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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 forms partnership with Lebone Land Care Centre


The University of the Free State (UFS) has formed a partnership with the Lebone Land Care Centre, a local non-governmental organisation taking care of HIV/Aids orphans. The partnership was formalised during the recent HIV/Aids event hosted by the Chief Directorate: Community Service at the UFS in partnership with the Life Skills HIV and Aids Unit of the Free State Department of Education. This was the biggest HIV/Aids focus event in the history of the university, which culminated with the handing over of a R10 000 cheque to the Lebone Land Care Centre. Pictured is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, Prof Frederick Fourie, handing over the cheque to the Funding Co-ordinator for Lebone Land, Mr Clint Bailey.
Photo: Dikgapane Makhetha

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