Book launch: Super power
A book by Liesl Louw-Vaudran
Thursday 02 June at 18:00
Alliance Française of Johannesburg
The book will be presented by Liesl Low-Vaudran
with Peter Fabricius and Susan Njanji as a moderator.
Also invited are The Ambassador of France to South Africa, Mrs Elisabeth Barbier, the President of the African Diaspora Forum, Mr Marc Gbaffou and the Africa correspondent at Eye witness News, Mr Jean-Jacques Cornish.
South Africa is undeniably a continental powerhouse. Local corporates like MTN, Standard Bank and Shoprite are African business giants; South Africa is the only African member of BRICS; and a South African heads the African Union Commission. Yet the country is often perceived by other African states as a bully that punches above its weight. Does South Africa have the moral standing, and economic and military capacity to call itself a superpower?
In twenty years of reporting on Africa, Liesl Louw-Vaudran has travelled with South African heads of state and met business leaders from across Africa. In this book, she tries to answer accusations that South Africa behaves like a neocolonial power by examining key events – from Thabo Mbeki’s reforms of the African Union to the disastrous peace-keeping mission in the Central African Republic in 2013 under President Jacob Zuma.
Liesl Louw-Vaudran is an independent journalist and analyst focusing on African issues. She works as a consultant for the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria and is a regular contributor to newspapers such as the Mail&Guardian in Johannesburg. Before moving to the ISS, she was Africa editor at Media24 newspapers. She is a member of the judging panel of the annual Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism awards and lectures in International Journalism at the University of Stellenbosch. Having lived in France and Senegal she is also a francophone and heads the board of the Alliance Française of Johannesburg. ‘Superpower or Neocolonialist?’ is her second book after ‘Anderkant Timboektoe’, (Protea, 2008) which deals with her reporting in West Africa.
Susan Njanji is a Zimbabwean journalist with special interest in covering anything and everything about Africa -from the hardcore political to children’s and wildlife issues. She is currently working in the Agence France Presse Southern African bureau in Joburg.
She has previously covered West Africa operating from Lagos and Dakar. She has had short stints in East Africa covering mainly Kenya and Rwanda.
Susan is the immediate past vice chairperson of the Foreign Correspodents Association of South Africa
She is also a member of the board of trustees of the Zimbabwe Gender Media Commission
She also a part time student of Africa Studies at the University of the Free state and her research topic is on Elections and Violence.
Peter Fabricius is a freelance journalists specialising in foreign affairs and particularly Africa. He writes columns on the subject for Independent Newspapers and the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. He also writes news on Africa for the African News Agency and news edit some of their correspondents in Africa. He was foreign editor of Independent Newspapers until last year when he retired from the company.
Source: Alliance Française of Johannesburg