UKZN Academic to Chair African Renaissance Conference
The Head of African Languages at UKZN, Professor Sihawu Ngubane, is Chair of the organising committee for the Africa Renaissance Conference being held at the ICC in Durban from 23-24 May.
The conference, organised around Africa Day celebrations on May 25, will focus on Entrepreneurs in Africa – Entrepreneur Development and Innovation, with the emphasis on the youth. It also aims to empower and increase entrepreneurial capacities, thereby strengthening communities through the creation of new businesses, new jobs and the promotion of self-sufficiency.
Africa Day, held annually across the continent, commemorates the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) - now known as the African Union (AU) - in 1963.
UKZN prides itself on its vision of being the Premier University of African Scholarship and Africa Day provides an opportunity to highlight the progress the University has made as well as reflect on the challenges Africa faces in a global environment.
UKZN, recognised as one of the top three research-led universities in South Africa, is among the largest universities in sub-Saharan Africa. This in effect links UKZN to its mission of a truly South African university that is academically excellent, innovative in research, critically engaged with society and demographically representative, and redressing the disadvantages, inequities and imbalances of the past.
‘UKZN responds to the critical development needs of the entire continent and in the light of Africa Day it is crucial to acknowledge the Institution on the world map through its new economic and social strategies to improve the lives of people. In fact, UKZN should mount a core module that may create concepts of African Renaissance, its implications and impact to our curriculum,’ said Ngubane.
In celebration of Africa Day, UKZN has organised various activities, including a quiz and an edutainment drive aiming to create awareness and student participation. To participate, please click here (Terms and Conditions)
Meanwhile, in partnership with the Mandela-Rhodes Community and Activate, the fifth annual Conversations for Change event takes place at the Howard College Theatre on the Durban campus on 24 May at 17h30. The gathering will discuss racism and intersecting forms of prejudice, privilege and power.
Speakers include: the former Constitutional Court judge, Mr Justice Zakeria Yacoob; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College: Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter; Researcher and Political Analyst, Ms Nompumelelo Runji, and Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Ms Unathi Bheku. You may RSVP here to attend.