Khanya Journal Programme

About the Programme: 

The emergence of the anti-globalisation movement internationally, and of the social movements within South Africa, have revitalised the search for alternatives to the present global social and economic order. In many parts of the world debates and discussions about these alternatives are intimately linked to the resistance to globalisation and its negative effects on working people.


To this extent, these debates are also concerned with developing perspectives on how to build movements for social change in the context of globalisation. This programme provides a space for debate and theoretical discussion on the many challenges facing the social movements, and provides a platform for exploring alternatives to neoliberalism.

In particular, this programme’s contribution to the College’s strategic objectives is through revitalising theoretical approaches to social analysis that form an important inheritance of egalitarian social movements all over the world; developing new theoretical approaches to better understand new developments in the world today; building a culture of critical debate among the emerging layer of activists, and creating spaces for activists to publish, and have access to the work of other activists.

The activities of the programme includes the publication of a quarterly journal for activists, seminars, position papers, study groups, books, research initiatives, conferences, newsletters and newspapers and the publication of Study Notes.

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Khanya Journal Nr 30/Focusing on "The state we are in"

This is the first edition of the Khanya Journal for 2012. The focus of this edition is on ‘The state we are in’, and attempts to focus broadly on the state of the social justice movement in South Africa and beyond.There are many aspects to developing an understanding of ‘the state we are in’. Amongst others, there is the nature of the social and class structure of SA society, standards of living, understanding the ruling class and its methods of rule, forms of resistance and organisational issues facing
the movements and movement building.


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Khanya Journal Nr 28/Winter School 2011:From Crisis to Resistance

Welcome to the August edition of the Khanya Journal which debates and discusses Khanya College’s 12th Annual Winter School, which took place from 28 July to 8 August 2011 in Johannesburg.

This Journal edition reflects the contribution of different constituents of the College, its staff, Winter School participants and members of one of its projects, the Forum for Activist Journalists. This edition is therefore dedicated to all the activists who made Winter School 2011 a success, the participants, the organisations, the volunteers, the writers, the home-based care workers, and the local families who provided accommodation for the School’s delegates. On behalf of Khanya College we thank you all for your comradely solidarity.





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Khanya Journal Nr 29/Focusing on COP 17, Conference of Parties Durban Dec 2011

This edition, no 29, is the last edition of the Khanya journal for the year 2011, and is a special edition in a number of ways. The first part focuses on COP 17, the Conference of the Parties that was held in Durban in December 2011; and the second part includes the papers that were presented at the Khanya Journal Conference on Radical Political Economy: Environment, COP 17 and Social Justice, which took place at the end of July in 2011. The reason we focus on COP 17 first relates to considerations of timing and reporting to activists about the outcomes of COP17 while this is still topical.

In the first part the articles include information and responses to the outcomes of COP17; also included are articles that reflect hope and ongoing struggles.


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Back issues of Khanya Journal

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All Khanya Journal back issues will be available soon here.


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Khanya Journal and Seminar Project

A casualty of the transition in South Africa has been the death of alternative journals, publications and other media that provide spaces for the voices of the poor, and of those organising for egalitarian social change. This decline and closure of these alternative spaces, like Work in Progress, Social Review, and the SACHED Journal, to name but a few, has skewed debate in post-apartheid South Africa against the poor and other marginalized social groups, and has led to the dominance of ideological and policy positions that have benefited the elites in the transition.

The objectives of the Project are to:

  1. Produce a regular journal that will provide a space for debate for the social justice movement
  2. Develop the theoretical skills of the new activists so they are better to understand the world in which they act
  3. Expose local activists to developments and debates taking place in the broader international social justice movement
  4. Provide a space for debates about alternatives to the present inequitable social and economic system


  • Produce a regular journal for activists
  • Host a seminar series on topical issues
  • Produce a series of occasional papers on key issues facing the social justice movement
  • Organise speaking tours and other similar events aimed at promoting debate
  • Hold an annual journal consultative conference focusing on key topical issues as well as on the role of the journal


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Journal Study Groups Project

The social movements leading the struggle against neo-liberalism have emerged outside of the traditional working class organisations in South Africa. These movements are led by a young leadership that is organisationally and politically inexperienced and still very much in the process of formation as a leadership cadre. These new leaders need to develop their theoretical understanding of various issues facing the social justice movement, and, in particular, of the process of globalisation in all its various forms. The Journal Study Groups Project has been formed as a response to this challenge.


The objectives of the Project are to:

  1. Provide space for debate and exchange of experiences for the emerging leadership and activists of the social justice movement
  2. Develop the theoretical capabilities of the emerging leadership and activists of the social justice movement
  3. Develop the reading, writing and debating skills of the emerging leadership and activists of the social justice movement
  4. Develop an understanding of the challenges facing the new social justice movement


  • Set up and run a regular study groups programme
  • Produce a series of study notes and educational booklets for the Study Groups
  • Host a film club as part of education strategy of the groups
  • Run a series of writing workshops for the study groups
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