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

Book Launch: Crossroads: I live where I like

Please join us for Crossroads Homecoming– a collaborative book launch festival– cohosted by: Jacana Media, the Department of History and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of Western Cape, the City of Cape Town Crossroads Library, the UWC-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives, the Crossroads Philippi Young Women’s Reading … Read More

Launching the New Agenda Special Issue: African Resource Sovereignty

The Institute for African Alternatives invites you to a hybrid discussion on the Special Issue of the New Agenda journal, titled “African Resource Sovereignty: Development or Environmental Vandalism?” The event will include a discussion between Dr Hibist Kassa and Mercia Andrews, moderated by Michael Smith. The audience will be graced … Read More

IFAA Forum: Mutant: a screening and panel discussion

Surplus Books and the Institute for African Alternatives, in association with Guidy Works, We’ll Do It Ourselves and Shack Dwellers International is proud to invite you to a screening of the documentary film Mutant, this Friday, 29th July 2022, from 5 pm to 9 pm, at Surplus Books, 302 Albert … Read More

IFAA salutes the late Don Mattera

South African poet, author, journalist, and activist Don Mattera passed away at the age of 86 on International Mandela Day, 18th July 2022. Born in Western Native Township (now Westbury), Johannesburg, Mattera grew up in Sophiatown, at that time a vibrant centre of South African culture, but later destroyed under the Apartheid regime. … Read More

IFAA Forum: A Conversation with the Cuban Ambassador

The Friends of Cuba Society (FOCUS), The Institute for African Alternatives, and Surplus Radical Books will host the Cuban Ambassador, Comrade Enrique Orta González at Surplus Books, 302 Albert Rd, Woodstock Cape Town. von Thursday 23 June 2022, at 6 pm. The Obama administration initiated a process of ‘normalization’ of … Read More

An Introduction to New Economics: Apply Now!

There is a growing consensus that the assumptions underlying neoclassical and neoliberal economic thought are at odds with life in the 21st century. New Economic Thinking offers an alternative view of the pressing issues of today — growth, environmental sustainability, climate change, decolonisation of developing economies, inequality and unfair distribution … Read More

The Men’s Cafe: Celebrating Men in their journey of Self-Discovery

Surplus Books, InsideOut, and the Institute for African Alternatives invite you to Surplus Radical Book Store for the fourth gathering in our series of Men’s cafes. The Men’s Café is a monthly event that provides participants with a platform to share ideas, strategies, and tactics for challenging and overcoming patriarchy … Read More

IFAA FORUM: “Washington Bullets” A conversation with Vijay Prashad

Surplus and the Institute for African Alternatives invite you to a discussion on ‘Washington Bullets’ with author Vijay Prashad. Vijay Prashad is an Internationally renowned Indian historian and journalist. He is an executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor of Leftward Books, and advisor to The Progressive … Read More

The Men’s Cafe: Can men mother their daughters?

Surplus Books, InsideOut and the Institute for African Alternatives invite you to Surplus Radical Books Store’s third gathering in our series of Men’s cafes. We are pleased and excited at the interest and traction that this initiative has garnered so far! The Men’s Café is a monthly event that provides … Read More

The Men’s Cafe: The Hidden Side of our HIS-story

Surplus Books, InsideOut, and the Institute for African Alternatives invite you to the Surplus Radical Books Store for the second gathering in our series of Men’s cafes. Our theme for this discussion is the ’Hidden side or our HIS-story.’ We focus on the question of why and how men resist … Read More

Climate Change in Zimbabwe: Towards a Recovery Plan

The Institute for African Alternatives in late 2021 commissioned African Ecofeminist and popular educator, Dr. Melania Chiponda to write a research paper that contributes to IFAA’s new Climate Justice program. Her paper is entitled ‘Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe: Recommendations for a Just Recovery … Read More

IFAA Forum: Segregation, Inequality and Urban Development

Surplus Radical Books, The Reading Incubator Project and the Institute for African Alternatives invite you to join us for an in-person discussion with Researcher/Author Sara Dehkordi. Her new book Segregation, Inequality, and Urban Development: Forced Evictions and Criminalisation Practices in Present-Day South Africa, explores how the persistence of racialized and … Read More