challenges the reader to think about how as individuals we have contributed to the current state of the country with our lack of action.

It is not however, all doom and gloom. While pointing out the evils currently facing the country, she also offers different ways of looking at the issues to inspire the imagination.

An example of this is she mentions the way we look at history. Instead of viewing South African history – and the history of Africa for that matter – as one that only had its beginnings with the arrival of European colonists who dragged a backward people into civilization, we view it as a place where societies were growing, developing, trading and thriving already.

Dreams, Betrayal and Hope encourages the reader to relook at assumptions in order to inspire a new way of thinking and dreaming – reimagining what our beautiful country could be.

About the author:

Mamphela Ramphele is a leading South African academic, businesswoman, medical doctor and former anti-apartheid activist. She is currently a trustee on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York.

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