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2019 Africa Day Celebrations

When: Thursday, 02 May 2019 - Thursday, 02 May 2019
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
16:45 – 19:45 (Humanities Graduate Centre, Southwest Engineering Building, Braamfontein Campus East) and 18:15 – 21:00 (Wits Art Museum)
Start time:16:45

The Wits Faculty of Humanities celebrates the resilience of Africa in her struggles against colonialism and apartheid ahead of Africa Day on 25 May 2019.

As it recognises the countless contributions and sacrifices made by women in attaining African Freedom, the Faculty celebrates Africa’s transformative journey towards gender equality as illuminated by woman leadership in the African Union. On African Day, the Wits Faculty of Humanities embraces the AU’s agenda on Gender Equality and Women Development by dedicating this celebration to African women.

This year’s Africa Day theme centres on the question “Are women part of the equation in making Africa work?”. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Lulama Makhubela, currently a Research Associate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Haseenah Ebrahim, Senior Lecturer, Wits University.

Panellists include:

  • Nontsikelelo Sisulu-Singapi 
  • Dr Danai Mupotsa
  • Tando Mandela
  • Siphokazi Ben – Mazwi
  • Nomfundo Xaluva

At the Wits Art Museum (WAM), three DJs: Ms G, Charlie Leonard and Bro Slovo; will play their choice of historical and contemporary African music. The celebrations will conclude with a Jazz Concert featuring Andre Petersen.

The Africa Day celebrations at Wits take place ahead of the annual May 25th activities, which commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963. The OAU was later renamed the African Union.

For the full Africa Day Programme please visit

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