South Africa’s third democratic elections were held in April 2004. The ANC won 67.7% of the national vote, and President Mbeki was elected by the ANC for a second term, with Jacob Zuma serving as his Deputy President.

OSF-SA also began initiating new projects on crime prevention, skills development in Limpopo, legislative and policy accountability, and specialised training for community radio stations and other media practitioners.

During 2004, OSF-SA worked with the National Department of Education to establish foundational systems and procedures in schools to protect the overall health, safety, and well-being of learners, including those in Noupoort in the Northern Cape.

The Human Rights and Governance Programme focussed on public participation, access to information, access to justice, public policy, and the African Union. During 2004, OSF-SA provided support for civil society organisations in order to increase participation in the 2004 elections, with support for farm worker and rural projects.

To encourage political engagement by the youth, OSF-SA funded a 13- part TV series – Walala Wasala – to encourage socio-political debate, and worked closely with Afrimap in OSF to carry out research on the rule of law and political representation.

OSF-SA also supported work promoting awareness around the implementation of the new Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). The Media Programme strategy focussed on ICT, community radio, public policy, and advocacy.

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