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Centre for the Advancement of Non-racialism and Democracy


The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) has been established at Nelson Mandela  University to provide an intellectual and social space for debate on the complexities of post-apartheid South Africa as we seek to establish a new non-racial and democratic social and economic order.

As a result, the University will be offering an initiative that meets with urgent regional, national and global priorities and hopes to become a centre of excellence in critical scholarship on racism, non-racialism and democracy.

As a public institution - and one that derives its very name from the iconic former State President - the University believes it is socially obliged to be pro-active in this endeavour. As such, a new centre, intent on transforming academic research into practical initiatives, was launched on 23 March 2010.

Furthermore, such research will also be aimed at raising public understanding and policy support for the pursuit of a non-racial, democratic South Africa.