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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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Dutch day for teachers

About 20 teachers across the Free State Province attended a Dutch day for teachers on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).  The programme was presented by the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French and funded by the Noordelike Neerlandistiek Kennisnetwerk.  Matters such as the use of Dutch at South African schools and universities and practical hints for teaching grammar and literature were discussed.



From the left are Dr Angelique van Niekerk (lecturer at the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French), me Renée Marais (guest speaker from the University of Pretoria), Prof Hennie van Coller (Chairperson of the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French), Dr Anthea van Jaarsveld (lecturer at the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French) and Prof  Bernard Odendaal (lecturer at the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French).

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