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Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute

Cultivating Africa's next generation of thought leaders

Launched in 2010, the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) serves as a platform to groom change agents who could address and solve African challenges and issues. The institute also plays a significant role in priming tomorrow’s leaders with numerous students applying for admission every year and taking initiatives that seek to implement what they learn at TMALI.

Patron of TMALI

Patron of TMALI

Mr Thabo Mbeki is a thought leader who remains close to visible leadership.

His profile as an intellectual, policy shaper and mediator has been built over a lifetime.

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Programmes & admission

Five Short Learning Programmes are offered by TMALI. These programmes aim to, amongst other things, inspire students to define what needs to be done to achieve Africa's renaissance.

All TMALI programmes have specific entry requirements.

Get more details on the specific programmes and how to apply for admission.


Former President Thabo Mbeki  interacted with UNISA students, staff and members of the public on 13 February 2015, Enoch Sontoga hall, UNISA. Click here to listen the full audio recording of the session.

Save the date: 2015 International Women's Day celebration is scheduled for 13 March, details to follow. Join our mailing list to receive the invitation by sending your details to

Call for Papers: 2015 African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Expo. Theme: 2015 and Beyond: Engaging Agenda 2063.  Read more

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Africa Development  published by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), July 2015. Theme: Transforming Global Relations for a Just World.  Read more

Keynote address: Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke delivered a thought provoking keynote address during a conference hosted by TMALI & MISTRA themed '20 Years of Democracy; so where to now?' Listen to the  audio recording, and read the full text of his speech

List of books recommended: Our Patron, Former President Thabo Mbeki has compiled a list of reading materials for Young Africanits. For the booklist. Read more

Updated 17 February 2015

Publications & DVDs

Perspectives on Thought Leadership for Africa's RenewalThere are a wide range of TMALI related books and DVDs on offer.

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