Industrialising Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of the Continent
Professor Horman Chitonge’s new book examines the prospect of African industrial development from a structural transformation perspective. It demonstrates that industrial development in Africa remains elusive due to an incomplete decolonization of...
Khoekhoegowab Launch
Chief Hendrik 'Hennie' van Wyk, of the Gorachouqua House, at the launch of the first Khoekhoegowab language course. The course was a joint outcome of the work of the Centre for African Studies, the Aboriginal /Xarra Restorative Justice Forum, and...
Khoekhoegowab First Class
The Khoekhoegowab course was launched in June 2019. This is the first class. It was taught by Dorothea Davids, a first-language Khoekhoegowab speaker and teacher from Namibia. She is featured in the front row wearing green, second from left.
Inaugural ceremonies of the Khoekhoegowab course
Bradley van Sitters, Aboriginal /Xarra Restorative Justice member, 'Khoisan' revivalist and cultural activist, performs an inaugural blessing ceremony for the course.
Aboriginal /Xarra Restorative Justice Forum
Chief Autshumao 'Mackie' addresses and leads the Aboriginal /Xarra Restorative Justice Forum during one of their meetings, held at the Centre for African Studies.
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Sunday, 28 February 2021
Call for Applications: Community Chest Khoekhoegowab Foundational Course Bursaries Deadline for Applications: 11 November 2020

We welcome applications for 25 Community Chest bursaries to complete this course which will be offered online from mid-November 2020.

The course, aimed at youth, will run over a period of 8 weeks with 24 sessions of online instruction and preparation work. The bursary covers the tuition fees and mentorship development support as part of the programme. The course involves a formal weekly continuous assessment. On completion of the course, candidates receive a UCT certificate.

Publication Date:
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 - 08:30
!Gâ re – Rangatiratanga – Dadirri : Decolonizing the 'capture of knowledge'

One of the most critical aspects of decolonising knowledge is freeing those knowledges that have remained captured in indigenous communities – that have been suppressed and made invisible in the Western canons of academic disciplines. These knowledges have been further marginalised through erased and endangered languages, located outside mainstream culture and academia.

This project aims to establish a Global Research Network for Indigenous Knowledge Restoration with global indigenous scholars tackling the challenge of cultural understanding of indigenous knowledge, languages and cultural practices and addressing their marginalisation through the development of a co-designed digital archive. It aims to provide a strong platform from which comparative research in indigenous knowledge restoration – which has thus far been limited to isolated pockets of research – can take place.

Publication Date:
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 - 12:15
Worldwide Universities Network backs UCT’s San and Khoe Research Unit


Through its Research Development Fund, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) has thrown its weight and funding behind the establishment of the San and Khoe Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The San and Khoe Research Unit is an interdisciplinary unit that will address important research questions around indigeneity, identity, non-racialism and anti-racism within the framework of land reform and language restoration. It will also host cultural programmes, programmes on research ethics and the repatriation of unethically acquired human remains.

Publication Date:
Thu, 28 May 2020 - 11:00
Archaeology is changing, slowly. But it’s still too tied up in colonial practices

Archaeology is changing, slowly. But it’s still too tied up in colonial practices

For many people, the mention of archaeology makes them think of Indiana Jones. He’s the hero of the 1980s movie franchise – but any archaeologist will tell you that Indiana isn’t very good at his job.

For starters, he destroys so much of the contextual information that could tell people more about the site where an artefact was found, the climate at the time, what material was used to make something and whether that material was local or from another area. That’s all just as important as the exciting artefact he’s trying to find.

Publication Date:
Thu, 28 May 2020 - 09:45