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Media Invite by the Durban University of Technology

Media Invite by the Durban University of Technology


With Stephen Bantu Biko’s immense involvement in education matters, the Durban University of Technology together with Umtapo and the Steve Biko foundation will host a Steve Biko Seminar on: The State of Education in SA: A critique & the way forward.

The seminar will be in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko. The seminar will be held at the DUT Hotel School, Ritson Campus, on Friday, 18 September 2015.  Steve Biko died on 12 September 1977 at the age of 30. Steve Biko involved himself in activities of the National Union of South Africa (NUSAS) before breaking away in 1968 to form South African Students’ Organisation (SASO), where he became President. Together with SASO office bearers, the medical student travelled the country, visiting student campuses and propounding the emergent philosophy of black consciousness. The seminar will host two key speakers, Professor Enver Motala and Professor Thengani Ngwenya.

Professor Enver Motala

Professor Motala, is currently a researcher at the Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Education and Development and an associate of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation. He has worked in the fields of adult basic, school-based, further and higher education issues concerning the interface between higher education and labour markets.

Professor Thengani Ngwenya

Professor Ngwenya is an associate Professor with a long standing interest in literary and cultural studies. His doctoral thesis was a sustained critique of postmodenist theoretical assumptions underpinning the criticism of autobiographical writing in the South African context. He has published journal articles, chapters in books and review on South African literature and education. His current interests include examining the dialectical relationship between literature and history as well as examining the representation of social-cultural phenomena in literary and non-fictional texts. He is currently researching the poetry associated with the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, the Harlem Renaissance in America and negritude in the continental African context. Professor Ngwenya also has a strong interest in Higher Education Studies especially in the areas of academic development, quality assurance and policy analysis.

 Details of the event

Date: Friday, 18 September 2015

Time: 09:30am
Durban University of Technology Hotel School Conference centre, Ritson Campus, Winterton Road.

RSVP: members of the media attending are urged to contact Noxolo Memela on or before Wednesday, 16 September 2015 at: