In 1997, a new National Anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika became official.

The TRC continued its work, receiving at least 8 000 applications for political amnesty. President Nelson Mandela concluded his term as President of the ANC and his successor, Thabo Mbeki, replaced him.

Dr Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert left the OSF-SA Board to assist (at George Soros’ request) with setting up a new regional OSF office for Southern Africa (OSISA).

Brigalia Bam was appointed Chairperson of the Board. OSF-SA started working on both grant making and doing work in its own name. George Soros visited OSF-SA and OSF-SA opened a satellite Johannesburg office. Both the Radio and the Education Advisory Committees continued their work.

The Community Radio Programme continued to expand, supporting 24 community radio stations, located in all nine provinces. OSF-SA provided support for new initiatives, including for content and studio equipment.

OSF-SA also made its first grant to Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB), and supported education work, including work at the early childhood development level.

Partnering with the South African Government, OSF-SA supported the Kgatelopele Project aimed at improving educational outcomes in the Eastern Cape.

The Foundation commenced new work on criminal justice. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) with the Vera Institute designed, implemented, and evaluated projects to reform the criminal justice system. The programme was in partnership with the South African Government, and was based in the office of the first Minister of Justice, freedom fighter Dullah Omar.

OSF-SA also began to increase its support for human rights organisations focusing on vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, and survivors, of domestic and sexual violence.

The fourth Open Society Lecture was delivered by Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

1997 grants: 133