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Public Dialogue on SA economic policy since 1994

On 23 July 2018, the UJCI, in collaboration with the Concerned Africans Forum and the UJ Library, will host a Public Dialogue entitled ‘Progressive or Neo-Liberal?: South African Policy Economic Policy since 1994’.

The Dialogue will be chaired by Mongane Wally Serote, Professor of Philosophy at UJ.
The speakers will be Dr Essop Pahad, former Minister in the South African Presidency, and Alec Erwin, former Minister of Trade and Industry.
DATE: Monday 23 July 2019.
TIME: 17h00–19h00.
VENUE: Level 6, UJ Library, Madibeng Building, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, UJ.
INVITATION: For a downloadable invitation, click here.
RSVP: Bhaso Ndzendze,

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Seminar on Sino-African satellite cooperation

On 11 June 2018, the UJCI, in collaboration with the UJ Library, presented a seminar on ‘Satellite Cooperation: The Next Frontier of Sino-African Relations?’

The seminar was chaired by Professor Esther Akinlabi, Vice-Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg.

The keynote speaker was Dr Zhu Ming, Research Fellow of the Centre for West Asian and African Studies of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS).

The respondent was Professor Arthur Mutambara, independent technology and strategy consultant, and a Visiting Professor of the University of Johannesburg. He is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, and former president of the African News Agency (ANA).

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Seminar on shifting Sino-American relations: implications for Africa

On Friday 11 May 2018, the UJCI, in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg Library, hosted a seminar on ‘Battle of the Giants?: Shifting Sino-American Relations and Re-Globalisation: Implications for Africa’.

The event was chaired by Dr David Monyae, Co-Director, UJCI.

The keynote speakers were Prof Wang Dong, Associate Professor in the School of International Studies, and Executive Deputy Director of the Institute for China-US People to People Exchange at Peking University; and Prof Henry Sun, International Director of the Business Research Institute and Professor at the Business School, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

The discussant was Ms Sanusha Naidu, Foreign Policy Analyst.

The year 2018 will be a busy one for Sino-South African relations. First, these two countries are celebrating 20 years of formal diplomatic relations. Second, South Africa will host the 10th BRICS Summit to be held in Johannesburg on 25-27 July. As host of the Summit, South Africa will be able to set the agenda for this increasingly important alliance between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In September, China and South Africa will co-chair the 2018 meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), to be hosted by China and held in Beijing. The Forum last met in Johannesburg in 2015.

Representatives of some 50 African countries are expected to meet with Chinese representatives to review their relations thus far and chart a way forward, following multiple changes in their domestic arrangements, including elections, re-elections and constitutional revisions on both sides.

All this will take place against the backdrop of major shifts in the international order, with many analysts now turning their attention to what Graham Allison has termed the ‘Thucydides Trap’ of an inevitable clash between the rising power of China and the United States, the global hegemon since 1945, and made more powerful by the end of the Cold War.

Most recently, in early April, 2018 a trade dispute erupted between the United States and China. Trump’s administration proposed 25 percent tariffs on $ 50 billion-worth of roughly 1,300 Chinese imports. This has invoked much debate and criticism, with some arguing that it is not so much about trade as about China’s rise as a technology power. To make sense of the above, UJCI has invited some of the best Chinese scholars to dissect this issue.

At this Public Dialogue, Professor Wang Dong of Peking University, the leading Chinese scholar on the history and development of Chinese foreign policy, will address these and many other questions, together with Professor Henry Sun, International Director of the Business Research Institute and Visiting Professor at Business School, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

Professor Dong and Professor Sun will be joined by the prominent South African Scholar Ms Sanusha Naidu, who will discuss the past, present and future of bilateral and multilateral areas of operation between African countries and China.

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Public Dialogue on SA-China Relations at Twenty

On Friday 16 March 2018, the UJCI and the Concerned Africans Forum will jointly host a Public Dialogue on ‘South Africa–China Relations at Twenty: Key Lessons for the Next Decade’.

The keynote address will be delivered by H.E. Mr. Lin Songtian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to South Africa.

The other speakers will be:

  • Mr Aziz Pahad, Former South African Deputy Minister of International Relations;
  • Prof Garth Shelton, Professor of International Relations, Wits University;
  • Dr David Monyae, Co-Director, UJCI; and
  • Dr Bob Wekesa, Research Associate, China Africa Reporting Project, Wits University

Date: 16 March 2018
Time: 09h30 to 14h00
Venue: STH, Kerzner Building, Bunting Campus, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Invitation: For a printable invitation, click here
RSVP: Bhaso Nzendze at

This year, official relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China will reach the twenty-year milestone. At this event, leading analysts will reflect on the lessons learnt from this period, and their implications for charting the future of this vital relationship. All welcome.

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Discussion of book by Chuma Nwokolo

On 27 November 2017, the UJCI will host a discussion of the novel entitled The Extinction of Menai by the distinguished Nigerian writer and scholar Chuma Nwokolo. Nwokolo will talk about the book, followed by a discussion.

Date: 27 November 2017
Time: 16h30 – 19h00
Venue: 9 Molesey Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
Invitation: For a downloadable invitation, click here.
RSVP: Charles Matseke on, or 011 559 7503.

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WuShu Performance Tour in Africa

On 26 October 2017, the UJCI will host a performance of the WuShu Performance Tour in Africa.

The WuShu Performance Tour consists of a series of performances of Chinese Martial Arts, which tell an interesting story about the development of Chinese Martial Arts.

These performances are undertaken by teachers and students at the Martial Art College in Hebei Province, China. They depict the history of Chinese Martial Arts, and the relationship between the Chinese Martial Arts and the lives of ordinary people in a certain period of time. They also create a deeper understanding of Chinese philosophy and culture.

DATE: Thursday 26 October 2017.

TIME: 17h30 – 19h30.

VENUE: The Arts Centre Theatre, UJ Kingsway Campus Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

INVITATION: For a printable invitation, click here.

RSVP: By Tuesday 24 October 2017 to Gugulethu Nkosi at / 011 559 7503.


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Public Lecture on Chinese Medicine

ON Wednesday 27 September 2017, the Faculty of Health Science and Department of Homoeopathy at the University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with the UJCI, will host a Public Lecture by Prof Wang Xudong of the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine on ‘The Cultural Values of Chinese Medicine and Health Preservation Practice’.


Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017.
Time: 14:00- 15:30.
Venue: Bessie Head Venue, DFC Library, Doornfontein Campus, UJ.
Invitation: For a printable invitation, click here.
RSVP: Ms Priscilla Mongane 011 559-6218.

About Chinese Medicine
With a history of more than 3000 years, traditional Chinese Medicine (中医) has become a precious global cultural legacy. It is based on the philosophy of the hypothesis of pneumatism, the Yin-yang theory and the five elements theory with the purpose of pursuing the unity of man and nature. Based on this philosophy, a broad range of mostly preventative health practices have come into being that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy, among others which have been used effectively to cure diseases and preserve our health. In this lecture, Prof Wang will mainly analyze the functions and benefits of Chinese medicine culture for health preservation.

About Prof Wang Xudong
Prof Wang is a professor and doctoral supervisor of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. He is a member of national committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the leader of national major discipline (history and literature of Traditional Chinese medicine) and the chief leader of major project supported by social science foundation. Prof Wang also holds concurrent posts including vice chairman of Health Rehabilitation Branch of China Association of Chinese Medicine, vice chairman of Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture Branch of China Association of Chinese Medicine, vice chairman of Literature Branch of China Association of Chinese Medicine, vice chairman of Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Committee of China Association of History of Philosophy and vice chairman of Nanjing Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the recipient of over 10 science and technology progress prizes at national and provincial level, and has published more than 100 books and 150 medical theses. Prof Wang was also awarded with the Chinese Medicine Gold Award of Chinese Outstanding Youth and received the title of National Outstanding Teacher of Baogang.

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Public Lecture by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

This event has been postponed. A new date will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

ON Wednesday 27 September 2017, the UJ Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), in collaboration with the UJCI, will host a public lecture by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Former Chairperson of the African Union Commission, entitled ‘My Tenure at the African Union, 2012-2017’.

DATE Wednesday, 27 September 2017.
TIME 17h30-19h30.
VENUE: A LES GO2, UJ Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
INVITATION: For a printable invitation, click here.
RSVP: Thembeka Somtseu at / Thabang Mkhuma at / tel 011 559 7232.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma will assess the major achievements and challenges during her four-year tenure as Chairperson of the African Union Commission (2012-2017), including efforts at introducing administrative reforms, ensuring financial self-sustainability, engaging partners such as China and the European Union, peacemaking, promoting gender and socio-economic development, and implementing Agenda 2063.

The event will be chaired by Professor Adekeye Adebajo, Director of IPATC. Dr David Monyae, Co-Director of the UJCI, will propose a vote of thanks.

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Public Dialogue on Ubuntu as Public Policy

ON Thursday 28 September 2017, in celebration of Heritage Month, the UJCI will host a Public Dialogue on ‘Discourses on Decolonization: Ubuntu as Public Policy’.

DATE: Thursday 28 September.
TIME: 13:00 – 16:30.
VENUE: School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), Bunting Campus, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Johannesburg,
RSVP: Hellen Adogo, / tel 011 559 7504.
INVITATION: For a printable invitation, click here.

The speakers will be:
Professor Muxe Nkondo, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda;
Professor Peter Ndege, Professor of History at Moi University, Kenya; and
Professor Chris Landsberg, SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ.
The event will be chaired by Dr David Monyae, Co-Director of the UJCI.

From the 1950s onwards, many African leaders formulated new philosophies or ideologies as guiding principles for the post-colonial era. This included the Pan-Arabism of Gamel Abdel Nasser of Egypt; the Pan-Africanism of Kwame Nkumah of Ghana;  the African Socialism of Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Tom Mboya of Kenya; and the Common Man’s Charter of  Appolo Milton Obote of Uganda.  Other contributions included Leopold Sedar Senghor’s Socialism, Kenneth Kaunda’s Humanism, and Mobutu Sese Seko’s Authenticity. Following South Africa’s transition to democracy, Ubuntu and the African Renaissance were added to the list, proving that efforts to formulate an African approach to political and social freedom had not ended.

The debate about Ubuntu has been revitalised by an exchange of ideas between Professors Muxe Nkondo of South Africa and Peter Ndege of Kenya, contained in two UJCI Occasional Papers (available on this website). In this Public Dialogue, these two figures and others will continue this conversation, reflecting on the potential for and implications of using Ubuntu as a driving principle of public policy, including international relations.

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