Book Launch: Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in South Africa – The National Peace Accord, 1991–1994

A first-hand account of creation of South Africa’s National Peace Accord between 1991-1994

On 24 November 2022 ACCORD hosted the virtual discussion on the book titled, ‘Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in South Africa The National Peace Accord, 1991 – 1994’ by Rev. Dr Liz Carmichael.  The book launch and dialogue was moderated by ACCORD’s Senior Political Advisor, Ambassador Welile Nhlapo.

Rev. Dr Liz Carmichael, the author of the book, Emeritus Research Fellow and OxPeace Co-ordinator St Johns College – University of Oxford, provided insight on the research that went into the book and her motivations for writing it.  Panellists that made presentations included,  Mr David ‘Slovo’ Makhado (Matlhanye), the former COSAS leader and member of the local peace committee in Alexandra under the Peace Accord, and Mr Jayaseelen ‘Jay’ Naidoo, the former founding General Secretary of COSATU, former Minister in Nelson Mandela’s Government and Chair of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

This book examines the creation and implementation of South Africa’s National Peace Accord and this key transitional phase in the country’s history, and its implications for peace mediation and conflict resolution. Filling a significant gap in modern history, this book will be essential reading for scholars, students and others interested in South Africa’s post-Apartheid history, as well as government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) involved in peacemaking globally.

Article by:

Katharine Bebington