The Department of Science and Technology, its entity the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and Freedom Park will mark Africa Month by hosting the 2019 African Unity for Renaissance Conference in Pretoria from 22 to 23 May.

 

Taking place under the theme, "Pan-Africanism for the 21st Century: Innovative Paths for Africa's Future Development", the two-day event will bring together over 100 leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers from around the continent to share ideas and best research practices.

 

Governance, peace and security, sustainable development, and the use of science and technology to develop Africa will take centre stage at this year's event.

 

The African Unity conference is aimed, among other things, at reflecting on the continued relevance and contribution of pan-Africanism to Africa's development. It also seeks to identify current governance, peace and security challenges and the ways in which an innovative pan-African approach can address these challenges.

 

Eliminating conflict and the burden of disease and poverty are chief among the challenges which Africa must tackle if the continent is to succeed in creating better lives for its people.

 

By 2050, it is projected that Africa's population will have grown from the current 1,2 billion to about 2,5 billion people, or a quarter of the world's population. If the continent does not plan and prepare for this growth, it could have dire economic and political consequences. Crucial to this preparation will be the successful implementation of the recently adopted African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which aims to enhance intra-African trade, economic diversification and industrialisation.

 

The African Unity for Renaissance Conference will culminate in the Africa Day celebrations to be held at Freedom Park on 24 May. Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, the forerunner of the African Union, and celebrates the continent's diversity, heritage and achievements.

 

The conference and celebrations will take place as follows:


 

African Unity for Renaissance Conference

 

Date:              22 to 23 May

Venue:           Kievits Kroon Hotel, Kameeldrift-East, Pretoria

Time:              09:00 – 17:00

 

Africa Day celebrations

 

Date               24 May

Venue:           Freedom Park

Time:              10:00 – 17:00

 

For more information, contact Julian Leshilo-Sebake at 060 961 2194 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.