South African Writer To Share The Podium Controversila Politician Zille

Kalk Bay Books & Penguin South Africa invite literature lovers to the Cape Town launch of “Why Africa is Poor and what Africans can do about it” by Greg Mills

With him on the panel to discuss this vital book, will be the Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, and Professor Robert Schrire will introduce the speakers.

Economic growth does not demand a secret formula. Good development examples now abound in East Asia and farther afield in other parts of Asia, and in Central America.

But why then has Africa failed to realise its potential in half a century of independence? This book shows that African poverty is not because the world has denied the continent the market and financial means to compete: far from it.

It has not been because of aid per se. Nor is African poverty solely a consequence of poor infrastructure or trade access, or because the necessary development and technical expertise is unavailable internationally.

Why then has the continent lagged behind other developing areas when its people work hard and the continent is blessed with abundant natural resources?

Stomping across the continent and the developing world in search of the answer, Greg Mills controversially shows that the main reason why Africa’s people are poor is because their leaders have made this choice.

‘This is not a book about how the West should engage with Africa, but rather about how Africa should engage with itself.’

When: Friday 20 August 2010

Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, Soth Africa

Time: 5 for 5.30pm