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OSF-SA Celebrates 25 Years of Grant Making in South Africa.



2017 was a year marked by increasing and deafening allegations of state capture involving the then President. Former political prisoner, Rivonia trial accused and struggle icon, Ahmed Kathrada, passed away a few months after he had written an open letter to President Zuma urging him to step down from office.



In 2016, OSF-SA supported 80 grantee organisations. The Global Board visited OSF-SA for the first time in several years. OSF-SA’s internal changes included consolidating grant-making programmes, with two programmes being formalised: Justice, Equality and Rights (JER) and Information, Expression and Accountability (IEA). South Africa’s fifth local government elections were held



In February 2015, opposition parties disrupted the President’s State of the Nation Address, and the State Security Agency used a signal jammer to prevent media from communicating during the address. In March, xenophobic attacks directed at refugees and migrants took place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Again, thousands of people were displaced



During 2014, OSF, together with Atlantic Philanthropies and the Ford Foundation, set up a special fund to advance constitutionalism in South Africa for a ten-year period. The Constitutionalism Fund was launched in 2015 with a Local Selection Panel. In May, the fifth national democratic elections took place – the first



Twenty Years of OSF-SA! The year 2013 saw a period of intense change at OSF and OSF-SA. A new President also meant that locally, new Board members, an Interim Director and a new Executive Director had been appointed to lead the Foundation by the end of 2013. A leadership, operational, and



In 2012, Aryeh Neier, President of OSF stepped down and Chris Stone was appointed as President of OSF, ushering in a period of accelerated strategic and operational changes in the OSF network, both globally and at OSF-SA. In August 2012, police opened fire on striking workers at Lonmin plc in Marikana,



OSF-SA focused its work on freedom of expression and oversight of state institutions. In May 2010, OSF-SA’s first Board Chairperson, Dr Van Zyl Slabbert passed away. In September 2010, the government announced the withdrawal of the 2009 special status permit granted to Zimbabweans who had fled the political violence in



OSF-SA turns 15! In May 2008, a series of shameful attacks against mainly black Africans started in Alexandra, Johannesburg and spread to other areas in South Africa (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape). Over a period of three weeks, at least 62 people were killed and about 100 000 people were



South Africa held its fourth local government elections. It was a politically volatile period in South Africa’s history. In December 2007, Jacob Zuma defeated President Thabo Mbeki to become the ANC President leading to President Mbeki’s recall a few months later. Owing to the changing political climate, the Board believed

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