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 and the exclusion of students … Continue reading IFAA Statement on Student Fees Protest
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
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
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 played a magnificent intellectual role … Continue reading Can our Intellectuals Rise above the Constraints?
Prof. Turok's address for the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (2014). "Engineers must be mindful of the socioeconomic impact of their work." It is a great honour for me to speak at my old alma mater, particularly to engineering graduates. On my first day as an engineering student and at … Continue reading A Call for Socially Conscious Engineers
The Confucius Institute of the University of Cape Town has invited IFAA to co-host a high level Colloquium on China-Africa relations with Ben Turok as Programme Director. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union has been invited to deliver the keynote address, top officials are coming from China and from the African continent and … Continue reading IFAA and UCT Confucius Institute: China-Africa Colloquium
Ben Turok writes on SONA 2015: "Let the good and wise leaders stand up!" Published in the Sunday Times 22/02/2015. I was not present in the National Assembly when the EFF was forcible removed but watched the scene on television. The pandemonium was awful, but what also struck me was the dismay on the faces of … Continue reading SONA 2015: Fracas in the House