OSF-SA has in the last few years supported grantees and a new national coalition that provides free advice and legal support.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which recognises access to justice as a component of development, OSF developed new work to expand political and legal empowerment
Deepening rights and access to community justice services, particularly for marginalised groups. The Open Society Foundations has supported the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa since 1999, to date.
OSF-SA over the years has provided support to and continues to support organisations promoting human rights especially for LGBTI persons, women, sex workers, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, people living with HIV and AIDS. and children living in South Africa.
In 2014, OSF-SA provided funding for two experimental free Wi-Fi zones in Gugulethu and Khayelitsha taxi ranks through Project Isizwe, as a pilot campaign for the state to rollout free and universal broadband internet services, across the country, particularly in poor and neglected communities.
In the early 2000s, OSF-SA allocated funds for specialised non-partisan based general voter education programmes including support for coalitions of NGOs, community radio coverage of elections, and producing voter education guides and handbooks.
Since 2015 OSF-SA has supported work around extractive transparency and accountability through high agency work and provided support for community led organisations in mine affected communities, working to uphold their land and environmental rights, including for advocacy campaigns on the ‘right to say no’ to mining in their communities.
In 2013, through OSF-SA support, social audits commenced in earnest in South Africa - adapting methodologies developed by organisations and governments in places such as India, Kenya and the Philippines. After nearly two years, the first South African Social Auditing Network (SAN) was formed in 2015.
OSF-SA has long supported the use of film to communicate public information and to promote openness and accountability. This includes screening documentaries banned by the state broadcaster about Presidents, Marikana and other events in post-apartheid South Africa in local communities.
In 2017, the Open Society Foundations in partnership with Omidyar Network and the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) established the South African Media Innovation Program (SAMIP).