Achille Mbembe

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Achille Mbembe: The universal right to breathe

‘Modernity has been an interminable war on life. And it is far from over.’ We need to start anew; reclaim the oxygen that belongs to all on Earth

No African is a foreigner in Africa – except down in South Africa

In sorrow over the way migrants are treated in South Africa, Achille Mbembe calls for Africa to adopt a pro-migration stance

‘If we don’t rehabilitate reason, we will        not be able to fix our broken world’

Achille Mbembe is the first African scholar to win the prestigious Gerda Henkel Prize. He was recently interviewed by historian Andreas Eckert

‘I was there’: Essays that map a life

Academic Achille Mbembe sat down with retired journalist Jolyon Nuttall, who is also his father-in-law, to talk about his new book of essays

The great riddance

Security now matters more than freedom in the increased 'bordernisation' of Europe which renders those seeking refuge subhuman and vulnerable

Africa needs free movement

The continent needs a humane migration policy in a world that is anti-migrant and anti-black.

Scrap the borders that divide Africans

The continent was a place where people could always move freely, and this is what we must strive for, writes Achille Mbembe.

Negative messianism marks our times

In a world without accountability, liberal democracy is the major casualty

​The digital age erases the divide between humans and objects

Africa, with its ancient conceptions of the relations between being and matter, is fertile ground for digital technologies.

​The age of humanism is ending

The divergence of democracy and capital will defy reason and politics will become brutal survivalism.

Mantashe and militant student protesters agree on university shutdowns, but this is the last thing Africa needs

African universities were once considered vital tools for nation building and destroying them risks reversing the developmental gains we have made.

Achille Mbembe: The value of Africa’s aesthetics

The philosopher’s classic 2001 work, 'On the Postcolony', has been republished in an African edition that features a brand-new preface by him.

Press Releases

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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