Systematically since 1994 the ANC government has betrayed the dream of democracy. A dream that imagined equality, the end of poverty, a thriving economy, and a just and prosperous future for all. Most devastatingly this betrayal can be seen in the failure of educational institutions to develop the talents and skills of the young generations. The country needs to hope again. In this searing critique of what s gone wrong in the public and private sectors, Mamphela Ramphele turns to the tenets of black consciousness and argues for an emotional settlement to heal the trauma of colonialism and apartheid that still ravages both black and white communities. Emotional settlement would unlock empathy for others and unleash the potential of all citizens to work together for a socio-economic settlement to promote social justice and equality for all. It is time, she says, to re imagine the country and its future. We owe this to our children s children. We dare not fail.