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was invited to talk about: Satellite Cooperation: The Next Frontier of Sino-African Relations? Most of China’s satellite cooperation with Africa is free, and includes training, the provision of satellite data, etc. In 2009, within the FOCAC framework, China launched the China- Africa Science and Technology Partnership Plan which aims to promote technology transfer to Africa, research exchanges, and the sharing of more scientific and technological achievements. Major successes have been registered, and by the end of 2012, China had cooperated with African countries on 115 joint research and technology demonstration

or steps towards the BRI Space Information Corridor. Prof Arthur Mutambara was the respondent, and he tried to extract from the lecture some central questions, including: What are the practical applications to be derived from the collaboration? Which countries are China’s primary partners in this sector? How are Africa’s developmental plans, as laid out in Agenda 2063, being understood and incorporated in Beijing? The seminar also addressed the extent to which Africa is gearing itself up to be an independent player in the area of satellites and space exploration.

projects, including projects relating to cashew pest control technology and resources satellite receiving stations. While many of these collaborations have been bilateral, some multilateral and more integrated satellite initiatives have also emerged. Dr Zhu Ming delivered this special public lecture, and argued that these practices can be understood as forming part of a grander plan in sync with China’s re-globalisation strategy (as articulated at a recent UJCI seminar by Prof Wang Dong of Peking University). As Dr Zhu argued, these initiatives should be viewed as components of

Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation discussed the ANC’s Status Quo

From left: Cecilia Moyo, Prof Mzukisi Qobo, Prof Raymond Suttner, Natasha Marrian

Professor, and Deputy SARChl Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg. Prof Raymond Suttner, Researcher and Analyst, Professor at the University of Johannesburg Humanities Faculty; and Professor Emeritus at the University of South Africa, was the keynote speaker with Ms Natasha Marrian, Political Editor for Business Day serving as a discussant.

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg Library, held a public dialogue on: The ANC in transition. The discussion focused on the current political issues surrounding the ANC and what the future holds. The dialogue was chaired by Prof Mzukisi Qobo, Associate



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