Gearing Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
CACS has released a major report entitled ‘Gearing Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, based on contributions to an international webinar held on 21 July 2020. The presenters were Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, UJ Principal and Vice-Chancellor; Gitanjali Sah, Strategy and Policy Coordinator for the International Telecommunication Union (ICU); Edward Zhou, Vice President of Global Public Affairs, Huawei; Thang Nguyen-Quoc, economist for the Africa Unit of the OECD Development Centre; and Seth Mulli, Executive Director of the Youth Bridge Trust. The report summarises their contributions, and supplements their insights. Read more >>
China in Zambia: special partner, or one of many?
The CACS has published a major study on Chinese involvement in Zambia. Written by Arve Ofstad, an economist and a former Norwegian ambassador to Zambia, it reviews China’s engagement with Zambia in relation to the activities of other partner countries. It finds that, when situated in a longer time frame, China’s engagements with Zambia in terms of aid projects, loans and investments do not differ all that much from those of other major powers or development partners. Read more >>
Minister calls for unity in addressing African challenges
On Saturday 30 May 2020, the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) and the CACS hosted a virtual summit on South Africa’s foreign policy amid the coronavirus pandemic which was broadcast by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The keynote speaker was the Hon. Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Read more >>
Chinese investment in Ethiopia continues despite COVID-19
Chinese investment in Ethiopia has continued unabated even during the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby further dispelling the skepticism in some quarters about Chinese engagement with Africa, writes Messay M Tefera. Read more >>
African positions at the UN
Nelson Mandela's soccer diplomacy
On 12 July 2020, CACS and the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), in collaboration with the UJ Library, hosted a zoom webinar on ‘Nelson Mandela’s Soccer Diplomacy’. The keynote speaker was the Hon. Mr. Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture. Read more >>
China's global diplomatic relations: COVID-19 and beyond
On Wednesday 24 June 2020, Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute in King’s College, London, and Associate Fellow of the Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House, London, addressed a CACS Zoom webinar on ‘China’s Global Diplomatic Relations: COVID-19 and Beyond’.
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People-to-People relations in the time of Covid-19 - Africa and China
On 20 May 2020, CACS hosted a zoom webinar on people-to-people relations in the time of COVID-19 with a specific focus on Africa and China. Cases of alleged racial discrimination in China against people of colour made the seminar a necessary and timely initiative. About 80 people, some from as far afield as Nigeria, China, France and the United Kingdom, joined the webinar online. Read more >>
The intellectual legacy and work
of Thandika Mkandawire
On 29 April 2020, CACS, in collaboration with the UJ LIbrary, hosted a zoom webinar on ‘The Intellectual work and legacy of Thandika Mkandawire’. The speakers were Prof Gilbert Khadiagala and Dr Ibbo Mandaza, and the chair was Elinor Sisulu.
How is COVID-19 affecting Africa?
ZOOM seminar, in collaboration with with the UJ LIbrary, 16 April 2020. Speakers: Hannah Ryder, CEO, Development Reimagined; Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO, Trade and Development Bank. Chair: Prof Saurabh Sinha.
Martin Jacques on China and Africa
Prof Martin Jacques, author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, reflects on economic changes within China and what they mean for its relationship with African countries.
Hannah Ryder on China and Africa
Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, reflects on future relations between China and Africa.