As part of its expanding engagement with African politics and public policy, the CSSR hosted a workshop on contemporary Zambia on 30 and 31 September. The focus of the workshop was on the controversial elections in August 2016. Three presenters were from Lusaka: Dr Marja Hinfelaar (who spoke about the historical background to the elections), Dr Neo Simutanyi (on their significance) and Dr Tinenenji Banda (who analysed the legal process surrounding the 'petition' to the constitutional court to set aside the results ). Professor Ndangwa Noyoo from the University of Johannesburg spoke about the authoritarian streak in Zambian politics and successive government's failure to address the 'Barotse question'. , Dr Mundia Kabinga of UCT's GSB spoke about the economic context, and Hangala Siachiwena (of the CSSR and Sociology Department) dissected the election results themselves. The workshop was organised by Hangala Siachiwena.