‘Corruption slowly consumes South Africa’ – Vavi

Braamfontein – Speakers at the Mandela Memorial Dialogue on Development, argue that corruption has reached the highest level in the country and urged the citizens to stand up. Speakers included former COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Mark Heywood, the Director of Section 27, Executive Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, and South African Human Rights Commissioner Pregs Govender.

6 Aug | Building Regional and International Consensus: Burundi, Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe

This dialogue thus aims to discuss the role of multilateral institutions such as UN, AU and SADC, as well as Africa’s leading economies such as South Africa and Nigeria, in strengthening peace and security interventions. The unravelling political situation in Lesotho has raised questions about the efficacy of multilateral interventions to resolve domestic conflicts. Zimbabwe and Madagascar, like Lesotho, have come out of SADC-brokered mediation and certain cross-cutting challenges and limitations have been observed thus raising fears about the sustainability of the political settlements upon which current political dispensations in those countries are based.

Mandela Memorial Dialogue: Social Justice & Development

The Wits School of Governance and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung cordially invite you to join us for the 2nd Dialogue on Development and Rights, entitled “The Mandela Memorial Dialogue: Social Justice & Development”. Panellists will include Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Zwelinzima Vavi, Dr Pregs Govender and Mark Heywood.

Exploring Sustainable Low Carbon Development Pathways

Mitigation of emissions that cause climate change is one of the most challenging problems facing the global community. Climate change is already a threat to economic growth, long-term prosperity, as well as the survival of already vulnerable communities, especially in developing countries.

A minimum wage could save SA from implosion

Organisations aligned to labour, such as the German social democratic think-tank, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, often make an economic argument for the introduction of a minimum wage. At a recent seminar organised by the think-tank in South Africa, the minister of economic affairs for the German state of Thuringia, Wolfgang Tiefensee, said that the first evaluation after 100 days of a minimum wage in Germany was clear: business’s argument that it would lead to job losses was wrong. On the contrary, the new minimum wage in Germany led to informal work becoming formal — and including social benefits.

Towards a Participatory Foreign Policy

The University of Johannesburg and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invite you to a half-day workshop: Towards a Participatory Foreign Policy. This dialogue of stakeholders will consider the role of the domestic constituency in South Africa’s foreign policy with particular focus on the South Africa’s White Paper on Foreign Policy and future participation in foreign policy process.

Vuyisile Mini Winter School 2015

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, which includes the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), will host its Vuyisile Mini Winter School 2015 in Grahamstown on 15-18 July 2015. This winter school, which is named in honour of a hero of the South African labour movement and liberation struggle, will be aimed at trade union office bearers in the Eastern Cape. It will create a space in which all participants can engage critically with social democratic ideas, particularly as those pertain to the linking of social policy and labour market interventions.

Social Europe in the Crisis

In 2013, Europe’s burgeoning inequality, ever underestimated by the EU, remained at a high level. The catch-up process of the poorer countries that had been observed until 2009 slowed down due to austerity policy and weak growth. Even though domestic inequality had worsened in only a few countries, including Germany since 2012, Social Europe’s pledge of cohesion … Continue reading Social Europe in the Crisis

Ban Ki-Moon Successor: A Democratic UN Starts With a Democratic Election of its Leader

The process to select the UN Secretary-General is outdated, non-transparent, and dominated by the Permanent Five Members of the Security Council (P5). They use their veto power in secret negotiations, until they can agree on a compromise candidate who is then recommended to the General Assembly for “rubber stamp” approval.

90 Years of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Watch this video for a four minute history of 90 years of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, from its inception on 2 March, 1925 in Germany to its global presence in over 100 countries today. This video is also available in French, German and Spanish.