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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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Open day a hit with prospective students
2007-05-04

The University of the Free State (UFS) held an Open Day on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein this week to give prospective students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the university. The two day event included exhibitions by all the faculties, support services, residences as well as various corporate institutions. Visitors were also taken on a campus tour and treated to a variety of fun activities. The event attracted a large number of pupils from different schools across the Free State province. Among them were, from the left: Setjhele Tamane (Monyakeng High, Wesselsbron), Evelyn Mothabe (Rearabetswe High, Odendaalsrus), Yvonne Masike (Rearabetswe High) and Moeane Reuben Phafane (Monyakeng High).
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe
 

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