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25 May 2020

The Centre for Gender and Africa Studies (CGAS) and the UFS will host an Africa Day Webinar on the topic, Reflections on Africa amidst Covid-19, to be delivered by Prof. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, renowned decolonial scholar. The title of his lecture is Revisiting the African idea of Africa during the moment of Covid-19 pandemic.

The crisis delivered by Coronavirus and Covid-19 invites Africans to rethink and even unthink the long-standing dependency on Europe and North America for help. What has dawned on Africa is the equally long-standing aspiration of self-reliance. What is emerging is a new African idea of Africa which takes responsibility for its own challenges. This new African idea of Africa challenges the Mudimbean idea of Africa embodied in the colonial library.

Thus this presentation reassesses how Africa has relied on its own historical experience, its own knowledge, and own people to confront Covid-19. What is of interest here is the proverbial wisdom of necessity being the source of invention. The presentation brings to the fore the decolonial turn as it gestures beyond crisis into post-Covid-19 world order. It ends with a call for decolonial love founded on new ethics of living together and new economies of care.

Bio of Prof Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatshen

Date: Tuesday, 26 May, 2020
Time: 14:00
Duration: 90 min max (45 min talk, 45 min Q&A)

The webinar can be accessed via one of the following links:


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Kovsies well represented in the Springbok Team


Three former students of the University of the Free State (UFS) and also former Shimla players will play against Wales at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein tomorrow. In total there are six former Kovsies in the Springbok camp. The team made use of the university’s Shimla Park this week to prepare for the game. Here are, from the left, front: C.J. van der Linde, Bismarck du Plessis, and Gurthrö Steenkamp; back: Juan Smith, Mr Mickey Gordon, Head: Strategic Sport and Business Development at the UFS, Prof. Teuns Verschoor, Acting Rector of the UFS, Mr James Letuka, Director: KovsieSport, and Ruan Pienaar. Tonderai Chavanga, Smith and Steenkamp will play for the Springboks tomorrow. Chavanga was absent when the photo was taken.
Foto: Stephen Collett

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