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14 May 2013
Africa Day Celebrations 2013

Celebrating Africa Day

At the University of the Western Cape we create spaces for fearless contestation where

issues like African unity, our aspirations for a better Africa, individual responsibility in the further development of Africa and more, could be discussed.

The International Relations Office in collaboration with UWC scholars and administrators, the SRC and the International Student Organisation invites you to an Africa Day Dialogue.

Activity 1 


Theme: "Reflections on Africa"

Venue: School of Public Health, Room 1 B

Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Time: 12.35 - 13.45:

Activity 2 

Cultural Activities

Theme: "Cultural Activities in Africa"

Venue: Student Centre

Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Time: 12.35 - 13.45:

Opening/welcome by facilitators

Prof Gerald Ouma and Dr Thierry Luescher-Mamashela

Time: 12.40 – 13.40:


Dialogue session Prof Joelien Pretorius (Political Studies)

Topic: "Will the real Africa please stand up?"

Mr Jacob Cloete (Post Graduate student, EMS)

Topic: “The State of our Emancipation'. Africa's movement towards 'freedom' since independence.

Prof Jimi Adesina (Anthropology/Sociology)

Topic: "What is Africa to me?"

Contributions from the floor

Closing remarks and vote of thanks by Facilitators

Time: 13.40 - 13.45:

On 25 May, 1963, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was established with 32

African governments signing. It was established “to promote unity and solidarity among

African states, to serve as a collective voice for the continent, to coordinate and intensify

cooperation among African states in order to achieve better life for the people, to defend the

sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of African states, etc”.

On 9 July, 2002 it was disbanded and replaced by its successor African Union (AU).Notable

developments in Africa are visible but so much still remains to be done toward the

achievement of the goals and the yearnings of the African peoples for a positive continental

identity and functional unity.

This year, 2013, the African continent marks 50 years of the historic signing of the OAU

Charter. As we reflect on the 50 years we are mindful of amongst others, the deep feelings

of despondency, disappointment of leadership across the continent and the slow pace of

development in Africa. There is definitely the need to revisit the question of how far the aims

of the OAU were achieved and even more so how its successor, the African Union, has

fared as a proposed better framework for African unity, development and African identity


For all enquiries please contact Ms Rushni Salie at, Tel: 021 959 2487 or Ms Debra

Lamson at, Tel: 021 959 2884