n Journal of Public Administration - Consciousness, conscience and the liberation of the mind - an editorial perspective : editorial

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This Special Issue of the Journal of Public Administration addresses a very important question, which, as Thabo Mbeki in his keynote address at the Knowledge Management Conference in Stellenbosch on 16 January 2012 explained, has always been a "fundamental issue immanent in all philosophical discourse, from ancient times, to date â?? what is knowledge?" This question is asked at the appropriate time in the evolution of the modern world. It is particularly important in contending with the challenges of the knowledge economy as it requires that, as Robinson Ramaite once put it, each of us should become a "knowledge worker and a learning champion in this knowledge economy". The articles contained in this Issue are a revised version of papers presented at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature's Knowledge Management Summit, which took place on 29 September 2011. Their focus is on the management of knowledge rather than the theory of knowledge. But, what does it take to become a knowledge worker, particularly those whose jobs in government are concerned with taking policy decisions? The answer to this question is simple: reading, reading and more reading! This is the point I emphasised at the Knowledge Management Summit, as referred to above, which coincided with the commemoration of 35 years of the death of Steve Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, whose Black Consciousness philosophy emphasises and contextualises the importance of knowledge as a means to, as Ngugi wa Thiong'o put it, decolonise the mind.

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