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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 programme on governance officially opened

This week altogether 38 students from across the country, Lesotho, and Namibia attended a contact session for the Master's Programme in Governance and Political Transformation, presented by the University of the Free State (UFS), on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The opening address was delivered by Dr Choice Makhetha, Deputy Dean of Student Affairs at the UFS on the theme: "Is constitutional democracy strengthening in South Africa?". Some of the guests who attended the lecture were, from the left: Dr Makhetha, Ms Lineo Molise (Deputy Minister of the Department of Home Affairs, Lesotho), Prof. Gerhardt de Klerk (Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities at the UFS), Ms Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa (Minister of Justice, Human Rights, Correctional Services, and Constitutional Affairs in Lesotho), and Dr Tania Coetzee (Programme Director of the Programme in Governance and Political Transformation at the UFS).

Photo: Leonie Bolleurs


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