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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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Centre receives bursaries from auditing firm

The Centre for Accounting at the University of the Free State (UFS) received five bursaries from the auditing firm SizweNtsaluba VSP. These bursaries were awarded to three first-year students, one third-year student and one honours student. The centre also presented an open day this week on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Auditing firms from as far as Johannesburg took part. Attending the open day were, from the left: Mr Sipho Sano (partner at SizweNtsaluba VSP in Johannesburg), Thabiso Kgotle (B. Acc. third-year student at the UFS), Prof. Ronell Britz (Chairperson of the Centre for Accounting), Mr Linda Filtane (Manager: Human Resources at SizweNtsaluba VSP) and Prof. Hentie van Wyk (Programme Director at the Centre for Accounting).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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