Launch of book by Z Pallo Jordan

ON Thursday 28 September 2017, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, in partnership with Jacana Media and the Mutloatse Art Heritage Trust, will host the launch of Letters to my Comrades: Interventions and Excursions, by Z Pallo Jordan.

DATE: Thursday 28 September 2017.
Time: 17h30 for 18h00.
VENUE: School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), UJ Bunting Road Campus, Auckland Park.
INVITATION: For a printable invitation, click here.
MAP: For a route map to the venue, click here.
RSVP: Nabila Noor Mohamed, nabilanm@uj.ac.za / tel 011 599 2716.

Extract from the backtext
Z Pallo Jordan has long been the unapologetic moral guardian of the liberation struggle. His writings spanning decades are testament to the power of putting pen to paper, and speaking the truth with force and eminentlhy readable moral conviction. Letters to my Comrades is the ultimate collection of his piercing and yet embraceable thoughts and enquiries.

‘In many ways, this book is strikingly apt for the current historical period. For one thing, it is being published at a time when the current phase of the historical processs is astride two separate but conceptuallhy interlinked periods – the apartheid and the post-apartheid stages.’ – Former president Kgalema Motlanthe

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Discussion on crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

On Thursday 21 September 2017,  the Concerned Africans Forum and the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy will host a discussion on ‘The current crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean’.

DATE: 21 September 2017.
TIME: 17h30 for 18h00.
INVITATION:  For a printable invitation, click here.
ROUTE MAP: For a printable route map, click here.
RSVP: Nabila Noor Mohamed on nabilanm@uj.ac.za / tel 011 559 2716.

SPEAKERS:
His Excellency Dr Carlos Fernandes De Cossio, Cuban Ambassador to South Africa;
Her Excellency Mairin Josefina Moreno-Merida, Venezuelan Ambassador to South Africa.

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Public lecture by Anand Sharma

On 7 September 2017, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy hosted a public lecture by Mr Anand Sharma, deputy leader of the opposition in the Indian Parliament, and a former Minister in the Union Cabinet.

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Discussion on the Kagame Report

ON 30 August 2017, the Concerned Africans Focum and the SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy hosted a discussion on ‘Transforming the African Union: A Critical Reflection on the Kagame Report’.

The speakers were:
Mr Tito Mboweni, member of the AU Reform Panel and former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank.
Prof Adekeye Adebajo, Director of the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) at the University of Johannesburg.

Facilitator: Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

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Discussion on the Southern Cameroons Dilemma

On 24 August  2017, the  SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy hosted a discussion on ‘The Southern Cameroons Dilemma:  Necessity for Comprehensive Discourse and Reform’.

The speakers were:

Prof Anyangwe Carlson, Director of the School of Law and Research Champion, Walter Sisulu University
Mr Taka Milton, Chair of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) South Africa
Mr Nesto Djomatchui, Chair of the Cameroonian Renaissance Movement (CRM) in South Africa
Mr Kum Bezeng, former Chair of Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) in South Africa.

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Seminar on BRICS-Africa Cooperation

On 29-30 August 2017, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI), in collaboration with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP), hosted a Pre-BRICS seminar on ‘BRICS-Africa Cooperation: Progress, Prospects and Challenges’.

The main objectives of the seminar were to:

  • highlight the extent to which  BRICS policies promote the African Agenda;
  • examine BRICS collaboration with African countries as well as the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs); and
  • examine the role of the BRICS Bank in funding infrastructure development in Africa.

The seminar reflected on the background of the relationship between Africa and BRICS, and explored ways in which the South African government through the African Union (AU) can synergise Africa’s agency. It brought together academics, policy-makers, government officials, business and civil society to contribute to a policy debate on how to insert the African agency into the Africa-BRICS relationship.

The seminar preceded the 9th BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China, in September 2017.

For the concept note, click here.

For the draft agenda, click here.

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Lecture by Dr Mamphela Ramphele

ON 31 July 2017, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and the UJ Library, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, hosted a public lecture by Dr Mamphele Ramphele on ‘(Re)imagining the State and Society: A Conversation’.

The facilitator was Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

The panelist was Bomikazi Njova, local president, Junior Chamber International, University of Fort Hare.

About Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Ramphele has had a celebrated career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and political thinker.

She holds a medical degree from the University of Natal, a PhD in Social Anthropology, a B Comm degree, a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene, and a Diploma in Public Health. In 1996 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor of UCT. In 2000 she became a managing director of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC. She is currently a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She was a founder of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Citizens Movement.

On January 2013, Dr Ramphele became the leader of Agang SA, a party for all South Africans which won two seats in the national elections held in May 2014. Post elections she retired from party politics to return to her work as an active citizen.

Dr Ramphele is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa, including  A Passion for Freedom, Laying Ghosts to Rest, Conversations with my Sons and Daughters, and a new release, Dreams, Betrayal and Hope. She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in spearheading projects for disadvantaged people in South Africa and elsewhere.

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Report on EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership Workshop

ON 21-22 July 2016, the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, held a workshop entitled ‘Reviewing a Decade of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership’.

A Proceedings Report on the workshop has been released. To download a printable version, click here.

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Discussion on Morocco

ON 20 July 2017, the Concerned South Africans Forum and the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy hosted a discussion on Morocco’s readmission to the AU and its implications for Western Sahara.

The facilitator was Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

The speakers were Ambassador Radhi S Bachir, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, and Molly Dlamini, Western Sahara Solidarity Group (SA).

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Discussion of book by Jonathan Jansen

ON Thursday 27 July,the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and the UJ LIbrary, in partnership with NB Publishers, hosted a discussion with Professor Jonathan Jansen about his book entitled As by Fire: The End of the South African University.

The discussion was facilitated by Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

Prof Jansen is a leading South Adrican educationalist and commentator and the author of several books, including the best-selling Letters to My Children. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State ,where he earned a reputation for transformation and a deep commiment to reconciliation.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What are the real roots of the student protests of 2015 and 2016? Is it actually about fees? Why did so many protests turn violent? Where is the government while the buildings burn, and do the students know how to end the protests?

Former Free State University Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen delves into the unprecedented disruption of universities that caught South Africa by surprise. I n frank interviews with elevent of the VCs most affected, he examines the forces at work, why the protests escalate into chaos, and what is driving – and exasperating – our youth. This urgent and necessary book gives us an insider view of the crisis, tells us why the conflict will not go away, and what this means for the future of our universities.

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