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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: Celebrating World Food Day with Surplus Radical Bookshop, Project 90 by 2030, PHA Food and Farming Campaign, and the Baha’i Faith Community

Surplus Books, IFAA, Project 90 by 2030, the PHA Food and Farming Campaign, and the Baha’i Faith Community invite you to a celebration of World Food Day. This event will feature a film screening of the acclaimed documentary “The Ants and the Grasshopper” and a presentation, focusing on Climate Change…
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IFAA Forum: Heritage Month Film Screening of Word Down the Line

Featuring an Introduction by Director Bobby Rodwell Surplus Radical Bookshop and The Institute for African Alternatives invite you to a screening of the film ‘Word Down the Line’ by Bobby Rodwell ‘Word Down The Line’ is a poetic reflection of South Africa’s journey to democracy, told through the voices of…
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The United Democratic Front: a point of departure?

The United Democratic Front was launched on 20 August 1983 in Cape Town, Dr Sidney Luckett revisits its legacy.…
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IFAA Forum: African Film Series Screening. Thomas Sankara. The Upright Man

The Institute for African Alternatives and Surplus Radical Bookshop are pleased to invite you to a film screening of “Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man” by Robin Shuffield. This event forms part of our African Film Series in which we explore the life and times of important African revolutionaries and events…
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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…
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IFAA Forum: Niger Delta Command, a book launch, and panel discussion

Venue: Bertha House, 67 & 69 Main Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town Date: 23rd November 2022 Time: 4.30 pm for 5 pm (Snacks and Drinks in Dining Area) RSVP to: https://cutt.ly/UMAaEPh Press Statement The “Niger Delta Command”, a work of fiction will be launched at Bertha House in Mowbray, Cape Town…
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IFAA Forum: India at 75: Division and Repression

Unpacking the unfolding of the current social and political crisis in India…
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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…
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IFAA Statement on Student Fees Protest

The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) notes that the student movement has rallied young people to come together to insist on inclusive, quality education for all. We offer the following points: The protest action on university campuses across the country expresses legitimate concerns and grievances. The issue of fee increases…
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Industry Adds Value

Below find Prof. Ben Turok’s letter to Business Day on 17 June 2015. ALLOW me to comment on Songezo Zibi’s latest column (Unembargoed, June 15). He takes a rather pessimistic view on the prospects of industrialisation in SA through building a “bigger heavy industrial sector … to fuel infrastructure”. The…
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Can our current Transformation efforts learn from Past Struggles?

Prof. Ben Turok (Director) addressed Smuts Hall (UCT) on Thursday 23rd April. His notes are published below.  South Africa under apartheid was a partial democracy for white people and a dictatorship for Africans, Coloureds, and Indians. Our present system is referred to as a constitutional democracy or a parliamentary democracy…
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Xenophobic Violence is a disaster for South Africa’s aspirations in Africa

Sir, The rise of xenophobia with violence is a disaster for South Africa’s aspirations in Africa. Many reasons have been advanced for this unexpected explosion and no doubt many socioeconomic factors are at play. But what stands out for me is the intense hatred for Africa’s immigrants and refugees as…
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Transformation at UCT: A contribution from IFAA

The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) supports the call for transformation at UCT. It is clear that the university needs to embrace change and abandon a physical and academic infrastructure which does not reflect the aspirations of its students and broader society.   Although we are delighted to hear of…
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Can our Intellectuals Rise above the Constraints?

Below find Prof. Turok’s presentation to a roundtable on The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus. The event was convened by The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) and Liliesleaf on 4th March 2015. I am asked to respond to the paper by Joel Netshitenzhe. This is always a pleasure since he has…
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