Free Lunchtime Talk: Malls, markets and post-Apartheid Southern Africa

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

Making the Southern African Region – Malls, markets and post-Apartheid Southern Africa

by Dr Darlene Miller

A region is more than a physical entity – it is a contested social space. How do we understand ‘regionality’ in post-Apartheid Southern Africa today? Drawing on case studies conducted over the past decade of South Africa’s shopping mall expansion in post-Apartheid Southern Africa, Darlene discusses how host country responses to South African corporate expansion in Africa shape the region and its politics. Workers, villagers and local managers contest the new colonial encounter entailed in South Africa’s expanding food frontiers. The talk discusses the regional implications of South Africa’s multinational expansion.

Darlene Miller is a Senior Researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council. She has lectured at Wits and Rhodes Universities. She completed a doctorate at Johns Hopkins University on Shoprite workers in Mozambique and Zambia. She was the National Education Coordinator for SACCAWU (South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union), and was also the Director of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA), the South African chapter of an international research and education body. She has conducted research on Zimbabwe’s land redistribution programme while at the Human Rights Watch in New York. She has published various articles in international journals and local publications.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 12 May 2011

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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