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The Virtual Irrigation Academy Expo and Conference, 12-13 June 2019

The Virtual Irrigation Academy (VIA) is having a two-day expo and conference at the  Future  Africa Campus.

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Prof Tawana Kupe’s special dinner with Early Career Research Leader Fellowship (ECRLF) fellows

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Twana Kupe took some time off his busy schedule to share a special dinner with the Early Career Research Leader Fellowship (ECRLF) fellows.

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Future Africa hosts viral diagnostics workshop

UP Future Africa hosts international low-cost viral diagnostics workshop featuring open-source technologies. 

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Future Africa - Official Launch

The launch of Future Africa at the University of Pretoria is a “timely response to placing science, technology and innovation at the centre of Africa’s development”.

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Future Africa Academic Strategy Group

The Future Africa Academic Strategy Group meets regularly to create and solidify the strategy through which Future Africa will transform the world through African research excellence.

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Forget Revolutions – co-create Resolutions

Africa has and faces challenges that can appear overwhelmingly complex and immutable. So often calls to actions approach this with force, vigour and the banging of drums – “overturn structures”, “rebuild from scratch”, “FIX”. Revolutions are important.

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ASLP successfully concludes its fifth round

The fifth round of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) commenced on 22 March and successfully came to a close at the official Future Africa launch.

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Events

Panel discussion on the creative industries and their role in development at Future Africa

Tuesday 14 May from 16:00- 18:00
Mike van Graan (UP and Future Africa fellow in residence) will present a paper titled “The Creative and Cultural Industries as drivers of economic growth and thus of development in Africa and South Africa: myth or reality?” This will be followed by a critiqued by two respondents Mashupe Phala and Lee Walters.

The UN Conference and Trade and Development Reports of 2008 and 2010 highlighted the resilience and impact of the creative industries, particularly in the Global North, as they have been promoted as drivers of economic growth and thus of development in the Global South. The paper under discussion, therefore, seeks to investigate if it is a realistic approach for Africa given the different conditions of the region and for South Africa in particular. Mashupe Phala, is an Actor, Playwright, Director and Producer based in Limpopo with an MA in Cultural Management from Wits University.

Lee Walters, is a Cultural Worker with experience in formal and informal arts spaces, Wits graduate with an MA in Cultural Studies, and currently, a Ph.D. student at the University of the Western Cape.

Third-panel discussion on arts, culture, and heritage at Future Africa

18:00 to 20:00 30th of April 2019
Cultural activist Mike van Graan is hosting a public forum at Future Africa titled: How do young creatives – women in particular- see their futures in South Africa? This debate happens just a few days before the 2019 national elections on the 8th of May. This will take place on Tuesday the 30th of April from 18:00 to 20:00 hrs.

The panel is comprised of a number of young women all aged 25 years old, the same “age” as democratic South Africa. These young people are actively engaged in the arts, culture and heritage space. They will be sharing about their hopes, anxieties, and expectations as young female creative practitioners in South Africa. Participants include: Boitumelo Motsoatsoe (arts manager), Mabafokeng Hoeane (post-grad heritage studies student), Sthandile Nkosi (actor), Kirsten Harris (theatre-maker), Shenaz Mohamed (artist) and Kutlwano Mokgojwa (curator).

This panel discussion is the third in a series of monthly forums hosted by Future Africa on topical themes related to arts, culture, and heritage.

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