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New Agenda 91: An environmental chemist reflects on climate change

Unearthing the human dimension of climate change By Cecilia Ojemaye The pressing issues of climate change and environmental contamination are inextricably linked to social science and humanities, writes CECILIA OJEMAYE. She explains how at first this was a world she found herself lost in, but at the same time intrigued…
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New Agenda 91: Climate change in Madagascar

Madagascar: where inflation, climate change and cyclones collide By Ny Hasina Andriantsehenomamonjy In this study of the impact of climate change on the people of Madagascar NY HASINA ANDRIANTSEHENOMAMONJY explains how the climatic conditions that have severely affected countries in the region have dramatically impoverished the rice farming Malagasy, driving…
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New Agenda 91: Women bear the brunt

By Rachael Nyirongo African women and climate change Tracking the impact of the crisis in Nigeria and Mozambique Eco-feminists believe that the exploitation of nature and the oppression of women by patriarchal power structures ‘must be examined together or neither can be confronted fully’ (Hobgood- Oster, 2002: 1). RACHAEL NYIRONGO…
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New Agenda 91: End SA’s reliance on fossil fuels

The rise, fall and rise of Eskom By Roland Ngam There are a number of important debates going on right now about energy production in South Africa. The biggest one of course concerns load shedding and the debilitating power outages that have increased over the past years. Then of course…
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New Agenda 91: Voluntary carbon markets?

Slow violence for indigenous communities in the Global South By Liz Mwangi At the inaugural Africa Climate Summit, held in Nairobi in September 2023, discussions about carbon trading dominated many conversations. Kenyan President William Ruto said Africa’s carbon sinks provide an “unparalleled economic goldmine” and called for “a new way…
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New Agenda 91: This was COP lite

Africa Climate Summit promised a lot but delivered very little By Roland Ngam When all was said and done, the first ever Africa Climate Summit was all about money, money and more money, asserts ROLAND NGAM, who was there and who came away with constructive ideas of what could have…
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New Agenda 91: Green colonialism

Europe’s quest for energy fuels green colonialism in Africa By Roland Ngam As Europe ends its economic ties to Putin’s Russia, it has been pouring billions of dollars into Africa to urgently develop new energy infrastructure. African governments and elites have seized this opportunity, but these investments have failed to…
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New Agenda 91: Report on the Ben Turok Memorial lecture by Jayati Ghosh

Climate imperialism How can the rest of the world respond? The third annual Ben Turok Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor JAYATI GHOSH at an online event held on 23 November 2023 hosted jointly by the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) and the Institute for Social Development at the University…
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New Agenda 91: Editorial essay

The black sonic gestures toward just planetary futures in Africa By the Guest Editors: mpho ndaba & Rachael Nyirongo New Agenda 91: Special Issue on Climate Change In a song collaboration that featured Eryn Allen, Ami Faku, Bonga Kwana, Msaki and Zolani Mahola, we are reminded that “Ilizwe likhohlakele” (the…
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Democracy & development

Progressive partnership in pursuit of transformation in Africa and beyond Prominent figures in the University of the Western Cape’s academic and administrative leadership, led by the Rector, Professor Tyrone Pretorius, gathered with former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Director of the Institute for African Alternative’s board, and board members Acting IFAA Director…
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In Defence of our Constitutional Democracy (Decode)

Democracy only works if Parliament works By Moira Levy and Martin Nicol IFAA recently held a colloquium on ‘Democracy can only work if Parliament works – South Africa after Zondo,’ which was addressed by Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Raymond Zondo, former President of the Republic Kgalema Motlanthe and…
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Your Vote is Your Voice

Here’s what young people think of the state of democracy in SA “Democracy means the power of the people. But that power is only on loan!” This was according to one of the young people who attended a session on “Our Vote is our Voice”, the third in a series…
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IFAA FORUM: Book Launch of ‘Stunted’

The Institute for African Alternatives and Surplus Radical Bookshop are pleased to invite you to the local Book Launch of “STUNTED: Panopticism and embedded neoliberalism in African States’ Food & Agriculture Policies and the Struggle to End Hunger on the Continent,” edited by Charles Simane, with contributors Roland Ngam, Rachael…
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New Agenda 90: Tribute to a True Comrade

Wilson Sidina: fearless struggle icon By Ryland Fisher When someone like Wilson Sidina dies, it is almost like a part of our history dies with him. He leaves a void that goes much deeper than the loss of an individual. It erodes the memory of the people who became involved…
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New Agenda 90: Book Review 2

Apartheid’s Black Soldiers: Un-national Wars and Militaries in Southern Africa Lennart Bolliger Jacana Media, 2023. R330.00 Review by Lance Siddert It is the fate of the numberless legions of black soldiers in the employ of European imperial and settler states in southern Africa over the past two centuries to be…
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