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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 presents short course in Agricultural Economics to students from SADC countries


The first module in a series of three service contracts of the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Promotion of Regional Integration (PRINT) programme, entitled “Delivery of a Regional Training Program in Livestock Marketing and Trade” was recently presented by the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Agricultural Economics on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The module is part of a short course in Livestock Marketing and Trade sponsored by SADC PRINT and the European Union (EU). The course was attended by 14 participants from 11 member countries. From the left are: Dr Welbourne Madzima (PRINT Livestock Co-ordinator), Mr Gerard Oosterwijk (Training Advisor, SADC PRINT), Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the UFS) and Ms Temana Johny (Administrative Assistant, SADC PRINT).
Photo: Stephen Collett

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