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Guest speakers to discuss aftermath of apartheid in South Africa

The Lyon College Convocation Committee will host “South Africa, 27 years after apartheid- future perspectives on general, sociopolitcal, and higher education trends,” on Thursday, April 22, at 12 p.m. CST on Zoom.

Since the election of 1994 and the adoption of the 1996 constitution, which marked the end of Apartheid, many changes took place in South African politics, the economy and society. The aim of this presentation will be to touch on these changes, identifying trends and developing perspectives about the future. These perspectives will be applied to the field of Higher Education (HE) in South Africa, with a specific focus on the challenges of multilingualism and policy in a democratic country. The convocation will discuss the effect on first-year students and the role of HE in supporting these students through their development of academic literacy.


The following speakers will present at the convocation:

  • André Duvenhage
    • Professor André Duvenhage is an academic in the field of political science who has lectured at both the University of the Free State and North-West University (NWU) for the past 36 years. He was a research director at NWU in the Faculty of Humanities between 2006 and 2019. He specializes in South African politics and is a well-known researcher and political commentator.
  • Kedumetse Motlhankane
    • Kedumetse Motlhankane is a lecturer in Academic Literacy at North-West University in South Africa, Potchefstroom. Her research touches on current pressing language education issues in South Africa, such as policy implementation, multilingual education, the use of mother tongue in higher education, language attitudes and preferences, and higher education and the curriculum.
  • Retha Schwanke
    • Retha Schwanke is an applied linguist and lecturer in academic literacy at the North-West University of South Africa. She has 15 years of experience helping first-year students develop the academic literacy skills needed to study successfully at university level. Her research interests include academic literacy, assessment in higher education, blended learning, course design, language for academic purposes, and reflective learning.

Everyone is invited to watch at the Zoom link.

There will be a live showing in Maxfield for the campus community, with free food provided by Natalie’s.