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Professor Thomas Piketty

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Acclaimed academic, economist and global thought leader on poverty and inequality, Professor Thomas Piketty, will address the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 3 October 2015 at the University of Johannesburg.

On arrival in Cape Town on Wednesday 30 September, Piketty will address a dialogue hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) titled, “Income, wealth and persistent inequality.” The meeting, chaired by Trevor Manuel, is being convened jointly by UCT, the University of Western Cape, Stellenbosch University and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

The following day, Piketty and his wife, Julia Cage, will be accompanied by Ahmed Kathrada and Professor Njabulo Ndebele on a tour of Robben Island before leaving for Johannesburg.

After a press conference at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 1 October, Piketty will address academics and staff at the University of Witwatersrand on “Inequality in SA. What is to be done?”

On Friday 2 October, Piketty will address the youth at the University of Johannesburg on the topic, “Should we care about inequality?” Piketty’s afternoon involves engagement with business and civil society leaders on challenges and possible solutions to addressing the stubbornly high levels of poverty and inequality in South Africa.

On Saturday 3 October, Piketty will address the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg at 3pm.

The lecture will be broadcast live on SABC from 3pm and will be available via webcast through the website of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (

Members of the public are invited to apply to attend the lecture by completing an application at Tickets will be granted on a first come, first served basis.


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