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CACS public seminar on Russia-Africa relations

Heads of delegations - including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa - with the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, at the Sochi summit.

Exactly a year after its launch, the Centre for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg hosted a public seminar on ‘Russia-Africa Relations in the 21st Century: Renewed Focus and Engagement’, with H.E. Mr Ilya Igorevich Rogachev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to South Africa and Lesotho, as the main speaker.

The discussant was Dr Essop Pahad, former minister in the South African Presidency, and the event was chaired by Khadija Patel, editor in chief of the Mail & Guardian. The seminar was well attended, among others by diplomats, policy-makers and planners, and academics. It took place in the wake of the first ever Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum (the Sochi Summit), held in Sochi, Russia, on 23 and 24 October, which was attended by 45 African heads of state and government as well as regional and private sector representatives.

Opening the seminar, Prof Peng Yi, CACS Co-Director, spoke about the Centre’s role in fostering mutual understanding between not only China and Africa but also Africa and other countries in the Global South.

In his presentation, the Ambassador placed contemporary relations between Russia and Africa in the broader context of the continent’s relations with the Soviet Union, which, he said, had played a vital role in partnering with the continent’s liberation movements in combating ‘colonialism, racism and apartheid’.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Russia went into a recession, and these relations became less active. However, the friendship and solidary between Russia and Africa never ceased. Today, be declared, 'Russia is returning to Africa'. READ MORE


The UJCI is currently accepting applications for all Mandarin courses as well as Chinese Cultural Courses for the first semester of 2020. For more details, click here. For comprehensive Application and Registration Guidelines (including timetables), click here. Please note that applications for all Mandarin courses will start on 6 January and close on 31 January 2020.


Launch of Centre for China-Africa Studies

The UJCI has established an autonomous division – the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) – that focuses specifically on research and publication. The opening took place at the UJCI on Thursday 22 November 2018. Read more

Chinese Minister visits UJ and the UJCI

On Friday 14 September 2018, China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Xu Nanping, visited the University of Johannesburg, where he was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, as well as other UJ representatives. He also visited the UJCI. Read more

Prof Peng Yi joins the UJCI

Professor Peng Yi of Nanjing Tech University has joined the UJCI as Chinese Co-Director, succeeding Prof Yin Fulin. Her term will last until 2020. Read more


CACS Belt & Road Policy Brief No 1

Sino-Egyptian Industrial and Infrastructure Cooperation: Determinants and Outcomes. Dr Emmanuel Matambo, May 2019. Read more

Encounter with China

UJCI students reflect on their experiences during the Confucius Institute Winter Camp in December 2018. February 2019. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 6

The 2018 FOCAC Summit: Prospects for an African Multilateral Policy towards China in a Changing Global Economy. Bongane Gasela, October 2018.  Read more

Our Journey to China

UJCI students write about their experiences in China during Summer Camp 2018. September 2018. Read more

UJ CACS Occasional Paper No 7

The domestic origins and global implications of China's reform and opening up. Dr Zhu Ming, October 2019. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 6

Sino-Ethiopian Trade and Investment Relations: Actors, Determinants and Trends. Dr Messay Mulugeta, September 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 5

Sino-Kenyan Co-operation: Whither the West? Dr Westen K Shilaho, March 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 4

Sino-African Relations in 2017: Where to from here ? Dr David Monyae and Bhaso Ndzendze. January 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 5

Sino-South African Relations after Twenty: Key Lessons. Dr David Monyae and Gibson Banda. January 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 3

The US, Russia, China and Africa in the Evolving Global Order. Dr David Monyae. November 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 4

Implications of the US-led War on Terror for Africa-China relations. Bhaso Ndzendze. October 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 3

The Relevance of Ubuntu for African Development and International Relations in the Global Future: Comments on Muxe Nkondo. Professor Peter O Ndege. September 2017.  Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 2

Ubuntu as Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities. Professor Muxe Nkondo. July 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 1

China's Soft-Power Status (via UN Peacekeeping) and its Implications for the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). Martin R. Rupiya. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 2

The BRICS Model of South-South Cooperation. Swaran Singh, August 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 1

BRICS Studies: Some Suggested Themes. Chris Landsberg, Francis A. Kornegay Jr and Mzukisi Qobo. July 2017. Read more

Africa-China Policy Brief

Regional Industrialisation in Southern Africa: The Role of African-Sino Partnerships. Based on a policy research seminar held by the UJCI and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Southern Africa Office, in collaboration with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP). Read more


Why study Mandarin ?

Given South Africa's burgeoning ties with China, there is a growing need for South Africans to learn to speak, read and write Mandarin. Read more

UJCI programmes

Advanced students in Mandarin at the UJCI are eligible  for bursaries enabling them to further their studies in China. Read more

Courses in Mandarin

The UJCI offers accredited courses in Basic Mandarin, Intermediate Mandarin, Advanced Mandarin, as well as courses in HSK Mandarin I - V. Read more