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Focusing on the negotiation processes that ended apartheid in South Africa. Explore the processes and complexities of negotiation as a tool for conflict management and transformation.

Students will learn about the history of South Africa pre 1994 as a basis of understanding apartheid-generated conflict in South Africa. The focus in this programme will be on the negotiations that ended the apartheid system in South Africa. Many consider the transition from apartheid to democracy to be a “miracle.”

Through readings, documentaries, classroom discussions and guest lectures, the process to understand the strategies and approaches that led to the “miracle” and the “birth” of a new democratic South Africa will be unpacked. South Africa’s current socio economic and political dynamics will be debated in relation to the negotiation objectives.

Programme Presentation

The value of the programme is enhanced by practical visits and field trips to places of interest that complement the issues discussed in the programme. The programme also includes a longer overnight field trip to a rural area, giving students the opportunity to experience first-hand, the history and local culture of South Africa.
Lectures are facilitated by Nelson Mandela University academics. All lectures will be interactive, with the emphasis on discussion about readings, documentaries as well as practical visits. Thorough lecture preparation and active participation will ensure an optimum learning experience.

On completion of this programme students will:

  • Will have insight into the main conflict management approaches
  • Gain an understanding of the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa
  • Understand the complexities related to negotiations of deep-rooted conflict
  • Will have knowledge of the dynamics underpinning the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a means reconcile communities
  • Become familiar with the challenges facing South Africa since 1994 and their potential impact on conflict escalation



Community Upliftment

When selecting this programme students will also participate in either a facilitated Community Service Learning or Community Holiday Club add on:

Community Service Learning:

Participants in the Community Service Learning Programme will be able to volunteer their time and skills and in the process, gain an understanding of the development challenges facing South Africa. The aim of this programme is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate and develop their global citizenship through volunteer work. Students will develop an understanding of current issues impacting community life in South Africa. They will experience this first hand through their volunteer work.

On completion of this programme students will:
  • A theoretical understanding of, as well as practical exposure to, the face and impact of poverty in South Africa
  • A broad understanding of the process and principles of community development
  • The ability to apply the principles of asset-based community development while volunteering at projects
  • Knowledge of and experience in building relationships to participate in the development of people

Community Holiday Club:

The aim of this programme is to provide students from abroad with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop an understanding of current issues impacting communities in South Africa. Students will be afforded the opportunity to experience the social, cultural and political dynamics first hand through service whilst assisting with the running of the Holiday Clubs. The Holiday Clubs enable a student to interact with school pupils on a one-to-one basis allowing for the possibility of advancing the community.

Holiday Clubs are held in disadvantaged areas during the school vacation / holiday periods. The Clubs are run for disadvantaged children within those communities where the children would otherwise be left unsupervised. The Holiday Clubs aims to empower the children and youth in leadership development, and acquiring knowledge of South African heritage and culture, and environmental issues. The club involves ccreative dance and other fun educational activities. The programme is comprised of a theory and a practical component. On-going formal mentoring by an academic is made available to students.

On completion of this programme students will:

  • Wil understand the socio-economic differences within the various geographical areas of Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Will acquire the competencies required to manage pupils from disadvantaged areas through different group work projects
  • Be able to think in creative ways to manage community development.
  • Will develop the competencies required to develop youth in an authentic multicultural environment.
  • This programme will orientate students to the fundamentals of community development in terms of its goals, principles, processes and application in South Africa.


Dates: 24 JUNE - 26 JULY 2019

Students should arrive between the 15th and 16th of June and depart on the 21st.

Programme Cost: $3500.00

Application deadline: 30 March 2019



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