Who are you?
I’m Matthew Gerstner and I’m the chief speechwriter for the Democratic Alliance, one of the political parties in South Africa.
What did you study on the LSE-UCT July School?
I studied the politics course on the state and development in Africa, which I found to be a most illuminating study of the challenges and deficits facing African governance in the 21st century. It has greatly shifted my thinking on approaches to improving governance on this continent.
I was thoroughly impressed at the depth of personal insight and evidence-based knowledge held by Professor Mkandawire.
How was your experience of Cape Town?
I am from Cape Town but for two weeks I got to see the city through the eyes of a foreign student, which showed me things about the city that I would ordinarily overlook.