ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the ANC’s political school named after struggle stalwart, Oliver Reginald Tambo, at an event held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 11th April 2019.
The school is named after Oliver Reginald Tambo – better known as OR – to honor his outstanding contribution to the struggle to liberate South Africa. It brings attention to his combined exceptional leadership quality and total dedication to make South Africa a better country through education. He was renowned for his fair, inclusive and embracing leadership. OR’s record of revolutionary leadership underpinned values of humility, selflessness and foresight. These values will be embedded in the behavior and delivery work of the ANC’s political school.
OR Tambo was a revolutionary intellectual leader who valued the power of persuasive argument and ideas. This element of leadership – a leader who values ideas and their power – is critical to our renewal as the ANC and for the prosperous future of our country.
“This is a significant step towards the renewal of the ANC. It is consistent with the historical role of the ANC in building its members and leaders to be agents of change. It is only through ethically and intellectually grounded members that the ANC can continue to lead society” explained Chairperson of the OR Tambo School of Leadership, Kgalema Motlanthe.
Board members of the school are Kgalema Motlanthe who is Chairperson as well as David Masondo who is a board member and Principal of the school. Other members are Alison Bengtson, Aubrey Mokadi, Cassel Mathale, Derrick Swartz, Douglas Ramaphosa, Jabulani Sithole, John Pamapallis, Joshua Maluleka, Kwazikwenkosi Mshengu, Mahlengi Bhengu, Fébé Potgieter-Gqubule, Ronald Lamola, Sarah Mokwebo, Shafee Verachia and Thandeka Ntshangase.
ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, explained what informed selection of Board Members. “The Board is composed of individuals with strong background in design, curriculum development and delivery of political education. This team has strong strategic and technical expertise in adult basic education, accreditation, quality assurance and legal framework governing education.”
Outlining the course content and delivery, Principal of the school, Dr David Masondo and ANC NEC member said, “OR Tambo School of Leadership will facilitate education on strategic studies, policy and organisational skills. Thirteen courses offered will be delivered on different platforms which includes use of information communication technology as well as face-to-face interactions between students and facilitators.”
The 13 courses to be offered at OR School include Political Economy, Developmental State, ANC Vision, Values and Principles, Africa in the Global Economy as well as Gender and Women Emancipation.
“The course content and methods of delivery are designed in such way that they will be accredited in the medium term.” further stated Masondo.
Beneficiaries of OR Tambo School of Leadership will be members of the ANC and the democratic movement as well as anyone keen on understanding how the world works and how to change it. ANC regional, provincial and national leaders will be required to attend the school.
A wide range of stakeholders who will be associated with the school attended the celebratory launch event. These included leaders of the ANC and its alliance partners across all levels and provinces, academia, business and the media. The guest list also included fraternal organisations to the ANC from across Africa which included SWAPO, FRELIMO, CCM, ZANU-PF, Basotho National Party, Botswana Democratic Party and Jubilee Party (i.e. Kenyan ruling party).
David Masondo encouraged continued communication and engagement with the school. “Visit our website on www.ortamboschool.org.za for regular updates and join us on various social media platforms we have set up. Otherwise you can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org”
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