PESA participates in public lectures as part of its Public Policy and Advocacy programme. The public lectures are typically co-hosted with an institution of Higher Education. The aim of PESA Public Lectures is to provide a more in-depth engagement on current affairs, the political economy of development, and regional integration across SADC region and other Africa more broadly.
PESA Public Lectures encourage greater public involvement and engagement on interesting and meaningful discussions that affect African lives.
This lectures is aligned with the mission of PESA to make various aspects aspects of regional integration and African development accessible to different audiences by stimulating simple yet intricate discussions.
See the latest lectures from the PESA Public Lecture series below.
NWU-PESA Land Reform Seminar
The NWU-PESA Land Reform Seminar took place on 3 August 2018 under the theme “Land Reform in South Africa: Justice vs the Economy”. The seminar included a number of presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the Kgetlengrivier Local Municipalitiy, the Vumelana Advisory Fund, the North-West University Faculty of Law, and the North-West University Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. The discussion evaluated the realities of land reform and economic development in South Africa; and what is needed to achieve the aspirations of the Freedom Charter and the South African Constitution. Special thanks goes to Marilyn Setlalentoa, Oshupeng Maseng, Oshebeng Koonyaditse, Onkokame Moremi, Peter Setou, Ilyayambwa Mwanawina and Piet Croucamp.
CCRED-PESA Africa Day 2018 Seminar
The CCRED-PESA Africa Day 2018 Seminar took place on 25 May 2018 under the theme “Evaluating the Continental Free Trade Area: Aspirations vs Reality”. The Seminar included a panel discussion with representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the African Economic Research Consortium in Kenya, and Bvuks Engineering and Consulting. The discussion evaluated the realities of regional integration and development of continental value chains; and what is needed to achieve the aspirations of the Continental Free Trade Area. Special thanks goes to Thabang Mamaru, Lungile Mashele, Witness Simbanegavi and Christopher Bvumbi.
NWU-PESA Introduction to Political Economy 2018 Guest Lecture
PESA was invited to deliver a guest lecture on the relationship between politics and economics. The lecture was delivered to students at the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus. The Introduction to Political Economy guest lecture focuses on the concept of political economy and analytical tools used. The lecture provides a historical account of the development of political economy, the current fields of inquiry, and some practical case studies.