USB Events

Fault Lines: A primer on race, science and society

USB Leader’s Angle Series | Book Launch

Faultlines book launch

  Online event   25 June 2020

Insights from the new book edited by Prof Jonathan Jansen and Dr Cyrill Walters

What is the link, if any, between race and disease? What are the roots of racial thinking in South African universities? Are new developments in genetics simply a backdoor for the return of eugenics? The new book Fault Lines: A primer on race, science and society, presents pioneering social and scientific commentary from leading South African scholars who tackle post-apartheid’s most challenging questions.

Join the book’s editors, Prof Jonathan Jansen and Dr Cyrill Walters who will respond to our panel of accomplished speakers at this very special Leader’s Angle Series event. Our key speakers for the evening are award-winning journalists Max du Preez and Ferial Haffajee with an introduction from USB Director, Prof Piet Naudé. Dr Armand Bam will facilitate the discussion as they delve into the book’s harrowing insights that highlight the lingering effects of racism in South Africa and beyond.

Please note: Zoom, the online event platform used for this event, has a meeting limit of 300 participants. You may view the event’s simultaneous livestream on YouTube once this capacity has been reached.  

Date:               Thursday, 25 June 2020
Time:              16:00 (CAT)

#USBLeadersAngle #FaultLinesBook

About the speakers

Prof Jonathan Jansen
‘Fault Lines’ Co-editor and Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University. He is President of the Academy of Science of South Africa and in 2020, he will be a Knight-Hennessey Fellow at Stanford University. He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape and holds a PhD from Stanford as well as honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Vermont, Cleveland State and the University of Cape Town.

He is the author of the award-winning book Knowledge in the Blood. His recent books include Inequality in South African Schools (with Nic Spaull); Decolonisation in Universities; Race, Science and Society and Who gets in and why: the politics of admission in South Africa’s elite schools (with Samantha Kriger). He was recently elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Education.

Dr Cyrill Walters
‘Fault Lines’ Co-editor and MBA Lecturer at USB

Cyrill Walters teaches on the MBA programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Higher Education Studies at Stellenbosch University. She is a  scholar  of  organisations  with  a  special  interest  in  complexity  theories  of  leadership  and institutional theories of curriculum. She is co-author of a forthcoming book on the uptake of decolonisation within South African universities.

Max du Preez
Journalist, author and political analyst

Max du Preez is a South African author, columnist and documentary filmmaker who is best recognised for his work as founding editor of Vrye Weekblad, an Afrikaans-language anti-apartheid newspaper. He is also known for having served as a Political Correspondent for Beeld, Financial Mail, and the Sunday Times. He has won several awards for his reporting work including the Nat Nakasa Award for fearless reporting in 2008

Ferial Haffajee
Journalist and Associate Editor at the Daily Maverick

Ferial Haffajee is a South African editor and journalist. She is currently associate editor at the Daily Maverick. Previously, Ferial was editor-in-chief at the Mail&Guardian and City Press. She is a regular analyst and commentator on radio and television.

Ferial has won numerous awards for journalism and for her support of media freedom. She was also chairperson of the South African National Editors Forum and chairperson of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards, and has served on the boards of the World Editors Forum and the Global Editors Network. She has published a best-selling book called What if there were no whites in South Africa? and in 2017 was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Free State for her journalism.

Prof Piet Naudé
USB Director

Piet Naudé, Director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), is a well-known academic, public speaker and column writer. Before his appointment at USB, he was deputy vice-chancellor responsible for teaching and learning at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. He has more than twenty years of management experience at a university.

He has published more than 100 articles in academic journals and has presented at almost 150 national and international conferences and academic occasions on topics related to public ethics and forms of social justice.

Naudé has received numerous awards nationally and internationally. He is an active public and conference speaker, a consultant on value-driven organisations to many national companies, and a column writer for the last decade. In 2011, he was named the Vodacom Journalist of the Year.


Dr Armand Bam
Head of Social Impact and Senior Lecturer in Business and Society at USB

Executive Director at League of the Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) and member of USB MANCO, Armand Bam is responsible for leading USB’s Social Impact (SI) philosophy and strategy while overseeing the execution of SI processes, programmes and projects.



Tags  Social Impact, Leader’s Angle, Positive mindset



Past Events

2020-06-17 Livestream Webinars
Making the impossible possible.
2020-05-26 Livestream Workshops
Learn from a panel of entrepreneurs abo...
2020-05-07 Livestream Webinars
Intersections of economic strategies, so...
2020-04-30 Livestream Webinars
Will the way we work ever go back to nor...
2020-04-09 Livestream
Will it ever be business as usual again ...
2020-03-19 Leader's Angle
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and th...

Join the USB community

Receive updates on the latest news, events, business knowledge and blogs at USB.