The emergence of systems of innovation in South(ern) Africa: Long histories and contemporary debates

The emergence of systems of innovation in South(ern) Africa: Long histories and contemporary debates

By: Christopher Mabeza (author), Mario Scerri (author), Thomas E. Pogue (author), Erika Kraemer-Mbula (author), Desiree Shlapelo (author), Shadreck Chrikure (author)Paperback

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This book traces the history of innovations from precolonial times and examines precolonial settlements in southern Africa such as Mapungubwe in LImpopo Province, Bokoni in Mpumalanga Province and Msuluzi in KwaZulu-Natal Province from the perspective of their indigenious technological efforts to harness nature for communal benefit. It is informed by the understanding that national systems of innovation evolve and take shape against the backdrop of regional, continental and global macrosocial dynamics, including corresponding systems of innovation.

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The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), which was publicly launched as a think tank in March 2011, was founded by a group of South Africans with experience in research, academia, policymaking and governance who saw the need to create a platform for engagement around strategic issues facing South Africa.


Acknowledgements; List of Contributors; List of Abbreviations; Preface; Chapter 1: The Long History of Innovation Systems in South Africa - Mario Scerri; Section 1: Histories; Chapter 2: Precolonial Innovations in Southern Africa from the Early Stone Age to Recent Hunting and Gathering; Communities - Shadreck Chirikure, Collet Dandara and Alinah Segobye; Chapter 3: Mining and Metallurgical Innovations in Precolonial Southern Africa - Shadreck Chirikure; Chapter 4: Agriculture and Rainmaking - Shadreck Chirikure, Christopher Mabeza and Alinah Segobye and McEdward; Murimbika; Chapter 5: The Colonial System of Innovation - Thomas Pogue and Mario Scerri; Chapter 6: From Union to Apartheid - Mario Scerri; Chapter 7: Racial Capitalism, Apartheid, and the Negotiated Post-Apartheid Constitutional Democracy - Rasigan Maharajh; Section 2: Thematic Areas; Chapter 8: The Human Factor in the Evolution of the South African System of Innovation - Lebs Mphahlele and Mario Scerri; Chapter 9: Measuring the South African National System of Innovation - Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Desiree Sehlapelo; Chapter 10: Mining and the South African National System of Innovation - Thomas Pogue and Fatima Ferraz; Chapter 11: Informal Innovations and the South African Innovation System - Erika Kraemer-Mbula; Chapter 12: The Regional Setting of the South African System of Innovation - Mario Scerri; Chapter 13: The Policy Environment and Policy Options for the South African System of Innovation- Mario Scerri and Rasigan Maharajh; Endnote - Mario Scerri.

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  • ISBN13: 9781928341253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781928341253
  • weight: 574
  • ISBN10: 192834125X

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