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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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UFS partners with SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein

At the occasion were, from the left: Prof. Teuns Verschoor, Acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor at the UFS, Ms Justa Niemand, Chief Executive Manager, African SUN MeDIA, Prof. Driekie Hay, Vice-Rector: Academic Planning, and Mr Wikus van Zyl, Manager, SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein.
Photo: Vida Booysen

A partnership between the University of the Free State (UFS) and SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein, a company of AFRICAN SUN MeDIA Holdings, was recently launched on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. SUN MeDIA is established as an academic publishing company. This company also has a digital printing and binding plant for on-demand production of books and other products. SUN MeDIA’s technology makes it possible to publish niche and specialist research titles that would probably not have been published in the traditional publishing environment.

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