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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.

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27 FEB | Fighting Their Own Battles: The Mabarete and the End of Labour Broking in the South African Post Office

New forms of resistance are emerging among previously unorganised sectors of South African society – casual workers, rural villagers, farmworkers. The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are launching three new Working Papers on these topics in the first semester of 2015, please join us at 08h00 on 27 February 2015.

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13 MAR | ‘No Chief Ever Bought A Piece of Land!’: Struggles over property, community and mining

New forms of resistance are emerging among previously unorganised sectors of South African society – casual workers, rural villagers, farmworkers. The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are launching three new Working Papers on these topics in the first semester of 2015, please join us at 08h30 on 13 March 2015.

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24 APR | Farmworkers Rising in the Western Cape: Organisation and Action

New forms of resistance are emerging among previously unorganised sectors of South African society – casual workers, rural villagers, farmworkers. The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are launching three new Working Papers on these topics in the first semester of 2015, please join us at 08h00 on 27 February 2015.

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How Does the Media Cover the Race Debate in South Africa?

On the 2 February 2015, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert South Africa Office (FES), two partner organisations that promote constructive engagement through social dialogue, turned their attention to South Africa’s racial divide by co-hosting a panel discussion on how the media covers the race debate. The video, podcast and written summary are available here.

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COP 20 : FES Activities at the UN Climate Change Conference

At the beginning of December, Lima will host both the official negotiations of the COP 20 UN Climate Change Conference, and the parallel event Peoples Summit on Climate Change organized by civil-society organizations and social movements. FES organizes side events in each of these frameworks, with our staff and partners providing first-hand reports and comments in the FES Sustainability Blog.

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Participation, Rules and Responsibility – 3 Pillars for International Cooperation

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs, the University of Witwatersrand and the German Embassy in South Africa, cordially invite you to a speech and discussion on “Participation, Rules and Responsibility – Three Pillars for International Cooperation to Strengthen Peace, Security and Welfare in Africa and the World”.