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Virtual Launch Invitation | State of the Nation

20 July 2021
14:00 - 16:00

20 July 2021 | 14:00 – 16:00

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Multidimensional inequalities have long been a critical feature of South African life. Our lives are now compounded by the shock and uncertainties of COVID 19 that have exacerbated the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by many South Africans. This volume of State of the Nation helps us to think through and navigate the ‘new normal’ in which we find ourselves. Central here are the unavoidable political and socioeconomic consequences and interventions required.

The volume provides deep insights to stimulate rethinking and reimagining changes that prioritise how we live, interact and engage with one another and the State. Insights bring us to consider a more ethical and caring way of life in response to the harsh realities of poverty and inequality. The effects of poverty and inequality are like a respiratory infection that impacts on humans in brutal ways, making it difficult to breathe and, ultimately wounding and even killing us. An ethics of care requires us to reconsider relations of domination, oppression, injustice and inequality, or paternalism within the state. This is a volume that prioritises our context, social location, historical background, structural conditions, and relationships between the state and citizens.

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MC: Professor Vasu Reddy


Professor Leickness Simbayi (Acting CEO, HSRC)


Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller


Dr BE Nzimande (Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation) 


Dr Mabel Sithole (Politics)

Mr Ngqapheli Mchunu (Public Perceptions)

Dr Andrea Juan and Prof Crain Soudien (Education)

Professor Ames Dhai and Dr Mzikazi Nduna (Health)


Dr Yul Derek Davids / Dr Gerard Hagg