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12 April 2022

Webinar to examine SA foreign policy position on Russia-Ukraine conflict

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Webinar to examine SA foreign policy position on Russia-Ukraine conflict

Pretoria, Saturday 9 April 2022 – The Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC) BRICS Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) invite members of the media to join a webinar to examine South Africa’s foreign policy position on Russia-Ukraine crisis. The virtual seminar will be held on Monday, 11 April 2022 at 14h00.

With the spotlight on South Africa’s contested position on the conflict, the webinar’s keynote address will be delivered by minister Lindiwe Zulu (Chair of the African National Congress (ANC) Subcommittee on International Relations), opening address by Prof William Gumede (Wits School of Governance Associate Professor and HSRC Honorary Research Fellow), and European Union delegation address by Raul de Luzenberger.

The panel will attempt to respond to questions such as: What explains South Africa’s stance on this conflict? Does it have to do with the African National Congress (ANC)’s historical ties with Russia? Is South Africa wearing a BRICS hat by withholding its condemnation of the Russian invasion/military operations in Ukraine? Can this position be read as evidence of South Africa’s agency and independence in international affairs? What can be learnt about South Africa’s understanding of its place in the future of the global order from its position on the ongoing war?

The webinar will be chaired by Prof David Monyae (Director at CACS), closing remarks by Dr Michael Cosser (Research Consultant, HSRC) while Dr Sizo Nkala (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at CACS) will give a vote of thanks.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date:11 April 2022

Time:14h00 to 15h05

Zoom link:

For media interviews, please contact:  Adziliwi Nematandani, Contact numbers: 0827659191 or Email:

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