Join CANRAD and the South African Council on Sport for the book launch of "Tennis, Apartheid and Social Justice" by Prof Saleem Badat.

Join the Department of History and Political Studies and CANRAD for a seminar with guest speakers Prof Christi van der Westhuizen and Prof Ntsikelelo Breakfast. Prof van der Westhuizen presents on "Disturbed whiteness and its global discontents" and Prof Breakfast presents on "Racism and social conflict post-1994 in South Africa: A conflict resolution perspective".

21 April 2023
Graduation Season
Four students, including two Doctoral students, graduated this week with Prof Christi van der Westhuizen as main or co-supervisor. Visit @CANRADMandelaUniversity on Facebook for details.

As part of the Transformation Office's Equality Promotion and Social Inclusion project, CANRAD Director Prof Mngomezulu is presenting a seminar entitled "Africanisation and racial transformation remain a challenge at South African universities: Political and historical contexts".

CANRAD's Research Programme and the Department of History and Political Studies invite you to a seminar titled, "The AU@20: Achievements and Challenges of the Pan-African Project", with speaker Prof Dr Ulf Engel (Leipzig University/ Addis Ababa University).

Join Nelson Mandela University and The Herald for a Community Dialogue entitled, "The National Question Reloaded: Why is the concept of non-racialism of little use in ongoing struggles for an anti-racist and just South Africa?"

Join us for the first Community Dialogue for 2023, co-hosted by Nelson Mandela University and The Herald, entitled, "How much trouble is our democracy in?".

In celebration of Black History Month, join speaker Asisipho Solani and respondent Prof Christi van der Westhuizen for a discussion titled, "Why is racism still an issue in South Africa after 29 years of democracy?".

CANRAD Director Prof Bheki Mngomezulu joined The Watchdog on SABC to discuss President Ramaphosa's response to the SONA debate.

A warm welcome to Prof Bhekithemba Mngomezulu, the newly appointed Director of CANRAD, who started on 3 January 2023.

Join us for the book launch of 'Testimony: The Poetry of Victor Wessels'/ 'Waarom Skryf Ek Afrikaans: Die Gedigte van Victor Wessels' edited by CANRAD's Director Allan Zinn, along with Denise Zinn and Abe Daniels.

SABC national radio station SAfm is featuring 'Sitting Pretty - White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa' by Prof Christi van der Westhuizen in the daily book slot at 11.45am, read by respected and multi-award winning actress, Fiona Ramsay. Everyday except Fridays.

On 1 December 2022, join CANRAD and The Herald for the book launch of "Apartheid's Stalingrad: How the townships of the Eastern Cape defied the apartheid war machine" by Rory Riordan.

Join us for the book launch of Critical Work Studies in South Africa, hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences at Nelson Mandela University on 29 November 2022.

Prof Christi van der Westhuizen's Colloquium as Visiting Professor, Leipzig University, takes place on 23 November 2022.


12 November 2022
The Human Race 2022
Join us on Saturday, 12 November 2022 for a 5km fun run/ walk. The Human Race was initiated over a decade ago to promote social inclusion across the lines of race and nationality. It is jointly hosted by CANRAD and Madibaz Athletics.

Prof Christi van der Westhuizen is speaking at the Berliner Afrikakreis in Berlin as part of her Visiting Professorship at Leipzig University, Germany.

CANRAD and the Dan and Rose Qeqe Foundation invite you to the book launch of "Rugby, Resistance and Politics: How Dan Qeqe helped shape the history of Port Elizabeth" by Buntu Siwisa.

Join CANRAD in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for the final webinar in the Democracy Series 2022, "South African transition to Democracy: A critical Review".

An article entitled "The grass isn't always greener, it's brown in highveld winters", by one of CANRAD's postdoctoral research fellows, Dr Olivia Loots was published in the Mail & Guardian on 21 October 2022.

CANRAD Research Intern, Nhlakanipho Mahlangu, joins Prof Vulindlela Philani Elliot Nyoni and Keneilwe Natu for a conversation entitled "Queer Culture and Pride" presented by the Transformation Office as part of the Mandela Pride project.

Join CANRAD and CriSHET for the Inaugural Govan Mbeki Public Lecture on Monday 10 October, 17:30, at the South Campus Auditorium.

Join CANRAD's Head of Research, Prof Christi van der Westhuizen, at the Woordfees Festival from 10 - 13 October 2022 at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

CANRAD and the Engagement & Transformation Office at George Campus invite you to the launch of Selfless Revolutionaries: Biko, Black Consciousness, Black Theology and a Global Ethic of Solidarity and Resistance by Dr Allan Aubrey Boesak.

12 September 2022
12th Steve Biko Annual Lecture
You are invited to the 12th Steve Biko Annual Lecture entitled “Biko Lives: Building Bridges among the Wretched of the Earth”.

CANRAD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Olutobi Akingbade, will present his paper titled, "An Examination of the Nexus Between Normative Violence and COVID-19 Disbelief and Misinformation among Young Adult Nigerians", during the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Intimacy, Violence and Power hosted by the Department of English, University of Zululand, South Africa. 

The Nelson Mandela University Alumni relations and CANRAD invite you to the in-person launch of Manifesto: A New Vision for South Africa by Songezo Zibi on 8 September 2022 at 18:00.

The Faculty of Humanities in collaboration with CANRAD and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality invite you to a conversation with Prof Vincent Maphai around the theme, "Is it the end of the road for South Africa?"

Prof Christi van der Westhuizen, CANRAD’s Head of Research, will be one of the contributors this afternoon, 6 September, at noon, at a webinar entitled, "What is the right punishment for racism?"

The panel discussion is hosted by News24 in conjunction with the Campaign for the Freedom of Expression.

Join CANRAD and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for a discussion on "African feminism as a decolonizing force" as part of the Democracy Series 2022.

You are invited to “Palestinian Voices”, an online joint book launch for two books entitled The Struggle for Land Under Israeli Law: An Architecture of Exclusion by Dr Hadeel S. Abu Hussein, and The Value of TVET in Advancing Human Development and Reducing Inequalities: The Case of Palestine by Dr Randa Hilal. 

Join us for the upcoming in-person book launch of The Land And Agrarian Question: The First Frontier of Decolonisation in South Africa by Prof Gilingwe Mayende.

The Department of Philosophy and the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand invite you to a launch of the newly released "Routledge International Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness" edited by Shona Hunter and Christi van der Westhuizen.

A discussion on "Global Complicity in South Africa's State Capture" with Lord Peter Hain and facilitator Ongama Mtimka.


Join the Faculty of Humanities and CANRAD for an in-person masterclass by Lord Peter Hain on 15 August 2022 at 12:00.

Click on the link to register:

The Departments of Sociology & Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria invite you to a launch of the "Routledge International Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness" edited by Shona Hunter and Christi van der Westhuizen.

Join CANRAD and the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) for a seminar, "The importance of affirmative actions for black students in Brazil as a strategy against mental illness" presented by Prof Breiten Tavares (University of Brasília) on 5 August 2022.

The Centre for Gender and Africa Studies in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung e.V.
invites you to the book launch and discussion of Whites and Democracy in South Africa by Roger Southall.

The new book ‘Unsettling Apologies: Critical Writings on Apology from South Africa’ (eds. M Judge & D Smythe; Bristol University Press), to which Prof Christi van der Westhuizen is a contributor, featured at two well attended panels at the annual Global Meeting on Law and Society in Lisbon, Portugal, held 13-16 July 2022.

Book launch of "Bulelani Ngcuka: The Sting in the Tale" by Marion Sparg, a biography on the former National Director of Public Prosecutions.

Prof Dennis Brutus Memorial Lecture Book Launch.

CANRAD Research Intern Nhlakanipho Mahlangu joins a panel discussion entitled "Interfaith conversation on spirituality, the church, decolonization of sexuality and peaceful protest” to speak as an activist and scholar on the use of religion and African spirituality as a tool of exclusion to gender and sexually diverse people.

Covid-19 Pandemic and its impact on the Young Women Subject: Exploring the complexities

Friday, 27 May 2022 | 15:00 – 17:00

Zoom link:

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

Critical conversation on religion, diversity and decolonization from the sexual and gender margins, drawing on the discussion paper '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.