16 September 2020 | Story Rulanzen Martin | Photo Supplied
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Prof Mongane Wally Serote will present the Heritage Day webinar on 23 September 2020.

September is dedicated to heritage celebrations, with the nation celebrating Heritage Day on 24 September. The Centre for Gender and Africa Studies (CGAS) will collaborate with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the University of the Western Cape to present a national Heritage Day webinar with Prof Mongane Wally Serote as keynote speaker.

Date: 23 September 2020
Platform: Webinarjam

Registration is required prior to webinar: 

Prof Serote is widely recognised as the ‘Father of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)’ in South Africa, where he  pioneered research and debate on IKS at national level. Prof Serote is also the National Poet Laureate. Dr Stephanie Cawood, director of CGAS said that Prof Serote is one of South Africa’s struggle and intellectual stalwarts and that his lecture promises “to be insightful and hopeful in a time when we need to reflect on our position as a nation carefully.”

The topic of the webinar is Going to Basics: The Reconstruction and Development Programme of the Source.  “Heritage Day is important to help us reflect on who we are and what we have in common as a people, to focus on what binds us together and not what divides us,” said Dr Cawood

Due to the limitations imposed by government on events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CGAS had to reinvent what would have been the Africa Day Memorial Lecture. 

About our speaker:

Professor Mongane Wally Serote is the third National Poet Laureate of South Africa inaugurated on November 6, 2018. He is a celebrated poet, author, struggle stalwart, member of the Black Consciousness Movement, Umkhonto we Sizwe commander, pioneer of IKS in South Africa, former MP, and Ngaka (healer). Serote has been awarded national and international accolades, amongst others the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize (1973); the Noma Award (1993); the English Academy of Southern Africa Medal (2003); the Pablo Neruda Award (2004); the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver awarded by President Thabo Mbeki (2007); the prestigious Golden Wreath Award for Poetry (2012), and the Arts and Culture Trust Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). 

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