Renowned academic and political analyst, Iddo Mandaza will deliver the 18th annual Steve Biko memorial lecture in Pretoria on Thursday evening.

Mandaza is also Executive Chairman of the Southern African Political Economy Series Trust.

The lecture will take place at the Unisa  Pretoria campus and will be preceded by a posthumous conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Literature and Philosophy on Biko.

Mandaza is expected to speak on the current narrative of “Africa Rising” and the challenges that are currently being faced.

“Both the lecture and the conferment of the honorary degree will pay tribute to this martyr of the struggle for freedom; and will recognize his sterling contribution, not only to the cause of human rights, but also to public health amongst marginalized communities through initiatives such as the Zanempilo Community Health Centre established in Zinyoka village near Bhisho in January 1975,” says the Steve Biko foundation.

Like Biko, Mandaza has spoken and written extensively on issues of race and  injustice, particularly in Southern Africa.

The list of books he has authored include, Race, Colour and Class in Southern Africa and Culture, History and Science and Technology-Based Economic Strategies in Africa: A View from Political Economy.

He holds a BA and BSc degree in political science from the University of Zimbabwe and a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of New York.