The AISA Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) conference was held at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, from 24–25 March 2011, and attended by delegates from various countries such as England, Cameroon, Zambia, Mozambique Botswana and South Africa. The theme of the conference was on Peace and Security as requirements for Africa’s Development. The conference created an opportunity for young scientists to share their research findings and further contribute to the areas of peace and security, science and technology, sustainable development, knowledge production and training, governance, democracy and development. The first day of the conference was themed Peace and Security, Sustainable Development, Governance, Democracy and Development.
Presentations covered topics such as:
- ‘Sustainability begets unsustainability – The European Union’s drive for agro-fuel crop farming in Africa’ by Lindokuhle Khumalo.
- ‘A pilot study of services provided to refugees in Cape Town – A case study of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy’ by Mr Joseph Maniragena; and
- ‘Human security and the decriminalisation of sex work: The case of South Africa’ by Ms Tandokazi Kela.
The theme for the second day was on Science and Technology, African Knowledge Production/Education and Training. The presentations were innovative in providingsolutions to society’s problems and highlighting theneed for African countries and people to concentrateon developing their human capital, if they are to emulateemerging countries like Brazil, China and India. Thedebate session titled, There are effective measures for combating xenophobia and respect for the rule of law in the maintenance of law and order in the country waschaired by Mr Nicasius Check Achu and proved to bequite heated, educational and informative. The closingceremony culminated with a gala dinner where youngscholars were awarded certificates for their participation.
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Vhonani Netshandama from the University of Venda. She encouraged young scholars to study, improve their writing and write papers for publication.