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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.


Learn more about OSF-SA and its work in South Africa

Did you know that The Open Society Foundation for South Africa began its work in 1994, opening offices in Cape Town as the country prepared for its first democratic elections? Did you also know that George Soros, chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations, had already been engaged in South Africa since 1979?

Read our latest fact sheet for information on our history, our funding and our focus areas.



  • South African Media Innovation Program Innovation Challenge SAMIP’s Innovation Challenge seeks to identify qualifying projects and organisations that are building news and information products that engage and inform local, underserved communities. Successful candidates will receive a cash prize of up to R500 000.00, strategic advice and mentoring.


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