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 based on three main institutions … Continue reading Can our current Transformation efforts learn from Past Struggles?

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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 evidenced by the extreme violence. … Continue reading Xenophobic Violence is a disaster for South Africa’s aspirations in Africa

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 the Senate’s decision to remove … Continue reading Transformation at UCT: A contribution from IFAA