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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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Kovsie Johan Cronjé ran his best time ever

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Kovsie Student Johan Cronjé, the reigning South African 1 500 m champion, ran the gutsiest race of his career at the Thessaloniki Athletics Festival in Greece on Wednesday night, 10 June 2009 when he not only qualified for the World Championships in Berlin but also recorded the best time of his career with 3 min 35.11 sec. He was the third South African runner to qualify for the 1 500 m – the others being Juan van Deventer and Peter van der Westhuizen – and the twelfth in all to qualify for the August meeting.

Cronjé still occupies the fifth position on the South African list of athletes in the 1 500 m of all times, but he improved his best time ever by 0.47 sec. So far this year, only Van Deventer has managed to score a better time than Cronjé (3:34.20) at an athletics meeting in the United States of America last week.

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