A year after the first democratic elections, several new institutions supporting democracy were established. The Constitutional Court of South Africa, a new apex court, had its first hearing in 1995. Later that year, it outlawed the death penalty in South Africa. In addition, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established and began its early work. Also, the first local government elections were held in South Africa.

OSF-SA changed its legal status to a Section 21 company and moved to Claremont. Several OSF-SA board members that were appointed to the inaugural Board left to join government or academia.

OSF-SA developed a Strategy around housing and development and initially managed the OSF investment in the National Urban Construction and Housing Agency (NURCHA).

OSF-SA also received programmatic planning support from various experts in OSF to lead new fields of work. In 1995, OSF-SA committed to improving equitable access to quality tertiary education through the Joint Universities Public Management Educational Trust (JUPMET).

The second Open Society Lecture was delivered by Dr Frene Ginwala, then Speaker of the National Assembly.

1995 grants: 61