The TMF is privileged to reiterate its solemn call to all our people here at home, and especially on the rest of our Continent and the African Diaspora fully to respect the directives issued by the WHO and our national governments in the fight to defeat the coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, we convey our appeal to all our Governments that they must take the lead in preparing Reconstruction Programmes which would result in our peoples enjoying better socio-economic conditions than they did before the onset of the novel coronavirus.





The Annual Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture hosted on 25TH May for the past 10 years by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (The Foundation) and UNISA, has become a major highlight on our events calendar and has been a great source and platform for reflection and debate about the innumerable challenges facing the African Continent and the World, as well as finding solutions to these.

Due to the unprecedented outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Africa Day Lecture has been deferred, however, the Foundation is pleased to be involved in the organization and preparations of the Africa & African Diaspora (AAD) Conference Launch which will take place on Africa Day 25th May 2020. The Foundation is partnering with other organizations including the South African Council of Churches (SACC), Unlimited Leadership Potential (ULP) and the Steve Biko Foundation to prepare for this launch. The Launch will be an online event and will take place from 25-27 May 2020, in preparation for a bigger International Conference scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2021 (postponed from August 2020 due to COVID-19).

The theme of the AAD Conference is “Revisiting the 1945 Manchester Conference” and it aims to assess how far the objectives of the liberation of Africans and Africans in the Diaspora politically, spiritually and economically have been achieved. The history of Pan African Congresses dates back to the first Conference on 23-25 July 1900 organised by Henry Sylvester-Williams in London, followed by six other Conferences held in London, Belgium and Portugal respectively until the 1945 Manchester Conference which was a watershed event, hence 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Manchester Conference.

The 1945 Manchester Conference played a significant role in helping African countries to march forward in their fight for liberation, as it was attended by such leaders as Kwame Nkrumah (who later became the first President of Ghana), Jomo Kenyatta (first President of Kenya),  Amy Ashwood Garvey (Jamaica), W.E.B Du Bois (the father of Pan-Africanism), George Padmore (Trinidad), Ras Makonnen (Ethiopia), Hastings Banda (Malawi), Obafemi Awolowo (Nigeria), Jaja Anucha Wachuku (Nigeria), Len Johnson (Britain) and  Peter Abrahams (South Africa) among others.

The Africa Day AAD Conference Launch will run over three days from 25-27 May 2020 and will be accessed online by delegates from the Continent and the African Diaspora from various sectors including government, academia, spiritual, business, the youth, civil society as well as the diplomatic corps.

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation, therefore, wishes to extend an invitation to all our partners and stakeholders to attend this important event. Online access details are:

For Further Enquiries:

Motlatsi Tsiane: 072 4379694

Nthabiseng Nkosi: 064 7234201

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