n Journal of Public Administration - Building and utilizing African brain power to advance NEPAD - a proactive approach : keynote address

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



I am greatly honoured and privileged to be among you today. Let me share with you the story of a farmer who took his mule to the famous Kentucky Derby, similar to the derby here in South Africa. Everywhere he turned at the derby, people looked curiously at him and his mule, to obviously remind him that it was a derby. He knew too well that is was a derby, yet he took his mule there. He told those who cared to ask him, that he did not expect his mule to win, but he brought his mule to the derby anyway. He said he felt sure that it was good for his mule to be among the thorough-breds, to have the exposure. This is how I feel today, standing before this eminent gathering of some of the finest scholars, business people, politicians and policy makers. I am indeed, among the thorough-breds.

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