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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 presents summer school for students in sustainable agriculture and rural development
2007-10-11

The Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at the University of the Free State (UFS) is presenting a summer school during the first two weeks of October 2007 on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The purpose of the summer school is to provide subject guidance to the centre’s distance-learning students and to summarise the year’s assignments. Approximately 50% of the centre’s students are from international origin, e.g. the Southern African Developing Community (SADC), central and northern Africa and countries as far as Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Europe. The centre had a screened intake of 52 new students this year. The highlight of the summer school was a lecture by Prof. Edward Nesamvuni, extraordinary professor at the centre and General Manager for Research in the Department of Agriculture of Limpopo, on the role of agricultural research in the progress of rural communities. From the left are, front: Prof. Nesamvuni and Prof. Izak Groenewald (Director of the UFS Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development); back: Mr Khathu Tshikolomo (Senior Manager: Crop Production, Limpopo), Ms Jane Tshovhote (Manager of the Giyani Municipality, Limpopo) and Mr Maanda Dagada (Manager of Land and Agrarian Reform, Limpopo). All three are registered as Ph.D. students at the centre.
Photo: Lacea Loader
 

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