The University of Johannesburg acquired The Thinker in April 2019 f rom Dr Essop Pahad. Over the last decade, The Thinker has gained a reputation as a journal that Frenkel, as the incoming editor, plans on maintaining the pan- Af rican scope of the journal while increasing its coverage The Thinker is a ‘hybrid’ journal, publishing both journalistic pieces with more academic articles and contributors can now opt to have their submissions peer reviewed. We welcome Af rica-centred articles f rom diverse  perspectives, in order to enrich both knowledge of the continent and of issues impacting the continent.