Tag Archives: politics

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.

Made in SA

Made in SA is SABC3’s brand new teen reality series that introduces, profiles and follows hip and happening young people on their journey to fulfilling their dream careers. In a mentorship programme they are faced with some tough challenges that they need to complete in order to achieve their career goals.

Zambia honours 52 years of autonomy

This visit is part of the Southern African Regional Youth Forum hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. This German foundation has always found itself on the right side of history supporting the great causes for national liberation but more importantly remaining connected long after in the consolidation of that democracy. Zambia and FES are therefore happy fellow travelers in the expedition of supporting the democratic project on the continent.

Mzansi’s 100: Disruptor, Khwezi Mabasa

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.

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.

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.