Community Responses to Declining Industries

Mondli Hlatshwayo, senior researcher in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg, argues that it is time for a systematic and concrete analysis of developments within poor, working class communities. He argues that there is a need for progressive organizations in marginalised communities to consider collective responses where unemployment and... Continue Reading →



Industrial Policy: Beneficiation and minerals based industrialisation  January 2015   Mineral Value Chain: Agenda for Action  February 2015  Beneficiation: The obstacle of import parity pricing February 2015  Cape Town Mining Lekgotla June 2015 Report on Expert Meeting on Mineral Value Chains June 2015 Industry adds value *Conference: August 2013: Interface between Mining and Manufacturing (IFAA, IDC... Continue Reading →

IFAA Latest Statement on FeesMustFall

The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) sympathises with all students and staff involved in the FeesMustFall protest across the country. IFAA will continue to support this movement in its commitment to realize the founding ideals of our democracy as enshrined in the Freedom Charter. In our previous statement we warned against the criminalisation of this... Continue Reading →

Report on Expert Meeting on Mineral Value Chains

NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (NRF) PRETORIA TUESDAY 14 APRIL 2015 ABSTRACT There is evidence that there is inadequate cooperation and coordination between government departments in the same sector. The silo culture is supreme. Input costs for manufacturing are high for raw materials, government services, compliance with regulations, labour etc. There is inadequate mutual support within the... Continue Reading →

Invitation to China-Africa Colloquium

Dr. Max Price, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town invites participants from business, government and academia to attend an in-depth debate on China-Africa relations.  Senior officials and professors from China and Africa will lead discussion on how South Africa and the rest of Africa can benefit from China's investment and trade.  Keynote address by H.E. Dr... Continue Reading →

Interview to IOL News: SA a tinderbox waiting to burn

Prof. Turok speaks to Zenzile Khoisan. The full text is reprinted below.  Johannesburg - Legendary academic and parliamentarian Professor Ben Turok believes South Africa is in crisis and urgent interventions are required to prevent the fallout in a country that’s “tinder waiting to burn”. On the saga surrounding the R246-million upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s... Continue Reading →

IFAA Monthly Update: March 2015

Please read below for news, updates on our activities and upcoming events.  Partnerships  Partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)  IFAA has confirmed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to conduct policy research on the mineral value chain in South Africa. Our findings will be produced in... Continue Reading →

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