Xolela Mangcu: The Challenge of South African Cities: Towards a Local Government Strategy
City and Regional Planning Fall 2010 Colloquium
Xolela Mangcu is the convenor of the "Platform for Public Deliberation" at the University of Johannesburg and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Over the past decade he has been a regular columnist for some of South Africa’s leading newspapers including The Weekender, Business Day, and the Sunday Independent (where he also served as associate editor). He was also the founding executive director of the Steve Biko Foundation and a senior analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg. Mangcu was most recently Distinguished Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council and has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, the Kennedy School at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Mangcu is currently working on three books: on Harold Washington’s leadership legacy for Chicago; the biography of Steve Biko; and the challenge of local government in South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell University.