Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines in Africa

This book is intended to contribute to discussions about the fundamental challenge of coloniality haunting humanities and social sciences in universities in Africa, while suggesting ways to de-link from and make a break with the epistemic injustices of embedded Eurocentrism that finds expression in the idea of and the content of academic disciplines as found in the current university system...

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Review of South Africa's Trilateral Cooperation Activities 2004 - 2014

The following presentation, prepared by Mr. Daniel Chiwandamira formed an integral part of the IGD Symposium on Trilateral Cooperation. The symposium offered conceptual and empirical analyses on research conducted by a range of scholars on trilateral cooperation. The presentation by Mr. Chiwandamira thus gave a comprehensive review of all of South Africa’s trilateral cooperation between 2004 and 2014, making it an invaluable resource for practitioners and non-practitioners of development diplomacy. ...

CALL FOR ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

The Unisa Latin American Report invites submissions for its 2016 editions. The peer-reviewed transdisciplinary journal is dedicated to publishing critical scholarship in global south studies broadly and on issues affecting peoples and countries of Latin America and the Caribbean region, especially their relations with Africa across areas of politics, economy, culture, language, science, technology and innovation, environment, engineering, etc...

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IGD Symposium on Trilateral Cooperation

On the 27th October 2015, the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), in partnership with the UK Department of International Development (DFID), hosted its first symposium on trilateral cooperation. This formed an important component of an ongoing research project that aims to provide critical insights into the international politics of development diplomacy and its implications for South Africa.

The South African - GRULAC Dialogue Forum

The GRULAC (Latin American and Caribbean Group) dialogue forum on SA's relations with Latin American and the Caribbean countries was hosted at the DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation), OR Tambo Building, Tshwane, on 25 June 2015. With the attendance of the Deputy Minister Landers, as well as significant high level representation on behalf of the South African government and GRULAC missions in South Africa, insights

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Exploring the ties of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for a better future

Because of similar interests and agendas, there are many benefits that South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean can have if they collaborate in certain areas and learn from each other. As Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya says: “We share a history, we share cultures, we share commercial relations and, even more important in a globalised world, we ought to share a common destiny as humanity.”

  In Focus

South Africa-Zimbabwe relations in the context of China’s growing footprint in Africa

PhilaniMthembu largeRelations between South Africa and Zimbabwe pose interesting questions about regional dynamics in Southern Africa in the context of China’s growing footprint on the African continent. Rather than describing the relationship, the following article suggests a way of understanding it in a changing global political landscape. It does this by presenting five key themes, namely 1) the Johannesburg FOCAC Summit in 2015, 2) China’s second Africa policy paper released prior to the summit, 3) the convergence of the inception of FOCAC and Zimbabwe’s Look East policy, 4) the role of emerging powers in establishing regional autonomy, and 5) the fallacy of using traditional International Relations lenses to explain the relationship between South Africa and Zimbabwe throughout the political crisis that unfolded.

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Rethinking the scope of South-South Co-operation in the wake of attacks on Africans in India

pooja JainThe murder of Congolese resident M K Olivier in India has given a jolt to the bonhomie of Africa-India relations. There have been attempts to temper this and the spate of other incidents against Africans in India as cases of urban violence and scuffles without having to do with racial prejudice1. Racial and urban violence cannot necessarily be dissociated from one another and in any case one does not stand as an alibi for the other. We argue that racism is not just ‘skin’ deep. It isn’t a superficial phenomenon arising simply from differences in physical appearance or culture. Racism is a complex phenomenon which comes from a self-induced image of the other against one’s own conception of grandeur.

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Here’s how we can counter xenophobia against African immigrants in India

13319787 992721420818562 6093145360813982811 nThe brutal murder of a young Congolese man, Masonda Ketanda Oliver followed closely by the four separate attacks on seven Africans near Chattarpur in south Delhi at the end of May, has blown the lid off the simmering pot of resentment against the treatment of Africans immigrants in India, especially the large student population. President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the attacks and said: “It would be most unfortunate if the people of India were to dilute our long tradition of friendship with the people of Africa and the welcome we have always extended to them in our country”.

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Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean

SikhumbuzoServitude or slavery has been a pervasive problem in the world throughout history and even though it was officially eliminated in the nineteenth century, it still exists today. Human trafficking has been categorized as a modern form of slavery.

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The South African Constition: Great Poetry or Great Legislation

RemofiloeWednesday 27th April 1994 remains entrenched in the memories of many South Africans because it was on this day that the first democratic elections were held. It is the day that signaled the beginning of a South Africa that embraced all those who called it home, a day that would be evidence of the will and determination of the South African people to move forward and create a democratic society governed by a government that is based on the will of the people and the rule of law.

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Brazil’s neo-liberals threat to Brics

zondiWhat should we make of the change of leadership in Brazil? What are the implications for the agency of the global south in this long battle to decolonise world affairs?

We have watched as the political drama in Brasilia unfolded towards the removal of Ms Dilma Rousseff from the presidency.

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