2018 Zimbabwe general elections – What are the prospects for a peaceful and prosperous country?

Pretoria, Tuesday 07 August 2018 – The Human Science Research Council’s Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) invites you to a briefing to analyses the outcomes of the 2018 Zimbabwe general elections.

The seminar comprising academics and individuals who were part of the observer mission to the recent elections in Zimbabwe will be held on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 at the HSRC offices in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

The main aim of this briefing is to provide an in-depth analysis of the elections and prospects for a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe. The seminar has been contextualised to enable the audience to understand the nature of elec tions and leadership in Africa as well as the challenges for democratic renewal in Zimbabwe.

Chair: Prof Cheryl Hendricks – Executive Director – AISA


Prof Kealeboga Maphunye – UNISA

Ms Crystal Orderson – Africa Report – Talk Radio 702

Mr Piers Pigou – International Crisis Group

Mr Frank Lekaba – AISA

Mr Otto Saki – Ford Foundation

Event details are as follows: 

Date: 08 August 2018 
Time 12h00 – 14h00 
Venue:  Pretoria : Forum 150, Ground floor Conference Centre of the Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria

Cape Town : HSRC, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street Cape Town, Cape Town

Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani, 0827659191 or anematandani@hsrc.ac.za

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Notes to the editor

About Zimbabwe Elections

Zimbabwe held its anticipated harmonised general elections on the 30th of July 2018. Of the 23 presidential candidates the main contenders were Emmerson Mnangagwa (ZANU-PF) and Nelson Chamisa (MDC – Alliance). These elections did not feature the usual political party leaders, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai.

New leaders with new messages of hope inspired many to go and vote. The elections remained highly contested and no leader necessarily assured of a victory. The usual accusations of electoral irregularities and of media and ZEC partiality abounded.

The atmosphere running up to the elections, however, was markedly different from previous elections. Political parties campaigned openly, international observers were welcomed, and the ruling party created an environment for inclusive participation.

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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