Passport woes cause economist Thomas Piketty to miss his flight to SA

2015-09-30 13:32
File photo of French economist and author Thomas Piketty. (John MacDougall, AFP)

File photo of French economist and author Thomas Piketty. (John MacDougall, AFP)

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World famous rock-star economist Thomas Piketty missed his flight to South Africa late last night – due to insufficient pages in his passport. 

Piketty was supposed to deliver a speech called Income, Wealth and Persistent Inequality at the University of Cape Town today. It will now be streamed live. 

Meanwhile, his address at the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on Saturday hangs in the balance too. 

“Unfortunately, he could not board his flight out of Paris to Johannesburg late last night as he did not have sufficient pages in his passport. 

“We are currently investigating all the options to get Professor Piketty to South Africa, including applying for emergency travel documents,” said Neeran Naidoo of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 

Piketty – who teaches at the Paris School of Economics – is famous for his work on capital and inequality, and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has sold more than 1.5 million copies. 

His South African lectures were considered greatly significant as the inequality gap continues to widen here. 

“We are disappointed at these unfortunate turn of events and apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused to our partners and supporters. At this stage we are going ahead with plans for the lecture on Saturday,” stated Naidoo. 

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