Dr Pali Lehohla is the former Statistician-General of South Africa. Photo: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)
JOHANNESBURG – My keynote address on the occasion of the launch of the African Union Statistics Institute (Statafric) in Tunis on November 18.

ALI MAZRUI describes the African from a triple heritage perspective of Semitic, Islam and Jewish influences. Haili Habtu in 1984 penned a journal article titled The fallacy of a triple heritage thesis: a critique. Thus dismantling the triple heritage thesis of Ali Mazrui.

That notwithstanding, and without relishing and indulging the intellectual mystics of Mazrui and Habtu, I am duty bound to borrow if only in optics and not content, the triple heritage terminology, because of its verbal elegance.

I appreciate the honour bestowed upon me to deliver a keynote address on the occasion of the African Union Commission officially launching Statafric – the African Union institution for science-based craft.