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The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.

OSF-SA supports a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. OSF-SA is a South African grant-making organisation and is a part of the Open Society Foundations.

OSF-SA Photographic Competition

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is pleased to announce its inaugural photography competition. The competition seeks to find photographs that capture the essence of the work supported by OSF-SA, its grantees and partner organisations whilst also providing a platform to showcase emerging young photographers in South Africa.

There will be a total of eleven cash prizes – A grand prize of R18 000, five prizes of R4 000 each and runner up prizes of R2 500 each.

The entry period starts 16 November 2015 and will close on 26 February 2016 at 17:00.

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Just released: Free Download of ‘In Good Company?’


In Good Company? Conversations around Transparency and Accountability in South Africa’s Extractive Sector – is a collection of submitted articles around mining issues. It is a first edition of what will be an annual publication. It was launched on Wednesday, 11 November at the Homecoming Centre in Cape Town. Several of the contributors were present to speak about their research on South Africa’s extractive sector.

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In Good Company-




Promoting Public- and Private-Sector Accountability

Protecting the Free Flow of Information and Freedom of Expression

Strengthening Justice and Equality

Advancing Civil Society and Promoting Socioeconomic Rights

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  • SONA – The Morning After SONADate: Friday, 12 February 2016, Time: 10:00 – 12:00 midday Venue: District 6, Homecoming Centre 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town (parking on street or at Parade) Join us for coffee & croissants (and more!) to discuss President Zuma’s State Of The Nation Address from the night before. Come to the District 6 Homecoming Centre to hear what you will ...