Podcast: What should a ‘decolonised’ South African university be like?

By Chantell Ilbury.

Abstract: There are continual demands that South African universities be ‘decolonised’. What does that mean?…

I have been working with various stakeholders to get some strategic direction around the issue of #feesmustfall, and the calls for ‘transformation’ and the ‘decolonisation’ of campuses. I’ve been asked what a ‘decolonised’ South African university would be like.

The question takes me back to late 2003 and a call I received from Prof Malegapuru Makgoba, the Vice Chancellor of the, then, University of Natal, requesting that I write for him – by the end of the day – the knowledge and vision identity statement for a truly African university. There was a reason for that.

In this podcast, I tell the story behind that call, what I wrote, and, interestingly, how Prof Makgoba reacted.

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