The Research Programme at the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy invites you to the webinar, “Memory bumping up against the Anthropocene: An examination of their intersection” presented by Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Olivia Loots.

Prof Christi van der Westhuizen reflects on AfriForum's founding of a new organisation, the Cape Forum. Her article of 8 April 2022, "Formation of the Cape Forum a blast from our apartheid past", is published on News24.

The article can be accessed here:

The Herald NMU Community Dialogue: Democracy and Service Delivery was held on 7 April 2022 at 16:00.

The inaugural virtual launch of the Palestine Solidarity Organisation at Nelson Mandela University took place on 6 April 2022 at 17:00.

CANRAD post-doctoral research fellow Olutobi Akingbade's article, "How young Nigerians’ distrust of political leaders fuels COVID misinformation", was published in The Conversation on 20 February 2022.

It can be accessed here:

Former president Jacob Zuma’s refusal to appear before the State Capture Commission violated a Constitutional Court decision compelling him to do so. This led the commissioner, Judge Raymond Zondo, to lodge a charge directly with the Constitutional Court. As apex court, its decision this week that Zuma must serve 15 months for contempt of court cannot be appealed.

22 October 2020
1820 Unsettled Part 2

13 October 2020
1820 Unsettled Part 1

16 September 2020
The Living History Series

12 September 2020
10th Annual Steve Biko Lecture

The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) is delighted to welcome the following Honorary and Adjunct Professors as part of its expansion of research and engagement collaborations.


27 March 2020
COVID-19 lockdown
CANRAD is in lockdown with the rest of the country. Keep one another safe by following government directives.  




CANRAD hereby invites applications from prospective Master’s and Doctoral students

Author Adriaan Basson conversing with analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

An Academic Seminar on YouTubers ‘vlogging’ their wares: Video commercialisation, value creation and identity


The primary focus of the fellowships is to produce publication outputs that correspond with two Nelson Mandela University Institutional Research Themes: ‘Social Justice and Democracy’ and ‘Origins, Culture, Heritage and Memory’. DEADLINE 7 OCTOBER 2019

CANRAD hereby invites applications from prospective Master’s and Doctoral students for work-study positions as research assistants in the Research Programme. This forms part of the mandate to increase research productivity while revitalising the Humanities at Mandela University. DEADLINE 7 OCTOBER 2019

CANRAD's Prof Christi van der Westhuizen on Mcebisi Jonas's new book and the Treasury's policy proposals recently released by Tito Mboweni.

05 September 2019
POSTPONED Academic Seminar on

The Constitution as Living Document:

‘We the People’, the Possibility of Politics and Resistibility

by Prof Karin van Marle (UFS)

Invitation to an academic seminar on Non-Racialism as Anti-Colonial Praxis & launch of Race Otherwise

by Prof Zimitri Erasmus Discussant: Dr Mandisi Majavu

21 August 2019
Keeping the faith
Launch of research report 'Keeping the Faith - Working at the crossroads of religion & sexual and gender rights', written by Prof Melanie Judge, in conversation with Hanzline Davids (Inclusive and Affirming Ministries) and Pharie Sefali (Traditional Healers Forum).

Too many accounts of the struggle for justice in South Africa focus almost exclusively on racial justice. Yet we have complex and multiple identities.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal Press & the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy invite you to the launch.


Christi van der Westhuizen

Former ANC spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama declared memorably that he did not join the struggle against apartheid to be poor. This statement captures the global culture of consumption but, more importantly, also how the impoverishment of black people was intrinsic to apartheid and colonialism.

Christi van der Westhuizen

In-between the self-justifications and finger-pointing, Bathabile Dlamini is right about one thing in her recent letter of resignation as parliamentarian. Questions can indeed be asked about the status of women’s empowerment as a much-vaunted political objective of the ANC’s. But Dlamini’s actions, including this letter, also illustrate how nationalist women can be swept up in party political power play at the expense of women generally, and of the greater public interest.

The Herald/CANRAD Community Dialogue on 21 May 2019 featured a wide ranging postmortem analysis on the 2019 national and provincial elections, with about 80 people attending the dialogue at the South End Museum, Nelson Mandela Bay, while more than 2000 followed it via live-streaming on The Herald’s social media sites. 

The Herald and CANRAD invites you to a Community Dialogue: The elections results are out. Now what?

CANRAD and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology including History invite you to a seminar

CANRAD, the Palestinian Solidarity Committee and BDS-SA invite you to a LUNCHTIME DIALOGUE.

As part of the 15th International #IsraelApartheidWeek.

The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) actively opposes all forms of violence again women and gender-nonconforming persons.

Prof Christi van der Westhuizen (D. Phil.), author and public scholar, has joined the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD). As Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, she is responsible for the research programme at CANRAD.