oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - The next few years

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



My title alludes differentially to a very fine comparative study, , containing an essay entitled "Looking Back" by the honoree of the present volume, Dr. Stuart Saunders. In a history still to be written, the career of Stuart Saunders as a leader in South African education will not be limited to his role as a stellar contributor to the end of apartheid, which is chronicled in his memoir, . The strong voice that speaks in his remarkable autobiographical narrative, in which the two decades running from 1975 to 1995 are central, has continued to be heard without let-up during a time when higher education in South Africa has been forced not only to reckon with the country's continuing transition to democracy and its struggle to open up economic opportunity to all of its inhabitants, but also with globalisation and all that it implies for institutions of higher learning on the African continent, where South Africa's wealth and relatively sophisticated institutions thrust it into a position of leadership in education and research. In this essay of tribute I propose both to extend the purview of to the full set of issues Stuart Saunders has been confronting over the past decade and to narrow the temporal focus to pressing present-day concerns.

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