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"The richly anecdotal story of an extraordinary life - when baby Mamphela was born to teacher parents in the rural village of Kranspoort, few would have predicted that she would become not only a medical doctor, but an international leader and the founder of not one but two new political movements. As a young woman, Mamphela was instrumental in creating the ideology of Black Consciousness with her then partner, Steve Biko. As an accomplished and well-off businesswoman who had reached the pinnacle of success, she felt compelled to start Agang, to provide South African voters with an alternative to the inept and increasingly corrupt ANC government.
In this very readable autobiography, Mamphela Ramphele vividly describes her rural childhood, her extended family, her first loves and losses - after the death of her firstborn, she nearly lost her and Steve's baby after his death by torture - and her subsequent successes in both politics and business.
She exposes what went on behind the scenes in the run-up to the launch of Agang, discusses her relationship with a number of prominent South Africans, including Helen Zille, and she shares her vision for a future South Africa of which we can all be proud.
Illustrated with previously unpublished family photographs."
Publication date: 2013-11-01