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From left: Prof Rushiella Songca (Executive Dean: College of Law), Prof Joseph Straus (Incumbent: Unisa Chair in Intellectual Property Management), Prof Tana Pistorius (NIPMO board member and Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law), Prof Coenraad Visser (Head: Centre for Business Law and Professor of Intellectual Property Law), Prof Melodie Slabbert (Director: School of Law and Professor of Jurisprudence) and Prof Kris Pillay (Acting Deputy Executive Dean: College of Law)

Today, 12 September, South Africa remembers the death of Steve Biko 35 years ago. Biko, the well-known founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, is known by many as a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement.

His life and writings influenced and empowered many people, and his slogan “black is beautiful” became the inspiration for many. As a close friend of Biko, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Unisa, Prof Barney Pityana described him as an ordinary people who made something extraordinary out of his life. “He touched the lives of young men and women of his generation and he was part of an abiding movement capable of changing the social and political face of our country.”

Unisa will pay tribute to Steve Biko during its Steve Biko Commemoration Day event this afternoon.  The legendary Prof Ben Khoapa, Board Member of the Steve Biko Foundation, will deliver the keynote address and guest artist Sipho Hotstix Mabuse will perform.

At the same event, an announcement regarding the re-launch of the publication Black Review, started by Biko and Khoapa, will be made. Black Review was a series of annual reports that were launched in 1972 provided important material for the attention of the broad black political leadership and assessed the state of affairs in the country with special regard to advancing the ideals of freedom.

To learn more about the life and teachings of the remarkable Steve Biko, click here to read a tribute written by Andile M-Afrika, author of The eyes that lit our lives: a tribute to Steve Biko and Board Member of Tshiya Africa Centre.



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