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​Conf​erences & Worksho​​​ps



Round table discussion

(Invitation only)

African security matters

Briefing to Dutch Minister of Defence & delegation

Date: 20 October 2023

Place: Stellenbosch University


Prof Hussein Solomon (Free State University & Research Fellow SIGLA, Stellenbosch University)

  • On coups in the SAHEL. PP here

Prof A. Esterhuyse(Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University)

  • South Africa's national security. PP here

Prof F. Vreÿ(SIGLA, Stellenbosch University)​

  • Maritime security off Africa. PP here

Enquiries: Prof F. VreÿEmail​



SIGLA Guest Lecture

Subsea cables, port security and legal matters

Date: 27 September 2023 (13:30-14:30 GMT+2)


Subsea cables, cyber and port security

Prof Brett van Niekerk (PhD) is an associate professor in the Department of Information Technology at the Durban University of Technology, a non-resident fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (Stellenbosch University), chairs the International Federation of Information Processing Working Group on ICT in Peace and War, and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism. He has cybersecurity experience across industry, academia and civil society. He actively participates in international cybersecurity forums (Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, Paris Call working groups, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's project on countering influence operations). He is CISM certified, with over 50 academic publications and 20 presentations at industry events.

Legal aspects

Dr Trishana Ramluckan is the research manager at Educor Holdings and an honorary research fellow in the School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, prior to which she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Law and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at UKZN. She is a member of the IFIP working g​roup on ICT Uses in Peace and War and is an Academic Advocate for ISACA. She graduated with a Doctor of Administration specialising in IT and Public Governance (2017) and was listed as in the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity in Africa (2020). Her current research areas include Cyber Law and Information Technology Governance.

Research Brief: Here

Concept note  Here​​

PP presentation: Here

Teams Link  Here​

Location map: Here​

Enquiries​: Prof F. Vreÿ - ​E-mail​

Video: Here​



SIGLA Guest L​ecture

Emerging AI and Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Date: 8 May 2023   -  Time: 13:00 - 1400 (GMT+2)

SpeakerAssistant Secretary Mallory Stewart (USA)


Register at (Closed 4 May 16:00 for logistics planning)

TEAMS link remains open for participants that did not register​ in time: Available here

In person:  Africa Hall, Faculty of Military Science, SA Military Academy, Saldanha

En​quiries: Prof F. Vreÿ​


- Invitation only event -

Workshop theme

The African cyber security landscape: Countering cyber threat proliferation.

Workshop series

Third International Workshop on counter-proliferation in Africa​


Security Institute for Governance and Leadership (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University

US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) & ​International Counterproliferation Program (ICP)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, South Africa​

Stellenbosch, 28-30 March 2023

Concept Note: Here

Programme: Here

Enquiries:​ Prof F. Vreÿ  E​mail


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Exploring the Interface Between Coups, Violent Extremism and Poor Governance in the Sahel

 26 January 2023 : 14:00-16:30

SIGLA, Stellenbosch University and CGAS, ​University of the Free State

Opening speaker: Prof Kwesi Aning, KAIPTC Ghana

Registration link: Here (Opens 09 January 2023)

Conference link MSTEAMS: Here​

Programme: Here

Speaker notes: Here

Research Brief: Here

Recording: Here​

Enquiries: ​Prof F. Vrey SIGLA         Prof H. Solomon UFS​



Theme: Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea: Fostering a Comprehensive Approach to a Complex Problem

August 31st - September 1st, 2023
KAIPTC, Accra, Ghana

Concept note here

Communiqué​ here

Draft report here

Opening of conference by Cmdt KAIPTC

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SIGLA also participated in IMDEC 2023 in Accra Ghana

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