Vusi Gumede Academy & Research is an intellectual project and professional network where individuals can discuss analytical questions, issues and exchange different views and perspectives.


Prof. Vusi Gumede in brief

Vusi Gumede is a Professor at the University of South Africa and Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.

Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of Johannesburg. Among other lecturing jobs, he lectured public policy during 2009‑2014 at the erstwhile Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

He worked for the South African government in various capacities for about 12 years – he was chief policy analyst, among other things, in The Presidency. 



South Africa’s great expectations are justified
Mail & Guardian opinion article
26 Jan- 01 Feb 2018  

The winds of change are blowing in South Africa following the election last month of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the ANC.

There is a renewed sense of hope in our society and greater expectations again, similar to the levels we experienced in the 1990s. Significant discontent across society provides an opportunity for significant changes and great expectations are justified. However, there is more that needs clarity.

So-called radical socioeconomic transformation needs to be further unpacked, for example, so that we fully understand how government intends to proceed with this programme.


The Ever Changing Political Landscape in South Africa
Jan 2018 

The political landscape in South Africa has been changing rather rapidly lately, after two decades of democracy in South Africa.

Among the issues that play a big role or contribute to the rapid changes we observe is reconciliation or lack thereof. Linked to reconciliation is development; inclusive development to be sure.

With regard to development, there is a general view that socio-economic transformation has been slow since the dawn of democracy in South Africa. Indeed, nation building (as in a cohesive society), 


Thomas Isadore Sankara 30 Years On: Reincarnation of the Spirit that Refuses to Die 
By Moorosi Leshoele (PhD student on Thomas Sankara & Burkina Faso)
Jan 2018 

On the 12th of October 2017 I embarked on a 14 hour trip from Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport, to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso’s capital city).

The purpose of the trip was to collect data for my doctoral studies which I enrolled for with the University of South Africa in Pretoria.

My thesis topic is ‘Pan Africanism and African Renaissance in Contemporary Africa: Lessons from Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara’.