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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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UFS and business kick-start read project in Heidedal


The University of the Free State (UFS), business and research joined hands to kick-start a project to teach learners from the Dr Blok Secondary School in Heidedal, Bloemfontein to read. The project, under the auspices of community service learning in the Faculty of the Humanities, which will not only teach teachers to teach learners how to read, it will also be thoroughly researched. RAUBEX Construction donated a large sum of money for this project. At the project were, from the left, front: Ms Masello Mantoro (teacher at Dr Blok); back: Ms Jeanine Nothnagel (Senior Officer in the Dean's office of the Faculty of the Humanities), Ms Jean van der Westhuizen (master's degree student at the UFS) and Dr Arlys van Wyk (Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Classical Languages at the UFS).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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