27 September 2023 | Story NONSINDISO QWABE | Photo Supplied
TK Mopeli Memorial Lecture 2023

The University of the Free State Qwaqwa Campus is pleased to invite you to the Dr TK Mopeli Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by Dr Elias Malete, Senior Lecturer and Academic Head of the Department of African Languages in the Faculty of The Humanities at the University of the Free State.

The lecture, titled The Legacy of Dr TK Mopeli: His Bloodline Leadership Traits, will reflect on the legacy of Dr TK Mopeli, one of the leading champions in the founding of the UFS Qwaqwa Campus. He was the former Chief Minister of South Africa. He founded and led the Dikwankwetla Party to victory at the 19 May 1975 Qwaqwa elections and subsequently became Chief Minister of Qwaqwa. He spent much of his time as Chief Minister confronting the South African government over various issues, most significantly demands for more territory to be annexed to Qwaqwa. He could boast that South Africa acquiesced to his demands, with some adjoining land (albeit small) added to the bantustan.

During his time as Chief Minister, Dr Mopeli oversaw the foundation of the University of Qwaqwa, which was incorporated as a campus of the University of the Free State in 2003. The Charles Mopeli soccer stadium and the Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Hospital was built and opened during his time in office.
Date: 28 September 2023
Time: 16:00-17:30
Venue: B4, EMS Modular Building, UFS Qwaqwa Campus

For further information, contact Nonsindiso Qwabe at QwabeNSB@ufs.ac.za.

The Speaker:

Dr Elias Malete is supervisor and promoter of postgraduate students in Sesotho Linguistics and Literature. He actively served as a member and chairperson of the Sesotho National Language Body (SNLB). He also serves as a member of local academic language associations, such as the African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) and as its chairperson from 2023 to 2025, the Southern African Folklore Society (SAFOS), and two international associations, namely the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) and the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics (ACAL). His academic interests are generative syntax in Sesotho, critical linguistics through appraisal theory, historical linguistics in African languages, oral literature, and Sesotho literary criticism.

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