The proposed 6-week Short Course on History of Economy and Capital in SA is aimed at providing youth leaders, students, community members, trade unionists and civil society activists with a foundational understanding of the rise and development of the South African economy. The course is offered by Ikusasa LeAfrika Foundation (ILAF) and broadly focuses on the following:
- To trace the historical development of the South African economy using key case studies.
- To introduce the student to basic economics history through non-specialised language.
- To create a space for young activists, students and community members to engage with South African economic questions in a structured fashion.
- To contribute towards and support the debates on economic freedom.
- To contribute towards the larger aims of ILAF
Course Description: The Short Course on History of Economy and Capital in SA uses several corporations as case studies to provide a historical overview of the development of the South African economy. It begins with the emergence of the Dutch East India Company (DEIC) and the context of merchant imperialism of the 1400s – 1700s.
The final stretch of the course traces the economic crises and restructuring phases of the South African economy from the 1980s into the 1990s and the coming of democracy. We explore how ‘apartheid capital’ shed its bad image and re-positioned itself for global entry, while making some ambivalent concessions to the notion of Black Economic Empowerment. We explore development of new finance and investment instruments that have shaped the role of financial capital in our contemporary context.
- Youth political and civil society leaders and activists
- Community members
- Trade unionists or members of trade unions
Participants will be invited by ILAF or an advertised call will be made through various communication platforms for individuals or organisations who wish to participate. These organisations will have to be in the local area due to the length of the course.