2-4 Sept | Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy

From 02nd to 04th September 2016, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare will hold the third of four annual sessions of the Fort Hare Autumn School in Morgan Bay, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape.

A National Minimum Wage for South Africa – the path to economic growth?

A national minimum wage in South Africa, if set at an appropriate and meaningful level, can reduce working poverty and inequality and support economic growth. This is the finding of a recent report by the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative at the University of the Witwatersrand.

By establishing a wage floor below which no employers are permitted to pay the employees covered, minimum wages are able to meet their central objectives as defined by the International Labour Organization of covering the basic needs of workers and their families.

Mzansi’s 100: Disruptor, Khwezi Mabasa

The Young Independents annually profiles inspiring South Africans that are challenging and changing the game, one action at a times. They refer to these inspiring South Africans as Disruptors.

Mr Khwezi Mabasa, Programme Manager at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – South Africa Office was identified as one of the 100 young South African Disruptors 2016.

This is what South Africa’s national minimum wage should be – according to research

The Wits School of Economic and Business Sciences has published a new research report on the minimum wage in South Africa, using international benchmarks to determine how much it should be.

The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-RI) is an independent academic research project run by the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) Research Unit in the School of Economic and Business Sciences (SEBS) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Launch of the Guide to Municipal Elections

On 20 July, the “Guide to Municipal Elections” was launched and presented at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Johannesburg. Deputy Minister Andries Nel (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs), Prof Jaap de Visser (Dullah Omar Institute), Ms Ilona Tip from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and Mr Paul Berkowitz from … Continue reading Launch of the Guide to Municipal Elections

20 July | Municipal Elections 2016: The Rules Explained

Join us for a public discussion and launch of the “Electing Councillors – A Guide to Municipal Elections”. The speakers are Honourable Deputy Minister Andries Nel (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs), Ilona Tip (Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa), Paul Berkowitz (EDGIS) and Prof Jaap de Visser (Dullah Omar Institute) in conversation with Nompumelelo Runji (political analyst and author).

25 July | A National Minimum Wage for South Africa Report Launch

The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-­RI), was launched in April 2015, by Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) at The University of the Witwatersrand. NNW-RI has undertaken critical progressive research into the question of a national minimum wage and is contributing substantively to shaping the public debate.

On July 25th the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be launching the National Minimum Wage for South Africa Report.

Do you know what you are voting for? Municipal Elections 2016

On 3 August, millions of voters will exercise their right to vote and decide who controls South Africa’s 257 municipalities. The stakes are high because municipalities deal with basic services and parties are competing for control of powerful cities, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini.

Do you know what you are voting for?

Here is a short video clip based on the full Electing Councillors guide, the result of a collaboration between the Dullah Omar Institute, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa Office and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

15-17 July |Food Sovereignty Act Activist Forum

The right to food is enshrined in your constitution; but there is no legislative framework governing access to this public good. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be partnering with the Cooperative and Alternative Policy Centre (COPAC) to facilitate forums on advocating for a Food Sovereignty Act. This will include both research and policy consultations on the contents of this ground-breaking initiative.

8-10 July | Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy

FES South Africa in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare will host the second of four annual sessions of the Fort Hare Autumn School in Chintsa.

The second module will provide the necessary knowledge about key institutions and actors in South Africa’s political system to identify fault-lines, extrapolate checks and balances and comprehend the complexity of modern policy-making. One essential element of the second module is to learn how government works. That includes the basic differentiation between Legislative, Executive and Judiciary. Central to the South African polity is without question its Constitution. Hailed worldwide as one of the most progressive constitutions, it has its own history and particularities.