7-8 Apr| Activating youth citizens through Public Achievement- Kwa-Zulu Natal

In 2015 and 2016, South African young people have challenged the definition of political participation” by extending their political voice beyond voting, party protocols and normative forms of mobilisation. From student protest and the Occupy Luthuli House protest to the active absence from the voting stations as protest, young people have begun to rethink political power through civic engagement.

5 Apr| iCre8 Research Workshop- Township And Rural Green Economic Innovation Through ICre8 EKasi. Kwa-Zulu Natal

iCre8 eKasi is a YouthLab initiative, it is a township economic revitalisation project aimed at innovating economic ecosystems in townships. iCre8 ekasi leverages potential opportunity for economic investment and trade by focusing on mapping, innovating and reactivating the potential of young people as economic actors. Through iCre8 ekasi townships are changed into hubs of social and economic life that sees communities responding to the social and economic ills they face by harnessing existing economic needs and assets by turning them into opportunities for entrepreneurship, employment, new industries and new patterns of trade within townships.

24-25 Mar|iCre8 Bootcamp – North West

YouthLab has partnered with Sophiatown Green Incubator and other trainers to create a specific innovation boot camp aimed at encouraging, testing, greening and launching economic innovations for township youth. Ideas can be businesses or social initiatives. The Green Innovation boot camp will take young people from idea to business model through various processes. The top idea from each province after the boot camp will be given a grant to activate their innovation.

18 Mar| Research Workshop – Township and Rural green economic innovation through iCre8 eKasi

iCre8 eKasi is a YouthLab initiative, it is a township economic revitalisation project aimed at innovating economic ecosystems in townships. iCre8 ekasi leverages potential opportunity for economic investment and trade by focusing on mapping, innovating and reactivating the potential of young people as economic actors. Through iCre8 ekasi townships are changed into hubs of social and economic life that sees communities responding to the social and economic ills they face by harnessing existing economic needs and assets by turning them into opportunities for entrepreneurship, employment, new industries and new patterns of trade within townships.

27 Feb | Solidarity Road: The Story of a Trade Union in the Ending of Apartheid

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.

Occasional Paper | Caught between Afro-Southern Solidarism and Liberal Cosmopolitan values: Four Turning points in South Africa’s Human Rights Foreign Policy

South Africa’s foreign policy is entrapped: it is trapped between Afro-Southern (or Africa-South-South) solidarism, on the one hand, and lofty liberal cosmopolitan values, including human rights, on the other. There had long been a tension between the professed values of South Africa’s foreign policy and its interests, a tension that the post-settlement governments had battled to square.Twenty-two years into the post-settlement period, South Africa learnt that good intentions, proclamations and edicts were not good enough in the hurly-burly of world affairs.

Applications Now Open!

The Fort Hare Autumn School invites 20 aspiring and talented students from Fort Hare, Rhodes and NMMU to its 2017 leadership programme – your unique opportunity to belong to South Africa’s next generation of leaders. The extracurricular programme aims to enhance your critical thinking, leadership skills and knowledge of Social Democracy and Political Economy.

Movie: Migration and Development – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

International experts shed light on the migration-development nexus, for example with regard to migration flows in and from the Middle East and South Africa. They highlight the diversity of reasons for people to leave their homes as well as their courage to do so, and point to political shortcomings and perspectives.

A DECENT LIFE FOR ALL

Support the call for a meaningful national minimum wage. We believe that the national minimum wage is an important tool in reducing inequality and working poverty, ills that plague our society and prevent a transition away from an apartheid-era existence for many millions in South Africa. A meaningful national minimum wage must cover all workers and provide enough for the basic needs of workers and their dependents to be met. A meaningful national minimum wage must contribute to a decent life for all and enable people to enjoy their right to dignity as guaranteed in the Constitution.