Conversations with My Sons and Daughters

Dr Ramphele

Penguin Group

Conversations with My Sons and Daughters Dr Ramphele Penguin Group Dr Ramphele was once described by the Daily Mail and Guardian as “fearless and hyper-confident,

Dr Ramphele was once described by the Daily Mail and Guardian as “fearless and hyper-confident, intellectually razor sharp, and refreshingly independent-minded in a world full of hacks”; in Conversations with My Sons and Daughters, she shows just why she is so admired and respected. As a former anti-apartheid activist, in these conversations, Dr Ramphele seeks to encourage young South Africans to see themselves not as subjects in the democracy her generation fought so bravely for, but as citizens actively participating in taking South Africa to the next level.

The book opens with the quotation, “Mabu a u tswitswe!” a Sepedi idiom, which literally means, “the soil has been stolen”. These words were traditionally a call to defend the land against an invading army and they are the catalyst for the conversations Dr Ramphele has with her sons and daughters. She addresses issues of governance and politics, leadership, language, culture, gender and speaks with wisdom and great insight into the issues. Drawing on lessons offered by the experiences of other countries, both positive and negative, she challenges and exhorts young people to not only recognize their rights, but also to realize that they have a responsibility to be active citizens who will shape the next stage of South Africa’s history.

This book is a must read for all young South Africans who feel a sense of discontent, but are uncertain as to how to heed the call and do their part.