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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's Lipid Biotechnology group attends congress in Japan

At the congress are, from the left: Prof. Lodewyk Kock, Head: Lipid Biotechnology Group; Dr Carlien Pohl-Albertyn, Lecturer; Ms Andri van Wyk, Professional Officer; Mr Ntsoaki Leeuw, Ph.D. student; Mr Desmond Ncango, Ph.D. student; Ms Chantel Swart, Ph.D. student; Prof. Pieter van Wyk, Director: Centre for Microscopy and Mr Ruan Ells, Ph.D. student. The group’s attendance was sponsored by the South African Fryer Oil Initiative (SAFOI) at the UFS.
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Four staff members and four Ph.D. students from the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology recently attended the 17th congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) in Tokyo, Japan. Five posters and one presentation were delivered.

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