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Africa Day 2021


In line with Africa Day which is on 25 May, Stellenbosch University celebrates the event through various online events and opinion pieces published around this date. 

This year, the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wim de Villiers hosted the Annual Africa Day Lecture on 27 May and during the Africa Day Celebration event hosted by Prof Hester Klopper, DVC Strategy and Internationalisa tion hosted on 25 May, the DVC and Dr. Nico Elema reflected on Stellenbosch University's partnerships across the continent and highlighting the partnership between the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPD, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Stellenbosch University in establishing the AUDA-NEPAD Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation (Click here for more detail). 

Several opinion pieces were also published for the media by Dr Chris Jones (Daily Maverick), Prof Firoz Khan​ (Daily Maverick: Part 1 & Part 2) and Prof Hester Klopper (Cape Times), where staff at Stellenbosch University point out that even though Africa faces numerous challenges, it also has many opportunities to achieve sustainable economic development, peace and prosperity. Click on the links below to read the articles as published.​

On 25 May, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) hosted the annual Africa Day event and the University of Stellenbosch Business School also hosted a Leader's Angle series event on 25 May.  ​The details of the events are listed in chronological order.

Leader’s Angle series: Value, Values and Valuations: Rethinking Natural and Innovation Ecosystems Services in Africa

Hosted by Stellenbosch University Business School (USB)

Date:               Tuesday 25 May 2021

Although it is traditionally accepted that Africa holds immense mineral wealth, an understanding of Africa’s true wealth is obscured; with adverse perceptions of Africa’s financial status and global value enduring. In the international financial mental model of value, a rapid reframing for the revaluation of Africa has now become essential for global rebalance. Join us for the next event in our Leader’s Angle series, where our panel of experts will unpack this thought-provoking topic. 

A panel of experts will discuss the topic and include Dr Mamphela RampheleDr Morne MostertMcKevin AyabaDr Tobias de Coning with the Facilitator being Dr Njeri Mwagiru.​

Hosted by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS)​

     Tuesday 25 May 2021

Time:              10:00 to 12:00 (CAT)​



Africa Day: Leveraging Stellenbosch University's partnerships to advance knowledge and innovation in service of society

Please join Prof Hester Klopper, DVC Strategy and Internationalisation in an Africa Day Celebration session, where Dr. Nico Elema from the Centre for Collaboration in Africa will share more detail on our African partnerships, and specifically how Stellenbosch University is partnering with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in operationalising the AUDA-NEPAD Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation (AUDA-NEPA

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               Tuesday 25 May 2021

Time:              14:00 to 15:30 (CAT)

Venue:            MS TEAMS - Click here to join the session


Hosted by the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wim de Villiers.

The event is organised by the Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela​.


Date:               Thursday 27 May 2021

Time:              16:00 to 17:30 (CAT)


Title of the event:  “Remaining Human: Dignity and Repair in the Face of Trauma and Violence."

A conversation with multi-award-winning Zimbabwean author of the book This Mournable BodyTsitsi Dangarembga, a STIAS fellow.

The featured speaker will be in conversation with Professor Tamar Garb, STIAS fellow and art historian at University College London, and Professor Siona O'Connell, Director: Critical African Arts Project at the University of Pretoria. 

The Discussion will be moderated by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Chair, Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University.

​Other highlights:

  • The Rector will deliver an opening speech.
  • The event will close with a jazz performance by Trumpeter and Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, Mandla Mlangeni. ​


You are welcome to visit our Archive of past events from the menu on the right-hand side of this page.​


VIDEO: African partnerships and Networks