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Joint seminar on 'The new scramble for Africa'

Mr Alvin Botes

On 7 December 2022, the CACS, in partnership with Higher Education Media Services, hosted a panel discussion and seminar on ‘The new scramble for Africa: implications for the continent’. The panelists were Mr Alvin Botes, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Dr Wesley Seale, BRICS expert and recent PhD graduate of Beijing University; Prof David Monyae, CACS director; and Nontobeko Hlela, a researcher for the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research. Read more >>

Launch of book on xenophobia in Africa

On 10 November 2022, the UJ Centre for Africa-China Studies, in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted the launch of Interrogating Xenophobia and Nativism in Twenty-First-Century Africa (Rowman &  Littlefield), edited by CACS research director Dr Emmanuel Matambo. Read more >>

Occasional Paper on Djibouti

Occasional Paper no 2 (new series)

Djibouti: Africa’s microstate with a military stronghold
Goitseone Maswabi and Lebo Mosebua / November 2022  Download >>

Three new publications

Policy Brief No 1

China’s Digital Security Law:  Prospects and Recommendations
Edmund Terem Ugar and Emmanuel Matambo / September 2022

Policy Brief No 2

South Africa’s Data Sovereignty Regulations: Merits and Possible Limitations
Emmanuel Matambo and Edmund Terem Ugar / September 2022

Occasional Paper 1

Data Protection and Rights to Privacy in the United States: A Limited State Level View
Emmanuel Matambo and Sizo Nkala / September 2022


Lecture on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

On 9 September 2022, the CACS hosted a lecture titled ‘The Belt and Road Initiative’ by Prof Lauren Johnston. It was attended by CACS staff members, UJ students, students from other universities, and business people. Among others, it provided valuable insights into the tangle and intangible benefits China seeks to derive from this massive initiative, which has important implications for African countries. Read more >>

Webinar on Kenya general elections

Prof Gilbert Khadiagala

On Tuesday 6 September 2022, the UJ Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS), in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a webinar titled ‘Kenya before and after the 9 August elections – analysis and way forward’. The speakers were Prof Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand; Dr Margaret Monyani, Sessional Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand; and Dr Joseph Makanda, Research Fellow, Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS). Read more >>


Webinar on TICAD 8

Dr Kweku Ampiah

On Friday 26 August 2022, the Centre for Africa-China studies (CACS), in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a webinar titled ‘The Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8)’. The keynote speaker was Prof Kweku Ampiah, Professor of Asia and Africa studies in the East Asian Studies Department, University of Leeds, UK. Read more >>

Webinar on Zambia's 'new dawn'

On Wednesday 24 August 2022, the Centre for China-Africa Studies (CACS), in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a webinar titled ‘Assessing Zambia’s ‘new dawn’ government after a year in power’. The speakers were Ms Laura Miti, Executive Director of the Alliance for Community Action (ACA); Mr Fumba Chama (PilAto), Zambian musician and social activist; and Ms Marisa Lourenço, a risk analyst. Read more >>

Webinar on data sovereignty

On Friday 1 July 2022, the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS), in partnership with the Institute for the Future of Knowledge (IFK) at the University of Johannesburg and the UJ Library, hosted a webinar on ‘Data Sovereignty’. The discussants were Prof Everisto Benyera, Professor of African Politics, University of South Africa; Adv Megan Kathure, Attorney and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, specialising in Technology, Cybersecurity and International Trade Practice; and Dr John Ostrowick, Head of Strategy for a political organisation, and Chief Information Officer for a South African government department. Read more >>

Webinar on social security in China and South Africa

Prof Letlhokwa Mpedi
Prof Barbara Darimont

On Monday 6 June, The Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS), in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a webinar titled: ‘The dualist approach to social security in developing countries: Perspectives from China and South Africa’. The webinar explored a paper with the same title written by Prof Letlhokwa Mpedi of the University of Johannesburg, and Prof Barbara Darimont of the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society. Read more >>

CACS co-hosts Chris Hani Memorial Lecture

On 19 May 2022, the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) hosted the annual Chris Hani Lecture, in collaboration with the Chris Hani Institute (CHI). This year’s lecture came 29 years after Hani was assassinated by the Polish immigrant Janus Walusz on 10 April 1993. Speakers explored what Hani would have thought of South Africa today. Read more >>

Webinar on South Africa's stance on the Ukraine invasion

On Monday 11 April, the CACS, in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the BRICS Research Centre, hosted a webinar on ‘Examining South Africa’s foreign policy position on the Russia-Ukraine crisis’. The keynote address was delivered by H.E. Ms Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development, and Chair of the ANC’s Subcommittee on International Relations. Read more >>

Webinar on coups and failed states in Africa

On Tuesday 26 October, the CACS, in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a Zoom webinar titled ‘ Are African States Failing, Again?: Examining the resurgence of military takeovers and failed states in Africa’. Read more >>

Article on land reform in South Africa

Charles Matseke, a CACS Programme Manager, has authored a peer-reviewed article on land reform in South Africa in the latest edition of UJ’s pan-African quarterly journal The Thinker. To download the article, click here.

Webinar on Zambian presidential election

On Tuesday 31 August, the CACS, in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a Zoom webinar on ‘Zambia before and after the August 12 election: analysis and way forward’. The presenters included a leading Zambian academic and two political activists. Read more >>

International Forum on South Africa-China Tourism Cooperation

On Wednesday 4 August 2021, the University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute, the Centre for Africa-China Studies and the UJ School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) jointly hosted a Virtual International Forum titled ‘South Africa-China Tourism Cooperation: Opening New Horizons’. Read More >>


Tribute to former Zambian president Dr Kenneth Kaunda

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal, has issued a tribute to Dr Kenneth Kaunda, founding President of the Republic of Zambia and pioneer of African independence from colonialism and settler rule, who died on 17 June at the age of 97. Among others, he called on UJ staff and students to observe the ten days of mourning declared by the South African government. To download the full statement, click on the button below.