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African geopolitics and their implications for Durban civil society II, 27 January

Central African and Zimbabwean geopolitics and their implications for Durban civil society

Speakers: Gabriel Hertis, China Ngubane and Daniel Dunia
Date: Wednesday 27 January 2015
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal

The massacre under the noses of SA National Defense Force troops in the Eastern DRC is just the latest horror from the Great Lakes Region, showing the difficulties of intervening effectively given the huge structural forces associated with that area's Resource Curse. But in general, with Africa's remilitarisation, Western imperial and BRICS sub-imperial processes threaten to intensify such conflicts in existing sites. In part because of minerals, there are now severe tensions in Burundi - including a threat of an African Union invasion force and US government meddling - which harks back to prior tragic episodes. The Paris climate summit - which failed to generate a strategy to lower global warming to survivable levels - adds another dimension: an anticipated quickening of refugees from sites of drought and other extreme weather. All these processes are being felt in Durban, where xenophobic incidents began to multiply in the last weeks of 2015. A civil society strategy linking political economy, political ecology and genuine democratisation has never been more necessary. (This is a continuation of the 11 January 2016 seminar, and all are welcome because concrete strategies will be debated.)

Gabriel Hertis, China Ngubane and Daniel Dunia are with the African Solidarity Network; all have been involved in refugee politics for several years and played key roles in the 2015 anti-xenophobia mobilisations. Hertis is from Rwanda and Dumia is from the DRC. Ngubane is based at the UKZN Centre for Civil Society, as head of the Dennis Brutus Community Scholar Programme.


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