Welcome to FES South Africa

On this website you will find  information about the work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in South Africa. Our office is part of the extensive network of the FES, with more than 100 offices worldwide. The guiding principles of our international work are to promote democracy and development worldwide, contribute to peace and security, help shape globalisation into an inclusive process and support the widening and deepening of the European Union.

In South Africa we contribute to policy dialogues on democracy, on a sustainable social market economy, and on North-South and South-South Cooperation in a globalised world.

We keep you up to date about our publications, events and activities in South Africa and the region. If you have any suggestions or comments or if you want to contact us, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.

SABC News interviews Roberto Bissio, of Social Watch and Instituto del Tercer Mundo, on G77 @ 50 and its implications for the future.

G77 + China @ 50: South Africa/Africa and the changing multilateral diplomacy of the South

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77 developing countries (G77 + China), the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), held an international symposium on:

“G77 + China @ 50: South Africa/Africa and the changing multilateral diplomacy of the South”


Is There Room for South Africa’s Middle Class in Numsa’s United Front and Movement for Socialism?

In an extensive interview, Numsa’s general secretary, Irvin Jim, talks to Fazila Farouk of SACSIS about NUMSA’s current strike, alliance politics as well as its United Front and Movement for Socialism. In response to a question about building greater solidarity between the middle class and the poor, Jim argues that Numsa’s movement for socialism is not only for people who are “red”. He says that the middle class has a right to live the kind of life that it chooses, but that it also has a responsibility to make a contribution towards advancing “humanity”.


The Group of 77 at 50: Worth Celebrating?

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, now known as the G77+China, writes Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD). An important milestone on which to reflect on the significance, successes and difficulties facing an organisation of this nature, the organisation recalled some of its historic decisions and policy positions, and looked forward at its relevance in the pursuit of a fair, just, democratic and equitable world.

Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) Breakfast

Professor Roger Southall’s lecture on “The black middle class and democracy in South Africa” took place within the framework of SWOP’s “Breakfast Seminar” series at the University of the Witwatersrand. He discussed the political role that the new black middle class is playing in South Africa, and went in depth into their policy position within the African National Congress (ANC).