Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) presents new research. These papers document the destruction of work, water, community and livelihoods by the current wave of intensified marketisation, posing the question of alternatives for social crisis.
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.
One of the most enduring outcomes of the legacy of apartheid in democratic South Africa is the continued existence of townships that are characterised by division along racial lines, poor infrastructure, lower socioeconomic status and geographic distance from main economic hubs in even the most urban and cosmopolitan cities and towns.
Presently, South Africa’s economy is energy intensive and is designed around large-scale usage of fossil fuels making it one of the world’s highest emitters of greenhouse gases. The move to a low carbon economy is essential in ensuring the retardation of ecological and environmental degradation. However, transitioning to a low carbon economy requires modification of the current structure of the political economy to guarantee a just and seamless transition, bearing in mind improving human well-being and social equity.
Climate change and the need to move towards renewable forms of energy have long been at the forefront of both global and national agendas. Dominant discourses on climate change focus on two areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.
The Young Independents annually profiles inspiring South Africans that are challenging and changing the game, one action at a times. They refer to these inspiring South Africans as Disruptors.
Mr Khwezi Mabasa, Programme Manager at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – South Africa Office was identified as one of the 100 young South African Disruptors 2016.
In 2007, the EU-South Africa Strategic partnership was launched. Aimed at strengthening relations between the two, a number of high-level meetings took place under its rubric. Following the economic crisis of 2008, which is reshaping internal EU country relations as well as its relations with South Africa, and the growing emphasis on South-South solidarity by the Zuma administration, the strategic partnership is increasingly under pressure.
With this relationship reaching its first decade next year, the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, are undertaking a review of the strategic partnership, particularly in understanding what makes it strategic for both the EU and South Africa, and how this has evolved in practice.
This topic is borne out of, and seeks to be a continuation of the discussion generated in the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) successful 2015 workshop on SA-Zimbabwe relations, in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
China was mentioned by panelists and participants alike several times, in the context of analysing SA-Zimbabwe relations. It is clear that one cannot gain a comprehensive analysis of these regional relations, without including an analysis of both Zimbabwe’s, and South Africa’s, strong bilateral relationships with China, including the three-way dynamics and the regional and international dimensions.
In 2015, the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, hosted a workshop entitled ‘Towards a Participatory Foreign Policy’, aimed at considering the role of a range of stakeholders in shaping South Africa’s foreign policy.
In building on these initial discussions, the SARChI Chair and FES are inviting research papers contributing analysis on the role of these stakeholders, and how these actors have shaped South African foreign policy over the course of the first two decades of democrac
The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa Office held a one day seminar on the theme of the United Nations @ 70: Towards a Future, in Pretoria on 27 November 2015. The United Nations (UN) lies at the centre of the global multilateral system of governance. It is viewed as a principle guarantor of the idea of an international system of governance, and the dream of an international society. It is the principal platform through which international values, norms and decisions are made and remade. In 2015, the UN reaches 70 years of existence and this marks a critical point of reflection on the significance of the organisation, its key challenges and prospects for its future.