Connecting the Dots: O.R. Tambo and Research in Africa

Connecting the Dots: O.R. Tambo and Research in Africa

The National Research Foundation (NRF), with its partners the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI); the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada; and the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation (OATF), invite members of the media to a panel discussion that will explore the intersection of Oliver Reginald Tambo’s legacy and research in Africa. Themed Connecting the Dots: O.R. Tambo and Research in Africa, the panel discussion will take place at the NRF head office in Pretoria on Friday, 27 October 2023.

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, will deliver the opening address, and NRF Chief Executive Officer, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, will present the welcoming remarks. The panel discussion is hosted as part of the O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative (ORTARChI) Annual Gathering, themed Championing Research Excellence in Africa which runsfrom 25-27 October 2023. ORTARChI is a bespoke research funding initiative established in 2018 to support research and human capital development on the continent. The initiative honours and promotes the legacy of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, a luminary in the struggle against apartheid.


  • Prof Mvuyo Tom Chairperson, Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation
  • Mavuso Msimang Environmental Consultant, Former CEO of SANParks and SA Tourism, and a Founder of the African Parks Networks
  • Thulile Khanyile Lecturer and PhD Candidate, University of the Witwatersrand and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Nka’Thuto EduPropeller
  • Prof Chris Landsberg DSI-NRF South African Research Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg


  • Thandiwe Matthews, Joint PhD Candidate: Governance, Law and Social Justice, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand.

Event Details

Date:               Friday, 27 October 2023

Time:              15:00 – 17:00

Venue:            Albert Luthuli Auditorium, National Research Foundation Meiring Naudé Rd, Brummeria, Pretoria

This will be a hybrid event.

Journalists wishing to cover the panel discussion virtually can do so via Zoom on

Those attending in person should register here

For further assistance, please contact NRF Media Relations Officer, Bongani Nkosi, on or 061 477 3064.

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