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 IFAA Latest Statement on FeesMustFall
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
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 obstacles he cites are high … Continue reading Industry Adds Value
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 Report on Expert Meeting on Mineral Value Chains
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 Invitation to China-Africa Colloquium
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?
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
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 Interview to IOL News: SA a tinderbox waiting to burn
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?