South Africa in Transition

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•10•04    10:00 - 12:30

    This international symposium on “South Africa in Transition”, at UNU headquarters in Tokyo, is being organized by the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) Graduate Programme in Sustainability Science, the University of Tokyo and the South African Embassy in Japan.

    In 1994, South Africa held its first democratic elections, which resulted in the end of minority rule and apartheid and established a multi-racial government, with Nelson Mandela elected as the country’s first black president. As the world watched with both great concern and hope, South Africa embarked on a transition to a multi-racial society based on equality, justice and fairness for its entire people.

    Eighteen years have passed, and South Africa is now considered a “newly emerging economy” along with China, India and Brazil. Within the African continent, no country could question South Africa’s leading political and economic role in dealing with regional and continental issues within the African Union and the Southern African Development Community.

    What though, is happening inside South Africa? How is the transition progressing? This symposium aims to shed light on the present situation of South Africa, focusing especially on the transition from the past and how far the country has advanced in this process.

    The symposium will feature two keynote speakers from the University of Cape Town: Dr. Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, and Prof. Deborah Posel, Director, Institute for the Humanities in Africa. Their presentations will be followed by brief comments from invited discussants and an audience Q&A exchange.

    Japanese–English interpretation will be provided.

    If you are interested in attending this event, please click the “Register” button above to access the online registration page.