Media Invite

03 February 2020

Minister Pandor to deliver a keynote address at the launch of the Mapungubwe Institute’s Publication: Africa and the World: Navigating Shifting Geopolitics

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor will, this evening, Monday, 03 February 2020, deliver a keynote address at the launch of the Mapungubwe Institute’s (MISTRA) Publication, called Africa and the World: Navigating Shifting Geopolitics.

Media are invited as follows:

Date: Monday, 03 February 2020

Time: 17H00 for 18H00 – 20H30

Venue: Conference Room 2, Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria

About the book

According to the information on the MISTRA’s website, the edited volume analyses the shifting global landscape from challenges and opportunities facing the African Continent.

Africa’s geographical location means it can be considered a ‘mega-island’, located in the south between east and west. The authors of the study sought to contribute to discourse on geopolitics from a perspective that is currently lacking – that is, locating ‘Island Africa’ as a strategic centre in terms of its geographic location, its endowments and its long- term potential.

The authors assert that the African continent’s positioning presents unique political, security and geo-economic benefits. Yet they also acknowledge that, as has happened historically, these very advantages can serve as a basis for new forms of domination and exploitation.

The publication explores economic interests, global military strategies, demographics, migration and environmental challenges.

In addition, it addresses the psychological factors that influence how nations of the world receive and interpret the present and assess prospects for the future.

Enquiries: Lunga Ngqengelele – MLO - +27 82 566 0446


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