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4th Annual African Unity for Renaissance Conference and Africa Day Expo

22 May 2014

Date:   22 – 24 May (Conference) and 25 May (Africa Day Expo) 2014
Time:   08h00 – 17h00 daily
Venue: Saint George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria (58 Doornkloof, Goede Hoop Avenue, M57 Rietvleidam)

More than 100 scholars and academics from all over the African continent and the Diaspora will attend the 4th Annual African Unity for Renaissance Conference (previously called the Scramble for Africa Conference) and Africa Day Expo at the St. George Hotel in Pretoria South Africa from 22 – 24 May 2014.

The two day conference will be held under the theme: OAU/AU at 50 and Beyond: The Quest for ‘African Solutions for African Problems’ (ASAP).

The conference is organised by the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) a new division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in collaboration with the City of Tshwane (CoT), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Kara Heritage Institute (KHI), University of Johannesburg (UJ), Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), Brand South Africa, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), Ditsong National Cultural Museum of South Africa, The International Council for Science-Regional Office for Africa (ICSU-ROA), National Research Foundation (NRF), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Public Enterprise (DPE), the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), Statistics South Africa, and  the Department of International Relations Cooperation (DIRCO).

“With the hosting of this conference at this time Africa is taking the moment to reflect on its achievements in the quest for solutions to its multifaceted social, economic, and political problems. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU)/African Union (AU) is continuing its jubilee celebrations of its work on the continent. This will be acknowledged during this conference,” says Dr Temba Masilela, the deputy CEO of the HSRC.

Dr Masilela said that reflecting on past performance this gathering seeks to highlight both the successes and failures of ‘African Solutions for African Problems’ as well as its potential to facilitate growth, development and cohesion on the continent.

The conference will probe the potential of the ASAP for instilling real change nationally, regionally and continentally; the role played by the AU; the question of whether the ASAP hold credence in managing conflicts, diverting social and economic unrest as well as realising sustainability goals.

Africa Day Expo 25 May 2014

The Africa Day Expo will be held at the Kara Heritage Institute on 25 May 2014. The expo will include exhibitions from various African communities, Government departments, Embassies, African cultural dancers and live performance by African artists.

AISA, a new division of the HSRC is dedicated to knowledge production, education, training and the promotion of awareness on African affairs for Africans and the international community.

For that reason, the Expo will create awareness about Africa and its citizens as well as the international community, showcasing the diversity of the continent through exhibition and speeches.

Send RSVP to Mr Sam Lekala Email:, Tel. 012 304 9753, Cell: 0823281464 (Limited seats available).

For media enquiries contact Adziliwi Nematandani on Email:, Tel. 012 304 9729, Cell: 0827659191.

Issued by the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)