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.


An Overview of South African Foreign Policy in Context

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, has developed a handbook to address the practical needs of parliamentarians as they engage with foreign policy. This overview highlights developments in South Africa’s foreign policy since, recent diplomatic issue areas, and aims to provide clarity on key conceptual areas.


New Form of Dispossession in SA: King’s Land Claim in KZN Signals Land Grab for Mineral Rights by Rural Elites

In recent months, it has been reported that the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, under the auspices of the Ingonyama Trust, is preparing to lodge a massive land claim that will cover much of the land in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This video shows the panel discussion on the impact of traditional leadership on rural land reform which took place 29 September, 2014 at the Wits Club.



Featured on Page 2 of The Sowetan newspaper, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung held a panel discussion on rural land reform with a special focus on traditional authorities and their impact on access to land and economic opportunities for South Africa’s rural poor, notably rural women.

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SWOP: Manhood, Mining and Migrancy

SWOP Breakfast Seminars Date: 17 October 2014 Time: 07h30 – 09h00 Venue: Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein East Campus, Wits You are warmly invited to the next Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa breakfast seminar, featuring Professor Dunbar Moodie (SWOP Honorary Research Associate) who will be delivering a presentation entitled Manhood, Mining and […]


National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI): The Right to Strike!

On Wednesday 10 September, the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a seminar under the theme “The Right to Strike”. The purpose of the half-day seminar was to discuss, explore and interrogate the nature of strikes in South Africa in order to understand and prevent elements of violence.


BRICS in Africa: Challenges & Opportunities

On 10 September, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the South African Embassy in Berlin, held an international symposium and public panel discussion on “BRICS in Africa: German/European and African Prespectives” in Berlin, Germany. One of the key issues for the BRICS-North Partnership is the question of potential complementarities (or competition) of future development mechanisms like the development bank of the BRICS with Northern institutions such as the World Bank and IMF. This is also related to the question whether and what role Germany can play in the relations between the BRICS and Europe.