Yesterday the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, and the University of Johannesburg Library, together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, held a public lecture by Dr Mamphele Ramphele with the concept of ‘(Re)imagining the State and Society: A Conversation’. The lecture was attended by students from the University and other stakeholders; among the speakers was Bomikazi Njova, Junior Chamber and International Law Student at the University of Fort Hare and the lecture was facilitated by Prof Chris Landsberg (SARCHl Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy).
The lecture included conversations around gender equality, Feminism and racial equality to name a few. Dr Ramphele was fundamentally encouraging student to take issues of national importance and make them part of their everyday struggle as she believes they have the power to change the current status of the society for the better. The Doctor also encouraged the spirit of growing African pride within academia; she encouraged the use of African languages in all respects in society.
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has had a distinguished career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and political player. She established Agang SA, a political party which won two seats in the national election in May 2014 and became its leader in January 2013. She retired from politics and returned to perform her work as an active citizen.
Dr Ramphele gave extra time to answer personal questions students had about their careers and personal projects they wish to attend to. She encouraged everyone to do the little they can to contribute to building a just and prosperous South African society.