A Tribute to George Soros
In 2018 we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which George Soros created in 1993.
On 29 and 30 November 2018 we honour George Soros and his remarkable contributions to South Africa and to building open societies around the world. George’s legacy is not simply a legacy of giving, but one of helping to build resilient and accountable democracies, developing and strengthening civil society partners, promoting freedom of expression and independent media, and ensuring that we do not lose the vigilance required to maintain and advance the values of an open society.
South Africa has a special significance for George. It is in this country that George first began his philanthropy, when he provided funding for black students to attend the University of Cape Town while the country was still under apartheid. After then focusing his philanthropic efforts in Eastern European countries transitioning from communism during the 1980s, George chose South Africa as one of the first places to open a foundation as his philanthropy became global.
Thank you for joining us in this celebration of George’s vision, his support for civil society, and the impact this has had in South Africa over more than four decades.