Seminar, Pretoria, Thursday 9 November, 2017

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The rise of south africa’s middle class – myths and realities

How do we define middle class? In emerging economies all over the world, it is not obvious who belongs or not. In South Africa, definitions are challenged and often misleading as tools for development. Moreover, even when we manage to define – is it certain they are the drivers of socio-economic change? In this seminar, we gather scholars and practioners to discuss and offer a critical perspective on the role of the new middle classes in South Africa.

9:00
Welcoming and opening remarks
Jane Mufamadi, Freedom Park; Iina Soiri, Nordic Africa Institute; Cecilia Julin, Ambassador of Sweden; and Kari Alanko, Ambassador of Finland.

9:30
Discussing middle class(es) – why and how?
Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand; Claudia Gastrow, Uni- versity of Johannesburg; and Farai Maunganidze, University of Pretoria. moderator: Sabelo Ndlovu-Gathseni , UNISA.

11:00
Tea and coffee break

11:30
Explorations into the South African middle class (1)
Jason Musyoka, University of Pretoria; Christi van der Westhuizen, University of Pretoria; and Max Boqwana, Thabo Mbeki Foundation.
Moderator: Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand.

13:00
Lunch break

14:00
Explorations into the South African middle class (2)
Thabisani Ndlovu, Walter Sisulu University; Sabelo Ndlovu-Gathseni, UNISA; and Amuzweni Ngoma, Rhodes University.
Moderator: Jason Musyoka, University of Pretoria.

15:30
Tea and coffee break

16:00
Middle class(es), gender and development – Nordic experiences and lessons for South Africa
Iina Soiri, Nordic Africa Institute; and Elina Oinas, University of Helsinki. moderator: Henning Melber, Nordic Africa Institute.

Time and venue

TIME: Thursday 9 November, 2017, 9:00-17:00 hrs

VENUE: Freedom Park Sanctuary, Corner Koch and 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria

RSVP: Register to Pamela@freedompark.co.za no later than 5 November

The seminar is co-arranged by the Nordic Africa Institute and Freedom Park.

Book release

The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class

Edited by Henning Melber, Senior Research Associate at at the Nordic Africa Institute. Published by Wits University Press (2017).
 
The first comprehensive volume to offer a critical perspective on the role of the new middle classes in contemporary Africa. Read more at the publisher's website.

Get your copy at the seminar!

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