South African debates to kick-off ahead of Africa-France summit

Governance and Human Rights

This week, France and its South African partners are kick-starting the Africa – France dialogues: a series of debates as part of its mission to renew its relations with the African countries ahead of the Africa-France Summit.

This year the Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Montpellier, France, from 7 to 9 October 2021, will break from tradition, with the focus moving from heads-of-states and government to civil society, entrepreneurs and the youth.

Debates are set to take place across the African continent in order for all voices to be heard and to ensure the discussions do not shy away from issues such as post-colonial heritage and historic economic imbalances.

Cameroonian philomasopher and public intellectual Professor Achille Mbembe (Wits University) has been invited to follow the debates and making recommendations on the future of the relations between Africa and France to French President Emnuel Macron on the occasion of the Africa – France summit in July in Montpellier.

Four debates took place in South Africa in May, each looking at a different topic:

  • 6 May 2021 – Lions and Landless Historians: On cultural workers and institution building beyond rhetoric (In partnership with Keleketla!)
  • 13 May 2021 – Africa & the “great game” of geopolitical influence (In partnership with the Institute for Security Studies).
  • 20 May 2021 – Historical Inequalities and Economic Transformation in SA (in partnership with the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research, hosted by UCT’s Southern Africa Labor and Development Research Unit)

Historical inequalities and economic transformation in South Africa by French Embassy in South Africa

  • 20 May 2021 – Youth and Feminism in South Africa (In partnership with The Forge)


You might also like


IFAS x FNB Art Joburg presents CONSTRUCT The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and FNB Art Joburg are...

France – South Africa Scholarship Programme

The France – South Africa Scholarship Programme is directed to South African students who intend to study in universities...

Local Cooperation

Local cooperation is based on partnerships between French authorities (regions, departments, inter-municipalities, districts) and foreign authorities, involving human exchanges...

Sounds of Southern Africa

IFAS – Research invites you on a musical journey through a history marked by adversity and resilience — from...

Let's get social
French Institute of South Africa

French Institute of South Africa


Your French / South African cultural agenda in South Africa. Follow us and don't miss out anymore!

2 hours ago

French Institute of South Africa
A co-production between Showmax and CANAL+ “Spinners” is currently filming in Cape Town! 🚗💨Shot in English, Kaaps and Afrikaans, it is produced by Joachim Landau and Raphaël Rocher for French indie Empreinte Digitale and co-produced by #NativesatLarge.The action-drama revolves around the popular motorsport known as “spinning” with high-speed cars and stunts. The series follows Ethan, a teenage driver working for a local gang, who discovers a possible way out through spinning.We love to see collaborations like this!Photo © Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

19 hours ago

French Institute of South Africa
📢Vacancy in the Consulate General of France in Cape TownThe French Consulate General in Cape Town is looking for a Political, Economic, and Communication Officer to cover for a colleague who is on maternity leave.This is intended to be a four-month period.Send your CV and cover letter to before September 1st.Full details here: #JobSeekersSA #offredemploi ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

The @AF_Pretoria in Partnership with the @IF_SouthAfrica and Open Window hosted a Film Screening of the acclaimed film "France".

#openwindow #thefrenchinstituteofsouthafrica #IFCinéma #OWFrenchFilmNights #AllianceFrançaisedePretoria

A co-production between @ShowmaxOnline & @canalplus “Spinners” is currently filming in CPT! 🚗💨

Shot in English, Kaaps and Afrikaans, it is produced by Joachim Landau and Raphaël Rocher for French indie @empr1tedigitale and co-produced by #NativesatLarge.

📸Craig Kolesky