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The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) aims to produce and promote constructive analysis of local socioeconomic and political issues.
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IFAA Cape Town Nov 4
"‘Economic fundamentals’ are not, as presented by some of our country’s commentariat, uncontroversial laws of nature." and in BDAy today:
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New Agenda Oct 23
"The creation of a strong, broad base of hundreds of thousands of small but not too small black commercial farmers can provide a political base that endures for decades. Another exercise in elite transfer, or a symbolically rich shambles, will not"
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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The last speaker is Reza Daniels: All of us in this room can ask ourselves the question, what have *we* done to address racial inequality? In South Africa, we are exposed to the brutality of poverty from day one. This brutality is not something that economics alone can address.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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The 3rd speaker is Justine Burns: What are the drivers of the inequality? Where there are multiple drivers, we need to be able to separate them out. We need clear, systematic thinking. In economics we call that a model. This is how our curriculum is geared to solve problems.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Leiman argues that some of the very first economics texts were religious ones including the bible. The moral dimension of inequality was central to these texts.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Studies on inequality in South Africa will naturally have to talk about racial inequality according to Leiman.
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REFA Festival 2018 Oct 22
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Next up is Hein Gerwel: The problem with economics in South Africa is that it is ideologically underpinned where we assume that there is no alternative to capitalism. The situation of capitalist realism that we have now is a fallacy.
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IFAA Cape Town Oct 22
At for their inaugural event on whether or not the economics curriculum equips students to address racial inequality. Tony Leiman of the UCT economics department opening the debate
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New Agenda Oct 22
In our latest issue, Nonzuzo Mbokazi shared research from her MA thesis which analysed land redistribution policy and implementation in the Eastern Cape. This article was also presented at a forum
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IFAA Cape Town Oct 22
With the Mid Term Budget Policy Budget Statement coming up this Wednesday and the talk of too large a public service read Prof. Vishnu Padayachee in on the so called 'fiscal cliff'
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IFAA Cape Town Oct 22
"At the heart of a progressive fiscal policy should be a commitment to drive public capital investment to promote growth and increase employment, while not losing sight of the dangers of profligacy."
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New Agenda Oct 19
You can easily subscribe to New Agenda via the website
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IFAA Cape Town Oct 19
"For South Africa to overcome its economic and political malaise of low growth and corruption, it needs to address lack of competition between firms in the domestic economy and lack of competition between political parties in the political arena."
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IFAA Cape Town Oct 18
"As our universities embrace corporate funding models, private interests can dictate what is to be taught and researched. These interests ... are more concerned with achieving a return on investment than interrogating the role of a public university"
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IFAA Cape Town Oct 18
Rethinking Economics for Africa UCT Event -
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IFAA Cape Town Oct 18
Join the Rethinking Economics for Africa UCT chapter next week for an interesting event on racial inequality and the economics curriculum.
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IFAA Cape Town Sep 28
A year ago IFAA, in partnership with hosted a conference on confronting inequality in South Africa, read this piece by for some of the biggest takeaways from the conference.
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IFAA Cape Town Sep 26
The right of rural communities to choose has been in the spotlight over the past few days, read this by Nolundi Luwaya on how the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has in the past undermined this important right. From Issue 60
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IFAA Cape Town Sep 25
Read IFAA Intern Bongi Maseko in the Daily Maverick on the merits of Universal Basic Income
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IFAA Cape Town Sep 25
In this piece from 69, reviews 's biography of the iconic Charlotte Maxeke
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