Africa Month Virtual Symposium, 27 May to 29 May 2020

27 May 2020 - 08:15

Join the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) ), in collaboration with the University of Cape Town (UCT) Convocation and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance for the second African Month Public Symposium on Africa’s innovations in the global fight against COVID-19 on the 27 May to 29 May 2020. 

The public symposium is the second instalment to commemorate the annual Africa Month. The 2019 symposium focused on the role of young African leaders in Pan-Africanism and Regional Integration. In 2020, the Symposium discussions will focus on responses by African countries to the COVID-19 epidemic, in relation to governance and development. Through the symposium, there will be an exploration of the actions required towards the fulfilment of African shared values and principles in the future.

Friday, 29 May 2020 programme:

11h00 Opening Remarks by Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor: University of Cape Town

11h30 to 13h00 Pan-African reflections on leadership and good governance during COVID-19: Good practice, challenges and opportunities


  • Mr Mcebisi Jonas, Chairperson: MTN Group and former Deputy Finance Minister, Government of South Africa
  • Dr Boniface Dulani, Senior lecturer: Department of Political and Administrative Studies, Chancellor College, University of Malawi
  • Ms Nomzamo Zondo: Executive Director of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), and
  • Dr Gwamaka Kifukwe:  Independent consultant in leadership and sustainable development in Africa

Moderator: Dr Shanil Haricharan, Academic Director: The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, UCT 

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14h00 - 15h00 COVID-19 philanthropy on the continent


  • Mr Carl Manlan, COO: EcoBank Foundation
  • Ms Bongiwe Mlangeni, CEO: Social Justice Initiative
  • Ms Bulelwa Ngewana, Director: Open Society Foundation, South Africa, 

Moderator: Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo, Chair of the Africa Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment, WITS Business School

Join session: (includes Closing) 

15h30 - 16h00 Closing: Key insights & practical implications

Prof Eddy Maloka, CEO: African Peer Review Mechanism
Prof Faizel Ismail, Director: Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, UCT


Visit the UCT Africa Month feature page for more information and updates.

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