Prof Garth le Pere

Garth le Pere is a visiting Professor at the University of Pretoria and a Senior Associate at Gabriel & Associates. He is also the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue, where he served for 12 years. He received a BA (with highest honours) from Rutgers University (USA) and did postgraduate work in political science at Yale University (USA) from where he holds MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees. His areas of interest and publications record include international relations theory, multilateral trade and emerging markets, South African foreign policy, the politics of Africa and the Middle East, and China’s increasing role in Africa, a subject on which he has co-authored a book, China, Africa and South Africa: South-South Cooperation in a Global Era




Addressing hypertension in South Africa


Today, 16 May, is World Hypertension Day.  This day comes at the time where an imploding epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases is threatening national healthcare systems sustainability, the economy of the country and claiming many preventable and avoidable deaths. Hypertensive disease in pregnancy is the leading cause of direct maternal deaths in South Africa. Pre-eclampsia […]

Book review: Breaking A Rainbow, Building A Nation


‘Breaking A Rainbow, Building A Nation’ is a first-hand account of the university protests known as #FeesMustFall that gripped South Africa between 2015 and 2017. The book tries to achieve several aims. The first one is to heed the timeless warning of the distinguished African author, Chinua Achebe who once contended that “Until the lions […]

Women of Sudan transform the paradigm


The leading figure in Sudan’s military council today – the notorious Himeidti – is the very same man who formed and led the Janjaweed militias accused of genocide and war crimes in Darfur 16 years ago. The Janjaweed, which was the brainchild of deposed President Omar al Bashir, had implemented a scorched earth policy in […]


On memory of humans

Last week I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. The museum covers all aspects of the history...


Signing would greatly improve deaf people’s election participation experiences

Twenty five years in our democracy, deaf people still have serious difficulties accessing basic information on election campaign promises and how to vote in...


South Africa and Nigeria: Africa’s Sleeping Giants?

In a year packed with many African elections, Nigeria went to the polls in February and South Africa votes this week. This begs the...