The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) in Partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Open Society Foundation for South Africa will host a dialogue on the ‘Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill’ on Thursday, February 23rd 2017, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown, Johannesburg. The dialogue seeks to explore whether the Bill will be effective in addressing some of the systematic hate crimes plaguing South Africa.
South African trade unions played a key role in the struggle against apartheid. They mobilized workers from various racial backgrounds, and united them in order to challenge subjugation in the authoritarian apartheid political economy. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa will be partnering with the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) and the Society Work and Development Institute (SWOP) to launch a book on the history of the Food and Canning Workers Union (FCWU). It is authored by Jan Theron, former general secretary of FCWU.
On November 28, Democracy Works in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa and Liliesleaf will host it’s 5th annual ‘State of Democracy’ debate titled ‘The end of ‘Western democracy’ as we know it? An opportunity for Africa to show a new path.’
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) will be partnering with the Global Labour University (GLU) at the University of Witwatersrand to run a new short course for South African trade unionists. The aim of the course is to help participants develop capacity for critical thinking and to engage analytically about labour and labour related issues
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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”?