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Falling and rising: an intergenerational dialogue on South African youth activism past and present to commemorate 40 years of the Soweto uprising

09 June 2016
12:15 - 14:00


Prof Noor Nieftagodien: Author of the Jacana Pocket history of the Soweto uprising (2014) and the soon to be launched Students Must Rise: Youth struggles in South Africa before and beyond ’76;

Sibongile Mkhabela: CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, National General Secretary of the South African Student Movement in 1976 and author of the memoir Open Earth and Black Roses.

John Mashayamombe & Sandla Nomvete: Young lecturers in the Sociology department at the University of Pretoria who have been conducting research with students who participated in the Fees must Fall movement

Anye Nyamnjoh: UCT lecturer and MA student in Justice and Transformation who recently presented a paper at Centre for the Book in Cape Town entitled: The Phenomenology of Rhodes Must Fall: RMF and the Experience of Alienation

Dr Greg Houston, HSRC, reflecting on the HSRC Press publication,  Year of Fire, Year of Ash, The Soweto Revolt: Roots of a Revolution

Date:     9 June 2016
Time:     12:15  – 14:00
Venues:     Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings, this seminar is an intergenerational dialogue between South African scholars and activists on the role of youth in instigating and sustaining social change. Issues to be debated include the following:

  • What can students/youth achieve through protest?
  • What has helped and/or hindered these movement?
  • What are the differences and similarities between the 1976 protests and the current unrest?
  • Are/were there internal divisions in each group?
  • What sustains/dissolves these movements?
  • How can youth and older people work together most effectively in times

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.

Kindly RSVP by8 June 2016

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Carmen August ,Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299 or e-mail:
Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail
Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: