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About the Beyers Naudé Memorial Lecture


The Beyers Naude Memorial Lecture is the annual lecture series presented by the Kagiso Trust, in partnership with the Universities. The lecture series addresses issues of racial reconciliation, social justice and leadership, has been held since 2003 in memory of the late Dr Naude, who was a leading anti-apartheid activist and patron of the trust. Previous speakers have included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former president, Thabo Mbeki.

The 2021 lecture in partnership with the University of Zulu Land will be presented by Professor John Lamola on a Hybrid webinar.

Topic: Being born again into the struggle for a non-racial, just and prosperous South Africa.

Rationale for the topic:

The intention is to address a subject that is deeply rooted into the spirit of the life that Beyers Naude lived and relating that to the contemporary challenges of the South African society and the country.

Set against the vision that drove the struggle against the Apartheid system, the current state of South African society is alarming. The dramatic corruption of the ideals of anti-racism and selfless devotion to the cause of the oppressed and poor is provoking growing calls for the renewal of our moral and political commitments. Reflecting on how Beyers Naude iconically crafted himself into a valiant opponent of racist Afrikaner nationalism against the weight of his racial and ethnic identity, the lecture maps out a theoretical basis of how South Africans can remake themselves into the kind of people they were in Naude’s times.

Event Details:

Format: Hybrid event

Date: 19 October 2021

Time:  09h00 – 12h00

Programme Director: A news anchor, talk show host and radio broadcaster Alex Mthiyane, of Gagasi FM


The format of the event will include two respondents of which one will be from the University and one from Kagiso Trust.

Uni-Zulu: Professor Mogomme Masoga

Kagiso Trust: Tessa Dooms

To register, click here.


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