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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 sprinters on their way to Kazan, Russia

19 June 2013

We are proud of the inclusion of four Kovsie athletes in the SA Student team for the World Student Games.

Wayde van Niekerk (400 m and 4x400 relay), Gideon Trotter (200 m and 4x100 relay), Rynardt van Rensburg (800 m) and Dumisani Hlaselo (1500 m and 5000 m) will compete in Kazan, Russia, from 6 to 17 July 2013.

At this stage, Wayde and Rynardt are participating abroad. On 12 June 2013 Wayde won his first foreign race in Dakar, Senegal, in a time of 46.45.

Rynardt recently took part in two 800 m races. On 4 June 2013 he was fourth in Velenje, Slovakia, in a time of 1:47.51 and on 8 June he ended in the fifth place in Torino, Italy, in a time of 1:48.69.

Danel Prinsloo is a non-travelling reserve in the 800 m for the SA Students’ team.

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