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.

26 – 28 JUN | Fort Hare Autumn School June 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

15 – 19 JUN | SACTWU Workplace Restructuring

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa and the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) will be partnering in a Workplace Production Systems Pilot Study on 15 – 19 June 2015 in Cape Town. Presented by Ralph Hensel and Konrad Siegel of Germany, topics include Measuring Productivity and Work Study Methods, Introduction to Work Organisational Concepts, Work Structurization, Workplace Design and Ergonomics.

28-29 MAY | Feminist Table: Food Sovereignty and Renewable Energy

The aim of the Feminist Table workshops is to explore different aspects of the environmental crisis from a feminist perspective. It involves ‘dialogic learning’ in the sense of creating a shared and safe space in which women, from mainly grassroots organisations, can share their experiences, deepen their understanding and develop their collective strength.

Why is public opinion unresponsive to renewable energy as a solution to South Africa’s electricity crisis?

Public opinion is vital for pushing government in the right direction. Why has the South African public not seized the opportunity presented by the current electricity crisis to force our government into adopting a more responsible energy programme? On 25 May 2015, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Offce invite you to a panel discussion with some of South Africa’s leading energy experts who will discuss why public opinion is important for holding our government to account on the question of renewable energy and a better future for South Africa.

Between Principles and Pragmatism: Perspectives on the Ukraine Crisis from Brazil, India, China and South Africa

Whilst the Ukraine conflict has severely impacted on EU-Russia relations, this does not seem to hold true for the relations between Moscow and the emerging powers that have teamed up in the BRICS alliance. How do foreign-policy elites in Brazil, India, China and South Africa see the Ukraine conflict? Answers can be found in our new FES Perspective, available here.

Fostering Greater National and Regional Economic Opportunity through Human Rights and Financial Transparency

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Global Financial Integrity (GFI), and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) are partnering to host a three-day conference on the connection between human rights and illicit financial flows from Africa. The event will feature both international and African experts on Human Rights and Illicit Financial Flows, and it will include high-level technical discussions on human rights, financial transparency, economic development, natural resources, security, crime, and more.

30 Years of SWOP Colloquium: ‘New directions, new collaborations, new generations, new voices’

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).

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.