13 November 2020 | Story Nitha Ramnath


As a public higher-education institution in South Africa with a responsibility to contribute to public discourse, the University of the Free State (UFS) will be presenting the third UFS Thought-Leader Series in collaboration with Vrye Weekblad as part of the Vrystaat Literature Festival’s online initiative, VrySpraak-digitaal

This year, higher-education institutions globally are situated within a challenging context of COVID-19. Aware of, and grounded in the reality that the world will not return to the normality of pre-COVID-19, our responsibility as scholars still remains to contribute to public discourse and offer innovative solutions that will impact the lives of people nationally and globally to help them understand and adapt to a new world order. 

Against this background and context, this year’s debates focus on Post-COVID-19, Post-Crisis with Health and Modelling, the Economy, Politics, and Predictions for 2021 as the sub-themes. Placed within a COVID-19 context and in lieu of the Free State Arts Festival, the series will be presented virtually from August 2020 to December 2020.  

Fourth webinar presented on 2 December 2020

The political and economic landscape in South Africa was in a logjam before the COVID-19 pandemic. What is likely to happen politically and economically in South Africa in 2021?

What needs to happen to get South Africa on the path to recovery?

Date: 2 December 2020
Topic:  Post-COVID-19, Post-Crisis: Predictions for 2021 
Time: 12:30-14:00
RSVP: Alicia Pienaar, pienaaran1@ufs.ac.za by 27 November 2020 

Editor: Vrye Weekblad 
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Introduction and welcome:

Rector and Vice-Chancellor, UFS


Chief Executive Officer: Sygnia Group
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President: Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)
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SARChI Research Chair in City-Region Economies at the UFS
Executive Director: Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) 

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