About Professor Herbert W. Vilakazi

Professor Herbert Vilakazi was born at Nongoma, KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa. He received his tertiary education at Columbia University, and at the New School For Social Research, both in New York City, USA. He has taught sociology and other social sciences at various tertiary institutions in and around New York City (City College of City University, Essex County College in Newark, Livingstone College, and State University of New York). He has also taught at the University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University), University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, and University of Zululand. He served as Deputy-Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission from 1998 to 2004. He has also served as Special Advisor to the Premier of KwaZulu/Natal (2005-2007). He is Chairperson of Vilakazi Development Strategies.
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2 Responses to Crisis3

  1. Dirk Kotze says:

    I am an afrikaans reader of the Cape Times in Cape Town.

    Your articles on the colonial economy (9 & 16 janury 2013) are refreshing and leave one with a lot of food for thought.

    What about translating these articles of yours in Afrikaans and publish it in the major agriculteral press for the Afrikaans agriculteral community to take notice of your ideas to reform our rural economy.

    I had the previlege to travel through East Africa and it was very evident that their rural economies were much stronger and bettter than the RSA, if one excludes the rural white economy.

    Although the formal agricultural community seems to be isolated from most spheres of government, I believe that the expertiese for your plan exist in the RSA, therfore doable.

    Your biggest challenges will be water and the technical support needed to farm scientificly. Revitalise the agricultural colleges and encourage the rural population to study at colleges close-by. The white rural economy is also fuelled by the youth mariculating at agricultural schools, although when watching schools rugby I noticed that the Marlow side had a good number of black players. I heard Graham Bloch, the education expert, said that the next liberation will be through education.

    Water schemes and expanding the water capacity of the RSA are not goverment’s priority. We can do without electricty, but we cannot make the same mistakes with future water storage.

    Looking forward to your next article and concluding thoughts.

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