The Annual Ben Turok Memorial Lecture: with Yanis Varoufakis

Keynote speaker Yanis Varoufakis, renowned radical economist and former Greek Finance Minister, will speak on Africa in the Face of the new Cold War and the West’s new colonial escapades The annual Ben Turok Memorial Lecture marks the anniversary of the death of IFAA’s founder and former director, the struggle … Read More

Reflections on Sport and Physical Culture in South African Society

The Surplus Books Reading Incubator Project and The Institute for African Alternatives invite you to join us for this unique panel discussion entitled ‘Reflections on Sport and Physical Culture in South African Society’. This session will be led by Dr. Francois Cleophas, a Sports and Social Historian based at the … Read More

Introducing The Men’s Cafe

Surplus Books, InsideOut and the Institute for African Alternatives invite you to Surplus Radical Books Store for the first in a series of Men’s cafes. This first meeting anticipates International Women’s Day in the same week. The gatherings will provide participants with a platform to share ideas, strategies, and tactics … Read More

IFAA Public Forum: Youth Unemployment

The Institute for African Alternatives will mark Youth Day by inviting you to attend a public discussion on the critical challenge of Youth Unemployment on Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 3pm. Youth Unemployment is one of South Africa’s most formidable challenges and now even more exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. … Read More


On Wednesday 28th April 2021, 3 pm The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) marks the forthcoming Workers’ Day with a Public Forum that draws attention to the impact of Covid-19 on the future of work and social justice.  The disruptions created by the pandemic have radically altered the way we … Read More


Topic: Institute for African Alternatives’ COVID 19 AND THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES Time: Mar 31, 2021 03:00 PM Harare, Pretoria Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 838 6336 0229 Passcode: 414155 The Institute for African Alternatives invites you to an online discussion forum on Wednesday 31st March 2021 entitled “Covid-19 and … Read More


The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) would like to invite you to our public online discussion forum on the issue of Affordable Housing and Spatial Justice, on Tuesday 30th March at 3 pm. Twenty-five years into our democracy, the struggle for affordable housing in urban spaces continues, and it signals one of … Read More

IFAA Forum: NSFAS and the Education Crisis

Featuring speakers: Chwaita Mtsewu, Duma Nqulube and Morris Masutha According to the findings of the Auditor-General, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has incurred R5 billion in irregular expenditure for the 2019/2020 period, while the figure for  2018/2019 is  R3.2bn. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology … Read More

IFAA Forum: Teaching and Learning in the time of a Pandemic

What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated ‘new normal’ had on the teaching and learning environment? In this IFAA Forum we invite, parents, teachers and students from a cross-section of high schools to reflect on the challenges that they have faced over the last year. Topic: Institute for … Read More

IFAA Public Forum: South Africa’s Urban Farming Revolution

Urban farming is not a new phenomenon but it has proliferated rapidly in recent years. This has been driven by advances in technology and global challenges that include food insecurity, energy shortage, urban migration, poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization urban farming is … Read More

The Future of the Independent Media in South Africa

South Africa’s strong independent media institutions have been credited as one of the great strengths of its 25yr old constitutional democracy. But there have recently been insidious instances of harassment, intimidation, assault and incitement to violence against the media. In this public forum our lead question is whether the independence … Read More

The Coloured Identity

Our rationale for this event is to bring the growing national discourse on the complex subject of Coloured Identity and Coloured Identity Politics into public focus. The South African population census has, since 1994, continued to categorise a demographic group ‘Coloured’,  as distinct from’ Black African’,  ‘Asian’ and ‘White.’ While … Read More