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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.

#OpenSocietySA25: In 2018 the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) celebrates 25 years of grant making in South Africa.

In the past 25 years we have and will continue to promote human rights and constitutionalism to support a democratic and open society in South Africa. To commemorate this important milestone and in keeping with our transformation objectives, the OSF will be featuring the important work of our grantees over the last 25 years. We will also be celebrating young and emerging civil society voices and leaders as we look to the next 25 years of our democracy.

We are looking forward to sharing more information about a number of #OpenSocietySA25 events and initiatives. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Read more.


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 1993, 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.




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