27-28 May | iCre8 Ekasi: Climate Jobs,Youth Development and the Township Economy

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation will be partnering with the Youth Lab to run a workshop on township-based youth empowerment. The focus will be on developing skills to create climate jobs, and build a sustainable low-carbon political economy. Participants will deliberate on various policy interventions to support the creation of cooperatives, which operate on a sustainable economic model.

The outcomes of this activity will contribute to the current national conversation on reviving township economies in order to address the triple crises of youth unemployment, inequality and poverty.

2-4 June | Renewable Energy for Rural Households

Many South Africans are confronted by the challenge of energy poverty. These citizens do not have sufficient access to safe, reliable and affordable energy. This socio-economic challenge is prevalent in rural areas where most of the impoverished population resides. The usage of safe energy sources is very minimal in these localities, and community members do not have sufficient income to obtain the required levels of energy security.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung foundation has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Initiative to address energy poverty in rural areas. This will be done through the facilitation of an action dialogue with various participants from various organizations. Participants will be drawn from government, academia, NGOs and the business sector. The main objective of the dialogue is to create pragmatic and accessible interventions for introducing renewable energy solutions in rural areas.

1 Jun | The 2016 Municipal Elections: What can we expect from SA’s youth?

Democracy Works Foundation (DWF), in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa, invites you to it’s first Political Café. We will discuss the power and impact that the youth have in the upcoming municipal elections.

How will eligible youth voters participate in the electoral process and what are their concerns? Are political parties addressing their concerns and what do they have to offer the youth in 2016? Representatives from youth organisations and movements, and socio-political analysts, will engage in a discussion and Q&A session with the audience.

20 May | African Millennial Dialogue Roundtable

The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) together with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Global Progressive Forum (GPF) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be hosting a roundtable discussion on 20 May 2016 at Wits Club, Johannesburg. FEPS, in partnership with GPF, recently commissioned a ground breaking study to better understand the political attitudes of young people, aged between 15 – 35 years in three African countries – Senegal, Mozambique and South Africa. This is a global discussion based on surveys conducted across six continents, with over 17 000 young people interviewed. The key findings of this project will be presented and discussed at this roundtable.

18 May | COSATU in Crisis – The fragmentation of an African trade union federation

On May 18, the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit,(NALSU) Labour Studies Seminar series, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and KMMR , will be launching a book on the crisis within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), both edited by Vishwas Satgar.

Zuma’s scorn for us shows Constitution is not supreme

After discussing the concepts of freedom, power and representation in the first module of the Fort Hare Autumn School 2016, Prof. Hamilton explores on the role of the parliament and South Africa’s closed list electoral system an article for the Business Day.

South Africa: Minister Jeff Radebe Addresses the Fort Hare Autumn School Open Day

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe, will deliver the key note address at the Fort Hare Autumn School at an open day taking place on the occasion of the its 5th anniversary.

25-26 April | Post COP21: Where to from here for South Africa & the OMCJ Campaign

From April 25 to 26 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) will host a post Conference of Parties (COP21) seminar. This seminar will analyse the outcomes of COP 21, focus on SA’s INDC and consider options and strategies for deeper emission cuts. This is intended as a high level seminar involving leading trade union activists, academics and officials involved in the energy sector and will set an agenda for the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign in 2016.

25-26 April | COPAC Agroecology School

Recent studies have illustrated that 54% of the South African population does not sufficient access to food. Large-scale industrial agriculture has caused negative social and ecological effects which threaten food security. Therefore, it is important to adopt a holistic analysis of the food system, which combines the political, socio-economic and ecological dimensions of the food crisis.

The Cooperative and Alternative Policy Centre will host an agro-ecology school with various activists from the South African food sovereignty campaign. This event will equip activists with skills that are crucial for developing a more sustainable democratic food system.

26 April | Anniversary of the Fort Hare Autumn School

On 26 April, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) joins the Centenary of the University of Fort Hare by celebrating their joint Fort Hare Autumn School (FHAS) on Social Democracy and Political Economy. To celebrate its anniversary, the FHAS invites you to discuss the state of higher education in South Africa, meet our Alumni and engage with our keynote speaker, Hon. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.