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Children in South African Families Lives and Times

23 February 2017
12:30 - 14:00

Edited by Monde Makiwane, Mzikazi Nduna and Nene Ernest Khalema

Guest Speaker: 
Prof Leila Patel, South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development and Director: Centre for Social Development in Africa, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg

Expect discussion by book contributors and testimonies based on lived experiences will be shared on the following topics:
“Searching for my biological father”
“Childhood discussions on sexual issues with my parents”
“Single parenting experiences”

This book presents a comprehensive overview of African children’s lives in times of transition, transformation and change some twenty two years after political emancipation in South Africa.  With diverse family formations, non-marital childbearing and diverse parenting situations prevalent in South Africa, the book covers both the conceptual and theoretical questions that explore the context of children’s experiences. It uses examples from a range of primary and secondary data sources to illustrate how resilience in children faced with adversity could be nurtured, demonstrating the links between theory and practice, and critically connecting on questions of epistemology by drawing on research with children within different African social and cultural contexts.

Date: 23 February 2017  | Time:  12h30 – 14h00  | Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town 

Please note: There will also be an Evening Programme at the AOG Sandton (1 Cnr Coombe Place and Rivonia Road, Sandton) from 18:30-20:30. Guest Speaker: Prof Chimere-Dan, facilitated by Penny Lebyane (etv Sunrise host) . The book will be sold at the event and refreshments to be served!!!

Please RSVP by 20 February to Ms Nocawe Makiwane on 0789344418 or

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein  as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

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