Vol.2 No.32, 12 November 2002

"It Doesn't Have To Be Like This" - new book by Margaret Legum

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Announcing a new book by Margaret Legum - come and join us at the launch of….


A new Economy for South Africa and the World
With a foreword by Clem Sunter

This remarkable new book will be launched by our guest speaker, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, The Most Reverend Njongonkulu Ndungane, on the 27th November at 6.00pm.

Please come and join us for drinks and snacks at 10 Penrith Road, Kenilworth. (Come along Rosmead Avenue opposite Kenilworth Racecourse. Turn up Bathurst Road, cross Gibson Road, and Penrith Road is the next on your left.)

R.S.V.P. by the 24th November to:

Margaret Legum - tel. (021) 788 4404 or [email protected]
Richard Pooler - tel. (021) 762 0126 or [email protected]

“There is the growing understanding that South Africa, in common with developing countries everywhere, is suffering an economic decline not of its own making. Our famous political ‘miracle’ is in danger of being undermined by the fact of our dependence on world economic factors over which we have little or no control.

In common with most people that I know, I am outraged by the effects of the current economic system. Those effects are particularly dire in Africa: appalling poverty in the midst of unbelievable wealth and potential plenty for everyone; the degradation of the planet on which our survival depends; and the vast international rise in crime and conflict and cruel suffering. The question is, can it be changed? This book tries to outline what those changes might be.

My own hope, along with that of millions of others, is that South Africa will join with the rest of the continent in moving to a new dispensation that has the potential to make a reality of the African Renaissance within a post-global economic dispensation for the world.”

Margaret Legum

Clem Sunter, in the foreword, says: "...

The last chapter of this remarkable book... explains the title "IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS".

What we are looking for is a synthesis, but not a mixture of old socialist and capitalist style economics as some people recommend when putting forward a "Third Way". We’re talking of something completely new; an economic system which is built up around ordinary, decent human values, where the health of families and communities, and the environment they live in, is at the top of the priority list. Start with morality and the sanctity of individual human life and work outwards. Simple as this change in approach seems, it leads to lots of surprising conclusions which run totally counter to current economic practice... After reading this amazing tract of outrage and hope, we should all immediately go out and do something to improve the odds of this vision materialising."

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS ! is based upon a set of lectures given at the Summer School of the University of Cape Town in January 2001.

This 128 page A5 paperback is published by AMPERSAND PRESS, and retails at only R85.00

You can purchase your copies of this new book at the launch, or from your bookseller –

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