2010 Ruth First Lecture by Zwelinzima Vavi

I will always cherish this moment. It is such an honour to deliver the annual lecture in memory of Ruth First. The theme is “how policy is affecting the marginalised and its impact on poverty” As we recall the immense contribution of Ruth First to our struggle, let me...

2010 Ruth First Lecture by Crystal Orderson

Ruth First would be pleased by this evening’s focus on poverty and exclusion. The theme should help us to re-think the widespread notion that poverty and exclusion in South Africa can be overcome through individual effort. <!–more–> Secondly, we need...

2009 Ruth First Lecture by Maggy Davey

I don’t know who murdered Dulcie September. If I knew, then chances are, that you would too. This is what I know: Dulcie was murdered on a March morning in 1988, as she prepared to open the door to the ANC office on the Rue des Petites-Ecuries in Paris. As the...

2009 Ruth First lecture – Dr Frene Ginwala

When I was asked to speak on the topic: The ANC Then; Now, my instinctive concern was which then. For the ANC even after an existence of nearly a century, there can be no definitive moment. Except perhaps April 27th 1994 when for the very first time, the people of...