The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), a post-1994 social movement, won a landmark High Court and later Constitutional Court victory for access to medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS – this after years of campaigning and activism work. The TAC case represented a new era for public-interest litigation on socio-economic rights in South Africa.

Justice Azhar Cachalia was appointed the third Chairperson of OSF-SA after the local Board was dissolved by George Soros. OSF-SA renewed its commitment to organisations working in the areas of criminal justice, media, education, human rights and democracy-building.

OSF-SA supported work focusing on violence against women in South Africa, on gun control, and on efforts to decriminalise sex work, and supported school-based anti-violence programmes, and restorative justice initiatives.

The Human Rights Programme supported organisations that advocated for laws that would promote human rights advancement.

The Media Programme broadened its reach to support projects on community radio, print, video, and information communication technologies. A Southern Africa Community Media Funders Forum was initiated by OSF-SA, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and other donors, and the South African Community Radio Trainers Forum was established.

2001: 83 grants