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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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Varsity Hockey semi-finals in Kovsies’ grasp

Photo: Johan Roux

Despite suffering their first loss of the Varsity Hockey tournament against Tuks on Sunday, Kovsies managed a dominating 4-1 comeback against Rhodes University at the UFS Astro on Monday.

Kovsies’ Jaco Fourie struck the first goal of the match on Monday on a rebound from a short corner. Shortly into the second chukka, Fourie rounded the goalkeeper for his second goal. The visitors did attempt to fight back, but shortly after scoring their one and only goal of the match, Kovsies scored a third time.

The final chukka saw our Kovsie team put pressure on the Rhodes goal box until, eventually, Ruan Kleinhans shot at goal for the home side’s fourth point.

Kovsies are currently ranked among the top half of the log and will next be facing UCT on Saturday at 11:45 at UJ for round seven of the tournament. It is likely that Kovsies should also make it into the semi-finals on Sunday and if the UFS hockey boys could secure a win there, the final awaits them on Monday 19 May.

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