The University of the Witwatersrand, which recently celebrated its 98th birthday, kicked off their 2020 edition of Fak’ugesi Festival online on 20 October. The festival sees Wits University’s Digital Arts department team up with their Digital Innovation and ICT hub, the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, to present the Fak’ugesi Festival, a month-long festival that celebrates digital art. This year’s celebration is themed ‘#POWERTOTHEPIXEL’, and is expected to rally up both professionals and enthusiasts in their numbers. The festival promises to provide Africa’s best creative digital workshops, as well as exhibitions and panel discussions. #Fakugesi2020 will be running until 20 November.

The University of the Free State brought together distinguished experts in their fields to have a discussion on the current political landscape of South Africa. Facilitated by Dr Max du Preez, the discussion was also joined by guests such as Mr Moeletsi Mbeki, Professor Philippe Burger, former Public Protector Professor Thuli Madonsela, as well as the University of the Free State’s Chancellor, Professor Bonang Mohale. The discussion, titled ‘Politics In South Africa: Post COVID-19, Post-Crisis’, was a part of the university’s #UFSThoughtLeaderSeries, a series that aims to bring South African thinkers together for discussions such as these. The discussion saw the panellists touch on various important subjects, such as ethical leadership, governmental corruption and a critical insight into South Africa’s economic situation.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has announced that it will be formally launching a brand-new Online Press. The university announced that the launch of the new UJ Press would take place virtually on Monday, 26 October. The UJ Press already publishes five journals on its online platform, which are largely edited and contributed to by members of the faculty at UJ. Through UJ Press, the university will be publishing more journals and monographs on this online repository known as the Open Journal System, which will be made available to the public as part of their greater mission to further and support research.