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Rethinking the Land and Agrarian Questions in Africa - by Vusi Gumede & Toendepi Shonhe

The book draws inspiration from the works of earlier scholars on land and agriculture in Africa. It is in honour of the late Professor Sam Moyo who was a leading scholar on land and agrarian issues. The book takes the land and agriculture debates further by analysing the pertinent issues across many African countries. Having been at the core of Africa’s colonisation project, the land question has remained unresolved in many African countries. A clash of visions about the role of land and how to configure its ownership as ideas, ideologies and political intentions continue to attract contestation. The book relies on empirical evidence to argue for hastening of land reforms and for promoting agrarian-led development in Africa. The book provides a fresh theoretical lens in assessing the land and agrarian questions, using radical agrarian political economy to underscore the imperative for decolonising the land and a basis for creating new platforms for social change and broadened accumulation by the indigenes.




Episode 6 - Vusi Gumede
 In the 6th episode with Vusi Gumede, a professor at the University of South Africa, an author and a former adviser to the Thabo Mbeki presidency; we broadly explore how the South African educational landscape is evolving against the backdrop of COVID-19.

The African Continental Free Trade Area & the United African States by Prof Vusi Gumede

Prof Vusi Gumede's keynote address reflects on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement that recently entered into force. The Keynote Address deals with the AfCFTA in the context of the African Economic Community (AEC) envisaged in the 1991 Abuja Treaty, which was earlier touched on in the 1980 Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Development of Africa (1980-2000).

Professor Vusi Gumede views the AfCFTA and the AEC as potential steps towards the United African States – he makes a case for the political federation of African countries into a single African nation as he revisits the Casablanca, the Monrovia, and the Brazzaville blocs/groups as well as examining continental integration efforts since the political independence of the majority of African countries in the mid-to-late 1950s and during the 1960s.

The Keynote Address distills from the work that Professor Gumede is involved with regarding the AfCFTA, pan-African developmental integration and his activism regarding the United African States. Professor Gumede highlights critical issues pertaining to the AfCFTA and proposes how can the AfCFTA be better implemented, including options for dealing with the Regional Economic Communities, the Customs Unions, the Monetary Communities and the Tripartite Free Trade Area.

The Keynote Address examines many other issues pertaining to the political economy of Africa’s development, including Professor Gumede’s disengagement hypothesis which takes forward Professor Samir Amin’s delinking agenda.

Prof. Vusi Gumede in brief

Prof Vusi Gumede holds a PhD in Economics (2003), MCom in Economics (1999) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy (2009), among his higher qualifications. For eleven years, he held various senior government positions before joining academia.

He has worked for various South African universities and has been affiliated to numerous institutions as a Board Member/Advisor/Director/Fellow/Associate/Reviewer/Facilitator/Panel Member/Trustee/Honorary Professor. He has supervised over twenty Masters and Doctoral students, published fifteen books, over forty journal articles and book chapters as well as written many working papers and research reports. He has undertaken research projects for institutions both in and outside South Africa. He is currently the Dean for the Faculty of Economics, Development and Business Sciences at the University of Mpumalanga in South Africa.

Prof Gumede has held fellowships in Botswana, Brazil, United States, Britain & South Africa, including as Distinguished Africanist Scholar with the Institute for African Development at Cornell University and Yale World Fellow at Yale University. He has delivered over fifty conference papers, including as keynote speaker. He has written over one hundred opinion articles and blogs. Among his current positions, he is a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council in South Africa, Board member of Southern African Institute for Policy & Research in Zambia, Vice-President of the South African Association of Political Studies, Chairperson of the Pan-African Federalist Movement’s External Affairs Commission, member of the African Union High Level Panel on Democracy and Governance, Editorial Advisor of African Peer Review Mechanism Occasional Paper Series, member of the National Research Foundation Social Sciences and Humanities Standing Review Panel, Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, Editor-in-Chief for Africanus (Journal of Development Studies) & Africa Insight as well as a member of Editorial Boards of six other journals.



Mail & Guardian
14 February 2022

The 2022 State of the Nation address (Sona) demonstrated just how desperate the government has become. The socioeconomic and political situation has deteriorated so badly that the president finds himself between a rock and a hard place.



To forgive is not to forget, and memory can heal
January 2022

Many in the venerable older generation that ensured the demise of apartheid are departing. They have played their part. No one lives forever. It is rare to find someone that is all good or someone that is all bad.



Confronting Structural Risk and Vulnerability in South Africa
Zukiswa Mqolomba

Social unrest, violence and looting in various parts of Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal during July 2021 have shown the need for transformative social protection, as social grants are now no longer enough to appease the poor.