CFS Panel Discussion Hosted by the Critical Food Studies Programme, UWC, UKZN and UP

Date: 19 October 2020
Time: 12:00-2:00 P.M
Virtual Link: 
Download and share our poster: CFS Virtual Panel Discussion:What do students Eat?

Topic: What do students eat? Causes, Complicities and Contexts

Universities in South Africa are slowly and unevenly beginning to address the hunger experienced by many students. With COVID-19 and the lockdown measures associated with this, various calls have been made to intensify responses. This panel discussion seeks to build on interventions into students’ rights and struggles vis-a-vis institutional and national food systems. The panel’s attention to generating critical food literacy on our university campuses seeks to avoid othering hungry students. Specific issues dealt with include:

  • Students’ food access and university food cultures
  • The priorities of the entrepreneurial neoliberal university
  • The politics of existing measures for addressing students’ hunger
  • The role and impact of corporate and state stakeholders
  • Changing mindsets and forging collective responsibility


  • Limpho Makapela, Student Activist and Staff member at the Gender Equity Unit, UWC Sizwe Nyuka, Student, Department of History, UWC
  • Kenneth Matlawe, Student, Department of History, UWC
  • Mishka Jade Lewis, Student, Department of History, UWC
  • Funmilola Adeniyi, Researcher, Dullah Omar Centre, UWC
  • Marc Wegerif Lecturer in Development studies,

    UP Moderators:

  • Desiree Lewis (WGS, UWC) and Mary Hames (GEU, UWC)