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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 CUT to host two conferences in public administration


The Department of Public Sector Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) and the School of Government Management at the Central University of Technology (CUT) will be hosting two national conferences in a joint effort in Bloemfontein this year. From 28-29 October 2008 the institutions will host the annual conference of the Association of Southern African Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM), and from 30-31 October 2008 the annual conference for South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) will be hosted. The main working committee for the two conferences is, from the left, front: Dr Tryna Edwards (CUT), Prof. Abie Geldenhuys (CUT), and Ms Kate Modisakeng (UFS); back: Dr Basie Olivier (CUT), Prof. Moses Sindane (UFS), Prof. Hendri Kroukamp (UFS), and Dr Liezel Lues (UFS).
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