African Leadership Group

Traditional Leadership Lecture

Themed and Branded Traditional Leadership Lecture Series

The African Leadership Group’s Traditional Leadership Lecture Series aims to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the history, heritage, achievements and contribution of pre and post-colonial traditional African leadership in Africa in general, and in South Africa in particular.  The programme of twelve fascinating lectures focuses on three key subject areas: North Eastern Leadership Heritage and Legacies, Nguni Leadership Heritage and Legacies and Sotho Leadership Heritage and Legacies.

The twelve Traditional Leadership Lecture Series comprises:

  1. Lecture 1: Indigenous/traditional heritage and leadership
  2. Lecture 2: San/Bushman leadership heritage
  3. Lecture 3: Zulu leadership heritage
  4. Lecture 4: Coloured leadership heritage
  5. Lecture 5: Xhosa leadership heritage
  6. Lecture 6: Pedi leadership heritage
  7. Lecture 7: Tsonga/Shangana leadership heritage
  8. Lecture 8: Tswana leadership heritage
  9. Lecture 9: Venda leadership heritage
  10. Lecture 10: Ndebele leadership heritage
  11. Lecture 11: Swazi leadership heritage
  12. Lecture 12:  Shona leadership heritage

Concerns have been and continue to be raised around the need to restore and to render more useful those aspects of traditional leadership systems, practices, principles and values that are compatible with the needs of a developing democracy. Yet, beyond popular rhetoric, little is being done to help arrest as well as reverse the demise of the more valuable aspects of the intellectual foundations – knowledge, wisdom, philosophies and best practices – of traditional leadership systems as had existed prior to them being pushed to the margins of human development by colonialism, apartheid and decades of inter-tribal warfare (e.g. IiMfecane/diMfecane). We believe traditional leadership principles, values and customs offer modern society more than the most misunderstood and misused concept of uBuntu. This initiative also seeks to address erroneous perceptions, namely, that traditional leadership is about feeble expressions of the personal whims and excesses of tribal chieftains. Ours is to assume a catalytic role in pushing the role and position of traditional leadership  to the centre of  leadership that is charged with the task of nation-building, social cohesion, deepening and broadening the reach of democracy beyond major urban centres.


Preliminary work in this area has uncovered widespread need for appropriate interventions that are able to address the leadership deficit and related shortcomings especially within remote rural communities across the face of our democracy.

For more information on the 2012 programme of themed and branded traditional leadership lecture series, click here for details.

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