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Moeletsi Mbeki’s Architects of Poverty: Why Africa’s Capitalism needs Changing

Architects of PovertyShehmilla Mohamed & Moeletsi MbekiOf an estimated 1 billion people in the world who are trapped in a cycle of grinding poverty and despair, a disproportionate number live in sub-Saharan Africa.

In his innovative and challenging new book, Architects of Poverty: Why Africa’s Capitalism needs Changing Moeletsi Mbeki analyses the plight of Africa and concludes that the fault lies not lie with the mass of its people but with its rulers – the political elites who contrive to keep their fellow citizens poor while enriching themselves.

Concentrating mainly on South Africa, his country of birth, and Zimbabwe, his home when he was in exile, Mbeki tells a tale of lost opportunities and extinguished hopes.

Yet Mbeki is no Afro-pessimist. Along with his candid exposé of the problems, he poses some suggestions about what needs to be done to break the stranglehold of the African elites on political power and to set sub-Saharan Africa once more on the road to development.

About the author

Moeletsi Mbeki is a private business entrepreneur. He is a director of several companies, and is Chairman of KMM Investments (Pty) Limited, Endemol South Africa (Pty) Limited, African Resources & Logistics Corporation (Arelco) (Pty) Ltd and sits on the board of Comazar (Pty) Ltd.

He is Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute for International Affairs; an independent think tank based at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a political analyst for Nedcor Bank. He is a member of the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which is based in London.

After returning to South Africa from exile in 1990, he was appointed Head of Communication for the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions, (Cosatu) and Media Consultant to the African National Congress. During most of the 1980s he was a Senior Journalist for Zimbabwe Newspapers. As a result of the outstanding work that he did for Zimbabwe Newspapers Features Department, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University.

Mbeki began his journalism career in London in 1979 as a contributor to Africa, New African, Africa Now magazines and the BBC Africa Service. He studied Building, Building Management and Sociology in England, obtaining an M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick in 1982. He worked in the construction industry in the United Kingdom and in Tanzania during the 1970s.

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