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.

13 -14 MAY | 30 Years of SWOP Colloquium

We are joining in celebrating the event of the ’30 Years of SWOP’ Colloquium, entitled ‘New directions, new collaborations, new generations, new voices’. Presenters include Alberto Arribas (University of Granada, Spain), Ruy Braga (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Michael Burawoy (University of California, Berkeley), Jacob Dlamini (Harvard University) and Cesar Rodriguez (University of Andes, Colombia).

4 MAY | Towards a National Minimum Wage in South Africa: Exchange on the German case

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung strives to enhance the dialogue between local stakeholders and German representatives on socio-economic and political issues. The beginning of 2015 saw the introduction of a National Minimum Wage in Germany. This roundtable discussion offers a unique opportunity for South African stakeholders to get first-hand information about the characteristics, arguments and outcomes of the German national minimum wage debate and how, eventually after long negotiations, a compromise over a minimum wage was achieved.

360 Degrees Dialogue: Opportunities and Challenges of a National Minimum Wage

South Africa 2015: the debates about the introduction of a national minimum wage are heating up. Prominent stakeholders are discussing the national minimum wage as a means to move towards a fairer and more equitable wage structure in the country. In order to gather reliable input on the national minimum wage framework and to promote a fruitful debate, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung will not only fund comprehensive research but also strives to bring together government officials, joined labour and business representatives as well as civil society.

27 APR – 1 MAY | Fort Hare Autumn School | April 2015 Seminar

In April 2012, the University of Fort Hare and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched the “The Fort Hare Autumn School on Democracy and Political Economy”. This initiative is aimed at talented students from Eastern Cape Universities to enhance their critical thinking, promote leadership skills and knowledge about Social Democracy and Political Economy and above all to stimulate debate and political discussion among young, influential South African students.

‘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.

Fighting their own battles: The Mabarete and the End of Labour Broking in the South African Post Office

This working paper outlines how casual workers ended labour broking in the South African Postal Office (SAPO). There is now acute awareness of the explosive nature of SAPO’s industrial relations and an increasing understanding that at its root is the problem of casual workers. This perception is correct: current industrial disputes in SAPO are, largely, the end game of a long and frequently bitter struggle to remove labour brokers from the Post Office.

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.