IFAA Forum: Energy Options for South Africa

The Institute for African Alternatives invites you to a seminar on Energy Options for South Africa to be presented by Mr Viv Crone on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 2:30 pm Zoom Registration: https://cutt.ly/K1PwZi3 Our Presenter: Viv Crone is an electrical engineer with 50 years of experience in high-technology product design … Read More

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

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

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

Happy Birthday Freedom Charter, Happy Birthday, Ben Turok!

Today (26 June) South Africa marks the 66th anniversary of the Congress of the People where thousands gathered to endorse the Freedom Charter. But it is of particular significance to those who also remember the man who wrote its economic clauses, the late Professor Ben Turok, whose birthday happens to … Read More

IFAA pays tribute to Professor Vishnu Padayachee

“…[W]e will miss your boundless energy, your strength, your wisdom, your uncompromising intellectual incisiveness in the interests of the fundamental social transformation of our country; in the interests of the masses and not an elite.” These are the words of world-renowned economist and  intellectual, Professor Vishnu Padayachee, who passed away … Read More

IFAA pays tribute to Cecyl Esau

By Moira Levy The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) joins many South Africans in mourning the passing of Cecyl Esau, who will be remembered for his work as an underground activist in Umkonto we Sizwe and a community organiser within the United Democratic Front (UDF). His interest in politics emerged … Read More

Kudos to our Senior Researcher Hibist Kassa

IFAA would like to congratulate our senior researcher, Dr Hibist Kassa, on the publication of her chapter ‘The Crisis of Social Reproduction in Petty Commodity Production and Large-scale Mining: A Southern Perspective on Gender Inequality’ in the new collection Inequality Studies from the Global South, Routledge (2020). For more information … Read More

IFAA Project Assistant

IFAA seeks to appoint a Project Assistant. The intern will be expected to work 3 days a week, usually from the IFAA offices in Community House in Salt River, but from home (online) during Covid-19 related Lockdowns. Requirements Comfortable with using digital media platforms especially Twitter and Facebook Undergraduate degree … Read More

IFAA Statement on the Resignation of President Jacob Zuma

IFAA Statement Re: Resignation by President Zuma The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) welcomes the resignation of President Jacob Zuma and believes it is long overdue. The public and private life of Jacob Zuma since the Schabir Shaik trial has been filled with misconduct and dubious practices. His record as … Read More