The Nordic Africa Institute

Book launch

Seminar & Book launch - South Africa's middle class

Time • 9 Nov 2017 09:00 - 17:00
Place • Freedom Park Sanctuary, Corner Koch and 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria, South Africa.
The deadline for abstracts/papers was 5 Nov 2017

Book launch "The Rise of Africa’s Middle Class" by Henning Melber (ed).

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?

The seminar is coarranged by the Nordic Africa Institute and Freedom Park. Register no later than 5 November.

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.



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


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


Tea and coffee break


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.


Lunch break


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.


Tea and coffee break


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.