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.

Electing Councillors – A Guide to Municipal Elections

This manual explains the rules for local government elections. What are the rules for voter registration, party registration, ward candidates and party lists? What happens on voting day, how are votes counted and how are the results determined?

The aim of this guide is to assist anyone who participates in the election or assists in making it happen. This includes election officials, candidates, parties, observers, journalists, civil society and anyone with an interest in the elections. The guide is 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.

The ugly truth of Tshwane

This Sunday Times article quoted the joint study report by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa office, “Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa”. The report marked 18 months of research by MISTRA into patronage politics and how it contributes to some of the problems bedeviling local government politics, and how poverty and inequality relate to political patronage.

20-22 June | Understanding taxation and state building in sub-Saharan Africa

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, has developed a multi-year project on “Understanding tax reform and state building in Sub-Saharan Africa“. Currently in its second year, its purpose is to research taxation as an instrument for building state capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

With their varied colonial and post-colonial histories and systems, and their diverse tax systems, Botswana, Cameroon, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Nigeria were selected as the case studies, and research partnerships with public servants, civil society activists, academics and others have been put in place. The creation of country profiles is under way, and forthcoming activities include this three-day workshop in Johannesburg, 20-22 June 2016.

23 June | South African Labour Bulletin Dialogue: New Labour Formations Unity, Cohesion or Fragmentation

The fragmentation of the trade union movement has incited debates in broader society and academia. Most of the views have been informed by superficial analysis, which is mainly driven by political expediency or poorly researched journalistic narratives. These accounts place emphasis on narrow factionalism and rhetorical public statements. There is a need to transcend these narratives, and develop a fact-based political debate on systemic causes of the crisis, and what opportunities these present for developing alternative models of trade union activism.

The South African Labour Bulletin and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will provide a platform for this engagement by hosting a discussion on: “New labour formations: Unity, cohesion or fragmentation”?