Translating national goals into global impact

3-4 February 2021, Pretoria, South Africa

As the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak continues to widen around the world, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the THE  Southern Africa Impact Forum due to take place 1-2 April 2020. The forum will now take place 3-4 February 2021. Our primary concern remains the well-being of our staff, delegates, speakers and partners and we believe this to be the most appropriate precautionary course of action. If you have any questions or are an existing delegate who has not heard from us, please contact


What is the THE  Southern Africa Impact Forum?

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals have provided a widely recognised and meaningful framework for policymakers, investors, academics and activists to orientate their mission and purpose towards addressing global challenges. However, while the challenges – and ambitions to meet them – might be universally applicable, restrictive political, socio-economic and geographic boundaries exist that can obstruct the necessary translation of research into political application with real impact.

At the inaugural THE  Southern Africa Universities Impact Forum, leaders and subject experts from higher education institutions across the region will convene to share research, ideas and solutions to address and confront the key issues that affect the ability of higher education institutions to create a positive impact on society, with a special focus on SDG2 – zero hunger.


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THE Southern Africa Impact Forum to address global hunger

The forum of university leaders and sustainable development experts from around the world will gather at the University of Pretoria from 3-4 February 2021 to debate the role of higher education in tackling hunger and malnutrition, it was announced today.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 11:02 am

Pandemic ‘will lead to rise in research funding with an agenda’

Speaking at the virtual THE Southern Africa Impact Forum, Prof. Bergman said: “On the one hand it is very likely that many countries, not only on the African continent but beyond, are going to invest much more in public health and health research-related issues.”

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 9:44 am

South African academics don’t want to decolonise the curriculum

Several years on from Rhodes Must Fall, the hoped-for revolution in South African university teaching has not happened, says Saloshna Vandeyar.

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Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:33 pm

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