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Kalim Rajab on Oppenheimer @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]

Principled reformer or duplicitous exploiter? The contested legacy of Harry Oppenheimer reflects the tensions involved in dealing with South Africa’s complex past.


The head of a sprawling global business empire, Oppenheimer played an influential role in twentieth-century South Africa – a role celebrated by some and condemned by others. This book investigates his political thinking over half a century, and considers the nature of his opposition to apartheid as well as his contribution to the democratic age ushered in by Tambo and Mandela.


A Man of Africa presents Oppenheimer’s views on liberalism, apartheid, socialism, sanctions, trade unions, education, geopolitics and the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes. Each topic is explored via extracts from his speeches, and is followed by an assessment by prominent South Africans such as Kgalema Motlanthe, Albie Sachs, Clem Sunter, Denis Beckett, Bobby Godsell, Jonathan Jansen and Xolela Mangcu.


Fascinating and insightful, A Man of Africa shines new light on one of South Africa’s most powerful and multifaceted figures, and reflects on the role of principled business in a political economy.


Kalim Rajab is a writer and corporate executive based in Johannesburg. Educated at the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford, he has worked at De Beers in London and as personal assistant to Nicky Oppenheimer, and is currently a director of strategy at the New National Assurance Company, South Africa’s largest empowered short-term insurer. He is a trustee of the Helen Suzman Foundation, a leading civil society organisation promoting liberal constitutional democracy. He writes for the Daily Maverick on current affairs, film appreciation and history, and he edited Memory Against Forgetting, a retrospective of the Drum photojournalist Ranjith Kally.


Kalim will be in conversation with Donwald Pressly, the Press Club secretary general, and he take questions.


Date Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time 12:30 for 13:00
Venue Kelvin Grove (Pavillion)
Cost R240 for members (R280 for cheque payments by members), R300 for guests (R340 if cheque). If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice we will try to fill your place, but if not successful, you will be liable to pay.

Donwald at Donwald can be reached on 076 454 4891 but please leave messages on email.


Payment can be made on the day at the venue by cash or cheque (not credit card) or prior to the function by electronic transfer. Please do not deposit cash into the account as bank charges are too high on cash deposits.

Info for online deposits: FNB, Cape Town,Br Code 201409, Account 50260072365.

If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice we will try to fill your place, but if not successful, you will be liable to pay.

Notes VEGETARIAN dishes must be ordered beforehand or an extra charge will be levied.

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