Through this article the author seeks to reflect a practitioner’s perspective on
managing change as a critical success factor for humankind, with reference to lessons
from Mandela and De Klerk. This article therefore advocates the view that the pursuit
of knowledge through the method of public discussion should, true to the practice of
the medieval universities, be informed by all forms of knowledge. As such the author
deemed it appropriate to solicit the wisdom of the former President F.W. de Klerk,
through the F.W. de Klerk Foundation and the wisdom of the custodian of the legacy
of the late former President Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation on the topic.