Time for the 'talented tenth' of SA to make their presence felt

Our country needs senior public servants dedicated to excellence and the delivery of public services

07 July 2019 - 00:20 By BUSANI NGCAWENI

As we transit through the first quarter of a century of the democratic experiment called the New SA, there is no better time than now to call for the rise of what WEB du Bois called the Talented Tenth.

The Talented Tenth are men and women of courage and ideas; an advanced detachment in the effort to build a national democratic society. We also call them the mandarins, an ancient Chinese proxy for meritocratic leadership popularised in the West by Simone de Beauvoir. In Professor Thandika Mkandawire's language, these are senior public servants who reign while politicians rule...

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