Professor Monwabisi Archbald Mafeje was born on 28 March in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He grew up in an academic. In May of the UCT Council approved the appointment, unanimously, of Archie Mafeje to the role of senior lecturer in social anthropology. In Search of an Alternative: A Collection of Essays on Revolutionary Theory and Politics. $ Paperback. Books by Archie Mafeje. Showing 5 Results Books .

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Most read Looking ahead to the budget Many questions arise on this discourse: It is also important for institutions conducting social research to be inspired by the fearlessness of scholars such as Archie. His knowledge was as vast as his grasp of issues — almost all issues – was breathtaking. One of the reasons why Archie Mafeje has to be celebrated, and the significance of his Lecture, is the fact that he was racially excluded and prejudiced from being an academic staff member of the University of Cape Town UCT.

It was here that he met his wife and lifelong companion, the Egyptian scholar and activist Dr Shahida El Baz.

Archie Mafeje. Scholar, Activist and Thinker

South Africa mafee grappling with the discourse on racism, ownership and control of the economy, redistribution of land and the control over knowledge production and application. Illicit financial flows thwart human rights and development in Acrhie. Forced into exile, he moved to the UK, where he obtained a PhD in anthropology and rural sociology from Cambridge University in According to Professor Dani Wadada Nabudere, Archie Mafeje intellectually understood his political, economic and social environment, thus understood his role and nature of the contribution towards the liberation of Africans from the imperial forces, intellectually and academically.


This was a turning point for UCT, which was criticised for bowing to the pressures of a racist government and for not standing up for the values espoused by the university. UCT alumni triumph in social impact challenge 19 Dec This move resulted in widespread protest maffeje, culminating in a nine-day mqfeje of the Bremner building by students.

Archie Mafeje was an independent Pan-Africanist and cosmopolitan individual who sought to understand the world at a global level in order to locate Africa within that tapestry. Will Africa welcome a change in US foreign assistance? Village reflections and dearth of the reading culture.

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Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image srchie biography. He understood very archir that scholarship is not a neutral exercise; that as a scholar, your background, class, colour and gender influence your mental attitude and interpretation of social issues, thus it is important to always write in a way that you speak for yourself. Universal healthcare in Africa is a necessity for genuine development.

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It was here that he met he met his wife and life-long companion, the Egyptian scholar and activist, Dr. Globalizations Special Forum on Samir Amin’s proposal for a 5th international.

Thereafter, he took up the post of professor of sociology and anthropology and director of the Multidisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Namibia from to Information and Communication Technologies for Development in Africa. It arcjie a political project than an honest and necessary process for the nation-building. In all of this, mafejs also distinguished himself by his insistence on scientific rigour and originality: Apparently Mafeje wished to return to Cape Town and sympathetic colleagues at UCT urged the university to create a position for him.


The Mafeje affair was a turning point for UCT, which bowed to pressure from the apartheid government, rather than standing up for the values essential to an authentic and thriving intellectual community. The unravelling of President Buhari.

We can proudly acclaim him as a giant of this discipline in South Africa and the African continent. This respected pan-Africanist, regarded as one of Africa’s greatest social scientists, was never able to return to and take up a post at his alma mater.

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This is also the man for whom in the early s we and I include myself at UCT all failed to provide the appropriate space to enable him to come home to teach and write as he so badly wanted to do. Mafeje serves a true reflection mafeej the flaws of the reconciliation process in the maffeje. Wednesday, 28 March, will go down as a sad day among social researchers all over Africa and beyond: But he felt the senior research fellowship offered to him did not meet his seniority, and so declined.